2018 Ford Fusion

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MSRP: $22,215 - 38,990

2018 Ford Fusion Review

The 2018 Ford Fusion scores in the upper tier of the midsize car class. It has a very good predicated reliability score and some of the best cargo numbers in the class. Good, but not great, safety scores keep it from ranking higher.




Critics' Rating: 8.6
Performance: 8.4
Interior: 8.2
Safety: 9.3
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Pros & Cons

  • Balanced handling
  • Spacious cabin and trunk
  • Intuitive optional infotainment system
  • Underpowered base engine
  • Low fuel economy

Is the Ford Fusion a Good Car?

The 2018 Ford Fusion's comfortable ride makes it a good commuter vehicle. For a midsize car, it has a weak base engine, but there are plenty of turbocharged engine options that up the power. Still, the Fusion has poor fuel economy estimates for the class, so you might have to fill up more often than you would with a competitor.

The Fusion has a roomy, comfortable interior and one of the most spacious trunks in the class. Although its standard features list is lacking, the Fusion offers a user-friendly touch-screen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. There are a few low-quality finishes, but mostly upscale materials adorn the cabin.

Should I Buy the Ford Fusion?

You should buy the Ford Fusion if you prioritize space over engine power. The Fusion not only has a roomy interior, but also one of the largest and most accessible trunks in the class. However, the Fusion’s acceleration is unimpressive – unless you’re willing to spend extra money for one of its two stronger available engines. With its base engine, the Fusion produces fewer horsepower, has slower acceleration, and uses more gas than the Toyota Camry or Honda Accord. Both rivals were redesigned for 2018 and boast longer features lists and perfect safety scores as well. While the Ford Fusion is a good midsize car, a couple of similarly priced competitors may be more worthy of your money.  

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Should I Buy a New or Used Ford Fusion?

The Fusion's current generation began with the 2013 model year. Ford did not make any notable changes to the Fusion for 2018, so you may want to consider a virtually identical used 2017 model to save money. The 2017 Fusion’s major upgrades make it a better choice than previous models. It replaced the maligned MyFord Touch infotainment system with the user-friendly SYNC 3 setup. New Sport and Platinum trim levels were also introduced for 2017, and driver assistance features became available. These include pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking.

To research other models in this generation, check out our 2015, 2016, and 2017 Ford Fusion reviews. If you decide that 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: 52 Reviews Analyzed

We’ve analyzed 52 Ford Fusion reviews, as well as fuel economy estimates, reliability ratings, crash test results, and more, to give you all the information you need to make a smart car-buying decision. This 2018 Ford Fusion review incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation, which spans the 2013 through 2018 model years.

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How Much Does the Ford Fusion Cost?

The 2018 Fusion starts at $22,215, which is one of the lowest starting prices in the class. Upper trim levels range from about $23,400 to $36,900. Front-wheel drive is standard in the Fusion, and all-wheel drive is available in most trims. Also standard is a 2.5-liter engine. A 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, and a 2.7-liter turbocharged V6 are available.

For more information about the Ford Fusion's standard and optional features, check out the “Which Ford Fusion Model Is Right for Me?” section below.

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Ford Fusion Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Ford Fusion or Honda Accord?

Like the Fusion, the Honda Accord offers potent turbocharged engines, as well as similar standard and available features. Still, the Accord is the better pick. The Accord delivers better fuel economy estimates than the Fusion, and its more powerful standard engine provides quicker acceleration. It also has an elegant and well-built interior. Many of the Accord’s standard safety features are only available in upper trims of the Fusion. The Accord does not offer all-wheel drive like the Fusion, but that is a small price to pay for its other advantages. 

Which Is Better: Ford Fusion or Toyota Camry?

The Toyota Camry is no Maserati, but it is fully redesigned for 2018 and peppier than ever before. It boasts a modern, comfortable cabin and a refined ride. However, it doesn't offer Android Auto or Apple CarPlay smartphone integration like the Fusion. The Fusion also has a larger trunk. Still, the Camry comes with a lengthy list of standard safety equipment, including lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and pedestrian detection. You'll have to move up to higher trim levels or add additional options to get these features in the Fusion. Additionally, the Camry is much more fuel efficient, and it doesn't have an underpowered base engine like the Fusion. It's no surprise that the Camry is one of the best-selling cars in America and the superior choice. 

Which Is Better: Ford Fusion or Ford Focus?

The Ford Focus is a part of the compact car class. As such, it has a lower price point and less passenger space. The Focus offers a couple performance-focused trims that may have more appeal to enthusiasts than the Fusion Sport. The base models of both Fords have similar interior quality, technology, and performance. You can get a hatchback version of the Focus with more cargo space. The Fusion offers all-wheel drive throughout its lineup, which you can only get in the high-performance Focus RS. Therefore, choosing between the Ford Fusion and Ford Focus will most likely depend on how much room you need and how much money you want to spend.

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Fusion Interior

How Many People Does the Fusion Seat?

The 2018 Ford Fusion comfortably seats five people. The front seats are supportive and remain comfortable even on long drives. The rear seats are welcoming as well. It’s easy to get in and out of the car, and there’s plenty of head- and legroom. Some find the rear seats a little too reclined, which results in a slightly slouched seating position.

Fusion and Car Seats

The Fusion has a complete set of LATCH child-seat connectors on each of its rear outboard seats. The middle seat has a tether anchor only. The IIHS rated the system as Marginal (the second-lowest score possible) for ease of use. While the tether anchors are easy to find and use, the lower anchors are located deep in the seat, and it can be hard to move your hands around them while connecting a car seat. The leather upholstery is a bit stiff, making it more difficult to access the anchors. On the plus side, most car seats should fit easily without having to move the front seats forward for more space.

Fusion Interior Quality

The 2018 Fusion has a generally upscale cabin and feel. Plenty of soft-touch surfaces set it apart from more budget-focused options in the class, but you might notice some hard-plastic surfaces. The top-of-the-line Fusion Platinum approaches luxury car territory, with premium leather and other high-end trim pieces.

Fusion Cargo Space

The 2018 Fusion has one of the largest trunks in the class. It has 16 cubic feet of trunk space, which is more than enough room for a dozen grocery bags or several suitcases. Additionally, the trunk's opening is wide, making it easy to fit bulky items, and the trunk lip is low, which also makes for easier loading. A standard 60/40 split-folding rear seat allows you to haul long, skinny items while retaining some seating space for back-seat passengers.

The Fusion’s trunk is a bit bigger than most of its rivals, including the Honda Accord (15.8 cubic feet) and Toyota Camry (15.4 cubic feet). The standard Accord's back seat folds in one piece, reducing utility. As you’d expect, the compact Ford Focus (13.2 cubic feet) has less space than its midsize stablemate, but the Focus is available in hatchback variants that nearly double the sedan’s trunk size.

Fusion Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Standard features are sparse in the 2018 Fusion. You’ll get a four-speaker stereo and the base SYNC infotainment system with voice controls to make phone calls and play music. Audio information is displayed on a small screen.

The Ford SYNC 3 touch-screen infotainment system is available. The 8-inch display features sharp, clear graphics, and it’s easy to see from the driver’s seat. The system responds to common smartphonelike gestures like swiping or pinching to zoom, and menus are easy to navigate. Physical controls on the dashboard are laid out in a simple pattern, and they’re easy to reach.

SYNC 3 includes smartphone integration via Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, which allow you to access your phone’s apps, contacts, media, and messaging. The Honda Accord’s optional infotainment interface comes with these programs, but they’re not available in the Toyota Camry (or most other Toyota vehicles).

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 Performance

Fusion Engine: Needs More Power

The 2018 Fusion has four available engines. The base 175-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine is unimpressive. If you just need a car to get you from point A to point B, this engine might be sufficient, but your best bet is to skip it.

There are two optional turbocharged EcoBoost engines: a 1.5-liter four-cylinder that makes 181 horsepower and a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that puts out 245 horses. The latter is the better of the two, providing enough power to quickly pull away from a stoplight and easily pass traffic on the highway.

For those who place a premium on performance, there's the Ford Fusion Sport. Its twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 produces a whopping 325 horsepower. This model delivers thrilling power in a class not known for exciting driving. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard in all models.

Fusion Gas Mileage: Low for the Class

With its base engine and front-wheel drive, the 2018 Ford Fusion gets an EPA-estimated 21 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. That’s on the low end for the class – particularly for a car with sluggish acceleration.

The base Toyota Camry has slightly better estimates of 29 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the highway. The Honda Accord gets impressive estimates of 30 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway.

Fusion Ride and Handling: Sporty and Sophisticated

This midsize Ford has little body roll around turns, and it rides smoothly over bumps in the road. Steering feedback from the road is about average. The Fusion Sport handles with athleticism and takes corners confidently.

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Fusion Reliability

Is the Ford Fusion Reliable?

The 2018 Ford Fusion has an above-average predicted reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

Ford Fusion Warranty

Ford backs the Fusion and all of its vehicles with a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. You'll get that same coverage from Honda and Toyota with the Accord and Camry.

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Fusion Safety

Fusion Crash Test Results

The 2018 Ford Fusion received a five-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, earning five stars in side crash testing and four stars in frontal crash and rollover testing. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety also named it a 2018 Top Safety Pick. Several of the Fusion's competitors, such as the Camry and the Accord, also have very high safety scores.

Fusion Safety Features

The Ford Fusion comes standard with a rearview camera and Ford’s MyKey safety feature, which allows you to set speed limits for other drivers of the car and prevent audio from playing until passengers are buckled up.

You can get other advanced safety tech, like automatic high beams, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and lane keep assist, by jumping up a trim level and then purchasing a package. Other available safety features are available in the top trim only or a la carte. These include rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, an automatic parking function, and a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking.

