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2010 Fusion Hybrid is The Best

Today, one of the toughest and most respected auto writers in America – Jim Healey at USA Today – began his weekly car review with this line: “O.K., let’s just get it out there: The 2010 Ford Fusion hybrid is the best gasoline-electric hybrid yet.” Healey goes on to explain why he likes it: “Simple. Fusion drives better. A car is, after all a driving machine … And there, Fusion is without equal among hybrids.”

From Ford:

For the 2010 model year, the new Ford Fusion lineup expands to include an all-new hybrid model that offers class-leading fuel economy, besting the Toyota Camry hybrid by at least 6 mpg in the city; innovative new SmartGauge™ with EcoGuide coaches hybrid drivers to maximize fuel efficiency.

The Ford Fusion hybrid can operate up to 47 mph in pure electric mode, approximately twice as fast as some competitors. Plus, the city driving range on a single tank of gas is expected to be more than 700 miles.

The Fusion Hybrid joins the Ford Escape Hybrids, doubling both the size and volume of Fords hybrid lineup.

The Fusion Hybrid also offers drivers a way to be more connected to the hybrid driving experience thanks to Fords SmartGauge with EcoGuide, a unique instrument cluster execution that helps coach them on how to optimize performance of their hybrid.

SmartGauge with EcoGuide features two, high-resolution, full-color liquid crystal display (LCD) screens on either side of the analog speedometer that can be configured to show different levels of information, including fuel and battery power levels, average and instant miles-per-gallon.