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2018 S 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Sedan
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Price:   -  From $25,390
2018 SE 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $26,340
2018 Titanium 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $30,870
2018 Platinum 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $37,370


After years of disappointing sedans, the 2006 Ford Fusion wasn’t just any old midsize four-door – it was a revelation. That first-gen Fusion finally gave Ford a true contender for the sales crown versus the perennial favorites, Toyota’s Camry and Honda’s Accord.

The second-generation Fusion of 2013 had even higher aspirations, becoming the first four-door sedan available in gasoline-only, plug-in gasoline/electric hybrid (each covered elsewhere), and plug-free gasoline/electric hybrid forms. Add to that the fact the cars are well-made, well-equipped, sharply-styled, and a solid value, and it’s easy to see why the Fusion has become a fan-favorite in the midsize sedan segment.

What's New for 2018

The Fusion Hybrid hums along unchanged.

Ford Fusion Hybrid

Choosing Your Ford Fusion Hybrid

All Fusion Hybrids are powered by a 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle inline-four paired to an 88-kilowatt electric motor that draws its juice from a 1.4-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack partially recharged through regenerative braking. Able to run its gasoline and electric motors separately or together, when fully-engaged, the hybrid system produces a net 188 horsepower and 129 pound-feet of torque. Regardless of powertrain mode, whatever power the Fusion Hybrid produces is sent to the front wheels alone via an electronically-controlled continuously-variable transmission.

Starting MSRP on the base Hybrid S is $26,170 (including $875 Destination Charge), while its non-Hybrid equivalent is $3,175 cheaper. But as the EPA figures are 21 mpg city, 31 highway, and 25 combined on the latter and 43/41/42 mpg on the Hybrid – plus an additional 176 miles between refuel stops – it won’t take long for Hybrid buyers to make up that difference. And should buyers want to eke the most out of every ounce of fuel, all Fusion Hybrids come with an EcoSelect button and a SmartGauge with EcoGuide display that uses flora-based graphics to turn efficient driving into a game.

The Fusion Hybrid comes in the same four trim levels as gasoline-only four-cylinder Fusions:

Ford Fusion Hybrid


A relatively stout standard equipment list is available on all Fusion Hybrids, even the cellar-dweller base S trim. Instead of cheap gray plastic everything inside and out, Ford has instead finished every external trim piece in either chrome or body color highlights. The result is a premium look at an entry level price.

There are a few clues that this is the “strippie” Fusion Hybrid, like its cloth-clad manually-operated seats (including a 60/40 folding rear bench), a basic nine-speaker audio system, and floormats for the front row alone. But there’s nothing “base” about dual-zone automatic climate controls, Ford’s Sync enhanced voice-recognition infotainment system with a 4.2-inch driver-configurable instrument cluster display, rear view camera, active noise cancellation, push-button start with proximity entry, a tilt/telescopic steering wheel with cruise and audio controls, 17-inch wheels, and automatic headlights.

Options are limited to one of eight paint colors (all free but one) and a batch of dealer-installed accessories.

Ford Fusion Hybrid


For an additional $950, SE buyers add power-adjustable front seats, LED running lights, a rear armrest with a pair of cupholders, and SiriusXM satellite radio. Ford adds a pair of new extra-cost colors in the Fusion Hybrid’s palette as well.

Speaking of extra-cost, what buyers are really getting for their near-thousand-bucks is access to the panoply of heretofore unavailable features and equipment (many of which overlap or require others).

New equipment groups for the SE include the $1,095 601A Equipment Group (18-inch dark grey wheels, halogen fog lamps with bright chrome trim and black bezels, a rear spoiler, black cloth/vinyl upholstery with contrast stitching, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel) and the $2,995 602A Equipment Group (10-way power driver’s seat with memory function, heated front seats and exterior mirrors, leather upholstery, remote start, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and LED headlights and taillights); the $995 Hybrid SE Technology Package (SYNC 3 enhanced infotainment system with an eight-inch LCD capacitive touchscreen, an additional 4.2-inch driver-configurable LCD instrument cluster display, an 11-speaker premium audio system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability, a reverse sensing system, a 110V/150W AC power outlet, and two Smart-Charging USB ports); and the $450 Cold Weather Package (all-weather floormats front and rear plus heated front seats and exterior mirrors).

