The midsize 2012 Ford Fusion hybrid sedan comes in just one trim level, with a number of optional extras that can be availed at an extra cost. Standard amenities include dual zone climate controls, 17" alloy wheels, 6 way powered passenger seats, foglamps, rear parking sensors, cruise control, eco-friendly cloth upholstery, security code pad with keyless entry, 8 way powered driver's seat, steering wheel wrapped in leather, special gauge cluster, auto headlamps, auto-dimming rearview mirror, CD/MP3 changer complete with a 6 speaker stereo, Bluetooth, voice commands and iPod control, all streamed through Ford's intuitive Ford Sync interface, steering wheel controls and satellite radio. A few dollars more with get you the Moon and Tune Value package, which stacks on a sunroof and a 12 speaker sound system. The optional driver's vision package adds a blind spot warning system, rearview camera complete with cross traffic alert. A navigation system with voice activation are further options to be considered, which includes Sirius Travel Link with 10 GB worth of digital data storage, 6 disc CD player replaced with a single DVD/CD/MP3 player, and real time traffic updates.
The 2012 Ford Fusion hybrid is powered by a 4-cylinder 2.4 liter gasoline engine that delivers 136 lb feet of torque, and 156 horsepower. The electric motor mated with it helps bump the above numbers to 191 horsepower, which is streamed to the front wheels via a CVT (continuously variable transmission). In terms of acceleration time, the 2012 Fusion leaps from 0-60 in just 8.7 seconds, which is quite impressive for a non-luxury hybrid. Although the EPA numbers of 36 mpg on the highway and 41 mpg in the city are 8 mpg more than the hybrid Camry, its falls short by 7 mpg compared with the Prius. Safety features tagged with the 2012 hybrid fusion include rear parking sensors, antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, side curtain and front seat airbags. A rearview camera and blind spot alert system can be availed as optional safety amenities. The hybrid fusion scored a complete 5 stars for front side protection and front collision tests, and was given an overall rating of "Good" by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
The cabin of the 2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid sedan is inviting with soft touch materials, ergonomic center stack, and overall improvised aesthetics. Bluetooth, voice commands and audio technology are all integrated through the Ford Sync interface, which also displays a wealth of information and high end graphics. The Fusion hybrid sedan provides an abundance of room for its rear and front passengers, especially the driver who receives a comfortable driving stance. The cars battery pack located on the trunk of the hybrid compromises on some of the space, but the Fusion still manages to measure in at 11.8 cubic feet, which is bigger than the Altima and Camry, but short of the Prius. Unlike its competitors, fuel economy is enhanced with the combined use of the gas engine and electric motor, and although the 2012 Fusion is not the ultimate hybrid, it still ranks high in terms of ride quality, comfort and fuel economy. The Ford Fusion is definitely a tidy vehicle in all aspects and with its closest rival, the Nissan Altima being sold in only 9 states; it is a sedan definitely worth exploring.