Ford Fusion Hybrid Review
The 2015 Ford Fusion Hybrid ranks 3 out of 18 Affordable Midsize Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Ford Fusion Hybrid, as well as reliability and safety data.
Critics say that the 2015 Ford Fusion Hybrid transitions well from gas to electric power and that the cabin is handsome, but some write the infotainment system is unappealing.
With a four-cylinder engine and electric motor, the 2015 Ford Fusion Hybrid delivers acceptable power for day-to-day driving and quick acceleration from a stop, reviewers say. They also applaud the Ford Fusion's barely noticeable changeover from gas to electric power. An automatic transmission is standard, and the EPA reports that the 2015 Fusion Hybrid gets 44/41 mpg city/highway, which is very good for a hybrid midsize car. Test drivers say that the Fusion Hybrid has a comfortable ride, and some write that it’s fairly agile for a hybrid car. However, others think its brakes are touchy, and say that the Fusion Hybrid loses composure when driven hard on a twisty road.
Reviewers say the 2015 Ford Fusion Hybrid has high-end cabin materials, and some like the available infotainment system’s sleek design that limits the number of buttons on the center stack. The back seat is comfortable for adult passengers, automotive writers say, and most agree it is easy to adjust the driver’s seat and find a comfortable driving position. Critics note that the 2015 Fusion Hybrid is available with a wide array of driver assistance features, and some report that the available infotainment system eliminates the conventional knobs and buttons that you may prefer for audio and climate adjustments. Standard features include a rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, automatic headlights and Ford’s voice-activated Sync system, which includes a USB port, Bluetooth and hands-free text messaging. Ford’s MyKey system is also standard, which lets parents set vehicle speed and audio volume limits for young drivers. Available features include a moonroof, navigation, a Sony audio system, a MyFord Touch infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, forward collision warning with automatic braking, blind spot monitoring with cross traffic alert, lane departure warning with lane keeping assist, parallel park assist and adaptive cruise control. With a long list of family-friendly features, plus plenty of interior space and strong safety and reliability ratings, the Ford Fusion Hybrid is our 2015 Best Hybrid Car for Families.
- "Other hybrid sedans, including the Toyota Camry Hybrid, the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and related Kia Optima Hybrid, are also solid choices, though they can't match the overall appeal of the Fusion or Accord. Our pick is the Fusion, but you're not going to go wrong with either one of the class leaders." -- Edmunds
- "Through it all, every Fusion model offers up striking styling that's uncommon to the family sedan market." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "… it looks pretty much like any other Fusion from the outside, so if you're looking for a hybrid that shouts its environmental virtue to the world, get a Prius." -- Car and Driver (2013)
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Other Cars to Consider
The Toyota Camry Hybrid has been heavily updated for 2015, and test drivers appreciate its roomy cabin and straightforward infotainment system. The Camry Hybrid also offers more trunk space than the Fusion Hybrid, and critics say that it feels powerful for a midsize hybrid car.
The Honda Accord Hybrid uses less fuel than the Fusion Hybrid, and reviewers love its responsive powertrain and athletic handling. The Accord Hybrid also wins praise for its attractive cabin, which features upscale materials and plenty of passenger space.
Details: 2015 Ford Fusion Hybrid
The 2015 Ford Fusion Hybrid seats five, has front-wheel drive and comes in S, SE and Titanium trims. A 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and electric motor are standard, which are paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The non-hybrid Ford Fusion and the plug-in hybrid Ford Fusion Energi are reviewed separately. Aside from the addition of a standard rearview camera for 2015, the Fusion Hybrid hasn’t changed much since it was redesigned for the 2013 model year. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2013 and 2015 model years.
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