Video: 2013 Ford Fusion Energi preview

At the Chicago Auto Show, I had the chance to take a look at the all-new Ford Fusion Energi, which is the plug-in hybrid version of the midsize car. Ford estimates the hybrid model will get 47 mpg on the highway and in the city (I averaged below 40 mpg combined in a wintery Chicago, week-long test), but the Energi model with the plug-in charge has the potential to get you up to 100 mpg in combined driving.

For more information on the Fusion Energi -- and all hybrid, diesel, electric and fuel-efficient gasoline models -- be sure to check out the entire Green Guide, with capsule reviews and Chicago-worthy ratings.

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  • But there were also the stories this week that despite high gas prices, smaller cars are not taking off, because mid sized cars like the Fusion provide just as good fuel economy.* And you noted that the $30,000 price is about right.

    As I indicated in your last post, the issue may be how many girls in the trunk you can put in the Fusion (admittedly fewer than in the gas model) compared to how many girls you can put behind the hatch of a C-Max.

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    *The same questions about the real fuel economy apply to both the Fusion and C-Max.

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