Ford Fusion Hybrid looks sharp while sipping gas

As a general rule, gas-electric hybrid cars and trucks are not fun; their very nature precludes it. Hybrids are made to maximize conservation at the expense of stimulation. The thrill of driving one is seeing the mpg indicator creep higher, rather than the speedometer.

But a fuel-sipper doesn’t have to look ugly to be efficient; you could opt for the 2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid.

Seriously. Take a good look. I’ll wait.

See what I mean? It’s so beautiful you’d never guess that it’s a hybrid.

Redesigned last year, the Fusion’s face wears a grille that bears more than a passing resemblance to the one used by Aston Martin. It fronts a sleek, athletic body that’s a bit more distinctive. Taken together, the car is about as fetching as you can expect a mainstream midsize sedan to be.

Perhaps its most beautiful feature is its EPA rating: 47 mpg city, 47 mpg highway. My 310-mile test drive yielded a very respectable 43 mpg, which is better than most conventional compact cars.

As you may know, a gas-electric hybrid pairs a gas engine with one or more electric motors. By having electricity do some of the chores, the car or truck burns less gas. As a concept, it’s more than 100 years old. As a realistic transportation solution, it’s about 15 years old. And it works seamlessly in the Fusion Hybrid.

Ford combines a 141-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with a 118-horsepower electric motor and funnels the power through a continuously variable automatic transmission to the front wheels. Horsepower is rated at 188. That’s not enough to make the Fusion a speed demon, but the car proves lively enough to slug it out in the worst suburban street warfare.

That said, you’ll notice a hum from the gas engine when it comes on; it’s just enough to let you know what’s happening under the hood. And, as with other Ford hybrid models, you’ll be coached into driving conservatively. A screen to the right of the speedometer displays a diagram of a plant. The more leaves appear, the more efficiently you’re driving.

But efficiency has not changed the Fusion’s impressive agility. The Hybrid’s handling is every bit as good as the standard Fusion. The car has a solid feel, and the steering seems perfectly weighted. Body roll is kept to a minimum when tackling corners, and braking isn’t as grabby as with other hybrids. It is a very willing dance partner, even for car enthusiasts.

While dancing, you’ll find the cabin’s decor is starkly modern, with a good quality feel that will satisfy most shoppers. Offered in S, SE and Titanium trim levels, the Fusion’s interior is fairly roomy, with good room up front and adequate room in the rear. But the car’s arched roof line, which does much for its sporty looks, compromises rear seat headroom. It also requires care when entering or exiting the rear or else you’ll knock your noggin.

Opting for the Hybrid also means living with an oddly shaped trunk that’s noticeably smaller than that of the standard Fusion. Much of the missing space is taken up by the hybrid’s battery pack.

But none of this is enough to rob the car of its basic goodness.

There’s little doubt that the Ford Fusion Hybrid is the perfect, um, fusion of fuel economy, enjoyable handling and striking looks.

It makes saving fuel easy on the eyes as well as the wallet. Conserving fuel rarely looks this beautiful.

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The 2014 Ford Fiesta

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Whether it’s through diligent online research or waiting patiently for the object of your affection to go on sale, we’re always on the hunt for ways to save money. Now there’s a car that can help you do this! With the 2014 Ford Fiesta equipped with the award-winning 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine, you’ll get more power from less gas, which means more money to spend on the other things you love in life.

Fiesta’s modern and aerodynamic design will help you glide down the road in style, and the sporty yet sophisticated interior makes you feel like royalty behind the wheel. Under the hood, EcoBoost technology combines a smaller-displacement engine with turbocharging, direct injection, variable valve timing, and proprietary Ford software to deliver an incredible performance that you’ll be thrilled to welcome into your life.

But the great news doesn’t stop there – the impressively well-appointed interior of the new 2014 Fiesta is designed to give you a personalized driving experience that combines comfort, convenience, and fun. From heated leather seats to unique colour choices, it’s a vehicle that appreciates the importance of offering options to suit your needs and match your style. The technically advanced centre console keeps you connected to your world with smart, powerful, and user-friendly features, including an available rear-view camera, navigation system, and voice-activated technology that allows you to access your phone and music library, and even have text messages read to you while you drive!

Smart and good looking, contemporary and comfortable, EcoBoost-powered Fiesta takes you everywhere you want to go and helps you save money for those other things you want. So keep searching for that trip you want to take or that perfect pair of shoes – the 2014 EcoBoost-powered Fiesta understands what you’re looking for. There are already 2 million cars with EcoBoost technology on the road today, so join the party and experience what it’s all about.

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2014 Ford Fiesta

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