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2015 Ford Fusion Hybrid Review

The 2015 Ford Fusion Hybrid finishes in the middle of the midsize car class. It's comfortable and fuel-efficient, but it's not quite as upscale or athletic as some competitors.

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Nimbler than most hybrids
  • Many available active safety features
  • Rivals have roomier interiors
  • Touchy brakes

Rankings & Awards

The 2015 Ford Fusion Hybrid's #5 ranking is based on its score within the 2015 Affordable Midsize Cars category. It was the winner of our 2015 Best Hybrid Car for Families award and a finalist for our 2015 Best Hybrid Car for the Money award and and a finalist for our 2015 Best Midsize Car for Families award. Currently the Ford Fusion Hybrid has a score of 8.2 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 27 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 9.0
Performance: 7.9
Interior: 7.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.4
Safety: 9.2
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2015 Ford Fusion Hybrid Overview

Is the 2015 Ford Fusion Hybrid a Good Used Car?

Yes, the 2015 Fusion Hybrid is a good used midsize car. It gets great gas mileage, rides smoothly, and handles better than many other hybrids. Inside, it's comfortable and offers plenty of tech features, including many driver assistance options. However, some competitors are either more agile, more spacious, or both. The Fusion Hybrid's regenerative brakes are fairly sensitive as well, but that's a common complaint with many hybrids.

Why You Can Trust Us

Our Ford Fusion review includes far more than just one person's opinion. We collected professional evaluations from 27 sources and combined them with concrete data like fuel economy estimates, safety features, and performance specs to help you make an informed buying decision.

The U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our staff has a combined 75 years of automotive industry experience. To ensure our impartiality, we never accept expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2015 Ford Fusion Hybrid?

Based on more than 4,600 listings on our site, you can expect to pay between $11,700 and $19,000 for a used 2015 Fusion. The average list price is $15,200, but the amount you pay depends on the vehicle’s mileage, condition, location, and features.

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How Much Does the 2015 Ford Fusion Hybrid Cost to Own?

Expenses for fuel, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2015 Fusion Hybrid are estimated to be around $19,120 over five years, or about $3,824 per year. That’s one of the lowest estimates in the midsize car class.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Ford Fusion Hybrid?

The 2015 Fusion's average list price of $15,200 is about $12,000 lower than the base price of a 2019 Fusion Hybrid. Both models have the same powertrain, and they're basically the same when it comes to fuel economy and driving feel. However, the new model comes with many standard features that were optional or unavailable in the 2015, including a Wi-Fi hot spot and the SYNC 3 infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and navigation.

The new-for-2019 Ford Co-Pilot360 also comes standard. It's a suite of features that includes lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, and automatic emergency braking. Available driver assistance features include rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, rear cross traffic alert, and automatic parking assist. If those updates aren’t important to you, consider shopping for an older vehicle, which could save you thousands of dollars.

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The price of a used 2015 Ford Fusion ranges from $11,700 to $19,000. There are no new midsize cars that fall into that price range, but there are many new small cars with comparable price tags. Models in this class may not offer quite as much passenger space, but they get good fuel economy, and many come with more active safety features than the 2015 Fusion Hybrid. Several models are also available as hatchbacks, which have much more cargo space than this used Ford. Good choices in the small car class include the 2019 Honda Civic, Kia Forte, and Toyota Yaris.

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Which Model Year of the Ford Fusion Hybrid Is Best?

Ford redesigned the Fusion for the 2013 model year, kicking off the second generation of the hybrid version of this popular sedan. For 2014, the S trim joined the lineup. A heated steering wheel and ventilated front seats also became available. For 2015, a rearview camera became standard. The 2016 model saw no major upgrades, so it's basically the same as the previous versions. In other words, you can spend less for a model that’s a couple of years older and still get similar features.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Ford Fusion Hybrid?

J.D. Power gives the 2015 Fusion Hybrid a reliability rating of three out of five, which is about average.

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2015 Ford Fusion Hybrid Recalls

As of this writing, five recalls have been issued for the 2015 Fusion Hybrid. They concern the shift cable, steering wheel, power steering, front seat belts, and an issue that involves the transmission when the key is removed. Before buying this vehicle, make sure these issues have been addressed.

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Which Used Ford Fusion Hybrid Model Is Right for Me?

The Fusion Hybrid’s three trim levels are the S, SE, and Titanium. They have the same powertrain, so the only real difference between the trims is the features list. The S trim comes with cloth upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, and Ford’s voice-activated Sync system with a six-speaker audio system, a USB port, and Bluetooth. The SE trim adds power-adjustable front seats and satellite radio.

The best trim for most buyers is the Titanium, even though it's the top trim and will likely cost the most. It comes with many more features than the lower trims, including leather upholstery, heated front seats, rear parking sensors, and the MyFord Touch infotainment system with a Sony audio system. Some used models may have add-on safety features, like adaptive cruise control and blind spot monitoring.

