Considered a mainstream sedan with lots of technology, smart handling, comfort, space and great looks, the Ford Fusion Hybrid comes into the 2018 model year unchanged from 2017. Seating 5 people, this is a car that reviewers say offers “family sedan convenience” for a reasonable price.
With an EPA–estimated MPG of 43 City/41 Highway, Ford’s base level Fusion Hybrid (S) is $25,390. Fusion Hybrid comes in 4 trims: Hybrid S, Hybrid SE, Hybrid Titanium and Hybrid Platinum. Platinum starts at $37,370. Key features of all four trims include a 1.4kWh lithium-ion battery that works with a hybrid 2.0L 1-4 Atkinson-cycle engine, an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission (eCVT) and an 88 kW electric motor.
An anti-locking braking system (ABS), Electric Power-Assisted Steering (EPAS), Regenerative braking and 17-inch Sparkle Silver-Painted Aluminum wheels are standard.
Standard entertainment and comfort and convenience systems include: AM/FM Stereo with CD Player, MP3 Capability; a 9-Speaker SYNC Enhanced voice recognition communication and entertainment system; a 4.2" driver configurable LCD display in instrument cluster; Active Noise Control; Hill Start Assist; Rear A/C and heat vents; Push Button Start; SmartGauge with EcoGuide; MyKey; an EcoSelect button; and a Rear View Camera.
A sunroof and a navigation system are optional for both the SE and Titanium, and the Titanium can be had with ventilated front seats.
Safety-wise, the 2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid received the highest five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA; five overall; five stars for front impacts, four stars for side impacts. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the regular Fusion its top score of Good in all categories, except for the small-overlap frontal-offset test, where the car still achieved the second-best Acceptable rating.
Edmunds auto reviewers give the car 5 stars for smartphone integration, citing excellent Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality as well as a second USB port. For drivers who don’t use these new systems, old-fashioned Bluetooth is optional.
Thecarconnection.com says: “The 2018 hybrid Ford Fusions are enjoyable to drive, with recent tweaks to driving feel and some of the best roadholding among mid-size sedans. The real upgrade came last year, when Ford added a suite of electronic active-safety systems that’s among the most comprehensive in the mid-size sedan category. Those include active lane control, replacing the earlier lane-departure warning; adaptive cruise control that works from highway speeds down to a full stop and back up; automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection; driver alerts for drowsiness; and a park-assist system that not only parallel-parks but will take the Fusion into perpendicular spaces too.”
Discussing the new 2018 Ford hybrids, Edmunds car reviewer Cameron Rogers says: “We like the standard Fusion for its sharp looks, surprisingly adept handling, spacious trunk and excellent Sync 3 infotainment system. These positive traits carry over to the hybrid version as well (yep, even the handling and cargo capacity) to give it an edge over some rivals.”
Rogers: “A well-sorted chassis and suspension setup prevent the Fusion from rolling around too much when the road gets twisty. But even if mountain roads aren't part of your normal commute, you'll still appreciate the Fusion's space-efficient interior and trunk. As with other hybrid sedans, the Fusion's battery pack occupies a good deal of the trunk's real estate. However, its low profile means you can still lower the rear seats and access the trunk, increasing usable storage space. This is a rare feature in this class.
Rogers: "Interior materials are also consistently high across the trim levels. In the range-topping Fusion Platinum version, the quilted leather upholstery might make you think you're riding in a luxury car. There are compromises, of course. The Fusion Hybrid isn't the most fuel-efficient vehicle in its class — it gets 42 mpg combined, compared to 48 mpg in the Accord Hybrid — and it isn't the quickest. But overall we think the Fusion's practicality and comfortable and well-trimmed cabin far outweigh its performance deficiencies.”
John Voelcker, Senior Editor for The Car Connection says: The six-year-old 2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid remains a handsome, comfortable mid-size sedan with good fuel efficiency and a plug-in hybrid option. The 2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi are now in their sixth model year, older than any competing mid-size sedans with high-efficiency hybrid or plug-in versions. Mildly refreshed last year, the Fusion remains a good-looking sedan with a comfortable and stylish interior.”
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