The New Ford Fusion: A sneak peek

January 9, 2012 · Print This Article

Full disclosure: Ford has paid for my airfare and hotel (and they’re feeding me pretty darn well too,) to attend the North American universal Auto Show.  But the trip came with no strings attached.  I didn’t have to write about any of the Ford models.  I didn’t have to write about anything at all.  I mean, I’m a green family blogger, right?  Not a car blogger.

But I am a mom.  Specifically, I’m a mom who is concerned about the environment and bases most of her decisions – whether it’s buying a cantoloupe or buying a car – on how it affects the environment.  And I’m a blogger who prides herself on relentlessly researching the products that are best for my family to share with readers so that they can construct informed decisions for their families.

So, with that said, I have to confess that when I got the Ford invite, I was pretty excited to attend the event and see what all of the car manufacturers have in mind when it comes to greening our rides.

I have to confess, I was a little bleary-eyed when my alarm went off at 4:30 that wee hours so that I could hit the gym before the 6:00am departure that Ford had planned for us.  The early start was so that we could get a sneak peek at the new Ford Fusion.  When the cars came out onto the floor, the cobwebs started to clear from my brain.  And when they told me that the new Ford Fusion plug-in hybrid will get by 100 MPG-e (miles per gallon equivalent,) I really woke up.

Again, I’m not a car techie, and I won’t pretend to be.  So I’ll leave the car tech reviews to other bloggers.  But I will tell you that as a mom – a mom who will probably be buying a new

car for her family in the next few years – I was pretty impressed with a number of the Fusion’s family-focused and safety features, such as:

MPG-e: As I mentioned, the new plug-in hybrid will get by 100 miles per gallon equivalent. That’s huge, HUGE for me.

MyKey: Ford feature (available on many newer models) allows parents to limit speed and audio volume to energize teens to drive safer and improve fuel efficiency. plus reminds teens to buckle up.

MyFord Mobile: New app that let’s you charge your car or check charging status from your phone or laptop. Automatically charges car at off-peak times whether possible, and tells you how far you can go on your current charge based on your driving history.

SmartGauge: that cool new tool gives drivers real-time info about energy use so that you can change your driving habits (don’t brake as hard or drive with the heat on full blast) to improve fuel efficiency.

LED-illuminated external charge port: that is minor, but I thought it was cute too. The plug-in port will be lit with an LED light that gives you the status of your battery’s charge.

Airbags and recycled seats: The new Fusion will come standard with six airbags and seats made from recycled plastic water bottles.

Here’s what I don’t know.  I don’t know how much the Ford Fusion will cost.  That obviously, will play a major role in whether or not I would consider purchasing it.  And without a pop quiz drive, I can;t say one way or another whether or not that car would be a good fit for my family.

But thus far, as a mom – a mom who cares deeply about environmental issues – I will say that I’m impressed.

 

[Source] Jenn

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