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2016 Ford Fusion One Of CR’s Best Sub-$20K Sedans With Good Fuel Economy

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With used vehicle prices hitting a new all-time high with each passing month, it’s getting harder and harder to find a good deal on an economical car, crossover, SUV, or truck. That’s why it’s notable that Consumer Reports has highlighted a number of used Ford vehicles it considers good deals in recent weeks, including the Ford Fusion Hybrid, Ford C-Max, Ford Edge, Ford Taurus, and Ford Fiesta, to name a few. Now, we can add the 2016 Ford Fusion to that list as well.

The 2016 Ford Fusion made Consumer Reports‘ best used mid-size sedans under $20,000 with the best fuel economy list recently, which is notable for a number of reasons. For starters, vehicles generally suffer the bulk of their depreciation within the first five years of ownership, yet aren’t terribly old at that point, still come with most modern amenities, and performance is on par with new vehicles as well.

All six vehicles that made the list received recommended ratings when new, and have either average or better than average reliability scores as well. The 2016 Ford Fusion made the cut for its “upscale and stylish” looks, handling that’s reminiscent of a “really good European sports sedan,” and a “composed, civilized ride that’s as good as cars costing twice as much.”

2016 Fusion models can currently be had for somewhere between $14,200 and $18,975, and offer excellent fuel economy for that small outlay of cash, too – Consumer Reports averaged 24 miles-per-gallon in the city and 34 miles-per-gallon on the highway in a model equipped with Ford’s turbocharged 1.5L EcoBoost I-4.

CR‘s niggles with the 2016 Fusion are few and include a snug cabin for taller drivers, as well as poor visibility. But otherwise, the mid-size sedan offers a lot for buyers looking for an affordable, fuel-efficient used vehicle.

We’ll have more automotive insights like this to share soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford Fusion news and non-stop Ford news coverage.

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Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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Comments

  1. Jason E

    I’ll vouch for this, being an owner of a 2019 Fusion SE. Sharp styling (especially in all back- when it’s clean), great on gas, and has never given me an ounce of trouble- and I put a lot of miles on it a year. Unfortunate that Ford dropped a winner, but so as the market goes…

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  2. Ford Owner

    I have a 2014 Fusion Hybrid and I get over 35 MPG every day and up to 54 on some trips. It is also a money saver because it needs only one oil change a year. Everything on the car is factory original except the door latches (factory recall) and the oil filter.

    Ford did a bad decision cancelling this hybrid.

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  3. Explorer ST

    Loved my 2013 SE as well. Put 100k miles on it and only problem I had was the rear passenger strut went bad.

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  4. Chris D.

    I bought a pre-owned certified 2015 SE w/luxury package in 2018 for a little over 16k. 22k miles, not a scratch on the car. Gorgeous. Had one problem needing repair a few months after buying it, but not the end of the world and it’s been fine since. Now at 50k miles. Just had cooling system flushed and tranny fluid changed. Getting 22-23 MPG city driving by computer (haven’t calculated manually). My one concern is the known 1.5L coolant intrusion defect. Fingers crossed on that, because it would be a massive expense and the warranty ends in the fall. If one doesn’t mind a lower end model with less power buy the 2.5L. Bulletproof engine. Otherwise, the 2.0L is safer than the 1.5, but say goodbye to good fuel economy.

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  5. Jerry

    Yay! Finally are seeing the light. I own the 2016 and a 2017 hybrid plug-ins. 43 mph is nothing to sneeze at, especially when my 2016 has over 146,000 miles. It runs like a top. I love my cars, how often does someone look at their 5 year old beater and say, “Man, that car is so sexy!” Creamy white leather in both my Titanium and the Platinum Fusions, with every option you can think of…makes for a super comfortable daily or weekend ride.
    Why did Ford stop making them? Because they were just too good. I might keep them both for years to come, maybe get newer high mileage battery replacements in the future. These cars may edge-out the full electric vehicles because they can still run on petro-fuel.

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  6. Jerry

    Yay! Finally others are seeing the light. I own the 2016 and a 2017 hybrid plug-ins. 43 mph is nothing to sneeze at, especially when my 2016 has over 146,000 miles. It runs like a top. I love my cars, how often does someone look at their 5 year old beater and say, “Man, that car is so sexy!” Creamy white leather in both my Titanium and the Platinum Fusions, with every option you can think of…makes for a super comfortable daily or weekend ride.
    Why did Ford stop making them? Because they were just too good. I might keep them both for years to come, maybe get newer high mileage battery replacements in the future. These cars may edge-out the full electric vehicles because they can still run on petro-fuel.

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  7. Steve P.

    I purchased a Ford Fusion Hybrid Energi SE in November 2020 despite a terrible Transmission experience with my 2014 Focus SE. This car was under $14,500 with my trade in. Best car purchase ever for me. The car is Ford Certified and so comes with 12 month guarantee. I am getting 48mph…and that does not count when I am able to use the EV. It rides great, looks great and if you ask me is great!

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  8. Kc

    I have a 2016 Fusion SE a hundred fifteen thousand miles on it and it runs perfect got the Deep Impact blue tinted dark windows blacked out all the Chrome it’s right up there with looks with chargers and Mustangs and Camaros my fusion always get lots of looks, at least once a week I get someone say nice car man

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  9. Phillip Fries

    In 2019 I purchased a 14 month old 2018 Ford Fusion with 9000 miles on it for a little over $18,000. I commute from Niagara Falls to Buffalo NY for work; 21 mile drive one way, half highway, half city. On that route I get between 45-60 mpg, depending on the weather and traffic (I drive the speed limit). I get around the rated 43 mpg just driving around town. I’ve had no issues with the car. It’s comfortable and reliable. None of the engine issues that hit some of the non-hybrid models.

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  10. Ed heck

    I bought a new 2015 fusion transmission slams into reverse dealer repaired start doing again they claim it doesn’t do it take back again says its not bad enough paint bubbles on hood with paint protection, nothing done ,only 64000 miles

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