Posted 08 May 2019 - 10:51 AM
Everything I've read so far seems to point to the fact that Ford had really stepped up their game lately. The Fusion, in general , seems to get decent reviews. However, I haven't read much if anything on the hybrid model.
I tend to hold onto my cars for ten years or more. I am really curious about long term ownership of hybrids in general and obviously I am more curious about the Fusion Hybrid.
The idea that I could potentially get north of 40 mpg in a full size (mid size?) car is fairly attractive. If I have to drive something boring, I might as well get the best fuel economy I can.
So, what are your thoughts on this car?
I had a '15 hybrid and now the current one. I love the car. Unfortunately Ford - in their infinite wisdom - has decided that passenger cars production for North America is to shut down. Focus and Taurus already have, Fiesta has this model year. Fusion I have not heard a specific drop dead date, but either '19 or '20 MY will be the last. The assembly plant for FFH and the MKZh is gonna becaome assembly for the Transit Connect (changing from Spain) according to what I have read.
What galls me is that Ford touts increasing activity in the hybrid and all-electric fields yet has killed Focus electric and plans on Fusion hybrid, the Energi plugin hybrid and the MKZ hybrid all going away. It's like a WTF moment for me.
I have already started looking at some of the hybrid offerings out there and have narrowed the list to:
Chevy Malibu hybrid - smaller HVB and ICE, but slightly higher MPG and 25% larger trunk (15 cu ft vs 12 in FFH). Price is about same as Fusion.
Hyundai Sonata hybrid - same as the Malibu and $1,ooo or so more than a Fusion. Slightly higher MPG and larger trunk. The 2020 model is what I'm going for as it's a styling change at least.
IF - and I mean IF - Ford makes a 2020 Fusion hybrid then I will get one over anything else. Between the 2 FFH cars I've had only one minor glitch in the keypad needed repair.
Larry - aka Cobra
Big Red: 2017 FFH SE, Ruby Red, Med Light Stone leather
602A SE Luxury Package, Park Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control w/stop & go
Driver Assist Pkg (lane keeping, BLIS, auto high beams, rain-sensing wipers, heated steering wheel)
My additions: WeatherTech lasercut floor mats, in-channel wind deflectors (dark smoked),
Steeda strut tower brace, Steeda rear sway bar, Steeda hood struts, Ford donut spare
Grille - '17 Fusion Sport grille
Summer rims/tires - 17" Verde Regency rims with OEM tread
Winter rims/tires - 17" OEM rims with Goodyear UltraGrip WRT Ice