Those seeking electronic safety aids, however, will find that they come only as a combo with various packages listed above and eye-watering MSRPs. The “Adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go and pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection including forward collision warning, brake support, and active braking” group – listed at $1,190 on its own – actually costs $6,255 to add, since it requires the 602A package, the Hybrid SE Technology Package, and the Drive Assist Package.

The Enhanced Active Park Assist (ultrasonic sensors that identify suitable parallel or perpendicular parking spots and will park itself in them) has a list price of $995, but as it requires all the same add-ons as the last group, it’s really $4,485. The story is the same for the Driver Assist Package (SYNC Connect services, blind spot information system with cross-traffic alert, lane-keeping aid and alert, driver alert system, heated steering wheel, rain-sensing wipers, automatic high-beams, and auto-dimming sideview mirrors with security approach lamps and turn signal repeaters) which costs a net $5,065 to add.

The list of optional features grows, too, to include a $1,095 power moonroof with universal garage door opener and a set of $175 premium floor mats for both rows and the trunk.

Ford Fusion Hybrid


With a $31,650 ante, the step up to Titanium status is a costly one at $4,530. But that includes a bunch of equipment that was optional on the SE as standard, including the Luxury, Appearance, and Technology packages, so its price hike is justified.

With those prerequisites now included, the prices for safety add-ons drop to face value, including the Enhanced Active Park Assist ($995) and Driver Assist Package ($1,575). But as the Adaptive cruise control option requires the Driver-Assist pack, they come as a $2,765 pair.

In addition to the individually-optional equipment previously mentioned, a cooling system for the front seats is now available for $395.

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As its name suggests, the Platinum trim is as good as the Fusion gets, and for $6,500 more than the Titanium, it had better be. To better put that into perspective, its $38,150 MSRP is almost twelve grand more than that of the S, but if one wants their Fusion with everything, this is as loaded as it gets.

In addition to including the Titanium’s options – including the moonroof – as standard, the Platinum turns that model’s equipment up to 11 with premium leather seating, premium leather-wrapped and stitched trim on the instrument panel, console rails, and armrests, plus a sport grille with unique paint.

Many of the aforementioned individual extra-cost options remain available even now, and if one checks every box on a Fusion Hybrid Platinum order sheet, their car would ring the register at just $465 short of forty grand.

CarsDirect Tip

Ignore the S, if for no other reason than its $950 “savings” denies access to all of the Fusion’s best packages and features with an SE. From there, it’s a matter of reconciling your desire for all of the Fusion’s features with what you can actually afford. But if you’re looking for the best value in the Fusion Hybrid line, it’s the Titanium trim with the optional driver aid packages as it will include everything one needs while saving thousands over the Platinum’s price.

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Despite slow steering, option prices that can add up fast, and uncompetitive EPA numbers, the 2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid – with its striking design, high-tech features, tasteful interior, and confidant ride and handling – is a top pick in its class.

Best Value

The 2018 Fusion Hybrid ranges in price from $26,285 for one in base S trim to nearly $39,000 for a fully-optioned Platinum model. We'd pass on the S – although it comes with the usual power features plus keyless push button start and dual-zone automatic climate control – and head for the SE which adds power driver and front passenger seats, Ford's SYNC infotainment system with voice recognition, satellite radio, and LED signature lighting. This trim also allows access to a number of option packages ranging from entertainment and technology to advanced active safety features.

