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2020 Ford Fusion Hybrid Performance Review


Performance: 6.9

The 2020 Ford Fusion Hybrid has agile handling, and it provides a comfortable ride. Steering is a bit numb, however, and the Fusion Hybrid can struggle to accelerate on the highway. The regenerative braking system feels overly grabby.

  • "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 (2018)
  • " … 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

Powering every Fusion Hybrid is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine paired with an 88-kW electric motor. Together they produce 188 horsepower. Mated to this setup is a continuously variable automatic transmission.

The Fusion Hybrid produces ample power for city driving. When taking off from a stop, the electric motor’s torque moves the Fusion Hybrid quickly. It struggles more on the highway, where accelerating to higher speeds takes a bit more time. On the plus side, the transition between gas and electric power is smooth.

According to the EPA, this hybrid sedan gets 43 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the highway. Compared to other hybrids, these are unimpressive figures.

  • "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 … in 9 seconds, which is average for the segment." -- Edmunds (2019)
  • "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." -- 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." -- CNET (2017)

Handling and Braking

Like many hybrids, this Ford suffers from grabby, sensitive brakes, especially at lower speeds. Apart from that, it's a decent driver, remaining composed and even mildly sporty around corners. It’s no Ford Mustang, but it’s livelier than many hybrids. The ride is comfortable too, with the suspension smoothing out most road flaws before they reach the cabin. Front-wheel drive is standard. All-wheel drive is unavailable, though you can get it in the nonhybrid Ford Fusion.

  • "The Fusion Hybrid is enjoyable to drive along twisty roads, where it responds eagerly to steering inputs. Body roll is also well-controlled. It's a shame the numb steering doesn't match the Fusion's somewhat sporty handling." -- 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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2020 Ford Fusion Hybrid

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