Ford's gas-electric midsize sedan remains a leading choice for families who want a great all-around sedan with great gas mileage. The Fusion Hybrid is a very attractive combination of ambitious styling, refined driving characteristics, impressive value and excellent fuel economy.
What's New for 2016
The Fusion Hybrid carries over into 2016 without changes.
Choosing Your Ford Fusion Hybrid
The Fusion is available in three versions: a traditional gasoline-fueled model, a gas-electric hybrid, and the Energi plug-in hybrid. The gasoline-only Fusion and the Energi are covered in separate articles.
Since its redesign for 2013, the Fusion Hybrid has solidified its place at the top of the eco-friendly family sedan class. It gives up nothing in design, driving feel, materials quality, everyday convenience and all-around goodness to its competitors. It also features some seriously impressive fuel economy numbers; EPA estimates are 44 mpg city/41 mpg highway.
The Fusion Hybrid can be had in three trim levels: S, SE, and Titanium. Each features a drivetrain which couples an Atkinson-cycle two-liter four-cylinder and 88-kW electric motor to a electronically-controlled continuously-variable transmission (eCVT) driving the front wheels. The brakes include a regenerative circuit to convert kinetic energy into electricity which is fed back to the onboard lithium-ion storage battery.
Unless you are trying to pin down the lowest possible price, skip the S. The SE's $800 premium is justified by its extra standard features and available options. On the other end, a judiciously-optioned SE comes in a few thousand dollars under a similarly equipped Titanium.