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2010 Ford Fusion - Review

 

Ask an enthusiast what it’s like to drive a hybrid and they’re likely to yawn, lay down and promptly nap for 20 minutes. Ask an eco-conscious citizen of the 21st century what it’s like to drive a 263-horsepower sport sedan and they’re likely to gnash their teeth, rend their garments and pantomime the burning of forests. Or something like that.

It’s pretty easy from that little tableau to derive my personal bent, so that’s likely to make my conclusion all the more surprising. After spending successive weeks in the 2010 Ford Fusion Sport AWD and the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid, I prefer the hybrid.

Performance & Handling

When it comes to laying down power, it’s hard to beat an all-wheel-drive system. More drive wheels mean more traction for moving forward.  And though the adage may state otherwise, there is a replacement for displacement: it’s called electricity. So the gap between these two cars in real-world applications (i.e. driving to the store) is not as wide as it might seem on paper.

Sure, the Hybrid is powered by a milquetoast 156-horsepower, 136-pound-foot Atkinson 2.5-liter inline four with 191 net horsepower when combined with the 106-horsepower hybrid motor, while the Sport’s 3.5-liter V-6 is good for 263 horsepower and 249 pound-feet of torque. But at tip-in and part throttle, the low-end grunt of the combined hybrid system and the eCVT transmission makes for almost as snappy a feel as you get from the Sport.

2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid

2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid

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  1. Another advantage of the Fusion Hybrid over its gas-only siblings is that the Fusion Hybrid costs LESS to maintain.
    The Fusion Hybrid uses regenerative braking, which saves brake pad wear tremendously. You don't need to change the brake pads on the Fusion Hybrid until well over 100,000 miles. Try that on a regular Fusion and see what happens.
    The Fusion Hybrid uses a Power Split Device transmission, which is just a single planetary gearset-- No clutch, no hot-running torque converter, no CVT belts, no gear-shifting wear-and-tear. Much more reliable than a regular multispeed gear-shifting transmission, and much less maintenance too.
    And I like the fact that the Fusion Hybrid has no timing belt, no alternator, and no starter motor or solenoid to go bad and need replacement.
    Kudos to Ford for recognizing the benefits of the PSD hybrid system and putting it into a nice car.
     
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  2. is hybrid motors use gas?
     
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