2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid

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MSRP: $25,390 - 37,370

2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid Review

The 2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid sits in the top third of the midsize car class. It boasts agile handling, high-quality accommodations, and a range of user-friendly features. However, its regenerative brakes can feel grabby.

8.5

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.7
Performance: 7.7
Interior: 8.0
Safety: 9.3
Reliability:
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Pros & Cons

  • Upscale, spacious cabin
  • Easy-to-use infotainment system
  • Sporty handling for a hybrid
  • Grabby regenerative brakes
  • Limited standard features

Is the Ford Fusion Hybrid a Good Car?

The 2018 Fusion Hybrid is a solid midsize car. It is fun to drive and has a spacious cabin with intuitive technology. The Fusion Hybrid gets good fuel efficiency, though some midsize hybrids get better estimates. Still, none of these rivals can match the Fusion Hybrid’s sporty performance.  

Should I Buy the Ford Fusion Hybrid?

With the Fusion Hybrid, you can get an upscale cabin and great fuel economy for a competitive price. You also won't sacrifice fun driving dynamics, which can make some consumers hesitate going green. That said, there are other hybrid options – like the Honda Accord Hybrid, Toyota Camry Hybrid, and Hyundai Sonata Hybrid – that give you more standard features and/or better fuel economy.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Ford Fusion Hybrid?

Ford did not make any notable changes to the Fusion Hybrid for 2018. You could potentially save thousands of dollars by shopping for a virtually identical 2017 model, which was updated from the 2016 model. These updates included a new Platinum trim level and the introduction of the SYNC 3 infotainment system, which replaced MyFord Touch. The SYNC 3 interface functions smoother than the old system, with quick response times and smartphone integration via Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

You can shop for older models, but you will lose the benefit of the improvements introduced in 2017. To research some other models in this generation, check out our reviews of the 2015, 2016, and 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid. If you decide an older model is right for you, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts on used vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 39 Reviews Analyzed

We researched and analyzed 39 professional reviews and combined that analysis with information like performance specs, available safety features, gas mileage estimates, and much more to create our comprehensive 2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid review. This 2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid review incorporates applicable research for all model years in this generation, which spans the 2013 through 2018 model years.

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How Much Does the Ford Fusion Hybrid Cost?

The 2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid starts at $25,390. That’s pretty close to the base prices of the 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid ($25,100) and 2018 Kia Optima Hybrid ($25,995). Higher trim levels of the Fusion Hybrid can range from $26,340 to $37,370. For a look at each trim’s features, check out the “Which Fusion Hybrid Model Is Right for Me?” section below.

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Ford Fusion Hybrid Versus the Competition

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

If you want advanced safety features – like adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking, – look no further than the Honda Accord Hybrid. The Accord comes standard with all those technologies, while they're only optional in the Fusion Hybrid. The Accord Hybrid also bests the Fusion Hybrid in fuel economy, getting 47 mpg in the city and on the highway compared to the Fusion Hybrid's estimated 43/41 mpg city/highway. Both cars deliver a comfortable and smooth ride, but the Fusion Hybrid is more athletic. These two hybrids are similar, but the Accord Hybrid's better fuel economy and longer list of standard safety features make it the one to buy.

Which Is Better: Ford Fusion Hybrid or Toyota Camry Hybrid?

There are a lot of similarities between the Toyota Camry Hybrid and the Fusion Hybrid, such as intuitive infotainment features, a roomy cabin, and a comfortable ride. Both models also feature touchy hybrid brakes. The Camry has more power than the Fusion Hybrid, with 200 horsepower and plenty of muscle for highway driving. Its handling doesn't match the Fusion Hybrid's, but the Camry Hybrid SE trim's sport-tuned suspension gives the car some athleticism. Additionally, the Camry Hybrid achieves class-leading fuel economy, among both hybrid and gas-only rivals. Similar to the Accord Hybrid, a longer list of standard and available features pushes the Camry Hybrid ahead of the Fusion Hybrid.

