Flash Drive: 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid
This 2010 review is representative of model years 2010 to 2012.
By Staff of MSN Autos
I've driven many different hybrids, and this new Fusion is one of the most impressive yet. The Fusion Hybrid looks good, and there's plenty of room inside to seat five people comfortably. But it's the hybrid system that makes this car special. I was able to exceed 40 mph on electric power alone and achieved 40 mpg in everyday driving. There are also almost 200 horses on tap if needed, so merging onto the highway was done with ease. The engine cuts off and on with incredible smoothness, and the Fusion's regenerative brakes do not suffer from the grabbiness found in most other hybrids. Ultimately, the Fusion Hybrid drives like a normal car and, unlike many hybrids, it's actually a good value. Saving almost $1,000 in fuel costs per year over a standard Fusion, the premium for the hybrid is covered in just three years of standard driving — definitely a worthwhile purchase. – Perry Stern
The new Ford Fusion Hybrid is a great step forward for the Ford brand. It is an attractive car, with its bold grille and sleek but conservative lines. The Fusion has a better interior than in years past. The plastics are higher quality, and the dials and controls are easy to use and understand. Immediately upon starting up the Fusion Hybrid, the graphically engaging dashboard lights up, becoming the centerpiece of the car. It is easy to learn how to drive the car efficiently, as the mpg gauge and the gas/battery usage meters assist the driver to get the most out of the vehicle. While I averaged 41 mpg in mixed driving, I hit 51 mpg on a flat commute. The car has plenty of room for four adults, and the trunk is spacious enough for a family vacation. My only complaint was that the rear console power outlet was falling apart and looked like it was cheaply manufactured. – Joe Chulick
The 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid is the most impressive gas-electric hybrid vehicle that I have driven to date. Compared with other hybrids, the Fusion Hybrid drives the most like a nonhybrid car, with throttle response, brake feel and steering all consistent with what a driver would expect from any other car. Based on the redesigned 2010 Fusion, the Fusion Hybrid is a good-looking midsize sedan with good rear-seat passenger room and a large trunk — all expected in this competitive segment. But what is not expected is the fuel-economy rating of 41 mpg city/36 mpg highway, which truly makes this car impressive. Tackle too many of the Seattle-area hills and the combined average will drop into the low 30s, which is still impressive for a car in this class. – Mike Meredith