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Fusion Hybrid Tops in Midsize Mileage

Fusion Hybrid Tops in Midsize Mileage

Ford has high hopes for its newly designed 2013 Ford Fusion midsize sedan. The outgoing Fusion did reasonably well, but the design had grown stale, and in a hotly contested segment with brand new entries in the Honda Accord and Nissan Altima, Ford is looking to make a big move up the sales charts. The Fusion’s striking new styling is a great first step, with eye-catching looks reminiscent of Aston Martin (yes, really) luring potential buyers into showrooms.

Now Ford has another marketing arrow in its quiver: The 2013 Fusion Hybrid has the highest gas ever for a midsize sedan. Rated at easy-to-remember MPG figures of 47 highway/47 city/47 combined, the Fusion handily tops the nearest competitor, the Toyota Camry Hybrid (38 highway/40 city/40 combined) and nudges pretty darn close to the purely-hybrid Prius (48 highway/51 city/50 combined).

“The new Fusion is part of our plan to offer vehicles with the very best quality, fuel efficiency, safety, smart design and value,” says Alan Mulally, Ford president and CEO. “We are absolutely committed to class-leading fuel efficiency as a reason to buy Ford vehicles, with customers able to choose the fuel-efficient powertrain that best fits their lifestyle.”

You may choose the hybrid version purely for the tree-hugging goodness of saving the planet by using less fuel, but let’s face it, gas is getting quite pricey; more and more of us will choose a hybrid for the long-term savings. So how will that class-leading mileage impact us in the wallet?

Using baseline figures of 12,000 miles per year, split 50/50 between highway and city, at gas prices of$3.84/gallon, the Fusion Hybrid will cost you $1000 in fuel annually. The Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE calculates to fuel costs of $1200, so that’s 2 bills back in your pocket. That may not be a highly dramatic difference, but who’s gonna turn their nose up at $200 bucks?

Of course, the difference in fuel costs annually compared to a standard drivetrain vehicle paint a much more dramatic picture. You can save upwards of $600 to $800 per year over a non-hybrid.

When you’re ready to pick the midsize sedan that best suits your needs and budget, start your research at AutoBuying101.com.