2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid Sedan

#46
in Midsize sedans
2017 MODEL

$25,675 - $37,020

8.0

Overall Rating

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Overview

With the rise in awareness among the general public about environmental issues, and the efforts of all major automobile manufacturers to create environment friendly cars, we now have several electric and hybrid cars to choose from. The 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid Sedan is one such car.

The Fusion Hybrid comes in 4 trim specs. The base Hybrid S trim is priced at $25,675 which tops up to $37,020 for the top-level trim. All the trims have a 2.0-Liter 4-Cylinder Hybrid engine with 88kW battery that makes a combined 188 horsepower and 129 lb.-ft of torque. This engine is mated to a CVT transmission.

The 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid Sedan is a great car at a great price point, and does everything a car should do, let alone what a hybrid should do. Of course, there are the benefits in efficiency and reduction of emissions, but the numbers only make sense when can be compared to other numbers.

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Pros

Multitude of trims available

Multitude of trims available

Quite comfortable

Cons

Hybrid models are pricey

Mediocre interiors

Very unexciting

What's New?

Adaptive cruise control

A rotary shifter

And automatic stop-start Features are all new to the entire 2017 Ford Fusion lineup.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$25675

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

118 mph

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

122 cu. in.

horsepower

188 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

129 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm

transmission

cvt

chassis

suspension front

independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

11.9 in. ventilated front disc/11.8 in. solid disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

112.2 in.

length

191.8 in.

width

72.9 in.

height

58 in.

curb weight

3615 lbs.

ground clearance

6.2 in.

capacity

passenger volume

102.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

12 cu ft.

towing capacity

2000 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.9 sec.

zero to 100 mph

23.7 sec.

rolling start (5-60 mph)

9.8 sec.

standing ¼-mile

16.9 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

187 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

43/42/41 mpg

highway range

574 mi.

highway range (evs/hybrids)

574 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 years/36000 miles

drivetrain warranty

5 years/60000 miles

corrosion warranty

5 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

No



Styles

 2017 Ford Fusion hybrid Sedan in White Platinum Metallic Tri-Coat color  2017 Ford Fusion hybrid Sedan in White Gold Metallic color  2017 Ford Fusion hybrid Sedan in Shadow Black color  2017 Ford Fusion hybrid Sedan in Ruby Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat color  2017 Ford Fusion hybrid Sedan in Oxford White color  2017 Ford Fusion hybrid Sedan in Magnetic Metallic color  2017 Ford Fusion hybrid Sedan in Lightning Blue Metallic color  2017 Ford Fusion hybrid Sedan in Ingot Silver Metallic color
White Platinum Metallic Tri-Coat

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Ratings

Features

8.1

Engine

8.3

Fuel Economy

9.0

Interior

7.5

Exterior

6.7

Safety

9.3

Driving

6.8

8.0

OVERALL RATING

Variant Name

MSRP


 2017 Ford Fusion hybrid Sedan S

S

Fuel: Regular unleaded, Transmission: Manual, Seats: 5

$25,675

Configurations
S 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
Seating: 5 HP: 141-hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque: 129 lbs.-ft. @ 4,000 rpm MPG(City/Combined/Highway): MPG (43/42/41)

 2017 Ford Fusion hybrid Sedan SE

SE

Fuel: Regular unleaded, Transmission: Manual, Seats: 5

$26,480

Configurations
SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
Seating: 5 HP: 141-hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque: 129 lbs.-ft. @ 4,000 rpm MPG(City/Combined/Highway): MPG (43/42/41)

 2017 Ford Fusion hybrid Sedan Titanium

Titanium

Fuel: Regular unleaded, Transmission: Manual, Seats: 5

$31,010

Configurations
Titanium 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
Seating: 5 HP: 141-hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque: 129 lbs.-ft. @ 4,000 rpm MPG(City/Combined/Highway): MPG (43/42/41)

 2017 Ford Fusion hybrid Sedan Platinum

Platinum

Fuel: Regular unleaded, Transmission: Manual, Seats: 5

$37,020

Configurations
Platinum 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
Seating: 5 HP: 141-hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque: 129 lbs.-ft. @ 4,000 rpm MPG(City/Combined/Highway): MPG (43/42/41)

Expert Review


carhp editor September 25, 2018

8.0

Overall Rating


8.1/10
Features

 

8.3/10
Engine

 

9.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.5/10
Interior

 

6.7/10
Exterior

 

9.3/10
Safety

 
 
 

The Fusion Hybrid comes in 4 trim specs. The base Hybrid S trim is priced at $25,675 which tops up to $37,020 for the top-level trim. All the trims have a 2.0-Liter 4-Cylinder Hybrid engine with 88kW battery that makes a combined 188 horsepower and 129 lb.-ft of torque. This engine is mated to a CVT transmission.

