The Toyota Prius has long been king of the hybrids, but Ford is gunning to take the top spot. As the rollout of an aggressive number of high-profile hybrid-electric vehicles continues, including the hot-selling C-Max and Lincoln Zephyr Hybrid, the company’s touting the EPA numbers on the Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid: 108mpg in the city. That’s five mpg better than the Toyota Prius plug-in’s numbers.
The mileage difference may be academic, but Ford is banking on the Fusion Energi’s good looks, sporty demeanor and high content to push it over the top against the Prius. The Fusion’s also bolstered by its “Green Car of the Year” honors.
The full rating is 108 city, 92 highway and 100 combined. A 2.0 liter gasoline engine making 141 horsepower is paired with a permanent-magnet AC synchronous motor, for a total system horsepower of 188. The Fusion Energi competes with the Prius plug-in hybrid and Chevrolet Volt.
The Fusion Energi also includes Ford’s SmartGauge with EcoGuide, which coaches the driver to drive more efficiently, and the SYNC infotainment system.