It wasn’t long ago that Ford was criticized for having it’s Hybrid models not reaching anywhere near the EPA rated gas mileage of 47 MPG. Now, Consumer Reports is confirming this with test results on the 2013 Ford Fusion.
Consumer Reports says their 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid returned 39 MPG – that’s the highest rating any midsize sedan they’ve ever tested has received, but it’s also substantially less than the 47 MPG EPA rating the Ford Fusion Hybrid has.
Despite mileage concerns, the Ford Fusion Hybrid received an overall thumbs up from Consumer Reports with an impressive drivetrain and great performance, ride and handling, and styling.
Consumer Reports also tested the Ford Focus Electric and the Mitsubishi i. While none of these 3 new vehicles were recommended, it was mostly because they are too new to gather reliability data on each model.
Last month Consumer Reports announced that after testing the C-max hybrid, and achieving only 37MPG instead of the EPA rated 47 MPG, they announced the Mazda5 beat out the C-max for best overall in its class.
Strangely enough, consumers don’t seem to mind. Last month Ford posted record sales numbers for both the Ford C-max hybrid and the Ford Fusion Hybrid.