- 1 What’s New In Ford Fusion Hybrid 2019
- 2 A Quick Review – What Does Fusion Hybrid Have To Offer?
- 3 How Does It Feel On The Road?
- 4 Ride Quality And Noise Reduction
- 5 Interior Quality, Space, And Towing/Hauling
- 6 Techy Specs And Safety Features
- 7 Trim Levels – Sorting Through The Available Options
- 8 Trim Levels – Features, Prices, And Packages
- 9 The Verdict: My Final Ratings
What’s New In Ford Fusion Hybrid 2019
- Builds Up On The 3rd-gen introduced in 2013
- Trim Levels Have Been Revised
- A New Set Of Driver Assistance Features
- Feature Availability Is Different Between Trims
- Sync 3 (The Infotainment System) Works Flawlessly
- Interior Design Is Class-Leading
- Spacious, Cozy Seats
- A Quiet Cabin, Even At High Speeds
- Ride Quality Is Above-Average
- Fuel Economy Isn’t On Par With Some Of The Competition
- Not Enough Headroom And Visibility For The Back Seats
- Trunk Space Is Below Average
- Toyota Camry Hybrid
- Honda Accord Hybrid
- Chevrolet Malibu
- Honda Insight
|Starting price: 27.5K USD||Number of seats: 5||Powertrain: 188 Horsepower||Drivetrain: FWD|
|Fuel Economy: 43 miles per gallon in the city/41mpg hwy||Configurations: sedan||Warranty: 3years/36K miles||Transmission: 2-speed CVT w/OD|
Overall Rating: 8/10
Ride Quality: 7.5/10
Value For Money: 8.5/10
A Quick Review – What Does Fusion Hybrid Have To Offer?
Let’s admit it: crossover SUVs have taken over the world. Numerous families around the world prefer them over any other vehicles, simply because they’re better. However, mid-size sedans have what it takes to compete. Fuel efficiency is one of their biggest advantages. Now, while Ford Fusion Hybrid 2019 isn’t a leader in that regard, it is still of the best offers on the market.
First of all, it looks pretty fancy; plus, you’ll be surprised by its quick steering and responsive handling. Add an impressive comfort level, and you’ll instantly see why this model is frequently in all kinds of “Top-10 bestsellers” lists. It’s been 6 years since the third generation was introduced, but, thanks to constant updates, Fusion is still on par with the competition. Sync 3, Smartphone compatibility, and ease of use are some of its biggest pros.
How Does It Feel On The Road?
As you might expect, this isn’t a particularly fast vehicle.
The good news is – Fusion Hybrid is surprisingly responsive, especially when you’re turning left and right rapidly.
Steering could be better, but, again, for this segment, it’s more than decent. The car can go from zero to 60mph in just under 10 seconds. And to reach a full stop from those 60mph you’ll need 123 feel – an average result.
Braking isn’t particularly smooth (again, it’s on par with the rivals). The biggest problem with steering is the lack of feedback (there’s no connection with the road). You won’t feel bored behind the wheel, though. Rolling isn’t a problem, and, overall, Ford Fusion Hybrid 2019 feels very stable. Driving around town is enjoyable, and adaptive cruise control will help you keep the right speed.
Ride Quality And Noise Reduction
Some experts claim that this car’s suspension is bad news and will make you feel all the bumps on the road. Well, that’s not really true: it isn’t perfect, but does get the job done nonetheless. Sitting inside of Fusion Hybrid, you’ll be very cozy and comfy, and no regular bumps will bother you. It’s the dips that might spoil the picture a bit (nothing critical).
The hybrid powertrain is as silent as they come, both when active and when idle.
Add double-pane side windows, and you’ll get one of the best noise reductions in its class. The only time when you’ll hear that engine is when you hit the pedal too hard and gaining max acceleration. For a sedan in this price range, that’s great news.
Interior Quality, Space, And Towing/Hauling
The seats, the smooth ride quality, and the climate control will make sure you’re driving in comfort. Even the entry-level cloth seats are fantastic, and hours-long rides won’t feel like a challenge. As strange as it might sound, leather seats aren’t as comfortable. The doors open wide, and the seats are positioned just right for people of all shapes and sizes to get in/out easily.