  • Model: 2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid SE
  • Engine: 2.0-liter four-cylinder and electric motor
  • Output: 141 hp / 129 lb-ft (combined system)
  • Transmission: Electronically controlled continuously variable transmission
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel drive
  • MPG: 43 City / 41 Hwy
  • Options: 602A ($2,995, power driver seat with memory, heated front seats, intelligent access with remote start, LED headlights – required with Driver-Assist Package), Hybrid Luxury Package ($0 with 602A Package, leather seats, auto-dimming rearview mirror, bright door and window trim, leather-wrapped and heated steering wheel, LED taillights, black lower grille, 17-inch wheels, heated outside mirrors with memory and turn signals – required with Driver-Assist Package), Driver-Assist Package ($1,575, auto high beams, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, rain-sensing wipers, SYNC connect), Hybrid SE Technology Package ($495 with Driver-Assist Package, two 4.2-inch LCD instrument cluster displays, eight-inch touchscreen with Applink, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto, reverse sensing system), Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go and Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection including Forward Collision Warning, Brake Support, and Active Braking ($1,190).
  • Base Price: $27,235 (including an $895 destination charge)
  • Best Value Price: $33,490


Ford Fusion Hybrid

The Fusion Hybrid's well-controlled ride and crisp handling are a welcome change from most of the bland competition. Smooth and relatively powerful, a software update last year boosted fuel economy and range, cornering is predictable and fairly flat, while blending between regeneration and friction braking is excellent.

At the same time, the hybrid feels heavier and less agile in cornering than the lightest gasoline-only models, while the low-geared steering requires more shuffling than necessary on twisty roads. In addition, fuel economy, although excellent at 42 miles per gallon combined, is now near the bottom of the mid-size hybrid sedan class – outranked by hybrid versions of the Toyota Camry, Chevrolet Malibu, Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, and Kia Optima.


Despite six years and counting, the Fusion's design has held up well, with most competitors adopting its slick, fastback shape. It's wrapped around a quiet interior that still looks and feels a class above. The front seats are nicely bolstered, offering plenty of lateral support, with tall doors allowing easy ingress and egress, and where even six-footers will find plenty of head room up front. A small rotary gear dial leaves plenty of room for console storage of small items as well as a deep storage bin.

On the other hand, those buttons that are capacitive and touch-sensitive require some training to use, while rear seat room is only average, where competitors like the Accord and Passat offer more space.

The Best and Worst Things

Even in its lowest trim and despite a six-year-old design, the Fusion Hybrid remains one of the most attractive looking cars on the road.

At first glance, the Fusion Hybrid's EPA numbers look impressive, but they pale in comparison to class leaders like the hybrid version of the Toyota Camry.

Right For? Wrong For?

Ford Fusion Hybrid

Even as most migrate away from sedans, the Fusion Hybrid's combination of style, handling, comfort, and fuel efficiency make it a compelling choice for families.

Safety-focused buyers may be turned off by the fact that advanced safety features are unavailable on the S and costly on the SE and Titanium models. Though a rearview camera is standard across the lineup, Ford's full array of safety features are only available as part of two or more option packages on the SE ($5,760) and Titanium ($2,765) models. These same advanced active safety features are standard on every trim level of the Toyota Camry.

The Bottom Line

Even as once-impressive EPA numbers become more mundane and option prices quickly add to its bottom line, the 2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid's stunning design, class-above interior, responsive ride and handling, and high-tech features make it a top choice in the mid-size hybrid class.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 141 HP / 129 ft.lbs.
2-spd CVT w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
43 / 41 / 42 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 141 HP / 129 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
43 / 41 / 42 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Fuel Tank
14.0 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
12.0 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
103 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
191.8 "
Exterior Width
72.9 "
Exterior Height
58.0 "
Front Headroom
39.2 "
Rear Headroom
37.8 "
Front Legroom
44.3 "
Rear Legroom
38.3 "
Front Shoulder Room
57.8 "
Rear Shoulder Room
56.9 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,615 Lbs.
Wheel Base
112 "
Turning Radius
18.8 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
17.0 " Silver Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Convex Spotter
Grille Moldings
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
Front Armrests
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Am/fm, Clock, Seek-scan
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver And Passenger
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months

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