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2019 Ford Fusion Hybrid

$27,555 - $34,485
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Ford Fusion Hybrid

2019 Ford Fusion Hybrid Review

by Jay Traugott

The 2019 Ford Fusion Hybrid is a midsize hybrid sedan based on the original gasoline-powered Ford Fusion sedan, only with the added benefit of optimized efficiency. Like the regular Fusion, the front wheels of the Fusion Hybrid are energized by a 2.0-liter inline-four motor with peak outputs of 188 horsepower and 129 lb-ft of torque; but, it's also integrated with a 1.4 kWh lithium-ion battery and mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission. Though competitors in the market are becoming more prevalent, it only takes the Toyota Camry Hybrid and Honda Accord Hybrid to make this segment a highly competitive one. And, with the Fusion already starting off with less trunk space than key rivals, a battery pack robs it of even more crucial space required by the types of families that buy midsize sedans. Can a glaring oversight be saved by excellent levels of safety and decent gas mileage estimates? Or is the Fusion Hybrid simply competing for the participation award?

2019 Ford Fusion Hybrid Changes: What’s the difference vs 2018 Fusion Hybrid?

Quite a bit has been altered for the Fusion Hybrid for 2019; along with a reshuffling of the optional packages, the trim lines have been revised with the addition of the SEL trim, which slots into the mid-tier of the lineup and comes equipped with all the contents of the familiar SE Package as standard, along with ActiveX seating material. Ford has renamed its driver-assist systems package to Ford Co-Pilot360 which comes standard on all trims. The range has also received a minor facelift, comprising a new front and rear lower fascia, new grilles, a new decklid panel, fog lamps, and LED taillamps. The Titanium trim now comes standard with 18-inch alloy wheels and a power moonroof, while LED signature lighting is standard across the board. The chrome exhaust tip has been deleted from the lineup. Three new color options have also been added to the exterior color palette for 2019; Agate Black, Velocity Blue, and Rich Copper Metallic taking the places of Shadow Black, Lightning Blue, and Burgundy Velvet Metallic.

Pros and Cons

  • User-friendly SYNC 3 infotainment system
  • Comfortable and quiet interior
  • High-quality cabin design and materials
  • Well-equipped with safety and driver aids
  • Decent handling
  • Not as fuel-efficient as rivals
  • Sloping roofline impedes on rear cabin headroom
  • Subpar trunk capacity

Fusion Hybrid Exterior

The Fusion Hybrid's facelift changes are quite discrete; a new chrome finish five-bar grille on the SE and SEL and a chrome mesh grille on the Titanium, as well as the reshaped front foglight moldings, form part of the new restyled lower front fascia. The trunk lid has been slightly altered for a sleeker rear end along with the LED taillights which integrate into the trunk lid's flicked up lip. This year, only the SE and SEL come equipped with 17-inch Sparkle Silver-painted aluminum wheels, while the Titanium is shod with 18-inch premium-painted aluminum alloys.

2019 Ford Fusion Hybrid Front View Driving
2019 Ford Fusion Hybrid Rear View Driving
2019 Ford Fusion Hybrid Headlights On
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Dimensions

The Fusion Hybrid holds dimensions typical to that of a common midsize sedan; it measures 191.8 inches in length, 58 inches in height, and 75.2 inches in width with the mirror folded in. Its wheelbase spans 112.2 inches across the entire Fusion range, and with a curb weight of 3,668 lbs, the Fusion Hybrid is slightly heavier than the standard gas-powered Fusion sedan and Toyota Camry Hybrid, but not quite a hefty as the Fusion Energi with its added plug-in components, which nears the 4,000 lb mark.

2019 Ford Fusion Hybrid Exterior Colors

  • Rich Copper Metallic Tinted Clearcoat
  • Ruby Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat
  • White Platinum Metallic Tri-Coat
  • Velocity Blue Metallic
  • Blue Metallic
  • White Gold Metallic
  • Magnetic Metallic
  • Agate Black
  • Ingot Silver Metallic
  • Oxford White

Fusion Hybrid Performance

2019 Ford Fusion Hybrid Front View Driving
2019 Ford Fusion Hybrid Front View Driving
2019 Ford Fusion Hybrid Badge

Engine and Transmission

The hybridized combination of a 2.0-liter inline-four engine and 88kW electric motor generates peak combined outputs of 188 horsepower sent to the front-wheel-drivetrain of the Fusion Hybrid; it is equipped with a continuously variable automatic transmission. The powertrain is, altogether, very sedate, which is typical for the class. The throttle requires some heavy-footed input for any level of competent acceleration from off-the-line and overtaking at higher speeds - the latter a particularly troublesome exercise. 0 to 60 mph takes around nine seconds, which - although the Camry Hybrid manages it in 7.5 seconds - is generally quite average for this segment. Nevertheless, the Fusion Hybrid is an easy vehicle to drive around town in the low to mid-speed range, and though the pedal responses feel a bit timid and the gasoline power rather lackluster when it does take command, the electrified torque makes for smooth initial takeoffs. The CVT is pretty decent too, as seamless as it should be.

  • Engine
    2.0-liter Inline-4 Hybrid
  • Transmission
    Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
  • Drivetrain
    FWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

Though not very fast, the Fusion Hybrid does show some penchant toward handling, especially around twisting roads. While modulating the accelerator and brake pedals will be a slight chore, the Fusion Hybrid at least makes taking corners and maneuvering around town a breeze, possibly even a little fun. It feels impressively competent and ready to be taken through winding roads at as much speed as it can muster, its chassis remaining composed and keeping body roll to a minimum. Although equipped with efficiency-minded tires, which are not ideal for maximum grip, the Hybrid is kept firmly-planted to the asphalt. The steering isn't very communicative of road feel or tire position, however, and it requires many corrections to keep the Fusion Hybrid on track. The effort is also rather light at any speed, which is alright for maneuvering around town. Some may find that the standard suspension is a tad too softly tuned as driving over undulations or dips can feel floaty, though most road imperfections and impacts are properly absorbed.

Fusion Hybrid Gas Mileage

The Fusion Hybrid isn't too competitive in the realm of hybrid efficiency, returning only 43/41/42 mpg on the EPA drive cycles. This seems excellent when compared to any conventional gas-powered vehicle, but is rather week in reality for the class; the Camry Hybrid returns an impressive 51/53/52 mpg, while the Honda Accord Hybrid manages 48 mpg for all cycles. The Fusion Hybrid's 14-gallon gas tank, when filled to the brim, allows it a maximum drive range of around 588 miles before requiring a refill. The 1.4-kWh battery auto-charges via the regenerative braking system and functions only at optimal times to hone efficiency before the gasoline engine takes over where less power is required.

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    14.0 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 43/41 mpg
* 2019 Ford Fusion Hybrid SE

Fusion Hybrid Interior

2019 Ford Fusion Hybrid Dashboard
2019 Ford Fusion Hybrid Gauge Cluster
2019 Ford Fusion Hybrid Gauge Cluster
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Seating and Interior Space

The Fusion Hybrid seats five occupants in reasonable comfort. The passenger room is cavernous upfront, but the sloping roofline impedes headroom in the rear which could prove problematic for taller occupants. The seats throughout the cabin are otherwise comfortable, supportive, and spacious, and the front seats feature ample power adjustability, which, along with the tilt and telescoping steering column make for easy positioning for the driver. Outward visibility is decent all-round, perhaps only slightly hindered by the sloping roofline when looking back.

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater

Fusion Hybrid Trunk and Cargo Space

The gasoline-powered variant offers 16 cubic feet of trunk room which diminishes to 12 cubes in the Hybrid. While not as spacious as the 15 cubic feet of space offered in the Camry Hybrid or the 16.7 available from the Accord Hybrid, its still enough for the weekly grocery shopping for a small family. With the rear seats being 60/40 split-folding, more cargo space can be opened up if required. The battery pack for the Fusion Hybrid is mounted in the trunk, but it is done in a low-enough fashion that the seats still fold down and it thus doesn't impede practicality too badly. It's not nearly as intrusive as what the larger battery pack is in the Energi model.

For stowing away items in the cabin, there are moderately sized door side pockets - notably without bottle holders - a typically sized passenger-side glovebox, a compact center armrest console, and dual cupholders front and rear.

2019 Ford Fusion Hybrid Interior Overview
2019 Ford Fusion Hybrid Rear Passenger Seats
2019 Ford Fusion Hybrid Top View
  • Trunk Volume
    12 ft³

Fusion Hybrid Infotainment and Features

Features

The Fusion Hybrid's standard features list is extensive, the base trim starting things off with a 4.2-inch configurable driver information display, tilt & telescoping steering wheel, ten-way power-adjustable driver's seat, adaptive cruise control, and dual-zone automatic climate control. It also gets a rearview camera, reverse parking system, and Ford's Co-Pilot360 driver-assist suite, which comprises automatic high beams, blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning and mitigation, and a pre-collision warning system with automatic braking and pedestrian detection. Upgrading to the SEL gets remote keyless entry and ignition, driver-seat memory settings, universal garage door opener, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and heated front seats. In the line-topping Titanium, a heated steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats, ten-way power-adjustable passenger seat with lumbar control, a power sunroof, and ambient interior lighting becomes standard fare.

Infotainment

While an eight-inch LCD touchscreen display is featured across the lineup, the SE gets an AM/FM stereo with MP3 capability, SiriusXM connectivity, and a nine-speaker audio system. The SEL features an upgraded premium 11-speaker audio system, while the Titanium boasts a Sony AM/FM stereo with a single-CD player, HD radio connectivity, and 12-speaker audio layout. All are installed with Ford's intuitive SYNC 3 infotainment software which allows for enhanced voice recognition, AppLink, 911Assist, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay functionality. All trims also come standard with two 12V powerpoints and two smart-charging USB ports located in the front cabin on the dash and in the center armrest console.

