Has the 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid written one too many checks it simply cannot cash?
Ford has been lapping up the praise, accolades and awards being thrown at the 2013 Fusion Hybrid ever since its unveiling, boasting its superb 47MPG combined fuel economy – the same being said for the C-Max Hybrid.
Sadly, it has since come to light that both cars are in fact delivering significantly less than this, with a more realistic combine estimate being at low as 35MPG. Needless to say, the backlash from industry critics, reviewers and consumers was swift and sizable.
So, does Ford have some serious explaining to do to clear the name of the 2013 Fusion Hybrid? Maybe a little groveling? Quite possibly, as both vehicles are now up for a full review by the EPA due to apparent and rather severe underperformance.
One of the most influential authorities for US car buyers, Consumer Reports, certainly didn’t hold back in making the feelings of the reviewers known. After putting both the 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid and the C-Max Hybrid through their paces for thousands of miles, they came up with their own conclusions.
Delivering in the region of 39MPG and 36MPG respectively, the reviewers stated that Ford’s estimate for the Fusion and C-Max Hybrids constituted the “largest discrepancy between our overall-mpg results and the estimates published by the EPA that we’ve seen among any current models.”
The disappointment was mirrored by practically every reviewer to take the wheel of the two hybrids to date – none of whom seem to have been able to come close to 47MPG combined.
That being said, the 2013 Ford Fusion is certainly not without its charm and merit and in some ways steps ahead of other eco-friendly cars, by way of CO2 reducing production methods, for example.
Not that this will likely be a deal-breaker, sadly.