Ford is a smart company because before they let me test drive one over the weekend I never had any intention of buying another American Made Vehicle. However, Ford has managed to make a vehicle in a medium price range feel like a luxury vehicle. Ford knows moms.
We were not given a vehicle with all of the upgrades either, it was modest, it had Sync, Syrius, and a 6 disc CD player. I loaded it up and tested out all of the technology in the car. My husband plugged in our Zune, we used the built in phone capabilities with our phone. So I was calling all my friends and family by using verbal commands. The Sync system is awesome.
I have never driven a hybrid before so I had no idea what to expect. I turned the key and there was no sound. The lights on the dash came on but that’s it. I was thinking I didn’t turn the car on so I turned the key again. It was still silent. I wasn’t sure what to do. I took the car out of park and we started moving, I guess the car is on I thought to myself. Wow it was scary but really cool at the same time. Every time I stopped at a light or stop sign I still felt like the car was not on. The dashboard was quite distracting at times. All the digital displays. You can see how much power the battery has, how much gas you have, how many miles you have gone what you are getting in miles per gallon and your average miles per gallon. The display is customizable which is a good thing because I would not want my teenager driving with all of that going on. Maybe when they start driving they’ll be used to that much going on at once. We’ll just have to see when that day comes. I’m not looking forward to that day. I know that computers have been running cars for quite a few years now so I’m quite comfortable with all the features it has.
The interior is very nice. I love new vehicles. They are so much fun to drive and the Ford Fusion Hybrid is fun to drive. Compared to my Doge Caravan that I have been toting my children in this thing felt like driving a sports car. I felt like it corners really well. My husband even thought it cornered really well and he drives a Toyota Corolla every day.
We were able to sit in it comfortably as a family. It was quite roomy. My husband had plenty of feet room without making the kids feel like they didn’t have any room. Sometimes it just doesn’t feel like cars were made for car seats. We use the latch system with ours and it was extremely easy to install.
I could see our family taking a long trip in the Ford Fusion Hybrid. It does get better gas mileage in town though which is opposite of most vehicles. In extreme driving situations it gets 81 miles per gallon. I forgot to write down what our average was, but it was really fun to watch the meter when it said we were getting 60+ miles per gallon.
The true test would be to see how the Ford Fusion Hybrid stands the length of time.