The just-introduced 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid is already a hit. With state-of-the-art hybrid technology, great looks inside and out, nimble handling, a smooth, quiet ride, and loads of ergonomics, the Fusion is touted as the best midsize hybrid sedan out there. Though some say it’s about time, perhaps Ford played crazy like a fox in waiting for almost perfection to bring hybrid technology into the Fusion lineup.
The 2010 Fusion Hybrid uses a hybrid system that appeared first in the Escape and Mariner - small hybrid SUVs. The system uses two battery-driven electric motors to bolster a DOHC VVT 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder (I4) gasoline engine, with the combination producing 191 hp and 166 lb-ft of torque. One electric motor is dedicated to powering ergonomic systems, the other to the powertrain, and the nickel-metal-hydride battery is partially recharged via a regenerative braking system. A constant velocity transmission takes the horses to the wheels smoothly and smartly, with the 2010 Fusion Hybrid capable of 0-60 in 8.5 seconds and of reaching 47 mph on electric power alone. Topping off all that green technology are the EPA estimates for the 2010 Fusion Hybrid, which are an impressive 41/36 mpg.
The Fusion Hybrid’s upgraded hybrid system powers a well-designed chassis that handles the highway as well as the twisty back roads with equal aplomb. The Fusion Hybrid’s handling characteristics are described as considerably better than those of Toyota's Camry Hybrid.
Standard comfort, convenience, and appearance features for the 2010 Fusion Hybrid are based on the mid-line Fusion trim and include power adjustable front seats, a fold-flat passenger seat, power windows and doors, heated power mirrors, cruise control, a tilt-telescoping steering wheel, dual-zone climate control, steering-wheel-mounted cruise and audio controls, a 6-CD changer with MP3 capability, Sirius/XM satellite radio, a USB connection, a voice-activated phone, and Bluetooth wireless technology. Options include leather, heated front seats, a power moonroof, voice-activated DVD navigation, a Sony 390-watt premium audio system with 12 speakers, Ford SYNC, a rear backup camera system, and the BLIS blind-spot information system.
Such standard safety features as four-wheel disc ABS, traction and stability control, dual front side-mounted airbags, front and rear head airbags, a remote anti-theft alarm, rear parking sensors, and a post-collision safety system are all offered with the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid.