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2018 Ford Fusion Review

The 2018 Ford Fusion ranks in the top third of the midsize car class. The Fusion has a spacious and well-trimmed cabin, enjoyable driving dynamics, peppy engine options, and user-friendly tech features.

Pros & Cons

  • Spacious interior
  • Intuitive available infotainment system
  • Refined ride and handling
  • Underpowered base engine
  • Poor fuel economy for the class




Critics' Rating: 8.6
Performance: 8.4
Interior: 8.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.9
Safety: 9.3
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2018 Ford Fusion Overview

Is the 2018 Ford Fusion a Good Used Car?

Yes, the Ford Fusion is a great option if you’re shopping for a used midsize car.

The 2018 Fusion has many highlights:

  • Roomy interior with five seats
  • Enjoyable handling and a cushioned ride
  • Available all-wheel drive
  • Zippy turbocharged engines
  • Lots of advanced safety features
  • Available touch screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Low average asking prices for the class

It does have a few drawbacks though:

  • Poor fuel economy compared to rivals
  • Lackluster base engine
  • Outdated standard infotainment system

Look to alternatives like the 2018 Toyota Camry and 2018 Honda Accord if you want a midsize sedan with better fuel economy.

We review the 2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid and 2018 Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid models separately.

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Why You Can Trust Us

We’ve analyzed 52 Ford Fusion reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability ratings and cost of ownership estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

U.S. News Best Cars has been ranking and reviewing vehicles since 2007, and our team has decades of experience in the auto industry. Though we’re passionate about cars, we’re even more committed to providing helpful consumer advice. To maintain objectivity, we don’t accept expensive gifts or trips from car companies.

How Much Is the 2018 Ford Fusion?

Based on listings for the 2018 Ford Fusion on our site, the average price is $18,400, which is lower than average for the midsize car 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 Cost to Own?

The Fusion’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be around $23,000, or $4,600 per year. That’s about average for a midsize car.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Fusion?

The 2019 Ford Fusion starts at around $22,800, though it can surpass $40,000 in its top trim level. You can save thousands of dollars by shopping for a similar 2018 or 2017 model. On the other hand, it may be worth opting for the 2019 model if active safety features are a must have. Ford equips all 2019 Fusion sedans with the Co-Pilot360 package, which includes forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, and blind spot monitoring. These features were previously optional.

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You can save even more money by shopping for a used 2013 to 2016 Fusion. These models are part of the same generation as the 2019 Fusion, and they offer similar styling, driving dynamics, and fuel economy. These cars don’t support Apple CarPlay or Android Auto though. You’ll need to stay with a 2017-or-newer model if you want either of those features.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 Ford Fusion?

The 2018 Fusion 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 Recalls

At the time of writing, there is one recall for the 2018 Fusion:

  • Steering wheel bolt may loosen and detach

Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Ford Fusion Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2018 Ford Fusion is available in five trim levels: S, SE, Titanium, Platinum, and V6 Sport. The midrange Titanium and Platinum trims are the best picks for most shoppers. These trims come standard with popular features like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a touch screen. They’re also equipped with a zippier turbocharged engine.

  • Ford Fusion S: The base S trim comes with a 173-horsepower four-cylinder engine, a six-speed automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive. Standard features include a 4.2-inch display, a rearview camera, a CD player, four speakers, Bluetooth, a USB port, keyless entry, push-button start, cloth upholstery, manually adjustable front seats, and 16-inch alloy wheels.
  • Ford Fusion SE: The SE trim adds power-adjustable front seats, six speakers, satellite radio, and 17-inch wheels. This trim comes with the base engine, but a 181-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder and a 245-horsepower turbo-four are available. All-wheel drive is available with the latter engine.
  • Ford Fusion Titanium: The midrange Titanium trim has the 245-horsepower engine and either front- or all-wheel drive. This trim adds an 8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a 12-speaker stereo, HD Radio, remote start, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, heated front seats, rear parking sensors, and 18-inch wheels.
  • Ford Fusion Platinum: The luxe Platinum trim also comes with the 245-horsepower engine. This trim adds navigation, ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a leather-wrapped dashboard, a moonroof, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and 19-inch wheels. Many active safety features are included, like forward collision warning with brake assist, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, hands-free park assist, and automatic high-beam headlights.
  • Ford Fusion V6 Sport: The racy V6 Sport trim is equipped with a 325-horsepower twin-turbo V6 engine, all-wheel drive, and an adaptive suspension. Its standard features are similar to the SE trim, but many of the upgrades from the Titanium and Platinum trims are available.

