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2016 Ford Fusion Hybrid Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Ford Fusion Hybrid was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.5

The 2016 Ford Fusion Hybrid has a stylish, attractive interior and uses quality materials, according to critics. They add that the cabin is quiet and the features are smartly arranged. Automotive writers say the base infotainment system is hard to use, but they report the touch-screen system works pretty well once drivers become familiar with it. Some rivals may have roomier interiors, reviewers write, but the Fusion Hybrid still provides comfortable front seats and enough rear-seat room for most adults.

  • "Sharp angles and a sleek look throughout help the 2016 Ford Fusion's interior echo the handsome styling of the exterior. The emphasis is on having large, nicely textured surfaces and removing extraneous clutter, and it mostly works. There's a cool and urbane style to the seats and dash, a tone set largely by the high-quality finishes." -- Edmunds
  • "Inside, flowing lines and contoured shapes displace the straight-edged design of the old car. Soft-touch surfaces abound, and the interior is also quieter than before thanks to acoustic underbody shields that also contribute to the Fusion's efficiency-boosting 0.27 coefficient of drag." -- Left Lane News (2015)
  • "Not only is the Fusion shhhexy (as Sean Connery would say) on the outside, but it is pleasingly dashing on the inside, too. The center console is relatively minimalistic and easy to use." -- Jalopnik (2013)

Seating

The 2016 Fusion Hybrid seats five and comes standard with cloth upholstery. Leather upholstery, heated and cooled front seats, power-adjustable front seats and a heated steering wheel are available. Reviewers say finding a comfortable driving position is easy, although they add that rearward visibility is limited. They report that the rear seats are generally roomy, but taller passengers may yearn for more headroom.

  • "It doesn't feel particularly airy, but it's roomy enough for four adults, and three kids can fit in back without 'He's on my side!' arguments." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Ford's interior designers got all the basics right in the Fusion Hybrid, with a driver seat that's easy to adjust into a just-right position and good sight lines out the front and sides. It's harder to see through the sloping rear window, so it's helpful that a rearview camera comes standard." -- Edmunds
  • "The front interior space is very much driver-oriented, and given that, feels somewhat tight and constrained. Rear seat space and legroom, however, were substantial for this 5-foot, 9-inch scribe. But replace me with a 6-foot-something rider and you'll likely get complaints about side visibility and headroom." -- Motor Trend (2013)
  • "Seating is comfortable, with good support, and vision is adequate if not fantastic. Despite the swooping headline of the new Fusion, the rear seats have solid head- and legroom, although again, not class-leading." -- Jalopnik (2013)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2016 Fusion Hybrid include dual-zone automatic climate control, a six-speaker audio system, a rearview camera, emergency brake assist and the voice-activated SYNC infotainment system with Bluetooth and smartphone app integration. Ford's MyKey, which allows drivers to set speed and radio volume limits when loaning the vehicle to others, is also standard. Available features include satellite radio, HD Radio, push-button start, a power moonroof, a 12-speaker Sony audio system, adaptive cruise control, active park assist, rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, lane keep assist and forward collision warning with brake support. An upgraded SYNC system is also available with MyFord Touch, an 8-inch touch screen, two 4.2-inch display screens, two USB ports, navigation and Wi-Fi capability.

The standard SYNC system is unattractive and not very intuitive, according to test drivers. They say the upgraded SYNC system with MyFord Touch looks more modern and gives greater command over the vehicle's tech features, but they add that it responds slowly and has a steep learning curve. Critics appreciate the simple button controls on the dash.

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  • "Without MyFord Touch, the base radio with Ford's standard Sync system is somewhat complicated to use and not very aesthetically pleasing. You get a much sleeker look with MyFord Touch thanks to its 8-inch touchscreen. Backed by many redundant voice commands, it can be a powerful tool for configuring and controlling the car and your smartphone. But depending on your comfort level with technology, the learning curve can be steep, even for basic functions. And although the system works significantly better than when it debuted, it can still be sluggish to process touch inputs." -- Edmunds
  • "The biggest change to the 2016 Ford Fusion is the easy-to-use buttons that replace the fiddly touch-sensitive pads on the center console. Otherwise, the roomy 5-passenger cabin mostly carries over." -- Kelley Blue Book

Cargo

The 2016 Fusion Hybrid offers 12 cubic feet of trunk space, which is average for a midsize hybrid but slightly less than rivals like the Honda Accord Hybrid. Still, critics say the Fusion’s space is more flexible than the Accord’s owing to a standard split-folding rear seat. Automotive writers praise the interior storage space.

  • "Compared with the standard Fusion, the Hybrid's trunk space takes a hit due to the packaging of the battery pack. As such, the Hybrid's checks in at 12 cubic feet, or 4 fewer cubes than the non-hybrid Fusion. Still, that's on par with the trunks of other midsize hybrid sedans. And as a bonus compared to its chief rival, the Accord Hybrid, the Ford offers a 60/40-split folding rear seat, which gives it greater versatility." -- Edmunds
  • "The family sedan's rear seats fold for more cargo room, even in the Hybrid model, but they can't be released from inside the trunk." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "There are plenty of storage spaces throughout the cabin." -- Motor Trend (2013)

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