2018 Ford Fusion
- The Ford Fusion is unchanged for 2018
- Part of the second Fusion generation introduced for 2013
- Great combination of sharp handling and a composed ride
- Quiet interior with an elegant design and high-quality materials
- Abundance of available advanced safety equipment
- Optional all-wheel drive for cold-weather climates
- Standard tech interface more frustrating to use than some rivals' systems
- Underwhelming acceleration from base engine
- Real-world fuel economy doesn't always match EPA estimates
2018 Ford Fusion pricingin Ashburn, VA
Which Fusion does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating4 / 5
The 2018 Ford Fusion hasn't changed dramatically in the last few years, and that's a good thing. The Fusion is in a highly competitive class of midsize sedans, but it continues to impress us with its comfortable interior, user-friendly tech and great driving dynamics.
The 2018 Fusion would also be lost in this class if it weren't for its high-quality interior and abundant available safety equipment. Available items such as adaptive cruise control, an automated parking system and forward collision mitigation should definitely appeal to the safety-conscious, while Sync 3's excellent controls should satisfy the tech crowd.
The Fusion has a few flaws, but most of them are related to base versions of the car and they can be dealt with via a few upgrades. For instance, the base 2.5-liter engine doesn't have much power, but three available options offer improved performance. So while the 2018 Ford Fusion may look relatively similar on the outside to Fusions from years past, the rest of this midsize sedan has been continually updated to assure that it remains a top competitor in the class.
Trim levels & features
The 2018 Ford Fusion is a four-door, five-passenger midsize sedan available in five trim levels: S, SE, Titanium, Platinum and V6 Sport. The hybrid and plug-in hybrid (known as the Fusion Energi) are reviewed separately. The base trim levels (S and SE) of the Fusion have a good amount of standard equipment including features such as Bluetooth connectivity, power front seats and satellite radio. On upper trim levels, there's a long list of available comfort and convenience features such as ventilated seats, adaptive cruise control and premium sound systems.
The base Fusion S comes standard with the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine (175 hp, 175 lb-ft), front-wheel drive, a six-speed automatic transmission, 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, LED taillights, a rearview camera, cruise control, air-conditioning, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, cloth upholstery, a height-adjustable driver seat, 60/40-split folding rear seats, audio and phone voice commands (Sync), Bluetooth connectivity, smartphone app integration and a four-speaker sound system with a 4.2-inch center screen, a CD player, an auxiliary audio jack and a USB port.
For a few more creature comforts, the Fusion SE adds 17-inch wheels, LED daytime running lights, exterior keypad entry, an eight-way power driver seat (with power lumbar), a six-way power passenger seat, rear heat ducts, a rear center fold-down armrest and a six-speaker sound system with satellite radio.
Optional for the S and SE is the Appearance package, which features 18-inch alloy wheels, foglights, a rear spoiler, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and special cloth upholstery. The SE is also available with the Luxury package (Equipment Group 202A), which adds the turbocharged 1.5-liter engine (181 hp, 185 lb-ft) with automatic engine stop-start to help save fuel, LED headlights and foglights, keyless ignition and entry, remote ignition, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and driver-side mirror, heated mirrors, leather upholstery, driver-seat memory settings and heated front seats.
Opting for the SE's Technology package equips the Fusion with rear parking sensors, dual-zone automatic climate control, an 11-speaker sound system, the Sync 3 technology interface (with an 8-inch central LCD touchscreen and two configurable gauge cluster displays), enhanced voice controls and an additional USB charging port.
The Fusion Titanium gets all of the SE's optional features, plus it comes standard with the turbocharged 2.0-liter engine (240 hp, 270 lb-ft), 18-inch wheels, LED taillights, a rear spoiler, ambient interior lighting, sport front seats, eight-way power adjustment for the passenger seat, a premium 12-speaker Sony sound system and HD radio.
The Fusion SE (with the Technology package selected) and Titanium can also be equipped with a navigation system, an automated parking system for parallel and perpendicular parking, and adaptive cruise control with frontal collision warning and stop-and-go traffic capability. For the SE and Titanium, Ford additionally offers the Driver Assist package, which includes automatic high-beam control, automatic wipers, a 110-volt power outlet, a heated steering wheel, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and a lane departure warning and lane-keeping assist system. A sunroof is optional for both the SE and Titanium, and the Titanium can be had with 19-inch wheels and ventilated front seats.
The borderline luxury-level Platinum trim includes all of the above features in addition to a unique grille insert, upgraded leather trim and a power-adjustable steering wheel.
If you're looking for a sporty version of the Fusion that still has some top-end features, the V6 Sport starts with features from the SE with the Luxury package and adds a turbocharged V6 engine (325 hp, 380 lb-ft), all-wheel drive, a different grille, 19-inch wheels, quad exhaust tips, a rear spoiler, adjustable suspension dampers, leather and simulated suede upholstery, and a nine-speaker audio system.
The V6 Sport Upgrade package (Equipment Group 401A) is about as high up as you can go in a Fusion, and it includes most of the features from the Titanium trim. It is also available with the Driver Assist package and the stand-alone options listed above.
Noise & vibration4
Ease of use3.5
Getting in/getting out4
Audio & navigation3.5
Most helpful consumer reviews
Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite Fusion safety features:
- Ford's MyKey
- Uses multiple keys to set parameters for secondary drivers such as kids and valets.
- Lane Departure Intervention
- Makes minor corrections to steering when the car senses you are drifting out of your lane.
- Frontal Collision Warning
- Warns the driver of an impending front collision if traffic ahead has slowed or come to a stop.
