THE BUZZ: Take a plush, smooth-driving American sedan and give it the soul of a Prius and you've got Ford's new Fusion Hybrid with a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder gas/electric engine that delivers a whopping 40-plus miles per gallon.
THE TEST: This car is a teacher. The more economically I drove, the more "leaves" the car grew on the dash's LCD display. Instead of flooring it, I quickly became obsessed with covering the entire screen in sanctifying green.
THE VERDICT: It won't wow you with its pep or handling, but that's not the point. It's a comfy and impressively fuel-efficient sedan. From $27,270; mpg, 41 city/36 hwy; ford.com