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2016 Ford Fusion Hybrid Review

The 2016 Ford Fusion Hybrid stands out for its smooth powertrain, contemporary interior, and athletic handling. Its reliability score is average, but in the highly competitive midsize car class, that’s enough to keep this hybrid in the bottom third of our rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Modern interior
  • Comfortable seats
  • Smooth transitions from electric to gas power
  • Nimble handling
  • Infotainment system responds slowly
  • Touchy brakes

Rankings & Awards

The 2016 Ford Fusion Hybrid's #8 ranking is based on its score within the 2016 Affordable Midsize Cars category. It was the winner of our 2016 Best Hybrid Car for the Money award and a finalist for our 2016 Best Midsize Car for the Money award. Currently the Ford Fusion Hybrid has a score of 8.2 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 29 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 9.0
Performance: 8.1
Interior: 7.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.4
Safety: 9.2
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2016 Ford Fusion Hybrid Overview

Is the 2016 Ford Fusion Hybrid a Good Used Car?

The 2016 Ford Fusion Hybrid is a one of the best-handling midsize hybrid sedans available. It also earns great fuel economy estimates and has an upscale, comfortable cabin. However, the Fusion Hybrid has a few flaws: its brakes are overly sensitive and its base infotainment system is difficult to use. For these reasons, shoppers should also consider competitors.

Why You Can Trust Us

Our used car rankings and reviews are based on our analysis of professional automotive reviews, as well as data like crash test scores, reliability ratings, and ownership expenses. We researched 29 Ford Fusion Hybrid reviews to help you decide if it’s the right used car for you.

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, our staff never takes expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2016 Ford Fusion Hybrid?

Our site has over 4,300 listings for the Ford Fusion, with prices ranging from $12,600 to $20,000. Hybrid models tend to run higher than their nonhybrid counterparts. Exact prices depend on a number of factors, including the vehicle’s location, features, and mileage.

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How Much Does the 2016 Ford Fusion Hybrid Cost to Own?

During the car-buying process, it’s important to consider a vehicle’s ongoing costs. Estimated five-year costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs are nearly $19,400 for the 2016 Fusion Hybrid. That’s comparable to the estimated expenses for rivals like the Toyota Camry Hybrid (about $20,000) and Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid (nearly $19,600).

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

A new 2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid has a base price of nearly $25,400. That’s considerably higher than even the highest price you’ll pay for a used 2016 Fusion Hybrid. This car hasn’t changed much since the 2016 model year, so go with the used model. You’ll get the same features that you would with the new Fusion Hybrid, at a much lower price.

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If you want a new car, but your budget is limited to what you’d pay for a used 2016 Fusion Hybrid, your choices are limited. There are no midsize hybrids that begin as low as a used Fusion Hybrid. Drop down a class, and you’ll find the 2018 Toyota Prius. It’s an excellent vehicle, but with a starting price north of $23,000, you’re probably better off with the less expensive 2016 Fusion Hybrid.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Ford Fusion Hybrid?

The 2016 Fusion Hybrid has a reliability rating of three out of five from J.D. Power. That’s an average score for the automotive industry, but most competitors in this class have higher marks.

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2016 Ford Fusion Hybrid Recalls

At the time of this writing, there are four safety recalls on the 2016 Ford Fusion Hybrid. One deals with the fuel tank, which can crack in a crash. Another deals with the steering wheel, which may detach. In addition, a driver’s side seat weld may break in an accident, and front seat belts may not properly restrain passengers. Be sure these are corrected before purchasing the car.

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Which Model Year of the Ford Fusion Hybrid Is Best?

The 2016 Fusion Hybrid is part of a generation that launched in 2013. There are few differences between model years in this generation, so you may want to consider pre-2015 Fusion Hybrids to save money. Just note that while the 2015 model comes with a standard rearview camera, the 2013 and 2014 models do not. These three models earn overall scores of 7.9 to 8.2.

The 2016 and 2017 Fusion Hybrids earn good overall scores (8.2 and 8.4, respectively). Both models have the available SYNC infotainment system, which is much more user-friendly than the system in 2015 and earlier models. In the end, you can’t go wrong with any Ford Fusion Hybrid from 2013 through 2017, but the 2016 model with its standard rearview camera and the SYNC system offers the best combination of features and price.

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Which Used Ford Fusion Hybrid Model Is Right for Me?

The 2016 Ford Fusion Hybrid is available in three trims: S, SE, and Titanium. The nonhybrid Ford Fusion is reviewed separately.