Fusion Hybrid Problems and Reliability

At the time of writing, there have been no recalls commissioned for the 2019 Ford Fusion Hybrid, though there have been numerous complaints from drivers pertaining to some menial electrical issues. J.D. Power appropriately gave the Fusion Hybrid a slightly above-average predicted reliability rating of three and a half out of five. The Fusion Hybrid is covered by a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty, five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty, and an eight-year/100,000-mile hybrid component warranty.

Fusion Hybrid Safety

Safety ratings for the Fusion Hybrid are favorable but typical for the class; the NHTSA scored the 2019 year model an overall safety rating of five out five stars, with only rollover and frontal crash tests scoring lower at four stars. The IIHS gave it top test results of Good for six individual evaluations based on its gas-powered sedan counterpart. Ford's Co-Pilot360 suite of safety systems is now standard across all models, adding automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning and mitigation, and blind-spot monitoring to the standard complement of eight airbags including driver and front passenger knee airbags.

Verdict: Is 2019 Ford Fusion Hybrid a good car?

The Fusion Hybrid is a mediocre vehicle that has many advantages as a family hybrid sedan, but it doesn't quite match up to many of its rivals. Still, it's an easy car to drive, decently fuel-efficient, and somewhat practical. It's also very safe, having received some exceptional safety ratings from both major authorities and coming equipped with an admirable suite of safety features and driver-assists as standard. The standard tech consignment is impressive too, with the user-friendly and contemporary SYNC 3 infotainment system comprising Android Auto and Apple CarPlay functionality as of the base trim. The thing is, there are many rivals that offer all of that, some to an even greater extent, and at the same price. The Fusion Hybrid is based on the gasoline-powered Ford Fusion sedan, which means its structure has had to incur many compromises for its hybridized components, while most rivals have been constructed with electrification in mind from the start. It would be a good idea to research your options before deciding on the Fusion Hybrid, as better options exist.

What's the Price of the 2019 Ford Fusion Hybrid?

There are three trims comprising the Fusion Hybrid lineup; the SE is the bottom-rung model starting off with a reasonable sticker price of $27,555, while the mid-tier SEL is priced at $31,520, and the range-topping Titanium costing $34,485. Prices exclude Ford's destination charge of $995, an acquisition fee of $645, as well as tax, registration, and licensing fees. Ford states that incentives of up to $5,500 can be claimed for the eco-friendly Fusion Hybrid including federal tax rebates and state-specific incentives.

2019 Ford Fusion Hybrid Models

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
Hybrid SE
2.0-liter Inline-4 Hybrid
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
$27,555
Hybrid SEL
2.0-liter Inline-4 Hybrid
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
$31,520
Hybrid Titanium
2.0-liter Inline-4 Hybrid
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
$34,485
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What Ford Fusion Hybrid Model Should I Buy?

The line-topping Titanium trim is the recommended one to buy if you have your heart set on the Fusion Hybrid. Although its price slots just below the $35,000 mark, it comes outfitted with a comprehensive range of favorable features overall. Most of what it has over and above the features on the lower-tier trim options are luxury-focused features and more premium design and material elements, but it's only around $7,000 more than the base trim. And considering that it comes standard with all the available package contents that the lower-level trims have to option on, it's well worth considering even with its higher price.

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2019 Ford Fusion Hybrid Comparisons

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2019 Ford Fusion Hybrid vs Toyota Camry Hybrid

The Toyota Camry Hybrid is one of the most favored hybrid sedans out there and a class-leading rival to the Fusion Hybrid. It's priced around $1,000 more than the Fusion Hybrid but comes equipped with a more powerful 2.5-liter inline-four electrified engine which imbues it with leading fuel-economy estimates of 51/53/52 mpg, leaving the Fusion far behind in that regard. It accelerates off-the-line considerably faster at that as well, powering from 0-60 mph in a rapid 7.5 seconds. The upper-level trims of the Camry Hybrid range also get a few more tech features than what the Fusion even has availability to, including wireless smartphone charging and a head-up display. However, the Camry does not include Android Auto functionality at all. The Camry exceeds in drivability and practicality too - it exhibits a slightly better ride comfort on the road and a less floaty feel than the Fusion. Both are generally competent around corners, but it's the Camry that offers a greater trunk capacity. The Camry is a better hybrid vehicle and offers a lot more in the way of features, both standard and optional.

See Toyota Camry Hybrid Review

2019 Ford Fusion Hybrid vs Ford Fusion Energi

The Energi is the plug-in hybrid variation of the Fusion, and costs around $10,000 more than the base Hybrid trim. All it really offers over the Hybrid is a measly all-electric range of 21 miles by virtue of its larger nine-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Otherwise, it offers the same EPA estimates from the hybrid system; however, with the added electric-power, it does manage to accelerate from 0-60 mph in a quicker 7.8 seconds. With the larger battery pack comes detrimental compromises though, such as a notably reduced trunk capacity, from 12 cubic feet in the Hybrid, to just 8.2 cubic feet in the Energi. The added weight of the larger battery pack is also noticeable in the Energi's handling characteristics, feeling less capable in taking corners at speed. At such a ridiculous hike in price its tough to justify the Energi over the Hybrid for the little it offers.

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