2013 Ford Fusion – Hybrid Car of the Year
With the increasing popularity of hybrid cars, style and efficiency now come in the same sleek package.
At the Green Car of the Year Awards, the eco-friendly Ford Fusion came out victorious for its affordability and the amount of choice in eco-saving technologies that it offered the consumer.
Maintaining that edge over the steep competition, the Ford Fusion includes three models for the American market, which come at varying price points:
The standard model starts at $21,700 and gets 22 City MPG/34 Highway MPG with a 2.5L Ti-VCT engine. For someone looking for an affordable foray into eco-friendly transportation, the standard Ford Fusion is an enticing option.
The next level of green technology is the hybrid model, utilizing a combination of gas engine and electric motor. At $27,200, it offers 47 City and Highway MPG and travels up to 62 mph on electric power alone, which translates to big savings both in environmental impact and cost for the driver. To add to the eco-friendly aspect of the car, the entire interior is fitted with post-industrial material. The Ford Fusion also helps the driver out by providing exclusive dual-LCD SmartGauge with EcoGuide and built-in tutorials to help inform the driver how to improve fuel economy.
For those wanting to be in the big league of eco-technology, there is the Ford Fusion Energi, a plug-in hybrid that Ford anticipates will get 100 MPG. The plug-in variety has longer batteries than its hybrid counterparts and runs on electric for far longer. The Energi has the same 188-horsepower, 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine with the Fusion Hybrid but comes with a larger ion battery pack than a pure electric vehicle.
With the abundance of choices already available to the consumer, the combined techniques utilised in each of the new Ford Fusion models, and the attention lavished on the exterior and interior appearance, it’s no wonder that Ford walked away with the Green Car of the Year title.
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