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What Does Ford's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Ford offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 80,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Ford extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years from the original sale date or 100,000 miles. These vehicles also get a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty after the original three-year/36,000-mile new-car warranty expires. Each Ford CPO vehicle must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like vehicle history reports, towing, and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Ford warranty page carefully.

Ford does not have one of the better CPO programs among affordable carmakers. Chevy, GMC, Honda, Kia, and Mazda all have better programs.

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How Safe Is the Fusion Hybrid?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Fusion Hybrid a 2015 Top Safety Pick, the organization’s second-highest award. The IIHS also gave it the highest score of Good in four crash tests. From the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the 2015 Fusion Hybrid received an overall safety rating of five out of five stars.

Standard safety features include a rearview camera and Ford’s MyKey system, which lets parents set vehicle speed and audio volume limits for young drivers. Available driver assistance features include forward collision warning, automatic braking, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, automatic high beams, rain-sensing windshield wipers, rear parking sensors, parallel park assist, and adaptive cruise control.

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2015 Ford Fusion Hybrid Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Ford Fusion Hybrid or 2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid?

The Toyota Camry Hybrid boasts a stellar predicted reliability rating, strong acceleration, and a user-friendly infotainment system. Both of these sedans are similar when it comes to their powertrains, fuel economy, and features lists. Unfortunately, both cars also have unrefined regenerative braking systems. However, the Fusion Hybrid has sportier road manners than the Camry, which remains squarely focused on comfort.

Which Is Better: 2015 Ford Fusion Hybrid or 2015 Honda Accord Hybrid?

The Honda Accord Hybrid is a better value than the Fusion Hybrid. While both sedans have agile handling, an upscale cabin, and similar cargo space, the Honda is quicker and more fuel efficient than its Ford rival. The Accord Hybrid also has more standard features, like an infotainment system and a blind spot camera, and its rear seats feel roomier.

Which Is Better: 2015 Ford Fusion Hybrid or 2015 Ford Fusion Energi?

The Fusion Energi is a plug-in hybrid version of the Fusion and offers many of the same benefits as the Fusion Hybrid. Although the Energi returns slightly worse fuel economy of the two, it boasts a 20-mile electric range, which is great for those with short commutes. While the Hybrid starts with the S trim, the Energi’s lowest trim is the SE. That means the Energi has more standard features, but also a higher average price. Both Ford Fusion models have less trunk space than most midsize cars, but the Energi’s is very small, at just 8.2 cubic feet.

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2015 Fusion Hybrid Performance

How Does the 2015 Ford Fusion Hybrid Drive?

The Fusion Hybrid features a four-cylinder engine and an electric motor that produce a combined 188 horsepower. The powertrain is strong enough for all driving situations, and acceleration is pretty good from a stop. A continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) comes standard.

This Ford rides smoothly, and it handles better than many other hybrids. The transition from electric to gas power is barely noticeable. On the downside, the regenerative brakes are a bit grabby.

Does the 2015 Ford Fusion Hybrid Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Fusion Hybrid gets an EPA-estimated 43 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway. Those are better ratings than you'll get from any nonhybrid midsize car, and they're also good ratings by hybrid standards.

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2015 Fusion Hybrid Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 Fusion Hybrid Seat?

The Fusion Hybrid seats five on standard cloth upholstery. Leather upholstery and a heated steering wheel are available, as are heated, cooled, and power-adjustable front seats. Both rows of seats have enough room for most adults. Still, some rivals have roomier cabins, and putting more than two grown-ups in the back can be a tight squeeze.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Ford Fusion Hybrid?

The 2015 Fusion Hybrid comes with two full sets of LATCH car child-seat connectors. There’s also a tether-only connection for the rear middle seat. The whole setup received the second-lowest rating of Marginal from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety because the lower anchors are set too deep in the seats, and they're difficult to maneuver around.

2015 Ford Fusion Hybrid Features

The Ford Fusion Hybrid comes standard with dual-zone automatic climate control and Ford’s voice-activated Sync system with a six-speaker audio system, a USB port, Bluetooth, and hands-free text messaging.

Available features include a moonroof, remote start, proximity key, push-button start, and the MyFord Touch infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, a Sony audio system, and satellite radio.

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2015 Ford Fusion Hybrid Dimensions

Ford Fusion Hybrid Cargo Space

This car has a 12 cubic-foot trunk. That's a decent amount of space for a midsize hybrid sedan.

2015 Fusion Hybrid Length and Weight

The 2015 Fusion Hybrid is around 16 feet long. Its curb weight sits at 3,615 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 Ford Fusion Hybrid Built?

Ford assembled the 2015 Fusion Hybrid in Mexico.

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