2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid review with video

2017 Ford Fusion HybridThe basics:

Base price: $28,888 + taxes
As tested: $34,988 + taxes
Average fuel economy over our week of testing: 5.6 L/100 kms (42 MPG)
Competition: Chevrolet Malibu, Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, etc.

If you’re looking to take a bite out of your monthly gas bill, there’s no shortage of hybrid vehicles to choose from these days. Ford strapped a hybrid system to its mid-size Fusion sedan back in 2010. Since then, we’ve seen a redesign in 2013 and little tweaks along the way. And while hybrid vehicles have traditionally been rather dull to drive, performance is slowly improving amongst the competition. So can the Fusion keep up in this gas-sipping field? Take a look at our video review above, then scroll through our list of pros and cons below.

2017 Ford Fusion HybridPros:

– Our fuel economy for the week was a rather impressive 5.6 L/100 kms. For a sizeable sedan, that’s solid and just edges out Toyota in terms of what you should expect from its Camry hybrid model. However, the latest generation Prius that we tested last year averaged 4.6 L/100 kms over our week of testing
– This car accomodates both front and rear facing car seats really well
– The Fusion hybrid has what Ford calls its Eco Guide instrument cluster directly in front of the driver. It offers a lot of really excellent information on how efficiently you’re driving at a quick glance. As well, it offers coaching for the driver about how to improve braking and acceleration efficiency
– This vehicle is based on the same CD4 platform as that Lincoln MKZ we tested earlier this month. And while our Fusion tester didn’t have the same continuously controlled damping that we had in the MKZ, the ride comfort over both smooth and rough surfaces was excellent and it corners very nicely
– The Sync 3 infotainment system is Ford’s latest and greatest interface and it’s one of the best on the market with excellent voice recognition and a user friendly touch screen – a huge improvement over the previous generation
– And in our opinion, its exterior styling looks waaaay better than its rather boring competition in the Malibu, Accord or Camry

2017 Ford Fusion HybridCons:

– While I wasn’t expecting a speedster, the performance is pretty flat on this car. And when the small 2-litre gasoline engine does kick in, it’s rather noisy and revs rather high to deliver the power needed to keep a heavy sedan like this cruising up a hill or passing someone on the highway
– On chilly fall mornings, like we’ve been having lately, the gasoline engine has been working almost all the way to work on my daily commute. So really, it’s not much more efficient than our regular car. But then on my drive home, when it’s a bit warmer, the car is more likely to run exclusively on electric power. The best numbers I saw on the drive home were 4.2 L/100 kms, which is superb… but not always possible
– Headroom, much like in the Lincoln MKZ, is limited. The sleek roof line on the Fusion looks great but it’s a squeeze for taller adults
– The Fusion has its batteries for the hybrid system stored in the trunk, whereas they’re under the second row of seats in the Prius, which limits trunk capacity. The non-hybrid Fusion can hold 453 litres of stuff in the trunk while the hybrid can only take 339 litres. That’ll be tight for a family road trip, or even hockey practice
– We found the interior on our Titanium trim tester to have a lot of cheap feeling plastics and switch wear. If you’re looking for a more refined interior, consider the Platinum trim which is new to the Fusion for 2017 or even that MKZ from Lincoln – which also comes in a hybrid model with exactly the same platform and power plant – and has an excellent interior
– All wheel drive is not available on either the Fusion or MKZ hybrid models

Family Wheels report card:

Family Wheels driver comfort score: 4/5
Family Wheels interior layout score: 3.5/5
Family Wheels infotainment system score: 4/5
Family Wheels interior noise score: 3/5 (69 db at 100 kms/h)
Family Wheels performance score: 2/5
Family Wheels rear passenger score: 3/5
Family Wheels trunk test score: 2.5/5
Family Wheels fuel economy score: 4.5/5
Family Wheels build quality score: 3.5/5
Family Wheels value score: 3.5/5

Family Wheels overall score: 33.5/50= 67%

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