For some car buyers, hybrid cars will always be first and foremost about fuel economy, which is perfectly understandable. But as more and more models enter the market and customer choice therefore increases, it's only right that other buying factors become increasingly important other than just which is the most frugal. If we're considering non-luxury midsize sedans, the Ford Fusion is going to be high on just about everyone's list of ones to consider, so if it's a hybrid you want, the Ford Fusion Hybrid has got to be a great place to start. So, let's take a closer look at what the 2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid has to offer.
Incredibly, it's now six years since Ford brought us this version of the Fusion. It's had the odd nip and tuck here and there over that time, but it's still essentially the same design and it's hard to argue against it being just as attractive, desirable and current now as it was when it was launched. The fastback shape is almost homage to the days when Ford owned that renowned British luxury sports car brand, and this stunning exterior is still very much a match for anything else in the segment. Apart from the badging, there's nothing about the Fusion Hybrid that makes it stand out as anything different to the gas-only variety.
The powertrain in the Fusion Hybrid is essentially the same as the unit in the Fusion Energi plug-in, which is a 2.0-liter inline-four paired with a two-motor hybrid system in place of a conventional transmission. The lithium-ion battery in the Fusion Hybrid is located in the trunk, but it doesn't cut into the cargo volume the way the larger battery in the plug-in does. The software for the hybrid system was updated last year and delivered a welcome boost to fuel efficiency. But it also delivered a more responsive driving experience too, that makes the Hybrid feel much more like a conventional model. The combined output of the hybrid system is 188 horsepower, and the EPA now rates the fuel economy at 43 mpg in the city, 41 mpg on the highway and 42 mpg combined*
Trims and features
Apart from the lack of a Sport model, the Fusion Hybrid lineup pretty much mirrors that of the standard Fusion. That means the entry model is the Ford Fusion Hybrid S, and then it goes up to the Hybrid SE, The Hybrid Titanium, and finally the Hybrid Platinum at the top of the range. The Fusion Hybrid offered better levels of standard features and equipment than any of its rivals when it was originally launched, and although the advantage has lessened to some extent over time, the Ford is still a match for anything in its class. At the entry level it has all the essentials such as the Sync infotainment system, climate control and cruise control, and from there it can be as well-equipped and luxurious as you want, to a point where the Platinum feels like a genuine luxury model.
There are no separate ratings for the hybrid version of the Fusion, so it gets the same ratings as the standard car, That means a full five-star rating from the NHTSA and a Top Safety Pick rating from the IIHS, which is just a little short of being about as good as it gets.
The 2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid is available now, so get in touch with us here at Courtesy Ford right away to find out more and to arrange a test drive to experience this superbly fuel-efficient midsize sedan for yourself.
*All vehicle mileage based on 2018 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.