Ford Fusion Hybrid Review
The 2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid ranks 4 out of 21 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.
Auto writers say the 2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid is a great midsize hybrid, with exceptional fuel economy, a quiet powertrain and a spacious cabin. Because it has the best combination of positive reviews, price and long-term ownership costs in its class, we named the 2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid the Best Hybrid Car for the Money. It's also our 2014 Best Hybrid Car for Families.
The Fusion Hybrid has a four-cylinder gas engine, electric motor and continuously variable transmission. At 47/47 mpg city/highway, the Fusion Hybrid has some of the best fuel economy ratings in the class. Critics are impressed with how quiet the powertrain is, adding that the transition between power sources is nearly undetectable. Most test drivers say the Fusion Hybrid has plenty of power from a stop and in city driving, though some warn that highway passing maneuvers require some planning. Reviewers are divided on the car’s handling, with some saying it’s composed in turns, and others saying it’s floaty. Most test drivers think the steering has good road feel. The Fusion Hybrid’s regenerative brakes are disliked for being too grabby. The Ford Fusion Hybrid has eight standard air bags and a standard post-crash alert system, which automatically flashes the lights and sounds the horn in the event of an accident. The Fusion Hybrid is also available with inflatable rear seatbelts, which is a unique safety feature for the class.
The Ford Fusion Hybrid’s cabin receives mostly positive comments from test drivers, who say it has a stylish design and is filled with high-end materials, though some think the simple cabin design looks boring. Reviewers agree that the Fusion Hybrid has lots of passenger space and that the seats are comfortable. The trunk is on par size-wise with the trunks in competing hybrid sedans, and test drivers like that there is a pass-through and that the back seat folds down to accommodate longer items. Standard features include automatic headlights, dual-zone automatic climate control, a six-speaker CD audio system, an auxiliary audio jack and Ford’s voice-controlled Sync with MyFord system, which includes Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, 911 Assist and a feature that reads incoming text messages over the speakers while you’re driving. Available features include a rearview camera, backup sensors, blind spot monitoring with cross traffic alert, lane departure warning with lane keeping assist, active park assist, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, rain-sensing windshield wipers, remote start, proximity key, navigation, a 12-speaker Sony audio system, HD Radio, satellite radio and Ford’s Sync with MyFord Touch touch-screen infotainment system. The available MyFord Touch system annoys auto critics, who say it is difficult to use, glitchy and slow to respond to touch inputs.
- "Within the hybrid sedan segment, the pickings are pretty slim. This is especially true if you're looking for one with an upscale vibe that doesn't carry a premium price tag. The 2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid is one of the few hybrid midsize sedans that meets these requirements with its neatly tailored styling, fine road manners and wealth of high-tech luxury and safety features." -- Edmunds
- "The original Ford Fusion Hybrid was no slouch in the efficiency department, but the second-generation model raises the bar even higher with a class-leading 47-mpg combined rating. Factor in European-flavored handling, striking looks and a plethora of high-tech options, and Fusion Hybrid becomes one of the top choices in the midsize hybrid sedan segment." -- Left Lane News
- "Considering its impressive economy, beautiful exterior, sweet and easygoing personality, and reasonable … starting price, the 2013 Fusion hybrid is likely to be popular. However, 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)
Other Cars to Consider
The new Honda Accord Hybrid has the same combined fuel economy estimate as the Fusion Hybrid, and reviewers like its strong power and balanced handling. Test drivers say the Accord Hybrid’s brakes are strong without being touchy.
Though the Toyota Camry Hybrid’s fuel economy isn’t as good as the Fusion Hybrid’s, reviewers like how seamless the transition between gas and electric power is. They also say the Camry Hybrid has plenty of power for passing on the highway.
Details: 2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid
The 2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid comes in three trims: S, SE and Titanium. A plug-in hybrid model, the Ford Fusion Energi, and the gas-only Fusion are reviewed separately. The Fusion Hybrid is powered by a four-cylinder gas engine and an electric motor, which are paired with a CVT. The Fusion Hybrid was redesigned for the 2013 model year, and since it sees no major changes for 2014 besides the addition of the new S trim, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2013 and 2014 model years.
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