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Ford Fusion Among Best Five Year Old Used Cars For The Money

The Ford Fusion may have been discontinued a couple of years ago, but the long-running sedan still has its fair share of fans – and it’s still garnering praise from critics, too. Most recently, the 2015 and 2018 Ford Fusion were recognized by Consumer Reports as two of the best used vehicles for teens that cost less than $20k, while the 2017 model was named one of the five-year-old used hybrid sedans and hatchbacks with the best fuel economy. That list grew recently after iSeeCars named the Fusion as one of the best 10-year-old used cars for the money, but as it turns out, it’s also one of the best five-year old models in that regard, too.

iSeeCars just released its list of the top 10 best five-year-old used vehicles for the money, a group it singled out by analyzing over two million used vehicle transactions. The company then identified the models with the longest lifespan and compared each with current used car values. The resulting list ranks five-year-old vehicles by the price of their remaining potential lifespan – or the lowest price per remaining 1,000 miles of expected lifespan.

In that sense, the Ford Fusion ranked tenth on this particular list with an average price tag of $18,793 and a remaining lifespan of 130,209 miles – which equates to $144 per 1,000 miles. iSeeCars estimates that five-year-old Fusion sedans have a potential lifespan of 201,071 miles, with around 64.8 percent of that total remaining, on average. By comparison, the top 10 best five-year-old used cars for the money list averages $20,428, with a remaining lifespan of 150,526 miles or more than 69 percent left in their total usable lifespan.

“Although used car pricing is slowly dropping, it remains near record levels, putting a serious financial pinch on first-time buyers or used car shoppers needing to replace their current vehicle. And new vehicle pricing is simply unrealistic for many consumers,” said Karl Brauer, Executive Analyst for “But we now know shoppers can buy a 10-year-old car that costs substantially less than 1-5 year-old used models, yet these vehicles still have 80,000 or more miles of life left in them. All of these top 20 cars provide a potential lifespan above 200,000 miles.”

We’ll have more on the Fusion soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford Fusion news and non-stop Ford news coverage.

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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  1. JE

    It’s much better than any of the boring and cookie cutter SUV or crossover Ford produces today.

  2. Benny367

    It was a stylish sedan and I leased a 2014 Hybrid which got 37 MPG but it had the most recalls of any vehicle I ever owned/leased.

    1. Ford Owner

      I have a 2014 Fusion Hybrid and the only recalls it had are related to the steering bolts, door latches, and transaxle cable. All were fix for free. None related to the power train or battery. And I still get over 51 MPG after seven years. No foreign sedans gets better MPG, especially for a 4,000 pound vehicle. As for maintenance, it only needs one $45 oil change a year.

      1. Benny367

        Well mine was an early build, built September 2013 and it had 5 or 6 open recalls when I turned it in. AND as for the MPG, I received a $500.00 check from FORD because the EPA fuel economy label, 47 MPG, was not representative for the Fusion, it was found to be based on the C-Max, which was a lot better than the Fusion as the C-Max was a smaller/lighter vehicle.

        1. RWFA

          5 or 6 open recalls? Did you never respond to the recall notices?

          1. Benny367

            For each and every recall notice that I received l would go to the NHTSA website and read the technical details for each recall and make a risk assessment.
            If the car was not going to spontaneously combust or otherwise leave me stranded by the side of the road I did not pursue remediation through my friendly Ford dealer.
            This vehicle was a 2 year lease and was getting a recall notice every 3 months or so! ⊙︿⊙

      2. RWFA

        NHTSA site lists 14 recalls for 2014 Fusion.

        Now it’s clear that not all of these apply to every car (as recalls always depend on build sheet and not every recall affects the whole population of vehicles produced) and if you live in a warm weather state you won’t likely get corrosion related recalls.

        That said, it’s always smart to go to the NHTSA website and enroll each of your vehicles by VIN in the recall notification mailing list. If your car is affected by a recall you will get an email.

        (I don’t know if it only notifies you if new recalls after the time you sign up, or if it tells you of past recalls, so it might be worth also reading through NHTSA’s past recall list.)

        1. Benny367

          Yep! 14 recalls, as I said in my previous post, it had the most recalls of any vehicle I ever owned/leased.

  3. EcoBoost29579

    Own one. Problem is that many/most equipped with EcoBoost engines have the potential for engine failure. Engineering design glitch and 2017s have more problems with this than any other model year (but it’s seen in 2013-2019s).
    ISeeCars is crap, BTW.

  4. Steve

    I have a hard time agreeing with the reliability of Fusions after waiting 3.5 months for a short block replacement due to coolant intrusion. On the heels of this we are dealing with an ABS -AdvanceTac- limp mode problem. Could be hit or miss and we just bought a lousy one but with multiple serious and chronic design problems it’s hard to tout reliability.

  5. Rich

    I have a 2015 Fusion Hybrid fully loaded with almost 202,000 miles and still get 37mpg yes it had some recalls all were covered by the dealership and I had my only break job at 110K along with change of spark plugs most all my service calls have been the “Works” oil change with tire rotation every 10K the ROI can’t be matched this was my second Fusion with the first was 2010 with 125K that got totalled which I walked away from. My next will be when the Maverick Hybrid AWD comes out in 2024 which I most likely will still have my Fusion still going strong.


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