I just got around to reading these today, but the Times ran side-by-side articles praising the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid... The article talks about their experiences with real-world fuel economy... The article also gets into the competition between buying a Fusion Hybrid vs. the pretty-good fuel-economy Fusion, which I think is an issue that comes up with the Camry and Accord and their hybrids as well. ... and evaluating how it came to pass that the 2009 Chevy Malibu and Saturn Aura hybrids were canceled during their first model year of production. I'm still pretty firmly sold on a 2010 Jetta or Golf TDI so that I can have a clutch pedal, but having driven a Mazda6 since the end of 2004 (and having test driven a MT, gasoline Fusion or two), I think the Fusion is based on an excellent platform for a car in that size segment. What's probably more interesting about the Aura and Malibu is the nearly universal praise that the standard gasoline variants got, in contrast to the abysmal performance of the hybrids, although I think this most likely has to do with the failure to achieve significant fuel economy gains using the hybrid tech.