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2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid Review

The 2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid ranks in the top half of the midsize car class. This sedan has an upscale and roomy interior, refined handling, good safety scores, and low projected ownership costs. However, its sedate engine performance and low-tech standard features keep it from ranking higher.

Pros & Cons

  • Upscale, roomy interior
  • Pleasant ride and handling
  • Good safety scores
  • Tiny standard infotainment screen




Critics' Rating: 8.7
Performance: 7.7
Interior: 8.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.2
Safety: 9.3
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2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid Overview

Is the 2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid a Good Used Car?

The Ford Fusion Hybrid is a fine option if you’re shopping for a used midsize car.

There are many highlights of the 2018 Fusion Hybrid:

  • Upscale, spacious interior with five seats
  • Available touch screen with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto
  • Many available safety features
  • Comfortable ride and agile handling
  • Good fuel economy for a hybrid
  • Low projected ownership costs
  • Used models have low asking prices
  • Good safety scores

It does have a few drawbacks though:

  • Minimal passing power on the highway
  • Less trunk space than many competitors
  • Small and outdated standard infotainment screen

Consider alternatives like the 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid and 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid if you want a midsize sedan with better fuel economy and cargo room. We review the standard 2018 Ford Fusion and plug-in hybrid Fusion Energi models separately.

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How Much Is the 2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid?

Based on listings for the 2018 Ford Fusion on our site, the average list price is $18,400, which is lower than average for the class. Prices range from $14,400 to $24,000 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid Cost to Own?

The Fusion Hybrid’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be $19,100, or $3,820 per year. That’s lower than average for a midsize car.

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

Pricing for the 2019 Ford Fusion Hybrid starts at around $27,600, but it can top $34,000 in its highest trim level. A similar 2018 or 2017 Fusion Hybrid can save you quite a bit of money by comparison. That said, it may be worth upgrading to a 2019 model if you want active safety features. Ford equips all 2019 models with forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, and lane keep assist as standard. These features were previously optional.

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You can save even more money by buying a used 2013 to 2016 Fusion Hybrid. These models are part of the same generation as the 2018 and 2019 Fusion Hybrid, and they have similar styling and fuel economy ratings. That said, they aren’t available with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. You’ll want to stick with a 2017-and-newer model if those are must-have features.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid?

The 2018 Fusion Hybrid has a slightly above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid Recalls

At the time of writing, there are no recalls for the 2018 Fusion Hybrid.

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Which Used Ford Fusion Hybrid Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid is available in four trim levels: S, SE, Titanium, and Platinum. All models have the same 188-horsepower hybrid powertrain and front-wheel drive. The entry-level S trim is a decent pick for buyers on a tight budget. Most shoppers will be happier with one of the Titanium or Platinum trims. These come equipped with popular items like a touch screen, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

  • Ford Fusion Hybrid S: The base S trim comes standard with a 4.2-inch display screen, a rearview camera, a CD player, nine speakers, Bluetooth, a USB port, keyless entry, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, cloth seats, and 17-inch alloy wheels.
  • Ford Fusion Hybrid SE: The SE trim adds a satellite radio and power-adjustable front seats.
  • Ford Fusion Hybrid Titanium: The uplevel Titanium trim adds an 8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a 12-speaker stereo, leather upholstery, heated front seats, heated side mirrors, remote start, rear parking sensors, and 18-inch wheels.
  • Ford Fusion Hybrid Platinum: The well-equipped Platinum trim includes a navigation system, ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a moonroof, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. A wide array of advanced safety features are also included, such as forward collision warning with brake assist, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, front parking sensors, hands-free parallel park assist, and automatic high-beam headlights.

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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 2018 Fusion Hybrid a five-star overall safety rating out of five. The Fusion received five stars in the side crash test and four stars in the frontal crash and rollover tests.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Fusion a top rating of Good in all six crash tests. The Fusion also received the highest rating of Superior for front crash prevention in cars equipped with the optional adaptive cruise control system. The Fusion received the lowest rating of Poor for how well the headlights illuminate the road ahead.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • rearview camera

Available advanced safety features:

  • front and rear parking sensors
  • blind spot monitoring
  • rear cross traffic alert
  • lane keep assist
  • automatic high-beam headlights
  • hands-free parallel park assist
  • forward collision warning
  • automatic emergency braking
  • adaptive cruise control

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2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid or 2018 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid?

