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2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.9

The 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid's understated and modern interior makes it feel like a more expensive car than it is, especially in the new-for-2017 Platinum trim, which looks like it was plucked from the lineup of a German rival with a more prestigious badge. Materials throughout are upscale, with pleasantly textured touch surfaces. The pillowy stitched leather in the Platinum trim is particularly sumptuous.

It's easy to get into a comfortable driving position, especially in upper trims with power-adjustable front seats. Rear-seat headroom is a bit constricted, so tall passengers might not be happy in the back. The optional SYNC 3 infotainment system is easy to use and incorporates the latest smartphone integration. Trunk space is typical for a midsize hybrid car.

  • "The revised 2017 Fusion still looks great inside, and its handsome forms are now embellished by soft-touch upholstery." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Sharp angles and a sleek look throughout help the 2017 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." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2016)

Seating

The 2017 Fusion Hybrid comes standard with cloth upholstery and a tilting and telescoping steering wheel. Comfort options include leather upholstery, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and a power tilting and telescoping steering wheel.

You'll have no trouble finding a comfortable driving position thanks to the standard tilting and telescoping steering wheel. In higher trims, the steering wheel and seats are power-adjustable, making it even easier to customize your seating position. Rival hybrid midsize cars like the Toyota Camry Hybrid and Hyundai Sonata Hybrid have power front seats that aren't nearly as adjustable as the Fusion Hybrid's. The driver's seat even has two memory settings to adjust the steering wheel and seat placement for different drivers, so you won't have to spend time readjusting them after someone else drives the car.

From the front seats, you'll have a commanding view of the open road ahead of you, but looking behind you is another story. The Fusion Hybrid's roof slopes down toward the rear, making it a bit difficult to see behind you. Fortunately, a rearview camera is standard, which is useful when trying to back up. The roof's angle also limits rear-seat headroom a bit. Most passengers should find plenty of room in the rear seats, but taller passengers might need more headroom.

There are two full sets of LATCH connectors in the Fusion Hybrid's rear outboard seats, plus an additional upper tether in the middle seat. The upper tethers are easy to find, but you'll have to dig in the cushions to find the lower anchors.

  • "Ford's interior designers got 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. Rear visibility is impeded by the sloping rear window, so it's helpful that a rearview camera comes standard." -- Edmunds
  • "If you're a passenger, know that the rakish Fusion supplies comfortable rear seats, too. Legroom and foot space are decent, the bottom seat cushion delivers excellent thigh support, and the front seat backs are covered in a soft, plush material." -- New York Daily News
  • "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 (2016)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2017 Fusion Hybrid include dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, a nine-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, and a rearview camera. You also get Ford's MyKey, which lets you customize speed and radio volume limits for other drivers. Optional features include satellite radio, HD Radio, navigation, 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, active lane keep assist, and forward collision warning with brake support. An upgraded SYNC system is also available with an 8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

If you stick with lower trims, you'll get the SYNC system, which is very basic and only lets you stream music from your phone through the radio via Bluetooth and use general voice commands to control it. The base SYNC system also features a small display that's a few steps above a typical radio. Most hybrid rivals offer more advanced infotainment systems in their base models.

Splurging to get the SYNC 3 infotainment system is a worthy investment. Not only is it easy to use, but it also feels familiar to smartphone users because it recognizes gestures like swipes and pinches. Speaking of smartphones, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto let you use some of your phone's apps directly on the 8-inch infotainment touch screen. Since navigation is an optional extra in some trims, skip the added cost and just use your phone's native maps app through the infotainment system instead.

There's a third SYNC system to be aware of: SYNC Connect, Ford's telematics system that lets you remotely start, lock and unlock, and locate your car using your cellphone.

Ford kept physical buttons and knobs on the center stack to make it simple to adjust climate and audio settings. Rather than hunting through menus on the touch screen, you just reach over and make adjustments the old-fashioned way.

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  • "Without Sync 3, the base radio with Ford's standard Sync system is somewhat complicated to use and the display screen is small and not very aesthetically pleasing. We recommend upgrading to Sync 3 if possible, as its slick 8-inch touchscreen is more intuitive and gives the center console a more modern look." -- Edmunds
  • "There are no less than 20 available safety features that have been engineered to be impressively functional, not merely affordable, the Sync3 infotainment system has a graphic layout on the center screen that matches with the standardized look we're finally seeing from consumer electronics, and Siri has taught us all about the possibilities of voice activation." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "… Ford thankfully carries forward the knobs and buttons used for primary stereo and climate control functions." -- New York Daily News

Cargo

Because Ford had to make room for the Fusion Hybrid's battery pack, there's about one-quarter less cargo room in the hybrid's trunk than in the gas-only Fusion. The hybrid model has 12 cubic feet in the trunk, while the regular model has 16 cubic feet. Compared to other midsize hybrid cars, the Fusion Hybrid falls right in the middle of the pack, so if you need more cargo room, you may be better off with the Toyota Camry Hybrid or Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. You won't get much extra space, though, since both models offer just a little more than 13 cubic feet of cargo room each.

Need to fit some skis and still have a seat for a kid in the back? No problem. All trims come with a 60/40 split-folding rear seatback that gives you some flexibility when hauling long objects.

Because the Fusion Hybrid has a knob that you twist to select gears rather than a traditional stick, there are plenty of small cubbies to store your personal items throughout the cabin.

  • "Anyone can appreciate the Fusion Hybrid's trunk, as the battery takes up less space than hybrids from other carmakers, and the rear backrest folds down to increase cargo utility." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "With the traditional shifter gone, there's now more space for two cupholders, a longer center armrest, and a deep slot for phone storage." -- Car and Driver
  • "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 the 60/40-split rear seat can be dropped for those who need more cargo space." -- Edmunds

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