The Ford Fusion Hybrid (earlier post) will be the most fuel-efficient mid-size car on sale in the US next spring, with an EPA certified 41 mpg rating in the city and 36 mpg on the highway. This tops the Toyota Camry hybrid rating by 8 mpg in the city and 2 mpg on the highway, and even beats the smaller Honda Civic hybrid by 1 mpg in city driving.
The 2010 Ford Fusion’s final fuel economy certification was completed this week at Ford’s testing laboratories in Allen Park, Mich.
The Fusion and Mercury Milan hybrids to travel up to 47 miles per hour in pure electric mode, faster than offered the Toyota Camry and all other hybrids currently on the road. In addition, the system’s Advanced Intake Variable Cam Timing allows the Fusion and Milan hybrids to more seamlessly transition from gas to electric mode and vice-versa.
In addition to the hybrid, Fusion will be offered with three fuel-efficient gasoline engines: the Duratec 2.5-liter I-4 and enhanced 3.0-liter flex-fuel V-6 and 3.5-liter V-6 Duratec engines. Fusions equipped with the 2.5-liter I-4 engine are expected to deliver at least 3 mpg better on the highway than the Honda Accord and 2 mpg better than the Toyota Camry.