I spent a week in Montreal with a pre-production 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid. It was really neat to drive a prototype and this was my first experience with a hybrid. I can easily say that the Fusion and Hybrid technology far exceeded my expectations of what a hybrid car should be.
This was by far my favourite part of driving the Fusion. Trying to fully recharge the battery with the stop-recharge technology is like a game. The regenerative braking system takes the energy created from applying the brakes and returns it to the battery. On the dashboard, there is a display that shows how much energy you have put back into the battery. So you can play a game with yourself, where your objective is to try to get to 100 per cent with each stop.
I am a SUV and truck guy, and very rarely do I get behind the wheel of a sedan. With the Fusion, I was really impressed by the smooth ride. But what really blew me away was when it kicked into hybrid mode. The Fusion is silent, which is definitely something to experience. Imagine driving in a car that doesn’t make any noise – it’s like a ninja.
From the dashboard to the control panel, the Fusion’s interior is very well laid out. I’m a big fan of MyFord Touch and I found it extremely easy to use SYNC to connect my phone and play music.
I rode in the back of the Fusion Hybrid a few times, giving friends a chance to take the wheel. I am 5-foot-11 and there was more than enough room to sit comfortably in the back.
As a final thought, everywhere I went with the Fusion, people would stop and stare or ask me questions about the car. For most people this was their first time seeing the Fusion. And they all really liked the design. To learn more about the 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid, visit the Fusion on Ford.ca by clicking here.