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

To get features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, you'd have to upgrade to one of the Fusion Hybrid's upper trims. Those amenities come standard in the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, which is one of the cheapest midsize hybrids available. However, the Sonata Hybrid falls short of the Fusion Hybrid when it comes to performance. Though the cars have similar pickup in the city and on the highway, the Hyundai's handling is made for comfort not cornering. The Sonata Hybrid's steering is very light with little feedback, while the Fusion Hybrid's steering is more responsive. IIf you value features, go with the Sonata Hybrid. If you want performance, go with the Fusion Hybrid, which also offers a few more mpg than the Sonata Hybrid.

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Fusion Hybrid Interior

How Many People Does the Fusion Hybrid Seat?

There is seating for five in the 2018 Fusion Hybrid. Cloth upholstery is standard. Leather upholstery, front sport seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a heated steering wheel, and heated front seats are available. The Fusion Hybrid's cabin is spacious, with plenty of legroom in both the front and rear seats. Headroom is plentiful in the front seat, but the sloping roofline cuts into headroom for tall passengers in the back seat. The seats are supportive and comfortable, even on long road trips.

Fusion Hybrid and Car Seats

The Fusion Hybrid has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on its rear outboard seats and an upper tether anchor on the middle seat. The IIHS gave the Fusion’s LATCH system a score of Marginal – the second-lowest rating possible – because the anchors are buried too deep in the seats.

Fusion Hybrid Interior Quality

You may mistake the Fusion Hybrid's interior for one from a higher car class. It features top-notch materials that are soft to the touch. The cabin design has flowing lines, and the quilted leather upholstery in upper trims adds even more style.

Fusion Hybrid Cargo Space

The Fusion Hybrid has 12 cubic feet of trunk space. Like most hybrids in the class, it has small cargo space for a midsize car because of the position of the battery, which intrudes on trunk space. The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, however, has a larger 13.3-cubic-foot trunk.

Fusion Hybrid Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The Ford Fusion Hybrid comes standard with a nine-speaker sound system, push-button start, and the SYNC infotainment system. This system features a 4.2-inch display and lets you integrate your smartphone into the Fusion Hybrid's infotainment system and make phone calls and play music using voice commands. Available features include remote start, a moonroof, voice-activated navigation, predictive weather and traffic, and the SYNC 3 infotainment system. This upgraded system features an 8-inch touch screen with two USB ports and more advanced smartphone integration capabilities, such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The SYNC systems are responsive and easy to use. The menus are organized and easy to navigate through. The upgraded SYNC 3 system features crisp graphics with physical buttons surrounding the touch screen for radio and climate functions.

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto? Then, see the Best Cars With Apple CarPlay and Best Cars With Android Auto.

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Fusion Hybrid Performance

Fusion Hybrid Engine: City Cruiser

The 2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid comes with an electric motor and a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that make a combined 188 horsepower. A continuously variable automatic transmission is standard.

In the city, the Fusion Hybrid jets around just fine. It has adequate power for highway driving, but you'll need a heavy foot to get it up to passing speeds. The Fusion Hybrid transitions from electric to gas seamlessly and is relatively quiet, unless you floor it.

For more oomph, the Toyota Camry Hybrid's four-cylinder engine and electric motor deliver 200 horsepower and brisk acceleration that allows you to dart around other cars with ease.

Fusion Hybrid Gas Mileage: Good for Midsize Class, Average for Hybrids

According to the EPA, the 2018 Fusion Hybrid achieves 43 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the highway. While those are some of the best estimates in the midsize car class, they aren’t as good as other hybrids’ numbers. For example, the Honda Accord Hybrid gets 47 mpg in the city and 47 mpg on the highway.

Fusion Hybrid Ride and Handling: Not Your Average Hybrid

Most hybrids aren't known for their athletic handling, but the 2018 Fusion Hybrid has some sportiness to its ride. The Fusion Hybrid has responsive steering and limited body lean in corners, and it drives confidently on winding roads. Like most hybrids, however, you'll have to get used to the regenerative brakes, which can feel grabby if you've never driven a hybrid before.

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Fusion Hybrid Reliability

Is the Ford Fusion Hybrid Reliable?

The 2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid has an above-average predicted reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power. Almost half of the cars in the class have a predicted reliability rating of three or lower.

Ford Fusion Hybrid Warranty

Ford covers the 2018 Fusion Hybrid with a three-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. Certain hybrid powertrain components are covered by an eight-year/100,000-mile warranty.

