(Posted on Mar 23, 2019 at 08:13AM by Darby Riales)
U.S. News & World Report named the 2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid as the #11 Affordable Midsize Car in the country. Offering a wide range of advanced electronics and great gas mileage, this eco-friendly sedan is a great choice for the Seattle area.
Powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine coupled with a lithium-ion battery-fed motor, the 2014 Fusion Hybrid generates 188 HP. Equipped with FWD and a continuously variable transmission (CVT), it has an outstanding fuel economy set at 42 mpg combined (44 city/41 highway). According to Edmunds, it even earned a solid five-star rating for overall protection in government-conducted crash tests.
The SE trim level includes heated side mirrors and color-keyed rocker moldings for a snazzy exterior look. Slipping inside, you will find a tilt-and-telescoping steering column that is adjustable to suit your height for optimal comfort. The voice-activated Sync infotainment interface operates with Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free calling. There is also a USB port provided for charging your mobile device.
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The traditional Ford Escape line was well-received in the 2005 model year, but the Hybrid continues to offer the unique proposition of gas savings that consumers remain positively ecstatic about. The superior technology of the combined motor and battery gift this machine sublime performance.
It starts with the conventional engine. The 2.3L I-4 powerplant boasts 133 horses running at 6,000 revolutions per minute (RPM), while torque manages a 124 lb.-ft. rating at 4,250 RPM. This is mated to a two-speed continuously variable transmission (CVT) with overdrive, which provides for seamless transitions between effective gear ratios.
But there is, of course, more. The key to the Escape Hybrid is the addition of a complementary 330-volt nickel-metal hydride battery. With this unit working, the vehicle attains a combined total of 155 HP. Despite this boost, the slick design affords the Big Blue Oval’s creation a 36 city / 31 highway MPG estimation. This means you’ll be darting up and down the roads of Bellevue, Renton, and Seattle with little concern over the status of your fuel tank.
Hybrid vehicles are wondrously gas conscious and environmentally thoughtful, and Ford has been one of the automakers that has long led the push in developing these machines. The 2008 Escape entry into this category remains one of the manufacturer’s finer achievements, as is reflected in its 4.6 out of 5 overall consumer review score.
This compact hybrid delivers performance in spades. The continuously variable transmission (CVT) seamlessly flows through its range of effective gear ratios, ensuring a smooth operating experience. Also, the 2.3L I-4 engine delights with 133 horses at 6,000 revolutions per minutes (RPM) and 124 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,250 RPM. Both front and all-wheel-drive models are offered, too, with 32 miles per gallon combined fuel efficiency achieved on the former and 28 on the latter.
Outside of motor power and a “pump friendly” design, there is also an array of smaller touches that add up to have a big impact on this SUV. Remote keyless entry for all doors is provided, as is dual-zone automatic air conditioning. Fog lights are included, and the exterior further benefits from the integration of 16-inch silver aluminum wheels.
If you’re in the market for an SUV that offers the perfect blend of performance and upscale features, the 2012 Ford Escape Hybrid Limited should be on your short list—after all, Cars.com gives it a nearly 5 out of 5 review score.
The Escape Hybrid contains a 2.5L inline Atkinson-Cycle Hybrid gas motor, which offers greater efficiency in place of power density while still yielding the benefits of a conventional engine in more demanding situations. When combined with the included 70-kilowatt electric unit, this setup boasts a surprising total of 177 horses at 6,000 revolutions per minute (RPM). Highway MPG extends up to 34, as well.
The Limited delivers luxury through the inclusion of a 1st-row, express open sliding and tilting glass sunroof. Heated mirrors and front seats are standard, as is leather trim on all cushions. Additionally, this model year Escape is one of Ford’s first machines to offer a self-parking assist. In the video above, you can witness how the system automates the steering process, making squeezing between two cars a far easier endeavor than in the past.
The Big Blue Oval’s engineering prowess is on full display with this vehicle, which offers a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder gasoline powerplant that pumps out 153 horses and achieves 136 lb.-ft. of torque. This is complemented by a 94 HP, 330-volt permanent magnet motor in the front-wheel drive setup. However, an available all-wheel variant includes a second electric engine that earmarks additional performance for the rear tires for when extra traction is necessary for challenging conditions.
The beauty of this 2012 Escape is that Ford joins the aforementioned under-the-hood excellence with a continuously variable transmission. The CVT is a type of automatic drivetrain that switches seamlessly across a continuous range of gear ratios (hence the name). This offers greater flexibility in operation through a more constant angular velocity, which in turn provides finer efficiency. This optimization combined with the automobile's hybrid nature affords a magnificent 34 city/31 highway MPG rating in the FWD offering and 30 city/27 highway in the AWD model.
Consumers started paying closer attention to fuel economy when gas prices spiked to nearly $4 a gallon in 2008. Drivers traded in their trucks and SUVs in droves, opting instead for more efficient compact cars, sedans and hybrids.
Even now that gas prices have fallen, fuel efficiency is an important consideration for most people in the car buying process. No one knows when or if gas prices will spike again. And if you don’t have to waste money on a gas guzzler, spending $60 or more to fill your tank and creating excess pollution, why do it?
If you’ve never heard of the C-MAX, which is also available as a plug-in hybrid, it's worth a look. The five-door hatchback boasts an impressive 42 miles per gallon in the city and 37 mpg on the highway.
The C-MAX is more affordable than hybrids like the Toyota Prius, with 2013 to 2016 models averaging just $16,500 on Autotrader, but it's not short on features. Aside from price, Autotrader likes the C-MAX for its roomy interior, tech options including navigation, the hands-free power lift gate and the automated parallel-parking system.
The six other models that made the Autotrader list are:
Chevrolet Volt, 2011-2015
FIAT 500, 2012-2015
Honda Civic, 2012-2015
Kia Rio, 2012-2015
Lexus CT 200h, 2011-2015
Toyota Prius, 2010-2015
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