2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid
Bottom line: You could cut the price on a Fusion Hybrid by buying a 2017 model instead of a 2018. They practically are the same. Also, consider getting a wellequipped, less-expensive SE or Titanium trim model. Ride, acceleration and handling: The 2017 Fusion Hybrid gets good marks in all areas. Head-turning quotient: High. Affordable Aston-Martin. James Bond with class. Body style/layout: The Ford Fusion is a front-engine, front-wheel-drive compact family sedan; the Hybrid is a gas-electric version. There are four trim levels — base S, mid-grades SE and Titanium, and toplevel Platinum. Power package: The Fusion Hybrid uses a two-liter, inline four-cylinder gasoline engine in tandem with battery-powered electric motors to yield a maximum 188 horsepower and 129 pound-feet of torque. Power to the front wheels flows through a continuously variable automatic transmission.
Real-world mileage: I averaged 42 miles per gallon in highway driving and 42 miles per gallon in the city. Safety: Standard equipment includes four-wheel-disc brakes, ventilated front and solid rear; four-wheel anti-lock brake protection; emergency brake preparation; pre- and post-collision safety systems; traction and stability control; and side and head air bags. Pricing: Pricing on the 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid/Premium starts at $37,020. The price as tested is $38,290, including $395 in mostly cosmetic options and an $875 factory-to-dealer shipment charge. You can bargain on this one. Choose the 2017 over the 2018 model for price convenience with no sacrifice of equipment.