The Ford Fusion Hybrid mid-size sedan was Ford's second hybrid vehicle after the Escape Hybrid crossover. The Fusion Hybrid, launched early in 2009 as a 2010 model, was a sensation.
It handily beat the gas mileage of the competing Toyota Camry Hybrid, with ratings of 41 mpg city and 36 mpg highway, and its user information displays in the large display that showed both the instrument cluster and a variety of data on the hybrid system's operation was miles ahead of any other hybrid.
Ford, for instance, pioneered the idea of showing a vine whose green leaves grow slowly as you drive economically--and then, if you hammer the car, evanesce quietly away to leave the vine bare until you moderate your behavior.
While the Fusion line hasn't yet received the MyFord Touch voice-controlled infotainment and vehicle control system, it does offer Sync, which lets drivers choose songs, make and answer phone calls, and control the infotainment system, all by voice.
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