2013 Ford Fusion – Hybrid Car of the Year

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Ford-Fusion-HybridIn the past, a major question when buying a new car was whether to choose style and comfort or efficiency and environmentalism.

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.

4 Comments

  1. Sharon on December 26, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    Can you get anything that’s all electric so we don’t have to keep relying on fuel.



  2. [email protected] eco friendly homemaking on December 26, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    I have been seeing a lot about them lately and they sound really great.



  3. Jane on December 27, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    You can get an all-electric car, but it has a limited mileage range before the battery has to be recharged. Therefore, it is not practical for long journeys, or for travelling around away from home where you might not have a charging point. I have seen cars with solar panels, which would extend the range of an electric car. However, I am not sure whether cars with solar panels are readily available to buy yet.



  4. CelloMom on January 10, 2013 at 12:58 am

    47 mpg(US) for a hybrid car the size of the Ford Fusion is really quite good. (But I don’t see why the conventional Fusion (26mpg(US) average) should be included in the award).

    Sharon, there are several all-electric cars for sale now. They are still pretty expensive, but the price should go down with time. Their batteries prefer a moderate climate, like that of Washington State or England. And their real carbon footprint depends very much on where their electricity is generated. For instance, in China where electricity comes largely from coal-fueled power plants, EVs actually have higher per-mile carbon emissions than conventional cars. If you manage to power your EV off your water mill you’re truly green!



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