Features

8.1/10

The Hybrid version of the 2017 Ford Fusion Sedan comes with an option of 4 trims. There is the 25-thousand-dollar base Model called ‘S’. Then there is the ‘SE’ trim which adds regenerative braking and a few more gadgets for nearly a thousand bucks more. The next in line is the ‘Titanium’ which has larger wheels and a few other upgrades. The last and the most premium model is the ‘Platinum’, which offers the most luxuries along with the strongest visual appeal.

Trim Hybrid S Hybrid SE Hybrid Titanium Hybrid Platinum
MSRP $25,675 $26,480 $31,010 $37,020
Key Features
  • Key Standard Features:
  • 17-inch Sparkle Silver Painted Wheels
  • Nine Speakers
  • Fully Automatic Projector Beam
  • Halogen Daytime Running
  • Lights Preference Setting
  • Headlamps w/Delay-Off
  • Radio w/Seek-Scan
  • Speed Compensated Volume Control
  • Steering Wheel Controls
  • Voice Activation
  • Radio Data System  
  • 2 LCD Monitors In The Front
  • Key Standard Features
  • 10-way power driver's seat
  • 6-way power passenger seat
  • Sirius Radio
  • LED Signature Lighting
  • Regenerative 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS
  • Front Vented Discs
  • Brake Assist
  • Hill Hold Control and Electric Parking Brake
  • SYNC Communications & Entertainment System including enhanced voice recognition
  • 911 Assist, 4.2" LCD screen in center stack
  • AppLink and 1 smart charging USB port   Proximity Key For Push Button Start Only
  • Key Standard Features
  • 18” Machine-faced Aluminum Wheels with Painted Pockets
  • SYNC 3 infotainment system Sony Audio System with 12 Speakers
  • HD Radio
  • Integrated Roof Antenna
  • Fully Automatic Aero-Composite
  • Led Low/High Beam Daytime Running Lights
  • Preference Setting Headlamps w/Delay-Off
  • Front Fog Lamps
  • Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control
  • Steering Wheel Controls
  • Voice Activation and Radio Data System    

Key Standard Features

  • Cooled Driver and Passenger Seats
  • Premium Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  • Premium Sport Grille with Unique Paint
  • Digital Signal Processor
  • Siriusxm Traffic Real-Time Traffic Display
  • Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning
  • SYNC 3 Communications & Entertainment System including SYNC Connect
  • Enhanced voice recognition
  • 8" center LCD capacitive touch-screen
  • Pinch-to-zoom capability
  • AppLink
  • 911 Assist and 2 smart charging USB ports    

We recommend

The ‘SE’ trim is the best trim, as it has all the necessary equipment and doesn’t cost a fortune. The biggest advantage comes in the form of regenerative braking, which helps charge the batteries when you brake.

Engine

8.3/10

Engine and Transmission

The 2017 Hybrid Ford Fusion Sedan is powered by a 2 liter naturally aspirated inline four, which along with the electric motors, churns out a gentle 188 horsepower and 129 pound-feet of torque. The torque from the electric motors is very urgent, delivered at the exact moment when your foot presses the pedal. The transmission uses a Continuously Variable Transmission to direct power from the engine, helped by two electric motors that feed directly to the wheels. The small battery capacity, however, leaves much to be desired, as electric-only driving is very limited in range.

Models Ford Fusion Hybrid S Honda Accord Hybrid Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Toyota Camry LE Hybrid
MSRP $25,675 $29,605 $28,750 $26,790
Engine 2.0L iVCT Atkinson Cycle I-4 Hybrid 2.0L 16-Valve DOHC i-VTEC 4-Cylinder 1.8L hybrid DOHC 4-cylinder 2.5L I-4 DOHC Hybrid
Transmission CVT Automatic CVT Automatic Single speed automatic CVT Automatic
Horsepower 188 HP 212 HP 124 HP 200 HP
Torque 129 lb.-ft. 129 lb.-ft. 129 lb.-ft. 156 lb.-ft.

None of the competitors are track monsters, as all these cars are tuned for efficiency rather than performance. The Honda Accord hybrid offers the most power, while the Chevrolet Malibu offers disappointingly low power. Toyota Camry hybrid has the most torque and is also the current leader in this segment.