The Ford Fusion Hybrid S trim will appeal to most shoppers, as it comes with a good number of standard features for the class. Among those standard features are dual-zone automatic climate control and the voice-activated SYNC infotainment system with Bluetooth and smartphone app integration. The Ford Fusion Hybrid SE trim adds a few comfort features, like leather-trimmed seats, a 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat, and a six-way power-adjustable passenger seat. The SE trim also comes with satellite radio, and models with the Technology package add the user-friendly upgraded SYNC infotainment system. Instead of buying the top-of-the-line Titanium trim, consider the SE trim’s options and packages to get many high-tech features.  

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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 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2016 Fusion Hybrid five out of five stars for overall safety, as well as in the frontal crash test. It received four stars in its side and rollover evaluations. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety did not provide crash test data for the 2016 Fusion Hybrid.

A rearview camera comes standard. Available safety features include rear parking sensors, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, pre-collision automatic braking with pedestrian detection, rear cross traffic alert, and MyKey, which allows you to set speed and radio volume limits for secondary drivers.

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2016 Ford Fusion Hybrid Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Ford Fusion Hybrid or 2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid?

The Toyota Camry Hybrid isn’t as fun to drive, but it comes out ahead of the Fusion Hybrid in some other areas. For example, its powertrain generates more horsepower than the Fusion Hybrid’s, while earning comparable fuel economy estimates. Additionally, the Toyota has a perfect reliability rating. The Camry Hybrid’s interior isn’t as nice, but it’s roomy, comfortable, and quiet. It’s a close call, but the Camry is the better overall choice.

Which Is Better: 2016 Ford Fusion Hybrid or 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid?

The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid’s main advantage over the Fusion Hybrid is its spacious back seat. Fuel economy numbers and estimated ownership costs are similar, and both sedans have upscale cabins but awkward brakes. The Fusion Hybrid is the better performance car, but the Sonata Hybrid is more practical for most shoppers.

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2016 Fusion Hybrid Performance

How Does the 2016 Ford Fusion Hybrid Drive?

The 2016 Fusion Hybrid has a four-cylinder engine and an electric motor that make 188 horsepower. A continuously variable automatic transmission is standard. This powertrain produces modest strength for highway commutes. Its power is better suited for local driving, as the sedan can struggle to accelerate during merging and passing maneuvers. Transitions between electric and gas power are seamless, which isn’t the case with most other hybrid powertrains.

The Fusion Hybrid has athletic handling for a midsize car, displaying minimal body roll and sharp, accurate steering. However, its regenerative brakes can be sensitive.

Does the 2016 Ford Fusion Hybrid Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2016 Ford Fusion Hybrid earns an EPA-estimated 43 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway. That’s better than the estimates of any nonhybrid midsize car, and it’s also good among rival hybrids.

The Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid, which is reviewed separately, returns even better fuel numbers. However, it has a lower all-electric range than competitors.

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2016 Fusion Hybrid Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 Fusion Hybrid Seat?

The five-seat Ford Fusion Hybrid has a comfortable cabin made with quality, soft-touch materials. The back seats have good space for average-height adults, but taller passengers might feel confined. Cloth seats are standard. Leather-trimmed seats and heated and ventilated front seats are available.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Ford Fusion Hybrid?

Two complete sets of LATCH child-seat connectors are located on the rear outboard seats, and the middle seat has an upper tether anchor.

2016 Ford Fusion Hybrid Features

Standard features include cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, a six-speaker audio system, and the voice-activated SYNC infotainment system with Bluetooth and smartphone app integration. Also standard is Ford's MyKey, which allows drivers to set speed and radio volume limits for other drivers. Available features include satellite radio, HD Radio, push-button start, a power moonroof, and a 12-speaker Sony stereo. You can also get an upgraded SYNC system with MyFord Touch, an 8-inch touch screen, two 4.2-inch display screens, two USB ports, a navigation system, and Wi-Fi capability.

Most shoppers should find a Fusion Hybrid that includes the upgraded SYNC system. Its physical controls, voice commands, and smartphone functions make it simpler to operate than the standard system. However, the system can be occasionally slow to respond.

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2016 Ford Fusion Hybrid Dimensions

Ford Fusion Hybrid Cargo Space

The Fusion Hybrid has a 12-cubic-foot trunk, which is average for a midsize hybrid.

2016 Fusion Hybrid Length and Weight

The 2016 Fusion Hybrid measures almost 16 feet in length. Its base curb weight is 3,639 pounds.

Where Was the 2016 Ford Fusion Hybrid Built?

Ford assembled the 2016 Fusion Hybrid in Mexico.


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