2011 Ford Fusion Hybrid

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Key Specs

of the 2011 Ford Fusion Hybrid. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Gas mileage
  • Drivetrain refinement
  • Informative gauges
  • Crash-test ratings
  • Decent brake feel for a hybrid
  • Composed handling

The Bad

  • Firm ride
  • Limited trunk space
  • Unsupportive backseat
  • Tax credits phasing out
  • Cheap-looking wheels
  • Steering too skittish on the highway

Notable Features of the 2011 Ford Fusion Hybrid

  • Gas/electric drivetrain
  • 41 mpg city
  • LCD gauges
  • 700-mile-plus range in city driving on one tank of gas

2011 Ford Fusion Hybrid Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
The Fusion Hybrid, Ford's first hybrid passenger car, comes to market with technology designed to help drivers operate the car in a more efficient manner. Competitors include the Toyota Camry Hybrid and Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid.

The gas-only Fusion is covered separately in the Cars.com Research section.


New for 2011
There are no significant changes.

Exterior
The Fusion Hybrid is based on the gas-powered Fusion that was redesigned for the 2010 model year. It has a few exterior cues that will tip off onlookers that they aren't looking at a regular Fusion: The hybrid has badges on the front doors and trunklid, plus special 17-inch wheels. Exterior features include:
  • New blind spot mirrors for cars not equipped with electronic blind spot warning system
  • Optional rain-sensing wipers


Interior
The general appearance of the Fusion Hybrid's cabin hews closely to the looks of the regular model, which is more modern than before but still trails competitors like the Honda Accord in terms of materials quality. The seat fabric in the Fusion Hybrid is made from recycled materials; leather seats are optional.

The hybrid has a unique gauge cluster that Ford calls SmartGauge with EcoGuide, designed to help drivers save fuel. Efficiency gauges have been done before, but the Fusion Hybrid's instrument panel takes it to a new level in production cars. It features two LCD screens separated by a traditional speedometer. The screens can be configured to show the driver a ...
Vehicle Overview
The Fusion Hybrid, Ford's first hybrid passenger car, comes to market with technology designed to help drivers operate the car in a more efficient manner. Competitors include the Toyota Camry Hybrid and Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid.

The gas-only Fusion is covered separately in the Cars.com Research section.


New for 2011
There are no significant changes.

Exterior
The Fusion Hybrid is based on the gas-powered Fusion that was redesigned for the 2010 model year. It has a few exterior cues that will tip off onlookers that they aren't looking at a regular Fusion: The hybrid has badges on the front doors and trunklid, plus special 17-inch wheels. Exterior features include:
  • New blind spot mirrors for cars not equipped with electronic blind spot warning system
  • Optional rain-sensing wipers


Interior
The general appearance of the Fusion Hybrid's cabin hews closely to the looks of the regular model, which is more modern than before but still trails competitors like the Honda Accord in terms of materials quality. The seat fabric in the Fusion Hybrid is made from recycled materials; leather seats are optional.

The hybrid has a unique gauge cluster that Ford calls SmartGauge with EcoGuide, designed to help drivers save fuel. Efficiency gauges have been done before, but the Fusion Hybrid's instrument panel takes it to a new level in production cars. It features two LCD screens separated by a traditional speedometer. The screens can be configured to show the driver a limited set of information about the hybrid system or increasingly detailed data. One of the more interesting graphical features available is an animated vine that grows more leaves as the car is driven more efficiently. Interior features include:
  • Standard 100-volt household power plug
  • Optional navigation system
  • Optional backup camera


Under the Hood
The Fusion Hybrid is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor. A continuously variable automatic transmission sends power to the wheels.

This is a fairly conventional setup for a hybrid, but the Fusion Hybrid's system differs from competitors in a key way: While many hybrids are limited to electric-only operation to speeds around 25 mph, Ford says the Fusion Hybrid can travel on electric power alone up to 47 mph.


Safety
Standard safety features include:
  • All-disc antilock brakes
  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Electronic stability system



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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

What Drivers Are Saying

(4.0)

Great for those in small towns or big cities

by brammage from Texas on June 22, 2018

The hybrid cars are definitely taking over the roads, because we're trying to conserve resources, and lower emissions. Being now 7 years old, this car still performs very well considering the current ... Read full review

(5.0)

Great on gas

by DMC from Hobart, NY on May 30, 2018

Biggest plus is the gas mileage. For a seven year old car to get 40 miles a gallon is amazing to me. Its quiet, comfortable and gets up big hills pretty well. Large trunk space and several storage ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2011 Ford Fusion Hybrid currently has 0 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2011 Ford Fusion Hybrid Base

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
acceptable
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
acceptable
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 60,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Ford

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, rental car reimbursement up to $30 per day, full tank of gas, vehicle history report, new wiper blades and fresh oil and filter

  • Limited Warranty

    7 years / 100,000 miles

    7 years from original new vehicle warranty start date or 100,000 miles. Powertrain Limited Warranty from original in-service date. 12- month/12,000-mile comprehensive limited warranty. See dealer for details. $100 deductible per visit.
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 80,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 172 point inspection and reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Fusion Hybrid received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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