Acceleration

The Ford DNA in the Hybrid Fusion is a bit weak, so to speak. The performance is comparable to the previous Hybrid Fusion model, which was also very slow. It takes a lethargic 7.4 seconds to go from a standstill to 60 mph, although the quarter mile run is a much better 12.9 seconds.

Models Ford Fusion Hybrid S Honda Accord Hybrid Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Toyota Camry LE Hybrid
0-60 MPH 7.4 sec 7.2 sec 8.4 sec 7.2 sec
Quarter mile 12.9 sec 12.2 sec 15.8 sec 15.6 sec
Engine 2.0L 2.0L 1.8L 2.5L
Emission (Tons/yr. of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year) 4.2 3.6 3.8 4.5

The competition is similarly slow, although the Chevrolet Malibu deserves a special mention for being utterly weak in acceleration runs. The Camry hybrid is also a bad performer, and even though it has the biggest engine, it has been tuned for efficiency. But due to their hybrid nature, these cars have managed to cut down a great deal on their emissions, helping keep the polar bear alive.

Braking and Handling

Just like all the modern cars, the Hybrid Ford Fusion uses a disc brake setup all around for each wheel. You can also opt for a regenerative braking system, which recovers kinetic energy from the brakes and stores it back in the battery. The handling has also been dialed down, and where the gasoline-powered Fusion corner like a beast, the Hybrid wallows a lot when driven enthusiastically. The suspension has been softened, the even steering has been loosened, which robs it of feedback.

Model Ford Fusion Hybrid S Honda Accord Hybrid Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Toyota Camry LE Hybrid
Brake Front (in.) 11.8 11.5 11.6 11.7
Brake Rear (in.) 11.9 11.1 10.8 11.1
Curb Weight (lbs.) 3668 3483 3366 3485
60-0 MPH (ft.) 127 123 124 125

All the cars in the competition prefer soft and supple ride quality over handling prowess, which is why all of these cars are comfort oriented. The braking is just as uninspired, with all the cars posting nearly the same braking figures.

Fuel Economy

9.0/10

Now we come to heart of the matter, the reason why people purchase Hybrid cars. The fuel economy is the sole reason why battery powered cars are gaining popularity in the recent times. The Fusion Hybrid runs for 43 miles in the city, which is crucial for an urban commuter. The electric mode is best for start-stop traffic conditions, as it doesn’t use fuel when standing by. It returns 41 miles per gallon on the highway, which is understandable because the faster you go, the more power the battery consumes.

Model Ford Fusion Hybrid S Honda Accord Hybrid Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Toyota Camry LE Hybrid
MPG (city) 43 49 49 42
MPG (highway) 41 47 43 38
MPG (combined) 42 48 46 40

The Honda Accord is the most fuel-efficient model here, as it only uses electric motors to power the wheels. The engine is only used as a generator to power the battery and has no link to the wheels. The segment leader Camry is surprisingly the least fuel efficient in this category.

Interior

7.5/10

The emphasis on comfort is quite apparent in the Fusion hybrid, and the softer suspension setting makes sure the ride never gets irritating or bumpy. The interiors are also not too shabby, although it doesn’t really feel built up to the price. Its cabin design is very plain and feels quite dated. The average build quality is offset by the excellent sound deadening system that reduces the road and wind noise in the cabin. There is also a large amount of space for knick-knacks, which actually feels very nice. The front seat also has generous amounts of space, and even the rear seats feel roomy.

Model Ford Fusion Hybrid S Honda Accord Hybrid Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Toyota Camry LE Hybrid
Passenger capacity 5 5 5 5
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 39.2/57.8/44.3 39.0/58.9/42.2 39.1/58.5/42.0 38.8/58.0/41.6
Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 37.8/56.9/38.3 37.2/55.1/33.7 37.5/57.1/38.1 38.1/56.6/38.9

The accord hybrid is quite a disappointment in terms of cabin space, due to the lack of legroom in the rear seats. The build quality is quite excellent though. Chevrolet Malibu offers great space all around, but the cheap interiors do take away the feel. Camry does fine with great rear seat comfort and good build quality.

Infotainment system

While not all models of the Ford Fusion get an infotainment system, the ones which do make use of the Ford’s Sync 3 system with 8.0-inch touchscreen system. Some of the features that are offered alongside are:

  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Wi-Fi and 4G LTE connectivity
  • Rear parking sensors
  • A 110-volt AC outlet
  • Dual USB ports
  • A 4.2-inch color driver-information display
  • Real-time Traffic and Weather display (Platinum trim only)

Cargo Capacity

The gas-powered Fusion does a great job of carrying cargo, but the hybrid version hauls battery packs around in the trunk, which drastically reduces capacity. The 12 cubic feet cargo capacity isn’t too bad though and might actually be sufficient for urban outings.

