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2011 Ford Fusion Hybrid Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2011 Ford Fusion Hybrid was new.


Interior: 8.7

The automotive industry is quite impressed with the 2011 Ford Fusion Hybrid’s interior. It’s well-made, comfortable, and has two standard technology features – Ford Sync and SmartGauge – that make driving easier and more enjoyable.

  • "Customizable high-res gauge cluster makes the quest for high fuel economy fun.” -- Car and Driver
  • "Adequate space. Comfortable accommodations. Above-average ambience." -- USA Today
  • "Interior design is understated, blending soft-touch surfaces with available rich-feeling leather upholstery. Base Hybrid's recycled cloth upholstery is pleasant and avoids looking cheap." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The ride is comfortable and quiet." -- Edmunds
  • "A luxury-filled midsize sedan. The roomy cockpit is beautifully attired with soft-touch materials and pleasing shapes." -- Motor Trend


Reviewers don’t complain about seating in the 2011 Ford Fusion Hybrid. They say there’s plenty of space for front and rear occupants, and tall passengers will be comfortable. The driver also gets a standard tilt and telescopic steering wheel, which makes it easier to find a comfortable driving position.

  • "Headroom and legroom are adequate for six-footers. The seats are supportive, a bit larger than the class norm, and relatively high-set to contribute to fine outward visibility. All Fusions include a tilt and telescopic steering wheel, a driver-comfort plus." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The Fusion Hybrid's high-quality cabin features abundant soft-touch materials, and the overall look is austere but attractive. The Fusion has plenty of space for front and rear occupants. Drivers, in particular, will appreciate the comfortable driving position." -- Edmunds
  • "The seats are comfortable, lightly bolstered and supportive. You know what my measure of good seats for the kids is? No complaints. There was no whining about the booster seat not fitting right or it covering the seat belt receptors. There was no griping about legroom or about who's touching whom. Not a word. Excellent." -- Cars.com

Interior Features

There are two key features inside the 2011 Ford Fusion Hybrid. The first is the Smart Gauge with Ecoguide, which is comprised of two display screens set on either side of a traditional speedometer. Drivers can choose one of four levels: Inform, Enlighten, Engage or Empower. Each setting gives information about fuel economy and trip data. To the right of the speedometer, there is a display that grows leaves as you drive more efficiently. Smart Gauge can track fuel consumption in real time, by trip or over set periods of time, allowing drivers to work to improve the efficiency of their driving habits. Reviewers like this feature, but it can distract the driver.

The second most talked about feature is Ford's SYNC system, which is standard on the Fusion Hybrid. It allows drivers to control Bluetooth-enabled devices, such as cell phones or MP3 players, though voice commands.

The Fusion Hybrid comes standard with a leather shift knob, a rear center armrest, a reverse sensing system, power windows and locks, a tilt and telescopic steering wheel, MyKey and SIRIUS satellite radio. A Fusion Hybrid with optional navigation with SIRIUS Traffic, a moonroof and backup camera is $33,085.

  • "The Fusion is an information lover's delight, much more so than any hybrid I've driven." -- Washington Post
  • "The SmartGauge with Ecoguide is one of the best instrument panels in any car -- hybrid or otherwise. A common problem with some hybrids is their inability to stand out from their gas-only counter parts. They look the same inside and out and consumers most interested in hybrids want something special. While the Fusion hybrid looks similar to the other Fusions, the SmartGauge makes it feel different -- helping create a stronger emotional connection." -- Detroit News
  • "You can pick how much hybrid-related data you want on the instrument panel. Regardless of how much you ask for, Fusion delivers it informatively, no scolding or overwhelming you, as other hybrids do. Yes, there's the ‘atta way' pictograph of leaves growing into a wreath if you drive just so. But you can shut that off." -- USA Today
  • "Other convenient touches include Ford's Sync, which comes in handy when scoping nearby gas prices." -- Popular Mechanics
  • "Sync system works great, integrating audio and Bluetooth functions with voice-recognition technology to provide easy hands-free operation of cell phones and portable MP3 players." -- Edmunds


The 2011 Fusion Hybrid’s trunk can only hold 11.8 cubic feet of cargo because the battery takes up a lot of room, which makes it difficult to fit large boxes. There is, however, plenty of space inside the cabin for storing cell phones, cameras and other items. 

  • "The trunk has a usefully cubic shape, but insufficient height for big boxes. The lid supports are non-intrusive struts. Interior storage is decent. Note that the Hybrid omits folding rear seatbacks." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Trunk capacity does suffer because of the space taken up by the battery pack, but there's still enough room for a fair amount of luggage or gear.” -- Edmunds
  • "The Fusion Hybrid’s storage was ample, with a good-sized trunk (especially considering it’s sharing space with a sizable battery) and a compartment on top of the dashboard that can store sunglasses, cell phones, cameras or whatever else you think of. There are six cupholders. Six! The backseat had a surprising amount of room, and the Latch connectors are relatively accessible." -- Cars.com

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