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2016 Ford Fusion Hybrid Performance Review

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


Performance: 8.1

The 2016 Ford Fusion Hybrid is sportier than most drivers would expect, according to automotive writers, and they praise the smooth transition from electric to gasoline power. Test drivers say the engine is quiet and the ride is refined. Many think the handling and steering are responsive, although some disagree.

  • "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 (2015)
  • "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 Fusion comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor that combine to produce 188 horsepower. A continuously variable transmission (a type of automatic transmission) is standard, and a six-speed automatic is available on Fusion Hybrid SE models. The Fusion hybrid gets an EPA-estimated 44/41 mpg city/highway, which is excellent for a midsize car and among the best ratings for a midsize hybrid.

Test drivers report that the Fusion Hybrid offers adequate power and acceleration for day-to-day driving and that the engine is smooth and responsive. Some note that the transitions between electric and gasoline power are nearly undetectable.

  • "[T]he 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 (2015)
  • "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 (2015)
  • "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

Test drivers say the steering is precise, although some think it could be more responsive. Most think that the Fusion Hybrid feels solid when cornering and handles well for a sedan, but some do complain about the amount of body roll through turns. Front-wheel drive is standard on the 2016 Fusion Hybrid. Automotive writers praise the cushioned ride, but some think the brakes are touchy.

  • "[T]he suspension setup offers unexpectedly good handling for such a large family sedan." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Wind and road noise levels are also low, and highway cruising is hushed and serene to a point few competitors can approach. We also like the way the Fusion Hybrid drives around turns: Its steering is sharp and direct, and the car feels confident thanks to minimal body sway. Rivals like the Accord Hybrid and Camry Hybrid ride more softly, but the Fusion Hybrid feels more connected to the road without sacrificing comfort or smoothness." -- 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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