The Ford Fusion may have been discontinued back in 2020, but the sedan continues to earn plenty of accolades – mostly for representing an affordable and efficient choice in the otherwise inflated used vehicle market. The Fusion landed on iSeeCars’ lists of the best five-year-old used cars and one of the top 20 used vehicles overall, and ranked well in multiple Consumer Reports comparisons, including being named one of the best used cars for teens that cost less than $20k, one of the top five-year-old used hybrid sedans and hatchbacks with the best fuel economy, and one of the best used hybrids with the best fuel economy. Now, that trend continues, as the 2018 Ford Fusion has been recognized by the same consumer organization as one of the best mid-size sedans with the best fuel economy, too.
Joining the 2018 Ford Edge – which was named as one of the top used two-row SUVs with the best fuel economy – the reasoning behind the Fusion’s selection in this exercise is relatively simple. As Consumer Reports points out, buying a five-year-old vehicle is often a smart financial move, since these vehicles have already depreciated considerably, yet still offer modern performance, technology, and safety features. In a world where used vehicle prices have risen to record levels for the better part of the past two years – not to mention gas prices – finding a fuel efficient and affordable vehicle isn’t terribly easy these days.
To make this cut on this particular list, a vehicle must have earned Consumer Reports recommended status when new and have average or better reliability, while each model is ranked based on its average fuel economy. The 2018 Ford Fusion made the cut with an average selling price of between $15k-$24k, as well as observed fuel economy ratings of of 24 miles-per-gallon in the city and 34 on the highway during CR testing, which took place in a Fusion equipped with the Ford 1.5L I-4 EcoBoost powerplant.
Consumer Reports also praised the 2018 Ford Fusion for its “upscale and stylish” looks, handling performance, composed and refined ride, quiet cabin, and easy-to-use controls, but did note that taller passengers may find the cabin to be a bit snug, which in turn compromises rear seat legroom and driving position.