2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid ‘Road Test’

2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid with Mt. Shasta in the background.

2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid with Mt. Shasta in the background.

It’s a warm Monday morning and I’m staring dreamily out the window at the sunshine and wishing I were somewhere in the mountains enjoying this gorgeous day.  When it hits me… I CAN be!  I’ve been meaning to take a 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid for a road test and NOW is the perfect time to do it!

Actually, there will be two of us on this trip.  My fellow marketing employee, Justin, will test a 2013 Acura ILX Hybrid at the same time.  We will caravan up and around the Mt Ashland area stopping just long enough to snap beauty shots along the way.

We’ll ask Justin what he thought of the ILX for our Acura blog tomorrow.  For today we’ll focus on the Fusion Hybrid.  I enjoyed everything about the drive but, of course, I’m biased so I turned to Butler Ford fleet manager Mike “Coach” Cocchiara to tell the truth about the Fusion since he fell so in love with it that he bought one (full disclosure:  Coach owns a Fusion, not a Fusion Hybrid.  But the only real differences are the gas mileage – which at 47/47 city/highway is astounding, and the noise.  The Fusion is QUIET).  Here’s what else he had to say:

  • The Fusion has the best handling on any type of road.
  • It accelerates really well.
  • It’s quiet.
  • Technology in the 2013 Ford Fusion is second to none.  (To clarify, Ford Touch offers 1500+ voice commands, controls on the steering wheel, and easy access to both driver and passenger.)

That’s pretty much what I would have said, too, while also adding in superior comfort.  Hmmm, it’s still gorgeous out… maybe we need another road test, you know, just to make sure…

2013 Ford Fusion Energi Approved for Use in CA’s HOV Lanes

2013 Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid
2013 Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid

Need another reason to pre-order a 2013 Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid?  They’re now approved to travel in California’s High Ococupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes! In fact, The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has bestowed the honor among more 2013 Fords than just about any other make of vehicle! Here are the details according to Ford.com:

“To earn access to these faster moving carpool lanes, vehicles must qualify for tax rebates through California’s Clean Vehicle Rebate Project, which is overseen by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). A vehicle that qualifies earns a special sticker that identifies it as having HOV privileges.

Ford Fusion Energi buyers are eligible to receive a $1,500 tax rebate – in addition to a $3,750 federal tax credit – making Fusion the third Ford brand vehicle to now qualify for California’s special financial and driving incentives, and putting Ford in the lead, along with Toyota, for having the most vehicles of any automaker allowed access to the state’s carpool lanes. Ford Focus Electric and C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid also qualify.”

So, no more excuses. It’s time to take that Golden State road trip!

Sources: www.ford.com, www.motortrend.com

Butler Makes/Models Make Earn IIHS ‘Top Safety Pick+’ Award

2013 Kia Optima, an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ Award Winner

2013 Kia Optima, an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ Award Winner

If you’re in the market for a safe vehicle, chances are Butler Auto Group has one to meet your needs.  Our confidence stems from the fact that four of the 13 vehicles on the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s 2013 Top Safety Pick+ List are makes and models we sell.  They are the Acura TL, the Ford Fusion, The Kia Optima, and the Suzuki Kizashi.  “Models that earn Top Safety Pick also offer outstanding protection in many crashes, ” says IIHS President Adrian Lund.  “These vehicles are much safer choices than most vehicles on the market just five years ago.”   For more on the list and the stringent testing standards visit: http://www.iihs.org/news/rss/pr122012_TSP.html.