Model Ford Fusion Hybrid S Honda Accord Hybrid Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Toyota Camry LE Hybrid
Cargo Volume (ft.3) 12.0 13.7 11.6 13.1

The competition offers the same level of compromise in the trunk as the Fusion and can never hold 5 people and their luggage. Three people and their luggage can fit though, but you might need to use the rear seats to the fullest.

Exterior

6.7/10

Dimensions and Weight The Fusion Hybrid has the same dimensions as the regular Fusion sedan, which means it is on the bulkier side. The length is a rather generous 192 inches, which is even longer than the 3-series BMW. Things do not improve when you consider the weight too. The base model, the one without the fancy equipment and regenerative braking, is already upwards of 3600 pounds.

Model Ford Fusion Hybrid S Honda Accord Hybrid Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Toyota Camry LE Hybrid
Curb weight (lbs.) 3668 3483 3366 3485
Length(in) 191.8 194.1 193.8 190.9
Width(in) 72.9 72.8 73.0 71.7
Height(in) 58.0 57.5 57.6 57.9
Ground clearance (in) 6.2 5.8 5.4 6.1
Wheelbase (in) 112.2 109.3 111.4 109.3
Track width (in) F/R 62.3/62.0 62.4/62.7 62.6/62.5 62.8/62.4

All hybrid cars are heavy, due to the huge battery that powers its operations, and this segment is composed of relatively larger saloons, which is why they are bigger on dimensions too. All the cars here are longer than 190 inches and heavier than 3400 pounds, very bulky figures to be honest. Exterior Features There are plenty of exterior features to talk about on the Ford Fusion Hybrid sedan for 2017. It offers:

  • Projector beam style Halogen headlights (for the base S and SE trims)
  • LED Lights (for the Titanium and Platinum Trims)
  • LED Taillights adorned with a chrome strip running horizontally
  • Huge-wide Chrome Front Grille
  • Concave shaped rear end design

Safety

9.3/10

Safety Equipment The 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid sedan comes loaded with a lot of equipment, the most important of which are listed below:

 

  • 911 Assist Emergency SOS
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Mykey System including Top Speed Limiter, Audio Volume Limiter, Early Low Fuel Warning, Programmable Sound Chimes and Beltminder w/Audio Mute
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts including Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
     

NHTSA Rating The NHTSA Ratings for the 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid sedan are as follows:

Overall rating 5-star
Overall frontal barrier crash rating 4-star
Frontal barrier crash rating driver 4-star
Overall side crash rating 5-star
Side barrier rating 5-star
Side pole rating driver front seat 5-star
Combined side rating rear seat 5-star
Rollover rating 4-star
Side barrier rating driver 5-star
Frontal barrier crash rating passenger 3-star
Combined side rating front seat 5-star
Side barrier rating passenger rear seat 5-star

IIHS Rating The IIHS has not yet rated the car

Competition

Ford Fusion Hybrid vs Honda Accord Hybrid

The Honda Accord is the most efficient hybrid car here, as it uses a slightly different (better, some would argue) system than the traditional hybrid systems. It also has quite well-rounded performance, slightly faster than the Ford. The result is a very economical yet quick car, although driving it around feels much more of a chore than the Ford Fusion Hybrid Sedan. It also much more expensive, which could be a problem when you start comparing equipment.

Ford Fusion Hybrid vs Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid

The Chevrolet and the Ford are both American automobile companies, which makes them the closest competitors to each other, and quite well-rounded options for you. They both are very affordable, and not to mention homegrown. The choice between these two boils down to simple differences. If you want the most efficient option, it is the Malibu, and if you want the more powerful option, it is the Fusion.

Ford Fusion Hybrid vs Toyota Camry LE Hybrid

The segment leader offers the best package, and also at quite a low price. The rear seat comfort is a level above the competition, although the performance and efficiency both take a hit. Toyota must realize that the Camry hybrid is no longer the best in the segment and give it an update to bring it up to date.

Final Verdict

The 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid is a good car in general, and really great when you consider that it’s a hybrid car. The performance isn’t too bad, the comfort is quite nice, handling is alright, and the efficiency is really good. The best part, it does it at a price lower than the competition! Now that is some serious business, one that should see the Ford Hybrid emerge victorious.

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