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#2 of 1144 Ward's 10 best engines
Dec 10, 2008 (10:34 am)
DEARBORN, Mich., Dec. 10, 2008 Ė Wardís Automotive Group has named Fordís redesigned Escape and Mariner hybrid engine to its 2009 10 Best Engines list.
The 10 Best Engines list marks North Americaís only awards program honoring powertrain excellence and is designed to reflect the diversity of powertrains that will play a role in reshaping Americaís automotive landscape.
Fordís 2.5-liter, dual-overhead cam I-4 hybrid engine was the only hybrid engine selected as a winner. The judges praised not only its smooth gas-to-electric transition but its overall quality feel as well. This is the fifth year of production for the Escape Hybrid but the first year for the SUV to use Fordís new 2.5-liter engine. Previous models used a 2.3-liter 4-cylinder engine.
ďFord engineers have done a tremendous job,Ē said Drew Winter, editor in chief of Wardís Autoworld magazine. ďWith hybrids in particular, software is such a big thing. The software that regulates how the power is transferred back and forth from gas to electric, when itís done badly, can be jerky and unsettling, but when itís done well, it really elevates driving pleasure. Itís the difference between a superior powertrain and a science experiment.Ē
I assume this is the same engine as used in the 2010 Fusion/Milan hybrid. While I personally have no use for hybrids, Ford will likely get some very good press when the Fusion hybrid rolls out and that could create a ripple effect for other Ford products. Follow up the hybrid with the Ecoboost and the future brightens up in Dearborn.
#3 of 1144 Re: Ward's 10 best engines [brucelinc]
Dec 10, 2008 (12:13 pm)
Actually, it is not exactly the same. It is further improved for use in the Fusion/Milan with, for example, the ability to go further on batteries alone. It certainly bests the hybrids offered by Camry, Altima, and Civic. Of course they are all moving targets.
#4 of 1144 Re: Ward's 10 best engines [gregg_vw]
Dec 10, 2008 (12:28 pm)
Any ideal what the orange outdoor plug and cord is doing as show in some of the Milan pictures. Does it have to be plugged in to recharge?
#5 of 1144 Re: Ward's 10 best engines [bigt]
Dec 10, 2008 (1:48 pm)
No it does not. Perhaps it has an optional engine heater for colder weather.
#8 of 1144 Re: a review [explorerx4]
Dec 13, 2008 (9:32 pm)
43 MPG in a Fusion hybrid. Oh.... yeah....
Styling looks OK, too.
Just to clear up earlier posts in this thread, the 2.5L 4-cylinder engine is the same one in the latest Escape hybrid, but the rest of the Fusion hybrid (batteries, etc.) is improved over the Escape hybrid.
#9 of 1144 EPA certifies Fusion Hybrid
Dec 23, 2008 (9:59 am)
41 mpg city, 36 hwy. Beats Camry by 8 mpg city and 2 hwy.
#10 of 1144 Pretty amazing numbers
Dec 23, 2008 (10:07 am)
Looks like Ford must have paid the EPA VERY well to get those numbers.
No, actually, that means they optimized the components very well.
Good job, Ford !!!
(never thought I'd say that)
#11 of 1144 Re: Pretty amazing numbers [larsb]
Dec 23, 2008 (12:12 pm)
I keep reading about the official EPA estimate for the hybrid, but what about the other engine and transmission options? Are they not out yet?