Following Ford’s announcement of EPA fuel economy estimates for the 2013 Ford Fusion Energi, the plug-in hybrid version of the popular midsize sedan is now officially the fuel economy leader among all sedans sold in America.
With an estimate of 108 miles per gallon combined, the new Fusion Energi is now ahead of the more popular Toyota Prius plug-in, which was only able to achieve an estimate of 103 MPGe. It even beat out the estimated miles per gallon for a few electric vehicles, such as the Tesla Model S, which has an EPA estimate of 94 MPGe combined.
Despite the impressive mileage estimates, some auto reviewers are still skeptical whether the 2013 Ford Fusion Energi will really be a feasible and competitive alternative to more affordable vehicles, like the Chevrolet Volt. Chevy’s plug-in hybrid costs $350 less than the Energi, and Volt owners would also get to benefit from the full $7,500 federal tax exemption; this alone makes the Volt almost $8,000 more affordable than the Fusion Energi.
Another potential challenge for Ford would be potential legal action against the Dearborn, Mich. company due to allegedly misleading EPA estimates for both Fusion and C-Max hybrids. The latter two vehicles were both advertised as being capable of an estimated 47 MPG, however, most auto reviewers have reported fuel economy estimates closer to 37 to 40 MPG.