After my BMW 325i got totaled in an accident, I did a bunch of research to find a new car. I knew I wanted something with good gas mileage which was moderately sporty-looking. Oh, and it had to have folding rear seats to carry big things.
After reading a lot online, I settled on the Ford Fusion Hybrid SE and I love it! Here are the top ten reasons why, using my 2006 BMW325i for comparison when appropriate:
1. The Design
I think the Ford Fusion one of the best-looking hybrids out there. I think the look is on par with my old 325i BMW (although the brand prestige is not the same I freely admit).
There’s a pretty strong consensus among critics that Ford did a stellar job, especially with the front. Comparisons to the Aston Martin abound in online reviews. What do you think?
2. The Folding Rear Seats
Folding rear seats are a “must have” for me. They allow me to carry long items like skis, music equipment, small furniture, etc. All Fusions have folding rear seats, which is friggin’ awesome!
3. The Gas Mileage
Ford advertises the Fusion Hybrid as having 43MPG city / 42MPG highway. Right now I’m getting over 42MPG.
While this gas mileage is at the low end for most hybrids in this class, it’s still significantly better than my BMW, which was getting around 21 MPG.
Another thing is that the Fusion takes regular gas. My BMW only took super, which was a drain on my pocketbook.
4. The Value
My pimped-out SE with luxury package was well under $30,000 before taxes. I think that is a great value for a hybrid that looks this good.
I think a pimped-out SE is a better value than the next-level Titanium model, or highest-level Platinum, because those are significantly more expensive (especially the Platinum) and add features I don’t need.
5. The Ride
The Fusion Hybrid has a quiet, smooth, ride, but is still sporty. My BMW 3-series used to scrape or bottom-out when I went over bumps quickly. The Fusion glides right over them!
Another important thing for me is turning radius for making tight U-turns in the city, and the Fusion performs well in this respect.
6. Cabin Roominess
While the rear seating area isn’t huge, you can actually have two adult humans sit comfortably in the Ford Fusion rear seats. The seats are relatively high up so you’re not squatting, and there is room for your feet.
The rear seats in my 3-series BMW were a joke. I’d only put one person back there unless I was really desperate.
7. The Gadgets
USB charging ports, AC power port, Sirius radio, iOS/Android integration, rear backup camera, keyless entry… the Ford Fusion SE with SYNC 3 package is packed with the latest gadgets and technology. More importantly, the SYNC 3 software is much better than the maligned My Ford Touch system previously included.
8. The Interior
I got my Fusion SE pimped out with the luxury package (equipment group 602A) which adds leather interior. In the words of Ferris Bueller, “It’s so choice. I highly recommend it if you have the means.”
It also came with heated front seats, which I thought would be completely frivolous in Southern California, but more than a few times my passenger appreciated it when it got colder at night.
9. The Storage Compartments
The Fusion has an insane amount of storage area in the front passenger area. There are four cup holders (two in the center and one in each door). The glove compartment is huge. The center storage compartment under the armrest is deep and there’s additional storage in front of the gear shift dial. Plus, there are large storage areas in each door. Wow.
10. LED Tail Lights
I love the idea of never having to replace my tail light bulbs.
I wish I had the LED headlight option though. I found a YouTube video that shows a guy changing his headlight bulb without disassembling the front end, and he replaces it with an LED! Not all of the commenters found it this easy though. And, I’m not sure it would work!
So far, I’m really happy with my Ford Fusion SE. Of course, no car is perfect, and if you want to see what could be improved read the Ten Worst Things About the Ford Fusion Hybrid.
What do you think of the 2017 Ford Fusion? Any questions, write below. – Brian