New hybrid vehicle coming, 2016 Ford Fusion Hybrid. There aren’t many cars that define its niche like Ford Fusion. Yes, mid-size sedan market is the most competitive one in the U.S. and there might be a few more cars which can boast with the same epithets.
However, only Fusion is genuinely American which makes it stand out in the crowd. 2016 Ford Fusion will be revamped slightly. Hybrid models will receive an update as well, even though they sometimes lag a year or so.
Under the Hood
Fusion hybrid is powered by 2.0L Atkinson Cycle I-4 engine which is coupled with 88 kW permanent magnet AC synchronous motor. That way, total hybrid output is as high as 188 hp and 129 lb-ft of torque, while engine alone develops 141 horsepower. Battery pack is rather small. 1.4 kWh lithium-ion unit doesn’t allow all-electric drive, but it still helps in reaching high fuel efficiency.
Design – Interior & Exterior
Don’t expect too many changes in Fusion’s framework. After all, why changing something which looks great as it is? Handsome sedan will lose a front quarter window and that’s as biggest change in it as you will find. Aston Martin grille, fine lines all over, arching roofline and superb rear end are still here. If you require more than versatility from your mid-size sedan, there’s hardly a better choice than Fusion. Hybrid models can only be distinguished by the chromed plates on doors and overhang, that is to say, they are identical to their conventional siblings.
Interior is what will be changed in 2016 Ford Fusion hybrid and conventional lineup alike. All-new flat-top dash should finally break the cycle which we have seen in countless of blue oval’s models so far. Most of other interior features will be changed with it as well, but materials should remain similar if not the same. MyFord touch screen setup should be standard in all but S and SE hybrid grades (this means only in Titanium) with the difference that latter gets it as an option. Voice-activated navigation system and SiriusXM that comes with it is optional as well, and it remains optional in highest, Titanium grade as well.
Top models also get optional heated and cooled seats, heated steering wheel, and power moonroof and universal garage opener. All in all, feature list is more than adequate, and safety systems are as well. Even though entry-level hybrids don’t get standard rearview camera, this unit can be had with any other model, and so can be rear parking sensors. Titanium models are offered with the possibility to include adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitors, lane-departure warning and lane-keeping system.
2016 Ford Fusion Hybrid Price and MPG
One thing that bothers us with Ford are inflated fuel economy numbers. They lowered 47 mpg combined to 42 mpg combined for their Fusion hybrid last year, and 2016 Ford Fusion hybrid is projected to have the same figures of 44 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the highway. Still, there’s a matter of trust after all their previous blunders. S hybrid starts from $26,000 which is quite affordable for such a good mid-size sedan. Titanium hybrid, on the other hand costs almost $32,000 without any options.
2016 Ford Fusion Hybrid is always a good choice, and especially now when it’s in his prime. Sleek body and more than functional, possibly even borderline luxurious interior should be all that a person needs from a car.