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The 2010 Ford Fusion Rocks

There has been a gaping hole in the mid-sized car segment from Ford with the loss of the Taurus a few years back.The Ford Fusion has been around since 2006 but is now modified with the new Hybrid power plant system from Ford.The 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show.  What makes this Ford so special is the excellent in-town gas mileage that the hybrid can get.  The EPA rates the Hybrid at 41 MPG which bests the Camry by 8 MPG and even outshines the Civic Hybrid by 1 MPG in the city;  a great feat for a mid-sized sedan.Without any help from the internal combustion engine, the electric engine can push the Fusion up to 47 MPH.It has been written about and this system has been used by many to get better MPG than the EPA says are possible.

New technology in the Hybrid allows the Fusion to teach drivers which driving style gets the best fuel economy.The Smart Gauge is a set of gauges built into the display.There are two displays on each side of the gauge cluster that show various hybrid info.  The first screen shows the fuel level and the level of power left in the batteries.  The second data screen adds an electric vehicle mode indicator and RPM Tach.  The third screen displays engine and battery output power.The fouth data screen shows which wheels are being powered and accessory power consumption.Information Displays reveal fuel consumption, Miles Per Gallon account, journey record, and antifreeze levels.Best fuel economy can be gauged through real time MPG information showing the driver which driving style is best.

The nav screen shows the Hybrid Energy Flow data.  This display will track the 5 modes of the Fusion’s Hybrid Powertrain which are the; electric drive, hybrid drive, electric boost, idle charging, and regenerative breaking.

The Fusion represents the first eco car to use recycle materials in the construction os the interior.Tired of watching Toyota and Honda benifit off new hybrid vehicles, Ford decided to add a new hybrid vehicle to their line-up that will apeal to the masses.

Check out the inventory at Huntington Beach Ford today.  Or view a cool video and review of the Ford Fusion Hybrid brought to you by your Orange County Ford Dealer. Or check out a great bunch of Atlanta Acura Dealers.

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Which 2010 Hybrid is Better?

Toyota has announced the cost for the new Prius.The MSRP of the Honda Insight is much less than that of the new Prus. The lower MSRP earns the 2010 Insight the title of most affordable hybrid in the U.S. 

A great feature on the new Insight is an ECO assist that will help educate the driver to become more efficient.  It improves performance through the ECON™ button, which controls certain functions of the car, and gives feedback through an ECO scoring system that lets you monitor driving performance as well as gives more incentive to drive green.The Insight uses the latest hybrid motor techniology called the IMA or integrated motor assist. Th IMA system is cheaper to manufacture, lighter than the original, and adds to the overall interior space. The Honda sports a VTEC motor that is connected to an automatic transmission.  Features included on some Insight models are: alloy wheels, cruise control, 6 speaker audio with USB interface, steering wheel mounted paddle shifters, Stability Assist, and a satellite navigation system with voice recognition. Just looking at the Prius and Insight will give you some information that Honda is copying the Prius in design, form, and function. 

Toyota’s answer to the Insight is the Prius with a 160hp 1.8L motor has a couple of different driving settings. These 3 moeds include the power mode which of course adds more power, the EV mode which allows the Prius to run on electricity alone, and the ECO mode which nets the best fuel economy.An accessory on the Prius that is aimed at driver safety is called the precollision system.A laser is used to keep the same amount of distance as the car ahead of you in order to prevent any accidents. Toyota has a new system of buttons on the steering wheel that will help keep the driver safe.

When it comes to price the Insight is hands down the winner, but the gas mileage rating is another story altogether.Early test put the Insight at a combine fuel economy of 41 miles per gallon, and the Prius is reported to get a 46 combined miles per gallon rating.Traveling more than 20,000 miles in only 365 days (when gas is .50 a gallon), the Toyota would only cost just over 00 every year and the Honda would come in 0 more. By owning a Prius, you would save about 53 Gallons of gas and 3 per year, but to break even, it would take over 27 years to break even.Even though the Toyota nets better MPG, the Honda is still a better value due to its low price!

Used Honda Hybrid in Southern California, or buy a New Toyota Hybrid.  See great deals on the New toyota Prius in Northern California.

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