Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Ford Fusion Hybrid: 50-plus mpg?

Got an email today from Kyle Northway, the marketing manager over at Jim Burke Ford, a Bakersfield institution that has done much to give back to the community. Kyle was pointing out (with justified pride, given the bad news surrounding the car industry these days) that the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid is being praised as the most fuel efficient mid-size car in America. The Fusion Hybrid gets an incredible 41 mpg in the city and 36 mpg around town, and one review (not cited by Kyle) had it getting 56 mpg around town. Ford needs some good news and for the life of me I don't know why they're not promoting the Fusion every hour of every day.


Mary Lou & Barbara said...

I know hybrids reduce air pollution, but by how much? It would be interesting to estimate the impact on air quality if 10% of Bakersfield drivers switched to hybrids... or 20%, or 50%. As Lois said, the troubles of the community sometimes seem so overwhelming that it's hard to know where to start. But if hybrids could make a real impact on air quality, then individuals could have a sense of what they would be contributing to the good of the community, in addition to what they'd save on gas.

pftittl said...

The LA Times car writer raved about this vehicle, noting it offered the mileage of a Prius with the size and comfort of a typical sedan and a price in the mid 20s, right about the cost of a Prius but less than a Camry. It really could be the vehicle that starts a Detroit revival.