The 2011 Ford Fusion Hybrid is one of the best midsize hybrids, say reviewers, because of its good looks, impressive build quality, high levels of passenger comfort and excellent fuel economy. Introduced as a new model for the 2010 model year, the Fusion Hybrid garnered high praise from many reviewers and received various accolades. Many reviewers also like the Fusion Hybrid for its ability to look, feel and drive like a typical midsize sedan. The new 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid (Base MSRP: $25,795), however, is more than $2,500 cheaper and reviews indicate that it has all the right moves in terms of style, comfort and efficiency.
Because the 2011 Ford Fusion Hybrid received no significant changes over last year's car, our full report on the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid (Base MSRP: $27,950) gives a detailed analysis on what expert reviewers think, complete with links to a variety of useful journalistic, government, and other independent sources for reviews and information.
The Fusion Hybrid's powertrain is rated at an EPA-estimated 41 mpg city/36 mpg highway/39 mpg combined, which is the highest among midsize sedans. For comparison, the fuel economy leader among all cars available is the the best-reviewed hybrid car overall, the 2011 Toyota Prius (Base MSRP: $21,650 to $28,790) which gets an EPA-estimated 50 mpg combined.
The 2011 Ford Fusion Hybrid gets very good crash-test ratings from independent and government organizations. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) names the Fusion Hybrid a Top Safety Pick, indicating that it got the highest rating of Good in all crash-test scenarios. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) gives the Fusion Hybrid 4 stars out of 5 for overall crashworthiness -- side crash protection and rollover resistance are given 4 star out of 5 ratings, while frontal crash protection is given 3 stars out of 5.
Standard safety equipment includes front airbags, front-seat side airbags, side curtain airbags, rear parking sensors, traction control and stability control. A blind-spot warning system is optional.
The 2011 Ford Fusion Hybrid carries a base MSRP of $28,600.
Editors of ConsumerReports.org test the Ford Fusion, and they use many criteria to compare it to other sedans. Particularly useful are the reliability predictions and owner satisfaction data. ConsumerReports.org is premium content, and a subscription is required to see most articles.
Review: Sedans, Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Editors of Edmunds.com call the Fusion Hybrid "certainly one of our favorites," when it comes to hybrids, that is. They say they enjoy the combination of fun driving dynamics with the smooth hybrid powertrain.
Review: 2011 Ford Fusion Hybrid, Editors of Edmunds.com
3. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
The 2011 Fusion Hybrid receives the IIHS' Top Safety Pick designation, meaning it scored the highest rating of Good for all four crash test scenarios. This includes frontal offset, side, rear and roof strength evaluations.
Review: Ford Fusion, Editors of IIHS.org
4. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
The 2011 Ford Fusion Hybrid gets an overall safety rating of 4 stars out of a possible 5 from the NHTSA. Side crash protection and rollover resistance are given 4 star out of 5 ratings, while frontal crash protection is given 3 stars out of 5.
Review: 2011 Ford Fusion Hybrid, Editors of SaferCar.gov
This chart compares fuel economies for 2011 hybrid vehicles. The 2011 Ford Fusion Hybrid has the best fuel efficiency of midsize hybrids, as it gets 39 mpg in combined driving, according to the EPA. The popular (and superbly reviewed) 2011 Toyota Prius gets even better mileage, though, at 50 mpg combined.
Review: 2011 Hybrid Vehicles, Editors of FuelEconomy.gov
The 2011 Ford Fusion Hybrid is unchanged from the 2010 model year. Our full report on the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid offers a comprehensive look at what the Fusion Hybrid has to offer and what the experts think.
Review: 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid, Editors of ConsumerSearch.com, April 2010