Ford Fusion vs. the competition
2018 Ford Fusion
2018 Chevrolet Malibu
Ford Fusion vs. Chevrolet Malibu
The Malibu and Fusion are close competitors, and both boast 4-star Edmunds ratings. The Fusion offers a slightly larger trunk, and you can get it with all-wheel drive. But the Malibu is very comfortable and offers just as many technology options as the Fusion. The choice between these two will likely come down to the details.
Ford Fusion vs. Ford Focus
The Ford Focus is smaller than the Fusion. As such, it doesn't have as much room inside. But there are reasons to consider a Focus. You can get it as a versatility-boosting hatchback or in two high-performance versions, the ST and the RS. It's also less expensive. The Fusion, however, is a more polished car overall. We give the Focus 3 stars.
Ford Fusion vs. Honda Accord
The new Honda Accord is, we think, the best car currently available in this class, and we rated it 4.5 stars — almost a perfect score. It's satisfying to drive and surprisingly roomy, and it has tons of available technology and comfort options. In its top tier, the Accord puts some entry-level luxury cars to shame. It doesn't offer all-wheel drive, and its zippy 2.0-liter turbo is still outclassed by the Fusion Sport's V6, but it's an all-around excellent car.
2018 Ford Fusion for Sale
The 2018 Ford Fusion is a midsize sedan that hasn't changed much on the outside over the last few years, but all the updates underneath the skin keep it competitive in a segment with plenty of brand rivalry. The standard Fusion (the hybrid version is reviewed separately) is broken down into five trim levels: S, SE, Titanium, Platinum and V6 Sport. Think of the S and SE trim levels as the base, with the Titanium and the Platinum topping the ladder. The V6 Sport model adds a particularly powerful engine along with a long list of standard features and unique styling.
If you're looking for more bang for your buck, the Fusion S and SE make a good deal of sense. They come standard with items such as a rearview camera, cruise control, air-conditioning, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth, smartphone app integration power front seats and satellite radio. Aside from the standard equipment, there's a combination of stand-alone options and packages, many of which are available across multiple trim levels. Both the SE and Platinum trim levels for instance, have an optional Driver Assistance package that adds items such as blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning and a lane-keeping assist system.
Prices for the Fusion will vary based on the trim level you want, the engine you choose (paired with front-wheel drive or available all-wheel drive) and the number of creature comforts to go along with those choices. There are four engines to choose from when you include the base 2.5-liter four-cylinder, and comfort items such as ventilated seats, upgraded leather upholstery and sport suspension can all drive the price up. Compared to rivals though, that's pretty much the norm. When you put similar trim levels up against competitors, the Fusion is within a few hundred dollars (in either direction) of segment leaders.
On the upper trim levels such as the Platinum and the V6 Sport, you'll be paying top dollar for this four-door Ford, but build quality and materials meet or surpass the standards set by many entry-level luxury cars. So, in short, the added price might just be worth it if you're looking to supplant a luxury car with something more unconventional. So whether you're looking for a basic, no-frills version of the 2018 Ford Fusion or a decked-out, top-of-the-line Platinum edition, Edmunds can help you find the perfect one for your garage.
2018 Ford Fusion Overview
The 2018 Ford Fusion is offered in the following submodels: Fusion Sedan. Available styles include SE 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A), S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A), SE w/EcoBoost 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A), Titanium w/EcoBoost 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A), Sport w/EcoBoost 4dr Sedan AWD (2.7L 6cyl Turbo 6A), Titanium w/EcoBoost 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A), Platinum w/EcoBoost 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A), and Platinum w/EcoBoost 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A).
What do people think of the 2018 Ford Fusion?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Ford Fusion and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 Fusion 5 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2018 Fusion.
Edmunds Expert Reviews
Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2018 Ford Fusion and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2018 Fusion featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.
Our Review Process
This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.
We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.
What's a good price for a New 2018 Ford Fusion?
2018 Ford Fusion Sport w/EcoBoost 4dr Sedan AWD (2.7L 6cyl Turbo 6A)
The 2018 Ford Fusion Sport w/EcoBoost 4dr Sedan AWD (2.7L 6cyl Turbo 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $34,720. The average price paid for a new 2018 Ford Fusion Sport w/EcoBoost 4dr Sedan AWD (2.7L 6cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $8,466 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $8,466 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$26,254.
The average savings for the 2018 Ford Fusion Sport w/EcoBoost 4dr Sedan AWD (2.7L 6cyl Turbo 6A) is24.4% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2018 Ford Fusion SE 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A)
The 2018 Ford Fusion SE 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $24,365. The average price paid for a new 2018 Ford Fusion SE 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A) is trending $7,929 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $7,929 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$16,436.
The average savings for the 2018 Ford Fusion SE 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A) is32.5% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2018 Ford Fusion S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A)
The 2018 Ford Fusion S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $23,090. The average price paid for a new 2018 Ford Fusion S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A) is trending $6,683 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $6,683 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$16,407.
The average savings for the 2018 Ford Fusion S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A) is28.9% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2018 Ford Fusion Titanium w/EcoBoost 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
The 2018 Ford Fusion Titanium w/EcoBoost 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $31,365. The average price paid for a new 2018 Ford Fusion Titanium w/EcoBoost 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $8,522 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $8,522 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$22,843.
The average savings for the 2018 Ford Fusion Titanium w/EcoBoost 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is27.2% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2018 Ford Fusion Titanium w/EcoBoost 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)Available Inventory:
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Should I lease or buy a 2018 Ford Fusion?
Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.