New hybrid-electric cars: Ford Fusion/Mercury Milan

The first true HEV sedan from a Detroit automaker (the Chevy Malibu Hybrid is known as a “mild hybrid”), Ford’s Fusion Hybrid delivers an EPA city fuel economy rating of 41 miles per gallon, yet retains the spirited driving characteristics of the gasoline-only version that is priced about $4,000 less.

Available in only one trim package, it comes with rear parking sensors, dual-zone automatic climate control, multi-adjustable power front seats, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, Ford Sync electronics interface, 17-inch alloy wheels and power accessories.

The 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine and electric motor collaborate to pump out 191 horsepower. It reaches 60 miles per hour from a standstill in less than 9 seconds. The Milan, Mercury’s version of the same sedan, will provide a few extra amenities.

MSRP: Fusion starting at $27,270; Milan starting at $31,235.

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