Hello everyone. As a 2005 VW New Jetta TDI owner, we're getting close to the time to consider a new vehicle. The TDI has served us very well in the 10 years 176,000 we've owned it. Gas mileage is great, drives great and is comfortable for us. With the diesel scandal facing VW we're concerned about the future of the VW TDI models. As such, we decided to test drive a few hybrid's this week to see what they're all about and if they're as plain to drive as we keep hearing. First up was the Camry XLE. We were incredibly impressed and walked away thinking that could very well be our next vehicle. Ride was great, roomy enough and comfortable. Certainly powerful enough for our needs. Other than the "My fathers Buick" styling, we were pretty happy. We left the Toyota dealer and hit up our local Honda dealer for a drive in the Accord Hybrid EX-L. An even better experience. Ride was better, far more comfortable than the Camry and quieter. Again, we walked away believing that was the one we'd likely end up with. The next day I hit a Ford dealer for a drive in the Fusion Titanium. The test ride was incredibly short, but, I got a sense that it was pleasant enough to bring my wife back for a test ride to get her thoughts. Also hoping I could get a longer, second, test ride. I was shocked when the salesman asked me if I wanted to take it home and bring it back later so I could show the wife. Well heck, you don't have to ask me twice. I live about 15 miles from the dealer. I drove home on an interstate to get a sense of the highway ride and performance. Then hit a local stretch of stop and go to my house. It was great. Enough power for our needs, ride and comfort were very good and handled incredibly well. Picked up my wife and headed back to the dealer lending us about a 30 mile test ride. My wife was more than pleasantly surprised and surprised the heck out of me when she proclaimed this was her favorite. Personally, the Honda was my favorite, but, not by very much. I would certainly have no issue owning the Fusion Hybrid for the next 10-12 years.
Having said all that, I'm VERY new to the hybrid technology and will be doing a lot of research before a final decision is made. Any resources you can point me to for knowledge on hybrids would be appreciated. We're looking at around this time in 2017 to be ready to make a purchase.
Edited by kltk1, 04 February 2016 - 03:38 AM.