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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?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2018 Fusion a Top Safety Pick. It earned a top rating of Good in all six crash tests. Properly equipped Fusions received the highest rating of Superior for front crash prevention. In headlight testing, the Fusion received the worst rating of Poor for forward visibility.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Fusion an overall safety rating of five out of five stars. It received five stars in the side crash test and four stars in the frontal crash and rollover evaluations.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • rearview camera

Available advanced safety features:

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

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2018 Ford Fusion Versus the Competition

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

The 2018 Chevy Malibu is a fine pick in the midsize car class. Like the Fusion, the Malibu has a roomy interior, a comfortable ride, and a long list of available safety features. Both cars also have a user-friendly infotainment system. The Malibu’s base engine gets 27 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway (compared to the Fusion’s 21/32 mpg) making it the more efficient pick. Alternatively, the Fusion feels more athletic and is more enjoyable to drive, and its projected ownership costs are lower. Test-drive both models to see which you prefer.

Which Is Better: 2018 Ford Fusion or 2018 Nissan Altima?

The 2018 Nissan Altima is a decent option, and like many cars in this class, it earns better fuel economy than the Fusion. Beyond that, the Altima fails to impress. Its interior looks and feels rather cheap, it’s not as fun to drive as the Fusion, and its unrefined continuously variable automatic transmission can cause the engine to drone loudly. Stick with the Fusion.

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2018 Fusion Performance

How Does the 2018 Ford Fusion Drive?

The Ford Fusion is one of the best handling cars in its segment. Thanks to a pliant suspension, it feels stable around turns, and it rides comfortably over bumps and dips in the road. The steering is light and responsive, and the brakes provide confident stopping power. The Fusion is available with all-wheel drive, making it a practical option for those living in snowy regions.

The Fusion is available with several engine choices. Most shoppers will want to avoid the base 2.5-liter four-cylinder, which doesn’t get the car up to speed with much authority. The turbocharged 1.5- and 2.0-liter engines are a better fit. Each provides zippier acceleration around town and stronger passing power on the highway. Opt for the Fusion Sport’s powerful V6 if you’re less concerned about fuel economy. It can zoom the sedan from zero to 60 mph in less than six seconds, and it doesn’t lack for power at higher speeds. All models are equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission. Its shifts are smooth but occasionally slow.

  • Base engine: 173-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder
  • Available engines:
    • 181-horsepower 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder
    • 245-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder
    • 325-horsepower 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged V6
  • Drivetrain: standard front-wheel drive; available all-wheel drive
  • Transmission: six-speed automatic
Does the 2018 Ford Fusion Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Fusion gets poor fuel economy for a midsize car.

  • 2.5-liter, FWD: 21/32 mpg city/highway
  • 1.5-liter, FWD: 23/34 mpg
  • 2.0-liter, FWD: 21/31 mpg
  • 2.0-liter, AWD: 20/29 mpg
  • 2.7-liter, AWD: 17/26 mpg

We review the 2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid and 2018 Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid models separately.

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2018 Fusion Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 Fusion Seat?

The Ford Fusion is a four-door sedan with five seats. The front seats are comfortable and nicely contoured, and there’s ample head- and legroom, even for taller occupants. The spacious rear seats are similarly cozy. The Fusion’s cabin filters keep out most road and wind noise, yielding a quiet ride at higher speeds. The interior is finely trimmed as well. Most surfaces are covered in soft-touch plastic. The luxe Platinum trim even has a leather-wrapped dashboard.

Standard seating features:

  • cloth upholstery

Available seating features:

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

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

2018 Ford Fusion Features

The Fusion is available with two different infotainment systems. The standard layout includes a 4.2-inch display that is surrounded by small buttons on either side. This setup isn’t very user-friendly, and it looks dated. The available SYNC 3 system is a better option. It includes an 8-inch touch screen with crisp graphics and simple menus, and it responds quickly to inputs. There are physical buttons and knobs for the audio and climate controls, so you don’t have to tap the screen for every function. This system supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which allow users to integrate their iPhone and Android apps on the display.

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

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2018 Ford Fusion Dimensions

Ford Fusion Cargo Space

The Fusion has 16 cubic feet of trunk space, which is about average for a midsize car. The rear seats can fold to accommodate longer items.

2018 Ford Fusion Length and Weight
  • Length: 16 feet
  • Curb weight: 3,431 to 3,681 pounds

Where Was the 2018 Ford Fusion Built?

Ford built the 2018 Fusion in Mexico.

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