Comfort, safe handing, swings in MPG
December 11, 2018
I bought this car at 70,000 miles and have driven it for three seasons. My 2011 Fusion Hybrid is very sensitive to uphill / downhill driving to and from my workplace (7.4 miles). The gauge readout panel that shows the rising and lowering miles per gallon (60+ to 0) at the moment along with the green leaves being added or removed on the vines are a challenge for me to obtain the best possible gasoline fuel mileage. During the summer, I get about 53 miles per gallon of gasoline downhill to work and about 40 miles per gallon uphill from work. On the freeway this summer, I found the vehicle was better than expected at 40.5 miles per gallon. The fuel mileage does drop quite a bit during cold winter driving as the gasoline engine runs a lot more until the temperature gauge registers about 1/2 warmed up. The high-revving gasoline motor while cold also caused heavier breaking to slow down the Fusion Hybrid. During temperatures below 40 degrees, I get about 39 miles per gallon downhill to work and about 30 miles per gallon uphill from work. In autumn and winter the car's interior windows tend to fog up, so it is necessary to run the defrosters more than my previous car, the 1996 Plymouth Breeze. One repair was the result of the interior turn signals flashing very fast (with no rear exterior turn signals), resulting in an $800 repair. The car has very comfortable seats and seat adjustments, and the telescoping steering wheel makes for greater than normal comfort when a large heavy jacket in winter pushes me toward the dashboard. When the car is warmed up, the car is very quiet. I always was a person who used a key to unlock my car doors until the purchase of this vehicle, so I am still wanting to use a key to open the Fusion's door lock. But I must press the remote "unlock" button on the key or risking setting off the alarm within a few seconds of opening the car door. I like the various heat and air conditioning settings and the fan adjustment buttons, but to be picky, I would suggest the heat and fan buttons in the next updated version to be as large as the radio buttons. If I had a redo chance, I would purchase this car again.