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2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid Review

The 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid places in the middle of our hybrid and electric car rankings. It's sportier than many hybrids, and it has a modern, attractive cabin. However, a shortage of rear-seat headroom and an outdated infotainment system keep the Fusion from finishing higher in the class.

Pros & Cons

  • Upscale cabin
  • Fun to drive for a hybrid
  • Limited rear-seat headroom
  • Rivals have better standard infotainment systems

New for 2017

  • Introduced Platinum trim
  • Styling updates
  • SYNC 3 infotainment system and lane-keeping system became available
  • Rotary gearshift dial replaces traditional gear shifter




Critics' Rating: 8.8
Performance: 7.0
Interior: 7.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.2
Safety: 9.3
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2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid Overview

Is the 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid a Good Used Car?

Yes, the 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid is a good used midsize car. It has a stylish, well-built cabin with comfortable front seats. It also gets good gas mileage and handles corners with composure. However, some of its competitors are better overall, with more modern technology, better gas mileage, roomier rear seats, and more trunk space.

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 38 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 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid?

As of this writing, we do not have pricing data on the 2017 Fusion Hybrid. 

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How Much Does the 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid Cost to Own?

The 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid’s five-year estimated costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs are nearly $19,100. That’s lower than the estimated costs for many classmates, including hybrid rivals like the 2017 Toyota Camry Hybrid (starting at $21,000), 2017 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid ($20,800), and 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid ($19,700).

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

The 2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid starts at nearly $25,400. There are no major changes for 2018, and you’ll probably save money buying a 2017. Therefore, a used model is probably your best bet.

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Which Model Year of the Ford Fusion Hybrid Is Best?

The 2017 Fusion Hybrid is part of a generation that launched for 2013. There are many reasons to pick up a 2017 Fusion Hybrid over earlier models. The biggest improvement is the availability of the SYNC3 infotainment system in upper trims. It has a large 8-inch touchscreen, intuitive controls, and a nicer-looking cabin. The 2017 also features a new rotary gearshift dial, refreshed exterior styling, and available lane-keeping assist. If saving money is your priority, both the 2015 and 2016 models are fine selections.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid?

The 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid has a J.D. Power predicted reliability rating of three out of five, which is about average for the industry. More than half of midsize cars have the same score or better.

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2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid Recalls

As of this writing, the 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid has no reported recalls.

Which Used Ford Fusion Hybrid Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid is available in four trims: S, SE, Titanium, and Platinum. The base Ford Fusion Hybrid S trim is rather slim on features for a hybrid. It comes with dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, a nine-speaker audio system, a rearview camera, and a SYNC infotainment system with Bluetooth. Most competitors come standard with a touch-screen infotainment system, but the Fusion Hybrid’s base SYNC infotainment system includes a small 4.2-inch display and only allows you to make calls, use voice commands, and play music. The Ford Fusion Hybrid SE trim adds power-adjustable seats and satellite radio, as well as access to many of the sedan’s available features.

Most shoppers should start with the 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid Titanium trim, which adds leather upholstery, heated front seats, and parking sensors. It also comes with the SYNC 3 infotainment system, which makes this upper trim worth the investment. This upgraded system features an 8-inch touch screen that recognizes simple gestures like swiping and pinching, and it features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration. The Ford Fusion Hybrid Platinum trim packs in nearly all of the Fusion’s available features, including navigation, blind spot monitoring, and forward collision warning.

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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 Ford Fusion Hybrid?

Neither the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety nor the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has evaluated the 2017 Fusion Hybrid for safety. However, both agencies tested the nonhybrid 2017 Fusion. The IIHS named the Fusion a Top Safety Pick and gave it the highest rating of Good in six crash tests. The Fusion earned a perfect five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA, receiving five stars in the side crash test and four stars in the rollover and frontal crash tests.

A rearview camera comes standard. You also get Ford's MyKey, which lets you customize speed and radio volume limits for other drivers. Available safety features include adaptive cruise control, active park assist, rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, active lane keep assist, and forward collision warning with brake support.

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2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid or 2017 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid?

The 2017 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid is one of the best midsize cars on the market. Aside from having a slightly smaller trunk, the Malibu Hybrid outshines the Fusion Hybrid in most categories. This Chevy delivers quick acceleration even on the highway, despite having a lower horsepower rating than the Fusion Hybrid. When it’s time to stop, the Malibu Hybrid’s regenerative brakes are smooth and linear, unlike the Fusion Hybrid. The Malibu Hybrid has an attractive interior with a standard touch-screen infotainment system that is user-friendly and includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (which are only available in upper trims and packages in the Fusion Hybrid). To top it off, the Chevrolet has a better predicted reliability rating than the Ford, and it was named our 2017 Best Hybrid Car for Families.

Which Is Better: 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid or 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid?

The 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid earns excellent fuel economy ratings and has a long list of features. However, the Fusion Hybrid has better overall performance with its smooth ride, athletic handling, and quiet engine. By comparison, the Accord Hybrid’s powertrain is noisy under hard acceleration, and its ride is more placid than engaging. It also has a lower predicted reliability rating. Both cars are good, but there are better options in this class.

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2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid Performance

How Does the 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid Drive?

The 2017 Fusion Hybrid has agile handling for a midsize car, displaying minimal body lean and sharp steering around corners. It comes standard with a 188-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, an electric motor, and a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). City commuters should be pleased with the Fusion Hybrid’s power, but this sedan doesn’t feel very peppy on the highway.  Transitions between electric and gas power are seamless, which isn’t the case with some other hybrid vehicles. However, the Fusion Hybrid does suffer from touchy regenerative brakes.

Does the 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid returns 43 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the highway. That’s in the middle of the pack compared with other midsize hybrids.

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2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid Seat?

The 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid seats five on standard cloth upholstery. The front seats are comfortable and supportive, with plenty of space even for long-legged occupants. While the Ford has great forward visibility, the sloping roofline cuts into rear visibility and rear-seat headroom. Leather upholstery, a 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat, a six-way power-adjustable passenger seat, and heated and ventilated front seats are available.

The Fusion Hybrid has a tastefully designed interior with contemporary styling and quality materials that are soft to the touch.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid?

The 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid has two full sets of LATCH child-seat connectors in its rear outboard seats. There's an additional upper tether in the middle seat as well. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has not rated the Fusion Hybrid’s LATCH system for ease of use, but the nonhybrid model’s LATCH system received the second-lowest rating of Marginal.

2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid Features

Standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, a nine-speaker audio system, and the SYNC infotainment system with a 4.2-inch display screen and Bluetooth. Available features include satellite radio, HD Radio, navigation, a moonroof, and a 12-speaker Sony audio system.

Ford kept interior controls simple in base models, with physical buttons and knobs on the center stack. This makes it easy for the driver to reach over and adjust settings without having to look away from the road. Two upgraded SYNC infotainment systems are also available. SYNC 3 includes an 8-inch touch screen and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration. SYNC Connect allows you to remotely start, lock, unlock, and locate your car using your smartphone.

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2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid Dimensions

Ford Fusion Hybrid Cargo Space

The Fusion Hybrid has a 12-cubic-foot trunk, which is slightly below average for the midsize car class. However, the trunk has a typical amount of space for a hybrid midsize car.

2017 Fusion Hybrid Length and Weight

From front to back, the 2017 Fusion Hybrid measures almost 16 cubic feet. Its base curb weight is 3,668 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid Built?

Ford built the 2017 Fusion Hybrid in Mexico.   

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