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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|2018 Ford FusionBrowse Used Listings||2018 Chevrolet MalibuBrowse Used Listings||2018 Hyundai SonataBrowse Used Listings||2018 Toyota CamryBrowse Used Listings|
|17 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 43 MPG Hwy||23 MPG City / 46 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 53 MPG Hwy|
|Regular Unleaded I-4||Turbocharged Gas I4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4|
|Midsize Cars||Midsize Cars||Large Cars||Mid-Size Cars|
|S FWD||4-Door Sedan L w/1VL||SE 2.4L SULEV||L Automatic (SE)|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Automatic w/OD||Automatic||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD|
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|2018 Ford Fusion vs. 2018 Chevrolet Malibu||2018 Ford Fusion vs. 2018 Hyundai Sonata||2018 Ford Fusion vs. 2018 Toyota Camry|