Midsize five-passenger sedans are some of the most popular choices among shoppers in the market for a hybrid vehicle. The 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid, priced at the lower end of the class yet offering a host of desirable features, is one that shouldn't be overlooked. With a sleek exterior and a nicely designed, roomy cabin, the Fusion is proof that hybrid vehicles don't have to sacrifice style and comfort in the name of fuel economy.
Along with the rest of the Fusion line, the Hybrid received a number of cosmetic tweaks for 2017, including a slightly wider grille, new headlights and restyled LED taillights. Other changes include the new Ford Sync 3 infotainment system, a rotary transmission selector, standard push-button engine start and updated audio systems. There's also a new, top-of-the-line Platinum trim level with just about every luxury and convenience item available in the Fusion lineup.
Propulsion comes from a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine that produces 140 horsepower and 129 pound-feet of torque and combines with an electric motor for a total output of 188 hp. Together these units drive the front wheels through a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Charging for the 1.4-kWh lithium-ion battery pack is boosted through regenerative braking, and a sophisticated engine-control computer switches seamlessly between the two powerplants.
The Fusion Hybrid's refined interior is highlighted by quality materials, comfortable seats and logically placed, easy-to-use controls. A variety of trim levels, as well as options and accessories, facilitate considerable personalization, allowing buyers to enjoy such features as leather seating, a host of technology upgrades, premium audio, Ford Sync 3 with its 8-inch touchscreen and improved interface, and Sync Connect, which facilitates smartphone integration.
On the road, the Fusion Hybrid is smooth and comfortable and tends to be quieter than many of its competitors while still delivering fairly nimble handling for the class. Drivers unfamiliar with regenerative brakes might find them a bit grabby as they make the transition from traditional to regenerative, but compared to earlier hybrid models, they're relatively unobtrusive. Outward visibility to the front is excellent, although the sloping back end will make drivers glad there's a standard rearview camera.
Fuel economy is EPA rated at 42 mpg in combined driving (43 city/42 highway). And in Edmunds testing, the Fusion Hybrid accelerated from zero to 60 mph in a respectable 8.5 seconds, which is about average for its class.
The base Fusion S comes very well equipped with such features as dual-zone climate control, automatic headlights and a sound system with CD player, while the SE and Titanium trim levels add numerous comfort, convenience and technology items. The new Platinum model comes standard with all the features of the other trims, plus such upgrades as glove-soft Venetian leather on the heated and cooled seats, a power-adjustable steering wheel and a host of the latest driver-assist technology. Whatever your preference, let Edmunds help you find the 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid that best meets your needs.