The roofline is a downside, as it will make it harder to taller folks to squeeze into the back seat. The driver’s seat, in turn, is highly adjustable. With above-average space in the cabin (I’m talking plenty of leg- and head-room), Ford Fusion Hybrid 2019 aims to please. The dashboard is covered in leather; the stitching in the Platinum trim is nice and stylish. The overall material quality is decent but lags a bit behind the more up-to-date rivals like Accord.
Techy Specs And Safety Features
Sync 3, Ford’s infotainment system, is just right for this car. Smartphone integration is also available, as are voice controls and driver aids. Right now, the latest Fusion Hybrid is among the tech-savvy models in this segment. It’s important to note that most of the safety features come standard with the entry-level trim, which is a great move by Ford.
Navigation is decent (compared to the old system, it’s a God-sent), and swiping on the touchscreen feels awesome.
The sound system is a bit cheap, and the radio signal tends to drop every now and then. You’ll find two USB ports inside the car, along with a Bluetooth. Rear-parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring and emergency breaking – those are the safety features I mentioned.
Voice controls have always been one of Ford’s strongest sides. You can use your voice to switch between the radio stations, play/stop music, make calls, and set destinations for the navigation system. You can even connect to Siri through a Smartphone.
Trim Levels – Sorting Through The Available Options
Ford Fusion Hybrid 2019 is available in 3 trims. The drivers can choose between SE, SEL, and Titanium. Under the hood, you’ll find a 2.0-lit 4-cyl engine, paired to an electric motor. Together, they’re good for 188HP. The 2018 model offered several additional packages and options, but that’s not the case anymore.
Yes, there’s nothing exciting about the powertrain. However, it’s fair to say that the potential buyers of hybrid sedans don’t actually care about that. For them, the list of safety features and technological elements is a lot more important. Let us go over every available trim level in more details right now.
Trim Levels – Features, Prices, And Packages
SE (27.5K), the entry-level trim, comes with 17-inch (alloy) wheels, remote unblocking/locking, LED running-/tail-lights and auto headlights, dual-zone (auto) climate control, and adaptive cruise control. On the technological front, you’ll find Sync 3, 9 speakers for the sound system, an 8-inch touchscreen, 2 USBs, 1 Bluetooth, Smartphone compatibility, and more. That’s quite an impressive set for a basic trim, isn’t it?
If you want keyless entry, heated mirrors/front seats, 2 additional speakers for an even better surround sound, chrome exterior trim, and LED headlights, go for the SEL trim. It costs 31.5K and is still in the affordable range. By the way, both SE and SEL can be equipped with a sunroof – it’s the only available stand-alone option.
Finally, Titanium, the ultimate trim, will be yours for 34.5K. With it, you’ll get every single feature from the previous two configurations, and a dozen of additional treats. Leather upholstery, HD radio, 12 speakers, 18-inch wheels, LED foglights, heating for the wheel, and an 8-way passenger seat are some of the highlights.
As you can see, the difference between the various trims is 3-4K dollars. For this segment, that’s a significant sum (and about 12-15% of the original cost). So, choose wisely and make sure you really need all those additional elements before paying for them. The entry-level SE has everything a regular driver needs, including a full set of advanced safety features.
Randy Visintainer, Director Of Autonomous Vehicles At Ford: For us, the challenge was to take the safety features in Fusion Hybrid and to democratize them. That is – make them affordable and available on a car like this one. That’s how we got the maximum benefit both for the consumer and society as a whole.
The Verdict: My Final Ratings
Ford Fusion Hybrid 2019 is still one of the finest mid-size sedans for the middle class.
It might fall a bit behind the competition in terms of fuel efficiency, but that’s not a dramatic difference. This car boasts a comfy, tech-packed interior, a reliable, durable exterior, an impressive list of safety features, and above-average ride quality. My final rating is 8/10.
This isn’t, in any way, an off-road monster or a race-track king. This model is best suited for the average family, searching for an affordable, safe, and comfortable car, a hauler, as we like to say. So, if that’s exactly what you’re looking for, then Ford Fusion Hybrid 2019 will be right up your alley.
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