2018 Ford Fusion

Pros: Broad range of powertrains and trim choices, including well-designed Hybrid and Energi plug-in-hybrid models; one of the quieter cars in the class; crisp-for-the-class handling; invigorating performance of new Sport model

Cons: Top-line trim levels are expensive; swoopy styling intrudes a bit on rear visibility

CG Says: After last year’s refresh, Ford Fusion is unchanged for 2018. Sport and Platinum are the top trim levels. Sport comes standard with all-wheel drive and an adaptive suspension system with pothole-detection technology; it’s powered by a 325-horsepower turbocharged 2.7-liter V6. Platinum is fully loaded with luxury features, including a leather interior with cowhide trim extended to the dash and door panels. Hybrid and plug-in hybrid Energi are powered by a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine and electric motor with a combined output of 188 horsepower. EPA estimates for Hybrid are 43 mpg city and 41 highway. Energi is EPA-estimated to travel 19 miles on electric power alone and get a combined 97 MPGe or a combined 42 on gasoline. Technology features include pedestrian detection and hands-free perpendicular and parallel parking. Ford’s Sync3 multimedia system, which is available in most Fusion models, replaced the finicky MyFord Touch setup. All Fusions have push-button starting, and a rotary dial gear-shift knob that replaces a traditional shift lever. The basic Fusion platform debuted as a 2013 model, and the extensive updates for 2017 help keep it competitive against a strong class of midsize-sedan rivals. We’re especially fond of the gutsy Fusion Sport model, which delivers real driving excitement while giving up little in everyday practicality.

The Facts
Class Midsize Car
Body Style(s) 4-door sedan
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Ford
Nation of Manufacture Mexico
Base Prices S: $22,995
SE: $24,270
Titanium: $31,270
Sport: $32,625
Platinum: $37,860
Hybrid S: $26,170
Hybrid SE: $27,120
Hybrid Titanium: $30,862
Hybrid Platinum: $38,150
Energi: $40,180

Base Engine
2.5-liter 4-cylinder (S, SE)
Horsepower
175
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
21
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
31

Optional Engine
turbocharged 1.5-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
181
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
23
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
34

Optional Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder (Titanium, Platinum)
Horsepower
245
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
20-21
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
29-31

Optional Engine
turbocharged 2.7-liter 4-cylinder (Sport)
Horsepower
325
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
17
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
26

2017 Ford Fusion Platinum
2018 Ford Fusion Platinum
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - 5
100%

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - 4
80%
Side Crash - 5
100%
Rollover - 4
80%

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