Ford Fusion Hybrid Review
The 2015 Ford Fusion Hybrid ranks 2 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.
While some dislike its infotainment system, test drivers say the 2015 Ford Fusion Hybrid offers an attractive interior and smooth transitions between gas and electric power.
The 2015 Ford Fusion Hybrid comes with a four-cylinder engine and electric motor, and reviewers agree that the Fusion Hybrid feels quick from a stop and has sufficient power in most situations. Many also praise the Fusion Hybrid’s nearly imperceptible transitions between gas and 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 praise the 2015 Ford Fusion Hybrid’s upscale interior materials, and some say that models with the optional infotainment system feature an attractive design because the center stack isn’t crowded with buttons. Most agree that it’s easy to find a comfortable driving position in the Fusion Hybrid, and that the back seat is comfortable for adult passengers. 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.
- "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)
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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