2013 Ford Fusion Energi Gets 100 MPGe Combined Rating

Although Ford has come under scrutiny lately for its allegedly overly-optimistic fuel economy ratings for its hybrid vehicles, the Fusion and C-Max, the company is claiming a 100 MPGe figure for the Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid sedan, the average of its 108 MPGe city and 92 MPGe higway rating. These figures are the same as those claimed for the C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid 5-door.

Ford is touting the Fusion Energi as America’s “most fuel efficient sedan.” For reference, the Prius plug-in hybrid is rated at 95 MPGe combined, and the Chevrolet Volt is rated at 98 MPGe. Honda has announced a plug-in hybrid version of the new Accord sedan, but official fuel economy figures have not yet been released for the model.

As much variation as there is with “regular” hybrids for fuel economy, there are even more variables in play with plug-in models, potentially bringing up the fuel economy controversy all over again with the Energi. Regardless of whether Ford’s hybrid models attain their officially-rated figures, consumers seem to be responding favorably, with 8030 C-Max hybrids being sold in October and November, the first two full months of availability for the model, making it the fastest-selling hybrid at launch.

Source: Ford

By Edward A. Sanchez

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