1. Cheaper to Run
This point is a no-brainer as well. The smaller, four-cylinder-only Fusion is more efficient than the Rapide S, which features 6.0-liters of displacement spread across a dozen cylinders. *GASP* we bet you never saw that one coming!
The most inefficient Fusions are powered by the company’s range-topping 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine. It delivers up to 240 hp and a maximum of 270 lb-ft of torque. When saddled with optional all-wheel drive, which adds weight and drivetrain friction, the car is expected to deliver an average of 25 miles per gallon. For the record, it stickers at 22 MPG city and 31 on the highway.
The best the Rapide S can muster is a dreadful 15 MPG combined, which is derived from a score of 13 miles per gallon around town and 19 on the open road. Hopefully the car comes with a glove box stuffed with British Petroleum stock because your fuel costs are going to rival that of a small European nation.
Further embarrassing the Aston Martin is Ford’s ultra-thrifty Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid. This amped-up auto offers an electric-only range of 21 miles and can hit 85 mph without burning a drop of fuel. Its combined gasoline and electric economy score is 100 miles per gallon. So yeah, that’s MUCH better.
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