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TEST DRIVE: Inhabitat Takes Ford’s Stylish 2013 Fusion Hybrid For a Spin
One interesting tidbit is that Ford used new technology like Active Noise Cancellation to help it achieve the Fusion Hybrid’s best-in-class fuel economy rating. According to Ford, engineers added Active Noise Cancellation to the interior to keep many of the engine’s noise out of the cabin.
“At the lower speeds that help efficiency, engines produce booming, low-frequency sounds that can be unpleasant to the driver and passengers. Without Active Noise Cancellation, engineers have to keep the engine out of this operating range, sacrificing efficiency.”
So how does the new Fusion Hybrid drive? The 2013 Fusion Hybrid drives just as well as its gas-powered counterparts. Its engine is very smooth and the transition from electric to gas and electric power is barely noticeable. Compared to other hybrids we’ve driven, the Fusion Hybrid drives more like a regular car. The only time you really notice that you are driving something different is when you realize that you are driving at speeds up to 62 mph with only the electric motor moving the Fusion down the road.
The 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid arrives this fall starting at $27,200. Early next year Ford is going to release another Fusion Hybrid, the Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid, which is estimated to have an EPA rating over 100 MPGe.
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