Ranking at number one out of the nineteen most affordable midsize cars according to US News, the Ford Fusion and Fusion Hybrid is definitely among the best hybrid cars of 2012. The car has impressive performance, a very good fuel economy and a high-tech interior that almost any man would love. Having won the 2012 U.S. News Best Hybrid Car for the Money award, most reviewers and test drivers have defined this car as the best midsize hybrid car you can buy in 2012.
Apart from fuel efficiency, the Ford Fusion Hybrid gives a highly engaging driving experience as well as room friendliness, making it a better car of its type that comes with tech features that are good for the family. However, the size of its trunk is quite small yet the car comes at a high base price, which can be considered as a downside for a car that ranks high on the list of the best hybrid cars of 2012.
The Fusion Hybrid has the best driving performance you can find in any hybrid sedan. When driving the car, the acceleration is similar to that of most gas-only cars of this type. You might not detect any difference when you transition between the power sources. Although it is not as fast as many would expect of a sports car, its fuel economy abilities definitely take a front seat to power when it comes to hybrid cars.
The car’s engine is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that has an electric motor. These make a 191 horsepower. The gas-only Fusion comes with a 16 horsepower less even with its 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. However, the Ford Fusion Hybrid’s CVT transmission is said to be quite poor because it is quite slow and hesitant.
The Ford Fusion Hybrid has some standard and enhanced safety features including the following:
- Driver air bag
- Side air bag
- Rear air bag
- Passenger air bag
- Rear body air bag
- Child safety locks
- Emergency trunk release
- 4-wheel disc brakes
- Electronic stability control
- 4-wheel ABS and
- Traction Control
Also included as a safety measure is Ford’s standard MyKey that allows you to set limits to the car’s speed as well as stereo volume when you want kids to drive the car.
Overall, the 2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid is a top pick for midsize family sedans because of its engaging handling, spacious interiors, comfortable ride, plenty of high-tech features, availability in all-wheel drive and almost the best fuel economy. However, its downside is contributed by its high pricing as well as button-heavy climate and audio controls.