Nov 01, 2009
Reviewed By SCM Staff
Price as Tested $30,780
Likes

Fuel-sipping 2.5L gas-electric hybrid drive delivered combined 38 mpg during Monterey week, with plenty of passing power when needed. Smooth-shifting CVT. Attractive exterior styling; comfortable leather interior seems well done; blind-spot warning, Sony stereo is plenty loud.

Dislikes

At this trim level, one-touch up/down window feature should be on all four, not just driver’s. Even on MAX setting, a/c was powerless to tame San Jose’s 95-degree outside temps. Push-down dashtop compartment is a poor, frustrating design.

Verdict

I would buy this Ford—haven’t said that in a long time. It’s a roomy, comfortable, highly efficient machine capable of more mpg than I got from it (1,445 miles to a tank—Google it!). My gripes are just annoyances, actually, and I’m impressed.

Fun to Drive
4.0 rating
Fun to Look at
3.0 rating
Overall Experience
4.0 rating
Stats