All credit goes to the rest of the auto blogs who endlessly race to “get it first” with regurgitating the OEM press release. They actually made me want a hybrid car for the first time ever.
The Ford Fusion Hybrid will apparently get 47 mpg in both city and highway driving. Good highway fuel economy can be accomplished with aerodynamic and driveline tweaks, but good city mileage is more elusive. Around town, hybrids have an undeniable advantage, but they’re about as desirable as a mayonnaise flavored Popsicle.
But the Fusion is different. It doesn’t have the same connotations as the Prius, and it’s not a total bore to look at like the Camry Hybrid. Since I live in the city, I’m not going to be able to enjoy the fruits of the Ecoboost engines anyways. Why not take advantage of the astounding fuel economy? It’s possible to pick up a well equipped example for under $30,000, and I’d be hard pressed to think of a better new commuter car for someone in my situation. Feel free to rant about the supremacy of diesels or why I should buy a 1987 CRX HF in the comments.