When you look at a hybrid, the most important thing is economy. Past that, it’s “I hope the rest of the car doesn’t suffer too much.” There are drivers out there who still contend that hybrid is a dirty word. Never mind the oxymoron, Ford’s hybrids fight the fact that a cleaner car doesn’t have to mean sacrificing other areas. Ford’s aim is to make the transition as smooth as possible.
Speaking of smooth transitions, here’s a look at the 2012 Ford Hybrid duo. Configure one or both hybrids on CarWoo!
Ford Hybrids: 2012 Fusion Hybrid, Friend of Flora, Fauna and Family
41 city MPG!
Fusion Hybrid’s MPG measurements go 41/36/39, good looking no matter the angle. Assisting those numbers is Fusion’s engine, a front wheel drive 2.5L 4-cylinder gas engine producing 156 HP and 136 lb.-ft. of torque assisted by the electric motor for a grand total of 191 HP.
Fusion Hybrid, still magnificently midsized?
2012 Fusion Hybrid is considered a trim in itself, so the choice is quite obvious.
Fusion Hybrid seats 5, and despite the reduced trunk space (11.8 cubic feet versus 16.5 for gas Fusion) Hybrid cabins offer no noticeable space reductions. You’ll be packing less mental baggage anyway with 39 combined MPG.
Hybrid packages include Ford niceties like BLIS, sunroof, and rain sensing wipers. And despite the $28,600 price tag, drivers will be paying an average of $1,375 on fill ups compared to 2,336 for Fusion’s Flex Fuel V6, according to fueleconomy.gov.
Ford Hybrids: 2012 Escape Hybrid, Escape to Greener Pastures
Ford introduced Escape Hybrid in 2005, quite ahead of schedule for hybrid SUVs. 2012 Escape Hybrid comes available in 2 trims: base Hybrid and Hybrid Limited- Limited gains niceties like heated leather seats, sunroof, interior ambient lighting & rearview camera.
Both trims use the combined power of a 2.5L 4-cylinder gas engine and electric motor for 177 HP and 136 lb.-ft. of torque.
AND, 2012 Escape Hybrid is available in front wheel drive (FWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD). In terms of MPG, it’s 34/31/32 for FWD trims and 30/27/29 with AWD.
Room to Escape?
Space differences are almost nonexistent; Escape Hybrid is still a 5 passenger ride, with 99.4 cubic feet of passenger volume (same as gasoline Escape), 66.4 cubic feet behind the first row (versus 67.2), and 30.9 behind the second row (versus 31.4).
Starting at $30,570, Escape Hybrid owners will spend an average of $1,681 ($1,853 with AWD) gassing up annually, compared to $2,336 for the 2.5L FWD gas Escape, thanks again to fueleconomy.gov.
Future Ford Hybrids: 2013 Escape Hybrid and Friends- Worth the Wait?
Seems Ford has plans to break out an all new Escape for the 2013 model year. The question now stands: can Ford fans afford another year of sub-hybrid MPGs in what should be a more refined crossover?
Speaking of Ford’s future, they’re keeping their grass green by teasing with 2012 Focus Electric, out at the end of this year and promising to push current electric MPGs, and the C-MAX twins: Plug in C-MAX Energi promises a 500 mile driving range on a single dose of battery & engine power. C-MAX Hybrid will supposedly achieve better MPG than the 2011 Fusion Hybrid. Both are due out by fall next year.