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2013 Fusion Hybrid

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  • I actually got better mileage this morning that usual, so its definitely promising. I need to look and see if I have any software updates. Were yours for Sync updates?
  • b25nutb25nut Templeton, CAPosts: 199
    I got the FSA 13A01 Sync Upgrade and the 13B07 PCM recalibration done. 13-5-1 for the Battery Saver message didn't work, al least for me. Before the Sync upgrade, when I played my USB songs on Shuffle, about half the time it would start with the same song. With the upgrade, it has not done this.
  • Has their been any improvement on song being played in the proper order? Mine always play in alphabetical order rather than track order when I play an album
  • b25nutb25nut Templeton, CAPosts: 199
    I've always played mine on Suffle so I don't know what it does in other modes.
  • acdiiacdii Posts: 753
    Depending on what you use for the media, you may need to organize the track information. I have this same problem and found that trough Itunes if you set the Meta data correctly it will play by track, but it isnt easy and consumes time.
  • b25nutb25nut Templeton, CAPosts: 199
    edited December 2013
    The FFH is my first hybrid. I never even considered a hybrid before last year, and I still wouldn't be caught dead in a Prius. But Ford has made me a convert by producing a hybrid disguised as one of the nicest looking, highest tech vehicles available. And it was within my $34K budget.
    How many times you may have to take a new vehicle back to the dealer to correct problems is a fear most car buyers have, and it is a good gauge of the quality of a car. This is a list of my dealer trips in 12 months:
    1. Updated to the latest MyFord Touch software.
    2. Had dealer check for the cause of the Battery Saver message. Nothing was found wrong, battery was charged, I did not leave happy.
    3. Had a total of six TSBs and updates done at one time.
    (For the first two trips, a shuttle took me to work and picked me up. For this third, a loaner car was provided.
    4. Had Illuminated Door Sills and Ambient Lighting installed (the only time I had an out of pocket expense).
    Not bad for a brand new car. During my first 9 months of ownership, I averaged 37.2 mpg. The last three months have seen a 43.4 mpg average. After 12,200 miles, the FFH is like a fine wine. It gets better with age.
    I know I could come close to or match the EPA 47 mpg if I never drove over the speed limit. But for me, that’s never going to happen. I have, however, lowered my average speed by 5 mph, and I’ve surprised myself by being happy with that. If I had been driving my previous vehicle, a 2004 Chrysler Pacifica, I would have spent over $1,600 more on gas over the past year. That fact makes my very happy, but everything about the FFH makes me a happier person. One of the best feelings you can have is knowing you’ve made the right decision, and there is no other car on the planet that I wish I would have chosen instead of the FFH. Although I know there are other factors involved, I truly believe that purchasing the FFH has made me a better person.
    My FFH is a White Platinum SE with Dune leather interior (Equip Group 502A), moonroof, MFT Tech Package, Nav, 18” Luxury Wheels and Rear Sensing. I will probably be happily driving my FFH for the next eight years. If I were to buy another one tomorrow, however, the only option I would add would be the Push Button Start, which wasn’t available for the SE at the time of my purchase. I still wish Ford would make the new 10-way adjustable passenger seat an option on the 2014 SE and not just the Titanium. They should at least make a manual height adjustment available for the front passenger. In many cases, this adjustment would probably only be done once, just like the tilt adjustment on my steering wheel.
    I’ll never qualify as a hybrid “enthusiast” but I do think I fit in with the majority of FFH owners who just love driving their Fusion Hybrid, and get great gas mileage as a side benefit.
    The FFH is a “luxury” car, but doesn’t qualify for that category since it doesn’t cost enough. Its fold down rear seats are a major benefit for me. I use them a lot, and if the FFH didn’t have them, I probably would have purchased a crossover vehicle instead.
    If you are already in the habit of driving with smooth acceleration and smooth braking, you should have no problem getting good mileage from your FFH. Learning to back off the gas peddle at the right time to get into EV mode is probably the major new additional habit you need to develop.
    In the category of vehicles that people can afford, I feel the 2013-14 Ford Fusion Hybrid is the best choice a driver can make.
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,963

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  • sergeissergeis Posts: 134
    edited August 28

    Had our Fusion Hybrid 2013 for over a year now. Recently got a check for about $800 from Ford to compensate for the inflated mpg numbers - 47/47 mpg is now replaced with 44/41. Now, I new it was not 47/47 when I was buying it, but liked it as is, so the check is a bonus for me. I still like it. Below are some MPG numbers etc.

    My average for city driving in warm summer weather is 47 mpg and above. It is a matter of learning how the car saves most gas, and it is not just going slowly. It is best to accelerate normally to cruise speed using engine, which is simultaneously recharging the battery, and then just cruise to the next light on electric. Braking should be just smooth enough to let the "regenerative" to get 100% energy back, in city that alone gives you ~10% saving. City with some smooth hills is actually best for it. My wife used to get only ~40 mpg in a city, but now that she learned how to drive she gets the same high mpg as me. And that did not make her travel times longer.

    For highway, when driving without traffic, do not expect more than ~41 mpg at 60 mph, though that would go a little up if there are some smooth hills and the car would switch to electric more often. With traffic, however setting on adaptive cruise with the shortest distance between cars (0.9 seconds) you get from 45 to more than 50 mpg, depending on the size of the car in front of you. The adaptive cruise is really good in reaction time when the car in front breaks - it breaks instantly with necessary hardness keeping the 0.9 seconds distance. On highways with traffic I easily get 45 mpg and above. Last weekend had 48 mpg taking highway with some interstate to the beach, about 250 miles round trip, moderate traffic.

    For interstate at 70-85 mph expect 38-34 mpg on an empty road. Again, using adaptive cruise and hiding behind traffic will get you over 40 mpg, once with rather heavy truck traffic I had 49 mpg on a 250 mile interstate round trip. In Chicago traffic, for example, I usually have 45-50 mpg on highways and interstates, all the same...

    My current average for this summer driving is 44.5 mpg, it goes up when in the city, and drops on interstate, total driving distance was few thousand miles.

    Winter time - due to the fact that heating runs using engine heat, the city numbers drop by ~5-10 mpgs with short 5-10 minutes trips to work and back, as engine runs constantly for first minutes to get heat.

    There is only one big disappointment: the GPS navigation program really sucks. First, it has no option to enter the coordinates - which is a must for any hiker. Second, sometimes you cannot change the state, since it only shows one current state in the list. Turning car on and off sometimes helps (like restarting windows). Typing some distant POI - like Warren Dunes (state park in Michigan) when being in Indiana - results in zero findings - even though POI is on its map. Typing in a small city name even in current state will be often impossible as it only gets you use letters, which lead to something matching in its "brain", and that particular city is, for some reason, is not there. Again - if you know where it is you can still browse the map directly (the city is actually there!) and select a point on the map as a destination. Anyway - I use my android phone for navigation, it is easier.

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