Honda includes its Honda Sensing suite in all Accord models. It gets you forward collision warning, collision mitigation braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, road departure mitigation, adaptive cruise control, and traffic sign recognition. The Toyota Camry also comes with features like pedestrian detection, lane departure warning with steering assist, automatic high beams, and adaptive cruise control.

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Which Ford Fusion Model Is Right for Me?

The 2018 Ford Fusion (priced at $22,215) comes in five trims: S, SE, Titanium, Sport, and Platinum. A 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive are standard in the S and SE. The 2.0-liter engine is standard in Titanium and Platinum trims. The SE trim has an available 1.5-liter or 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, and the Titanium and Platinum models come standard with the 2.0-liter engine. The Fusion Sport comes with a 2.7-liter turbocharged V6 engine. You can get all-wheel drive with the SE, Titanium, and Platinum trims. AWD is standard in the Sport. The Ford Fusion Hybrid and plug-in hybrid Ford Fusion Energi are reviewed separately.

You'll get the most value with the Fusion SE, which adds convenient features like power front seats and satellite radio. You can add many more options, including a touch-screen infotainment system, leather seats, a moonroof, and a whole host of advanced safety and driver assistance features, depending on your budget or priorities. The standard engine is a little lackluster, so you’ll want to upgrade to either one of the two available turbo engines for the best driving experience.

Ford Fusion S

The base Ford Fusion S starts at $22,215 and comes with a six-way manually adjustable driver's seat, a four-way manually adjustable passenger seat, push-button start, Ford MyKey, a rearview camera, a four-speaker stereo system, and the voice-activated SYNC interface. The few optional features include fog lamps, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a spoiler.

Ford Fusion SE

The Fusion SE has a starting price of $23,490 and adds a 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat, a six-way power-adjustable passenger seat, a six-speaker audio system, satellite radio, and a 4.2-inch instrument cluster display. All-wheel drive and two different turbocharged EcoBoost engines are available, along with a variety of option packages. One package includes the 1.5-liter turbocharged engine, leather seats, heated front seats, proximity key entry, and remote start. Another group includes driver assistance technologies like automatic high beams, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane keep assist, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a heated steering wheel, and a 110-volt power outlet. You can also get the SYNC 3 touch-screen infotainment system along with an 11-speaker premium audio system, dual-zone automatic climate control, and rear parking sensors. Other options include a moonroof, adaptive cruise control, and an automatic parking assist function.

Ford Fusion Titanium

Additional standard features in the Fusion Titanium ($30,490) include a 10-way power-adjustable passenger seat, heated front sport seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 12-speaker Sony premium sound system, HD Radio, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, proximity key entry, remote start, rear parking sensors, and the SYNC 3 infotainment system. Optional features include voice-activated navigation, ventilated front seats, a moonroof, automatic parking assist, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane keep assist, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and a heated steering wheel.

Ford Fusion Sport

The performance-oriented Fusion Sport starts at $33,845 and comes standard with a 2.7-liter turbocharged V6 engine and all-wheel drive. Features and options are mostly the same as the Fusion Titanium.

Ford Fusion Platinum

With a starting price of $36,990, the Ford Fusion Platinum comes loaded with most previously listed features and options. These include premium leather seats, heated and ventilated front seats, a moonroof, voice-activated navigation, rain-sensing windshield wipers, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane keep assist, automatic parking assist, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, and a pre-collision system with forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, and automatic emergency braking.

Where Is the Ford Fusion Made?

Ford manufactures the Fusion at its plant in Hermosillo, Mexico. This plant also assembles the Lincoln MKZ, a luxury midsize sedan closely related to the Fusion.

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The Final Call

The 2018 Ford Fusion is a solid car that can be fun to drive, especially in the Sport trim. The interior has plenty of passenger and cargo space and mostly high-quality materials. Its trunk is also one of the largest in the segment. However, its base engine lacks power, and its fuel economy isn’t as good as many competitors’ estimates.

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

  • "The 2018 Ford Fusion hasn't changed dramatically in the last few years, and that's a good thing. The Fusion is in a highly competitive class of midsize sedans, but it continues to impress us with its comfortable interior, user-friendly tech and great driving dynamics." -- Edmunds
  • "If the midsize sedan really is the point of entry to a car brand, then the … Ford Fusion has the potential to bring a lot of drivers into the Ford fold. The Accord and Camry should be looking over their shoulders. Drive a Fusion before you make a decision, and be sure to take the time to unlock the many possibilities in the wide range of standard and optional features. The right combination might just convert you into a Ford driver." -- Autotrader (2017)
  • "The … Ford Fusion answers a lot of transportation questions. If you want a practical and affordable family sedan, it has you covered. It's also an eco-friendly hybrid or plug-in hybrid. The new Platinum and Sport models promise luxury and performance, respectively, and the Fusion remains a high-tech champ. ... There's not a lot working against the Fusion. Diesel fans will have to look elsewhere, although the Hybrid models do extremely well on fuel economy.” -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
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