Ford announced that its Fusion Hybrid sedan is certified by the EPA to deliver 47 mpg, making it the most fuel-efficient midsize sedan in the U.S.
The 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid beats out the Toyota Camry Hybrid by 4 mpg in the city and 8 mpg on the highway. It also trumps the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid’s rating by 12 mpg in the city and 7 mpg on the highway.
This year’s Fusion Hybrid has boosted fuel economy significantly from last year’s model, which received a 41/36 mpg rating.
Along with an efficient EcoBoost engine and electric motor, the Ford Fusion Hybrid comes with several tricks to boost fuel economy. Panels on the underbody of the car as well as active grille shutters enhance aerodynamics and improve fuel efficiency. An EcoGuide feature inside the car acts as a coach on the best ways to improve fuel economy while driving. The ECO Cruise mode is a special cruise control feature that optimizes powertrain elements for the most fuel efficiency on the highway.
The entire Fusion lineup offers a choice of three gas engines. A 1.6-liter EcoBoost produces 29 mpg in combined city and highway driving. An auto start/stop system comes available with these cars. A 2.0-liter EcoBoost and a standard 2.5-liter engine also are available, both offering a combined 26 mpg. For drivers looking for the very best fuel economy in the lineup, a plug-in hybrid Fusion is also an option and will provide an estimated 100 mpge on the road.
Fusion models start arriving to dealerships in the U.S. this fall.
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