You could buy the biggest selling car in the world, the Ford Focus.
The Ford Focus Sedan with an automatic transmission and Super Fuel Economy (SFE) Package is listed for only $19,000 with no other options. The SE Focus Sedan with auto trans and SFE Package gets 28 mpg city and 40 mpg hwy. It has a gas only engine.
The Fusion Hybrid starts at around $27,000
JD Power rates the Fusion reliability at 4 out of 5 stars.
The Focus rates 3 out of 5 stars.
The Prius reliability is 4 out of 5 stars
Americans and the world in general, need to catch with what is going on in the American car industry. It seems like many people are 5 to 10 years behind the times, with their ideas about American car quality. Everyone seems to assume that we are still way behind the Japanese in terms of reliability and way behind the Germans in terms of refinement.
This simply isn't true. Several American vehicles have received equal and occasionally better quality marks than their Japanese competition. Many car magazine writers are beginning to mention some American cars in the same breath as Mercedes, BMW and Audi.
Yes, several American models, especially Fords have been labeled as unreliable, but so have a few Asian cars. Does that mean we should throw the babies out with the bathwater and dismiss ALL the vehicles made by those companies?
How many Ford Crown Victorias, Mercury Grand Marquis, Lincoln Town Cars (police interceptors, taxis and limos) and American pick-up trucks by Dodge, Chevy and Ford, are driving around in America with 200,000 to 500,000 miles on them? I would have to say, millions of them.
Why do you think so many commercial businesses and city services use those vehicles? Because of corporate and fleet discounts? Don't fool yourselves. No discount is worth having a vehicle break down when lives or money are riding on the line and the people who are in charge of spending the money, know that. Those vehicles were chosen because they were big enough and reliable enough statistically, to get the job done.