Though it was discontinued back in 2020, the Ford Fusion continues to rack up accolades from a number of organizations. The 2015 Ford Fusion Hybrid landed on Kelley Blue Book’s best used electrified vehicles list last year, while the 2016 Fusion made Consumer Reports‘ list of the most fuel-efficient five-year-old vehicles, and the Fusion Energi recently earned a best certified pre-owned value award from Vincentric. Now, the 2015 and 2018 Ford Fusion have been recognized by Consumer Reports as some of the best used cars for teens that cost less than $20k, too.
Purchasing a vehicle for a teen is a trickier proposition since most parents must balance cost and safety, particularly since teens are, on average, the riskiest drivers on the road and experience crash rates far higher than other age groups. That’s precisely why Consumer Reports teams up with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) to come up with a list of vehicles that are reliable, safe, and affordable.
In that regard, the 2015 and 2018 Ford Fusion made the cut thanks to an average list price of $12,200, while those vehicles also come equipped with a bevy of safety features including electronic stability control. To make this particular list, vehicles must also have above-average reliability scores based on CR‘s member surveys, average or better scores on emergency handling tests, dry braking distances of less than 145 feet from 60 miles-per-hour, good ratings in four IIHS crashworthiness tests – moderate-overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraints – and four or five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, if rated.
“In compiling these lists, we found that some of the same models that were on last year’s lists are actually more expensive now even though they’re a year older due to the tumultuous market,” said Jennifer Stockburger, director of operations at Consumer Reports Auto Test Center. “As the same amount of money may not be going as far, it’s even more important to make it a safe and reliable choice.”