Sep 18th, 2012 by Ross Edwards
The 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid will blow all of the other mid sized sedan hybrids out of the water when it launches with 47-mpg city and 47-mpg highway.
The 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid hitting 47-mpg in both city and highway ratings is a big deal for Ford, which has lagged behind Toyota in terms of hybrids over the years, possibly because of the lack of a dedicated hybrid vehicle. But that lack of a hybrid-only vehicle might not hurt Ford in the long run, the Fusion is in what might be the most important Hybrid class there is, the mid-sized sedan segment.
If hybrid technology is going to become ubiquitous and profitable for both manufacturers and consumers, it needs to sell in the classes that normal people buy. The Prius, while undoubtedly important to hybrids and to the push towards electrification of vehicles, is a car for enthusiasts. The Fusion doesn’t call attention to its hybridity (I’m going all Shakespeare up in here, inventing words) and looks like a normal sedan. You can park the Fusion Hybrid at the local mall without sending an implied message to the other shoppers.
The 2013 Fusion Hybrid doesn’t just beat the competition in its segment, it blows them out of the water. The Toyota Camry Hybrid gets 43-mpg city and 39-mpg highway. The Chevy Malibu Eco, while not technically a hybrid, gets 25-mpg city and 37-mpg highway, according to Jalopnik.