2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid

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2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid Performance Review

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Performance: 7.7

The 2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid has above-average performance for a hybrid, highlighted by its athletic handling that results in little body lean in corners. Additionally, it has plenty of power for city driving, though its acceleration is merely adequate on the highway.

  • As expected, the Fusion Hybrid isn't speedy. But unlike other hybrids, the car feels admirably coordinated and willing when the road starts to turn and twist. It could be even better, but lifeless steering feel brings down our rating." -- Edmunds
  • "… the 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)

Acceleration and Power

The Fusion Hybrid makes a combined 188 horsepower from its 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and electric motor. A continuously variable automatic transmission is standard. The Fusion Hybrid has plenty of pep around the city, but merging and passing on the highway require a heavy foot on the gas. On the plus side, the transition from electric to gas is seamless.

There are no EPA estimates yet for the 2018 Fusion Hybrid, but Ford estimates it will get 44 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the highway.

  • Typical of many hybrid family sedans, the Fusion feels timid. You'll likely be pressing the gas pedal more than expected when getting up to passing speed on the highway or climbing a grade. In our acceleration test, it went from zero to 60 mph time in 9 seconds, which is average for the segment." -- Edmunds
  • "While the Fusion hybrid is not quick, its electric motor adds a nice dose of torque to initial takeoff from a stop, so it doesn't feel poky in city driving. Even under hard acceleration, the four-cylinder's noise is well muffled and never sounds strained. The powertrain provides adequate forward thrust, but what's most noteworthy about this particular hybrid system is how quietly and seamlessly the electric motor and the gas engine interact. Every hybrid Fusion comes with active noise cancellation, and it seems to work. There's not much engine, tire, or wind noise at highway speeds." -- Car and Driver (2017)
  • On the road, the hybrid system feels almost exactly like last generation, which is to say pretty good. Of course, the Hybrid is tuned for efficiency, so the outright acceleration won't win many drag races but the Fusion still boasts enough electric torque to feel peppy off of the line in the city and for confident merges at highway speeds. The eCVT saps pretty much all of the fun during more the dynamic driving you'd experience on a good, curvy road, but generally felt unintrusive and smooth during more relaxed commuter-type driving." -- CNET (2017)

Handling and Braking

Despite being a hybrid, the 2018 Fusion Hybrid has responsive steering and sporty handling that inspire confidence through turns. However, like most hybrids, you'll have to get used to the grabby regenerative brakes. Front-wheel drive is standard.

  • The Fusion Hybrid feels composed and stable, and it doesn't roll much in corners. And despite lackluster steering feedback, it responds eagerly to steering inputs. Fuel-saving tires don't offer a ton of grip, but there's still enough to maintain a steady pace on your favorite winding road." -- Edmunds
  • The Fusion's ride is comfortable, even with the larger 18-inch wheels. The steering is nicely weighted and accurate but doesn't offer much feedback. Brake-pedal feel is good while blending the transition between regenerative and friction modes, but the switchover can still be felt as a change in grabbiness that takes a bit of getting used to." -- Car and Driver (2017)
  • The Low gear button on the top of the modern transmission shift dial proved useful for slowing down without using the brakes, which mostly feel natural except [for] their sensitivity at low speeds. As with most hybrids, they might require a quick learning curve before you get used to it." -- Motor Trend (2017)
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