2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid

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Key specs

Base trim shown


Body style


Seating capacity

190.6” x 56.9”


Front-wheel drive



The good:

  • Gas mileage
  • Drivetrain refinement
  • Informative gauges
  • Decent brake feel for a hybrid
  • Composed handling

The bad:

  • Firm ride
  • Limited trunk space
  • Unsupportive backseat
  • Steering too skittish on the highway

1 trim

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Notable features

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

2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid review: Our expert's take

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 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. The Fusion Hybrid seats five.

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

New for 2012
There are no significant changes for 2012.

The Fusion Hybrid is based on the gas-powered Fusion, but 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 trunk lid, plus special 17-inch wheels. Exterior features include:

  • Standard rear parking sensors
  • Optional rain-sensing wipers
  • Optional moonroof


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 Kia Optima 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. 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 front wheels. Mechanical features include:

  • 191 horsepower total
  • Uses regular gas
  • Ford says the Fusion Hybrid can travel on electric power alone up to 47 mph

Standard safety features include:

  • All-disc antilock brakes
  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Electronic stability system


Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.5
  • Interior 4.4
  • Performance 4.5
  • Value 4.4
  • Exterior 4.4
  • Reliability 4.5

Most recent consumer reviews


One of the best cars I've owned

This is my first Hybrid and it's fun to drive. The equipment includes; 17” Aluminum Wheels, Auto Headlights, Keyless Entry Pad, Leather heated front seats, Remote Start, Rain Sensing Wind Shield Wipers, Leather Wrapped Steering wheel with cruise and audio controls. The mirrors are powered and heated. The car has blind spot monitoring and it has a backup camera. The Audio is an AM/FM CD/MP3/Satellite Radio (Sirius) with an Audio Input jack. The Sony sound system has 12 speakers which delivers great sound. This has the regenerative braking system with traction control. You can find any location with the Navigation System with Voice commands with Point of Interest Locations. On a sunny day enjoy the powered Moon / Sun Roof. You can expect 41 MPG City and 36 MPG Highway. It sips gas!


Most dependable car I have ever owned

Drove 86,000 miles with only recommended service. Long term average was 38 MPG. Good acceleration from a stop with both gas and electric power. Driving a hybrid for economy is a learned skill. You can get very good economy or very poor. Attractive in and out. Unfortunately things change in my life and I needed an SUV to more easily and load items I needed to haul on a daily basis.


Saves me money on gas. Lots of safety features.

Love it! It is a great vehicle for safety and saves me money on gas. It has been very reliable. Only downfall is insurance is high and it doesn't keep it’s value.

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Based on the 2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid base trim.
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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Ford Blue Advantage Blue
New car program benefits
36 months/36,000 miles
60 months/unlimited distance
60 months/60,000 miles
Hybrid electric
96 months/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance
60 months/60,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Fords and many non-Ford vehicles up to 10 years old with less than 150,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
90-Day/4,000-Mile (whichever comes first) Comprehensive Limited Warranty
Dealer certification required
139-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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