2017 Ford Fu­sion Hy­brid

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Bot­tom line: You could cut the price on a Fu­sion Hy­brid by buy­ing a 2017 model in­stead of a 2018. They prac­ti­cally are the same. Also, con­sider get­ting a welle­quipped, less-ex­pen­sive SE or Ti­ta­nium trim model. Ride, ac­cel­er­a­tion and han­dling: The 2017 Fu­sion Hy­brid gets good marks in all ar­eas. Head-turn­ing quo­tient: High. Af­ford­able As­ton-Martin. James Bond with class. Body style/lay­out: The Ford Fu­sion is a front-en­gine, front-wheel-drive com­pact fam­ily sedan; the Hy­brid is a gas-elec­tric ver­sion. There are four trim lev­els — base S, mid-grades SE and Ti­ta­nium, and toplevel Plat­inum. Power pack­age: The Fu­sion Hy­brid uses a two-liter, in­line four-cylin­der gaso­line en­gine in tan­dem with bat­tery-pow­ered elec­tric mo­tors to yield a max­i­mum 188 horse­power and 129 pound-feet of torque. Power to the front wheels flows through a con­tin­u­ously vari­able au­to­matic trans­mis­sion.

Real-world mileage: I av­er­aged 42 miles per gal­lon in high­way driv­ing and 42 miles per gal­lon in the city. Safety: Standard equip­ment in­cludes four-wheel-disc brakes, ven­ti­lated front and solid rear; four-wheel anti-lock brake pro­tec­tion; emer­gency brake prepa­ra­tion; pre- and post-col­li­sion safety sys­tems; trac­tion and sta­bil­ity con­trol; and side and head air bags. Pric­ing: Pric­ing on the 2017 Ford Fu­sion Hy­brid/Pre­mium starts at $37,020. The price as tested is $38,290, in­clud­ing $395 in mostly cos­metic op­tions and an $875 fac­tory-to-dealer ship­ment charge. You can bar­gain on this one. Choose the 2017 over the 2018 model for price con­ve­nience with no sac­ri­fice of equip­ment.

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