The Fusion Hybrid and 2018 Chevy Malibu Hybrid are both fine options in the midsize car class, but neither is a segment leader. Both cars have spacious cabins, lots of available safety features, and each rides smoothly over rough pavement. The Malibu Hybrid offers better standard features, such as a touch screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, whereas these are optional in the Fusion Hybrid’s lower trim levels. The Chevy also returns higher fuel economy ratings of 49 mpg in the city and 43 mpg on the highway. On the other hand, the Ford has lower projected ownership costs. Test-drive both models to see which you prefer.

Which Is Better: 2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid or 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid?

The 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is in a similar position; it’s a fine option but not a class leader. The Sonata Hybrid has comparable fuel economy to the Fusion Hybrid, and it’s available with a wide range of safety features. The Hyundai boasts a very nice cabin with quality materials, as well as more standard features. Used Sonata Hybrids often demand higher asking prices though, so you may find the Fusion Hybrid to be a better fit if you’re on a tight budget.

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2018 Fusion Hybrid Performance

How Does the 2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid Drive?

The Fusion Hybrid rides and handles much like the standard 2018 Ford Fusion, and that’s a good thing. The sedan has responsive steering, giving it a light and athletic feel. It remains stable around turns, and its suspension does a nice job of soaking up road bumps and dips in the road, resulting in a comfortable ride quality. One of the Fusion Hybrid’s few quirks is its brake pedal. The brakes provide fine stopping power, but the pedal feels somewhat inconsistent, making it tricky to make smooth stops.

The Fusion’s hybrid system consists of a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, an electric motor, and a continually variable automatic transmission. This setup operates smoothly, and it provides adequate power for driving around town, though it begins to feel sluggish when climbing steep hills or trying to pass another vehicle on the highway.

  • Powertrain: 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor with a combined 188 horsepower
  • Drivetrain: front-wheel drive
  • Transmission: continuously variable automatic (CVT)
Does the 2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Fusion Hybrid gets good fuel economy for a midsize car.

  • 43/41 mpg city/highway

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2018 Fusion Hybrid Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 Fusion Hybrid Seat?

The Fusion Hybrid is a four-door sedan with five seats. The front seats are soft and supportive, and they provide generous head- and legroom, even for taller drivers and passengers. There’s ample space in the back seat for adults as well.

The Fusion Hybrid’s elegantly styled and well-trimmed cabin remains quiet, even at higher speeds. Many surfaces are wrapped in soft-touch plastic.

Standard seating features:

  • cloth seats

Available seating features:

  • leather upholstery
  • power-adjustable front seats
  • heated front seats
  • ventilated front seats
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid?

The Fusion has two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on its rear outboard seats and an upper tether anchor on the middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this setup its second-lowest rating of Marginal because some of the anchors are deep within the seat cushions and difficult to access.

2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid Features

The Fusion is available with two different infotainment systems. The standard system has a 4.2-inch display, which is surrounded by closely spaced buttons. This layout feels very outdated, and it can be awkward to use.

The available SYNC 3 system adds an 8-inch touch screen, and it’s much more user-friendly. This screen has straightforward menus, and it reacts promptly to inputs. It also supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration.

  • Standard infotainment features: a 4.2-inch display, Bluetooth, a USB port, a CD player, and nine speakers
  • Available infotainment features: an 8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a navigation system, satellite radio, and a 12-speaker Sony stereo
  • Additional standard features: dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless entry, and push-button start
  • Other available features: a moonroof and remote start

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2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid Dimensions

Ford Fusion Hybrid Cargo Space

The Fusion Hybrid has 12 cubic feet of trunk space. The rear seats can fold in a 60/40 split to fit longer items. Many alternatives in the midsize car class offer more cargo space, including the 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid and 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid.

These cargo dimensions are for comparative purposes. There is no substitute for visually examining the storage area in any car you’re considering.

2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid Length and Weight
  • Length: 16 feet
  • Curb weight: 3,615 pounds

Where Was the 2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid Built?

Ford built the 2018 Fusion Hybrid in Mexico.

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