Ford has announced that all its Fusion models will go out of production in 2020, as the automaker discontinues the bulk of its gas-based passenger cars in order to produce crossovers and SUVs built on new platforms using electrified powertrains. The automaker will continue building the Fusion through at least 2020, so there will be one additional model year after the 2019 version.
This review is about the 2019 Fusion Hybrid:
The 4-door, 5-seat 2019 Ford Fusion Hybrid sedan comes in three trims: SE ($27,555 MSRP), SEL ($31,520 MSRP), and Titanium ($34,485 MSRP). All 3 trims use a 2.0L 4cylinder Atkinson gas/electric hybrid CVT engine, a continuously variable-speed automatic transmission, FWD – front wheel drive, and 4-wheel independent suspension.
EPA-estimated mileage for all 3 trims is 43/41mpg city/highway, 42 combined, and their EPA-estimated total range is 588 miles. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates a 2019 Ford Fusion driver will save $2,750 in fuel costs over 5 years compared to driving a comparable new fossil fuel vehicle.
Considered a mainstream sedan with lots of technology, smart handling, comfort, space and great looks, the hybrid offers “family sedan convenience” for a reasonable price.
When you apply the brakes in a conventional vehicle, kinetic energy is lost due to friction. During braking in the Fusion Hybrid, regenerative braking recovers more than 94% of this energy and sends it back to the battery to be stored for later use.
The Fusion was last redesigned for the 2013 model year. Very few styling changes have been made since then. Knowing the car is near the end of its run, Ford hasn’t modified the car’s exterior. And yet, reviewers and consumers are continuously impressed with the hybrid’s great mileage, comfort, and safety features. Fusion Hybrid drivers in a recent cars.com research poll provided 5 out of 5 stars in all six poll categories: exterior styling, performance, interior design, comfort, reliability and value for the money.
The Fusion received a mild refresh for the 2019 model year, which brought updated styling and features, including Ford's Co-Pilot 360 suite of driver assistance technologies. Standard on all Fusion trims, the Co-Pilot 360 includes: Auto Highbeam Headlamps, BLIS (Blind Spot Information System) with Cross-Traffic Alert, Lane-Keeping Assist, Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Braking, 2 12-Volt Powerpoints, a Remote deck lid release, Active Noise Control, Intermittent/speed sensitive wipers, and a Rear-View camera.
Additional standard features for the SE base model include: a Blind Spot Warning Accident Avoidance System, an LED headlamp and Front Fog driving lights, Steering Wheel Audio and Cruise Controls, Keyless Ignition, MyKey, Push Button Start, an EcoSelect button, a Message Center with Trip Computer, Adaptive Cruise Control, Rear Parking sensors, Digital Keypad Power Door Locks, One-touch Power Windows, and Heated Mirrors.
The In-Car Entertainment on the SE base model includes: 2 4.2” driver-configurable LCD displays in the instrument cluster, a Voice-Activated Navigation System with Sirus XM Traffic and Traffic Link, AM/FM Stereo with MP3 Capability, SYNC, FordPass Connect, a Memory Card Slot, Auxiliary Audio Input and USB with External Media Control, Sirus XM Radio plus 6 months of provided service, a USB connection, and 9 total speakers.
Ford’s SmartGauge with EcoGuide acts as a driving coach, providing real-time driving feedback. When driving becomes more efficient, the right-side cluster display grows leaves and vines. You can track the powertrain’s operation – hybrid drive, electric drive, gas engine, plus instant and average fuel economy.
Optional features include: a Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel, a Power Moonroof, Intelligent Access with Remote Start.
In government crash testing, the Fusion Hybrid received five stars out of five overall: five stars for front impacts and four stars for side impacts.
REWRITTEN JULY 2019
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