Ford announced today that the redesigned Fusion hybrid sedan has been EPA certified at an even 47 mpg highway, city, and overall, thus laying claim to the title of most fuel-efficient midsized sedan available in the United States.
The closest competitor, the Toyota Camry hybrid, is pegged at 40 mpg city and 38 highway. Our Camry hybrid returned 38 mpg overall in our tests. (Also read: "Getting a charge from driving the 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid.")
Ford says it took several measures with helping to boost the new Fusion hybrid's fuel efficiency, including a more efficient cruise control system, a gauge to help coach drivers into more efficient driving habits, and active grille shutters for better aerodynamics at speed. The hybrid also gets smoother underbody panels for improved airflow. Ford says the hybrid will be capable of speeds up to 62 mph on electric power.
The hybrid version is one of several powertrains that will be available for the new Fusion. Ford also announced fuel consumption numbers for three conventional gasoline-powered Fusion models, along with the new plug-in hybrid.
- 1.6-liter EcoBoost: 25 mpg city, 37 mpg highway, 29 mpg combined
- 2.0-liter EcoBoost: 22 mpg city, 33 mpg highway, 26 mpg combined
- 2.5-liter: 22 mpg city, 34 mpg highway, 26 mpg combined
- Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid: Projected 100-plus MPGe (miles-per-gallon equivalent when driving on electric)
We'll be adding conventionally powered and hybrid Fusion models to our test fleet as soon as they arrive in showrooms this fall. The plug-in hybrid will be available in early 2013. The Fusion line will start at $21,700--same as the outgoing 2012 model. The hybrid will begin at $27,200. No pricing has been announced at this time for the plug-in hybrid.