2018 Ford Fusion vs. Its Competition

2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions of the Ford Fusion are now six years old; for 2018, every competing mid-size hybrid sedan is newer and more fuel-efficient.

The strongest competition comes from the redesigned Toyota Camry, at 52 mpg combined this year and with far better handling in a more stylish shape.

The Honda Accord Hybrid has been in and out of the market, but the new 2018 version (which we haven’t driven yet) should be equally efficient and stylish.

Both the Hyundai Sonata and Kia Optima hybrids, which share mechanicals in very different bodies, are well-equipped and fuel-efficient, as well as offering plug-in hybrid variants with longer range than the Fusion Energi.

The Sonata gets a comprehensive refresh this year too.

Finally, the hybrid Chevy Malibu is often ignored, but it uses a version of the well-regarded Chevy Volt powertrain (without the plug) and is a strong performer that also outdoes the Ford on ratings.

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Quick Specs
7.3
The six-year-old 2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid remains a handsome, comfortable mid-size sedan with good fuel efficiency and a plug-in hybrid option, but competitors now boast higher EPA ratings.
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A solid effort, the 2018 Chevrolet Malibu offers plenty of compelling reasons to lure customers into showrooms.
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The 2018 Hyundai Sonata receives a much-needed injection of style.
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The 2018 Toyota Camry remains among the most competitive mid-size sedans, with a sleeker design, higher fuel economy, and carefully calibrated features and options for every buyer.
MSRP From   
$22,215$21,680$22,050$23,645
Gas Mileage   
17 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 43 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 46 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 53 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Regular Unleaded I-4Turbocharged Gas I4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class   
Mid-Size CarsMidsize CarsLarge CarsMid-Size Cars
Style Name   
S FWD4-Door Sedan L w/1VLSE 2.4L SULEVL Automatic (SE)
Drivetrain   
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
5555
Passenger Doors   
N/A4N/AN/A
Body Style   
SedanSedanSedanSedan
Transmission   
Automatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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