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7 best cars for budget-minded retirees

2015 Ford Fusion Hybrid SE
2015 Ford Fusion Hybrid SE

2015 Ford Fusion Hybrid SE

  • Price: $27,280
  • Gas mileage:
    • City - 44 mpg
    • Highway - 41 mpg

The only hybrid on this list, the 2015 Ford Fusion Hybrid offers much more than just excellent fuel economy. It's packed with standard equipment appealing to seniors, such as dual-zone automatic climate control, power 10-way adjustable driver's seat, including lumbar adjustment, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel with redundant audio controls, and Ford Sync with Bluetooth control for cellphone, iPod and other personal media players.

The 2-liter, four-cylinder engine in combination with an electric motor produces 188 horsepower that is funneled to the front wheels via a continuously variable automatic transmission.

Fusion's smallish cargo space and tight trunk opening weren't enough to outweigh its affordable price, outstanding fuel economy, better-than-average driver visibility, five-year roadside-assistance warranty and long list of standard features.

 

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