4. 2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid
$27,995 (incl. $795 delivery fee)
47 mpg city / 47 mpg hwy / 47 mpg combined
Designed with a purposeful and thoroughly updated appearance, the Fusion Hybrid is generally perceived as an attractive and effective car. And it gets good mileage, up to 47 mpg city/highway and combined, according to Ford’s self-test done on the honor system for its EPA rating which translates to advertising advantage.
The company has been sued however for allegedly overstating mpg for it and the C-Max which shares the same powertrain.
Neither we nor any other auto publication has reported more than 43 mpg in real world testing, although there are people trolling around the Internet – whoever they might be – insisting that they do, and attempting to counteract the negative press.
However, even at less than its rated mpg, the Ford is a solid car, and worth checking out. Its hybrid system shares patents – but not parts – with Toyota, and it has state-of-the-art features including a lithium-ion battery – not NiMh – and Ford’s own inflatable rear seatbelts, as well as a roomy interior, nice available infotainment system, and good road manners.