2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid Specs Review

The six-year-old Ford Fusion Hybrid remains a good-looking, comfortable mid-size sedan with good fuel efficiency and plug-in hybrid options,

2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energy are now in their sixth model, older than mid-size sedan competing with high efficiency hybrid versions or plug-ins. Slightly refreshed last year, Fusion remains a handsome sedan with a comfortable and stylish interior. Fusion hybrid has four trim levels: S base, medium level SE, premium Titanium, and Platinum top. The Fusion Energy hybrid plug-in comes in SE, Titanium, or Platinum trim levels.

Newer competitors, however, only beat EPA Ford’s hybrid ratings for fuel economy, power range, or both. That includes hybrid versions of Chevrolet Malibu, Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima, and especially the new 52-mpg Toyota Camry this year. Competitors for Fusion Energy include a plug-in hybrid model from Sonata and Optima, the upcoming Honda Clarity Plug-In this year, and a smaller Chevrolet Volt hatchback.

Fusion hybrids can still produce higher ratings than conventional midsize sedans, but buyers who prioritize low fuel costs or electric ranges above everything can now do much better than Fusion hybrid pairs. Prices can also accelerate for buyers who check the box of options on the Fusion order form; the best value is probably the basic hybrid that starts around $ 27,000 before the discount, which has been enough for midsize sedans lately.

For more details on the Fusion sedan version with the gasoline engine, see our full review of 2018 Ford Fusion ranks.

2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid Specs Review

2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid Specs Review

2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid Styling

The design of the 2018 Ford Fusion is no longer a way out in the front, but the fragile lines and stylishly-made interiors are still above average.
Six years after the Ford Fusion sedan was launched, the shabby fastback form has survived well. Most competitors, in fact, have adopted the same profile version, making Fusion a pioneer. (The same form is offered in Europe as a hatchback, but not in North America.)

The opening of a wide rectangular grille widened and made fresher last year, with LED lights inside a chevron-shaped running light. The shape is sensitive to color: light colors give the impression of thickness through the middle, while dark tones play a sporty line.

The interior will be familiar to Ford owners recently, with a mixture of soft-touch material black or two tones and matte silver accents are now found in many vehicles. The hybrid fusion and plug-in hybrid has a set of all-glass configurable driver instruments to display the data and graphical display they like.

Radio settings and climate control remain like conventional buttons, fortunately, though other controls have capacitive touch sensitive buttons that require some practice to use and can prove frustrating. The previously reviled voice input system called MyFordTouch was replaced two years ago by a simpler, faster, more functional Sync 3 interface, and complaints have subsided.

2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid Specs Review

2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid Specs Review

2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid Performance

TheĀ 2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid and Energy use the same inline-4 2.0 liter engine, paired with a two-hybrid system that replaces the transmission. The lithium-ion battery pack is located in the trunk, with a larger package of plug-in hybrid Energy that cuts the volume of the cargo. But you may never know from the outside that one of them is not a conventional Fusion unless you look closely.

Both models updated their software last year that fueled fuel economy and range, but also provided a better response to the car and a more conventional driving drive behind the wheel. The engine response now fits closer to the change of car in road speed, reducing the release between the engine record and the typical speed of the previous hybrid.

The hybrid fusion is rather less flexible on the bend and feels heavier than the lightest and most agile of gasoline Fusions, but they still hold the road well and the angle is allegedly and fairly flat. Our complaint was a low-directed steering wheel, which required more repetitions on the winding road than we had expected. Brake mixing is great; Ford and Toyota have the most experience in combining regenerative and frictional braking from every hybrid maker, and this shows a largely smooth transition.

The plug-in energy hybrid, rated this year with a 22-mile power range, will charge outdated batteries within 3 to 4 hours using a Level 2 240 volt charging station, or about 7 hours on household flows. The onboard chargers operate at 3.3 kilowatt speeds, slower than slower plug-in hybrids, but are still acceptable for most uses. The cover above the charging port on the left front fender is pretty much the only distinguishing feature of Energy against Hybrid, unless you read the badge thoroughly.

2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid Specs Review

2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid Specs Review

2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid Comfort & Quality

The 2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid and Energy offers a competitive interior space, but the front seat is a better place to spend time than rears. Last year, rotary turner buttons opened up space on the console for more storage, with cupholders that Ford found to be easier to reach and more ergonomic.

The seats are comfortable and well woven, and Hybrids use synthetic fabrics made from recycled fibers. While the wheel well pushed the rider’s leg forward toward the middle leg, a 6 foot adult would be happy up front. At the rear, however, the seats are comfortable but the fastback roofline goes down the headroom, especially when the car is equipped with an optional sunroof. The journey was tight and under control, but we saw little rumbling or pounding.

Ford has done a good job in maintaining isolated engine noise and ensuring a quiet cabin even when maximum power is requested. In particular, there is little noise from low rolling tires, which often occur with competitors’ competitors. Some silence is due to the cancellation of the active noise of Ford, which sends anti-noise to the door speaker to cancel the frequency that makes the car sound as if it were strained. Again, other mid-size hybrid sedans have made it to Ford or close, but the Fusion remains at the top of the pile for smoothness and quiet interiors.

2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid Specs Review

2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid Specs Review

2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid Features

The 2018 Ford Fusion is no longer prominent in features among midsize sedans, but its active security options are extensive.
Like many Ford, Fusion Hybrid and plug-in hybrids Energy sibling comes in several trim levels. The hybrid model is offered as a base S, SE mid-level, premium Titanium, and top-of-the-line Platinum trims added last year. The Fusion Energy Model plug-in hybrid offers SE, Titanium, and Platinum versions.

The Fusion Hybrid S base starts around $ 27,000 with deliveries, and the plug-in hybrid Energy is under $ 35,000. But buyers should note that while discounts tend to be higher now than in previous years, optional equipment is growing rapidly, and the top Fusion Energy Platinum costs more than $ 40,000.

Fusion continues with a range of options split between different levels of trim and standalone equipment, including standard leather seats, 18-inch alloy wheels, from a distance, and a space-consuming sunroof.

The actual upgrade came last year, when Ford added a series of active electronic security systems that belong to the category of mid-range complete sedans. That includes active path control, replacing previous departure lane warnings; adaptive cruise control that works from highway speeds to full stop and reverse;automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection; driver alerts for drowsiness; and a park-assist system that not only parallel-parks but will take the Fusion into perpendicular spaces too.

2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid Specs Review

2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid Specs Review

2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid Fuel Economy

2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid now leads to the bottom of the packaging in the EPA rankings among midsize hybrid sedans, and the arrival of this year’s new Camry Hybrid underscores its lack of competitiveness.

The Hybrid Hybrid front wheels are EPA-rated at 43 mpg city, 41 highway, 42 combined. The combined figure for the 2018 Camry Hybrid, on the other hand, is 52 mpg. While the amount of gasoline stored less than 70 gallons per year is over 15,000 miles, the Fusion Hybrid is now one of the less fuel-efficient mid-size sedans; It is also outdone with hybrid versions of Chevrolet Malibu (combined 47 mpg), Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, and Kia Optima.

Similarly, the Ford Fusion Energy plug-in hybrid is rated 42 mpg when running in hybrid mode, and the electric range is 22 miles and 97 MPGe when operating on battery power. It’s still below the 99 MPGe power range and 27 miles for the new Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid, though it’s better than a 40 mpg combined rating. Energy Fusion Energy also can not touch a distance of 53 miles from the smaller Chevrolet Volt hatchback range.