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2015 Ford Fusion Hybrid Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2015 Ford Fusion Hybrid was new.


Performance: 7.9

Test drivers praise the 2015 Ford Fusion Hybrid for its good fuel economy, comfortable ride and slick transitions between gas and electric power. Some also report that the Fusion Hybrid is fairly agile for the class, though a few write that spirited drives on a winding road can make it feel unwieldy.

  • "The Fusion Hybrid's combined fuel economy rating of 42 mpg isn't the best in the segment, but it's still very good. More importantly, though, you don't sacrifice performance to get it: Acceleration is respectably quick and handling is reassuring around turns." -- Edmunds
  • "Its smooth ride and quiet-running drivetrain brought a sense of calm to a commute that often inspires frenetic hurling of epithets." -- The Wall Street Journal (2013)

Acceleration and Power

The 2015 Ford Fusion Hybrid has a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and electric motor that make 188 horsepower combined. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) is standard. The Fusion Hybrid gets an EPA-estimated 44/41 mpg city/highway, which is very good for a hybrid midsize car, though competitors like the Honda Accord Hybrid and Toyota Prius use less fuel.

Auto writers agree that the 2015 Ford Fusion Hybrid feels responsive from a stop and offers enough power for most types of driving. Many are also pleased with the Fusion Hybrid’s smooth transitions between gas and electric power.

  • "… the Fusion Hybrid transitions between gasoline and electric operation nearly seamlessly, and can even go up to 62 mph on just electric power." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "The 2015 Ford Fusion Hybrid is no high-powered sport sedan -- and surely most seeking a hybrid wouldn't expect it to be -- but everyday acceleration is certainly adequate for most driving situations." -- Edmunds
  • "Around town, however, the 2013 Fusion hybrid feels delightfully responsive, no doubt due to the fact that the hybrid's electric motor delivers its maximum-rated 117 lb-ft of torque (an increase of 11 lb-ft over last year's hybrid) instantaneously. Never does the new Fusion hybrid's powertrain feel anything but tractable." -- Car and Driver (2013)
  • "It's tough to notice the Hybrid's transitions. They're tabletop smooth and the interior is almost bank-vault quiet." -- Motor Trend (2013)

Handling and Braking

Reviewers agree that the 2015 Ford Fusion Hybrid has a comfortable ride, and some praise its athletic handling and accurate steering. However, a few point out that the steering could provide more feedback, and that the Fusion Hybrid loses composure when driven aggressively in sharp turns. Some reviewers are also disappointed with the Fusion Hybrid’s touchy regenerative brakes.

  • "We also like the way the 2015 Fusion Hybrid drives around turns: Its steering is sharp and direct, and the ride is compliant. In general, its handling is oriented pleasingly toward the sporty side of the spectrum for a hybrid." -- Edmunds 
  • "The electric power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering has some feel, and the strut-type front and multilink rear suspension is a bit firm but comfortable. The whole car feels solidly built." -- Car and Driver (2013)
  • "The Hybrid rides as if it were a street-legal Lay-Z-Boy. Its steering has the most artificial assist of the [Fusion] lineup, and it gently rolls and bounds when pushed hard into corners." -- Motor Trend (2013)
  • "The finessing of the regenerative and friction braking is less successful. The regenerative brakes are grabby at all but the lightest touch, and the transition to friction braking is not seamless." -- Automobile Magazine (2013)

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