This warranty length and coverage is average for the class. The Honda Accord Hybrid and the Toyota Camry Hybrid are covered by the same warranty length. The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, however, offers powertrain coverage for up to 10 years or 100,000 miles and lifetime coverage for the Sonata’s battery pack.

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Fusion Hybrid Safety

Fusion Hybrid Crash Test Results

The 2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid earns a perfect five-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, with five stars in the side crash test and four stars in the frontal crash and rollover tests. The car also scored Good in all five Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests. The IIHS named the 2017 Fusion a Top Safety Pick. 

Both the Toyota Camry Hybrid and Honda Accord Hybrid received an overall safety score of five stars out of five from NHTSA and a Top Safety Pick+ designation from the IIHS.

Fusion Hybrid Safety Features

Standard advanced safety features in the 2018 Fusion Hybrid include a rearview camera and Ford's MyKey, which lets you set speed and volume limits for secondary drivers. Available safety features include adaptive cruise control, pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, parallel park assist, and rear park assist.

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Which Ford Fusion Hybrid Model Is Right for Me?

The 2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid comes in four trims: S, SE, Titanium, and Platinum. All models come with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, an electric motor, and a continuously variable automatic transmission.

For the best features, go with the SE trim, which lets you select the features you want without having to upgrade to higher trims. You'll only get a few more standard features in the SE compared to the base trim, but the SE has a long list of optional features, including blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, a moonroof, parallel park assist, the upgraded SYNC 3 infotainment system, and heated front seats.

Ford Fusion Hybrid S

The base S model ($25,390) comes standard with cloth upholstery, a rearview camera, a nine-speaker sound system, push-button start, and the voice-controlled SYNC infotainment system with a 4.2-inch display. Ford's MyKey, which lets you set speed and volume limits for secondary drivers, is also standard.

Ford Fusion Hybrid SE

The Fusion Hybrid SE ($26,340) comes with lower trim features and adds a 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat and brake assist. You can add multiple packages to the SE trim. The Cold Weather package adds heated front seats and heated side mirrors, and the Technology package adds features such as the upgraded SYNC 3 infotainment system, rear park assist, and an 11-speaker sound system.

Ford Fusion Hybrid Titanium

The Titanium model ($30,870) adds leather upholstery, front sport seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, rear park assist, and the SYNC 3 infotainment system, which includes an 8-inch touch screen, two USB ports, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration.

Several packages are also available in this trim, including the Driver Assist package, which includes lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, a heated steering wheel, and rain-sensing wipers.

Ford Fusion Hybrid Platinum

The top-of-the-line Platinum model ($37,370) adds a leather-wrapped instrument panel and door armrests, voice-activated navigation, predictive weather and traffic, blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert, lane keep assist, park assist, adaptive cruise control, remote start, and a heated steering wheel.

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The Final Call

The 2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid has a good combination of comfort, technology, performance, and fuel economy. It saves you money at the pump, and it's fun to drive. It has an unexpectedly upscale interior with plenty of room all-around, and its infotainment system is easy to use. The Fusion Hybrid isn't the fastest hybrid car, but it has sporty handling, and it transitions from electric to gas seamlessly. Its regenerative brakes can take some time to get used to, though, and rivals have more standard features.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "Ford might just have what you're looking for with its 2018 Fusion Hybrid. We like the standard Fusion for its sharp looks, surprisingly adept handling, spacious trunk and excellent Sync 3 infotainment system. These positive traits carry over to the hybrid version as well (yep, even the handling and cargo capacity) to give it an edge over some rivals." -- Edmunds
  • "The hybrid and plug-in hybrid segments are about to become more crowded, with new entries from Hyundai, Honda, and Kia on the way. The Fusion hybrids aren't the most efficient or cargo-friendly in their classes, but they drive well and boast attractive looks in a sedan body style. At the right price, they might just make sense." -- Motor Trend (2017)
  • "While many hybrid-sedan shoppers may automatically go to Toyota because of that brand's pioneering reputation with such powertrains, they'll be doing themselves a disservice if they don't first consider the alternatives. The Fusion's superior refinement and attractive design make a strong argument, especially for those who'd enjoy the Platinum version's plush environs." -- Car and Driver (2017)
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