Ford Fusion

2017 Ford Fusion

The 2017 Ford Fusion features fresh styling inside and out. Also new for the 2017 model year are a new Fusion V6 Sport model and a new Fusion Platinum trim level. 2017 Fusion models also get the latest version of Ford Sync 3 and upgraded safety features.

The Ford Fusion is a roomy, comfortable, attractive and nimble midsize sedan, strong on stance, profile and details, to go with its great handling. The 2017 Fusion represents the fifth year of its generation, but it still fares well when compared to the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, and the new and improved Chevrolet Malibu.

2017 Fusion S and Fusion SE models come with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder making 178 horsepower, mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. The performance from that engine doesnt match the fastback looks.

More lively is the available 1.5-liter EcoBoost turbocharged four-cylinder that also gets better fuel mileage by two miles per gallon. Theres another EcoBoost four-cylinder turbo, this one 2.0 liters and 240 horsepower with an oomphy 270 pound-feet of torque and all-wheel drive.

A fourth powertrain is the one designed for fuel mileage, the Hybrid, as well as a plug-in hybrid called the Energi, both with EPA ratings of more than 40 Combined miles per gallon (well cover these two in separate reviews).

The new 2017 Ford Fusion V6 Sport features a powerful V6 engine paired with all-wheel drive. Ford isnt kidding around about the word sport, as its a 2.7-liter twin turbo making 325 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque, blowing the bigger V6 engines in the Accord and Camry out of the water. The 2017 Fusion V6 Sport comes with an active suspension, continuously controlled damping that sees potholes and prepares the shock absorbers for them before the potholes hit. The V6 Sport also gets its own styling touches, including a black mesh grille, deeper front air intakes, rear spoiler, twin exhausts, and 19-inch wheels.

The styling on all 2017 Fusion models is freshened at the nose and tail, with a wider, sleeker grille, and LED headlamps and taillamps. Theres a new chrome strip in back, and new wheels. The interior has been upgraded with a redesigned console, and theres a new top trim model called the Platinum. Finally, 2017 Fusion gets the latest version of Fords interactive infotainment system, called Sync 3.

The 2.5-liter S and SE models are rated by the EPA at 21 miles per gallon city, 31 highway, and 25 combined. The 1.5-liter turbo gets 23/34/27 mpg, using the same 6-speed automatic transmission with an added feature; it uses engine coolant to warm up the transmission to make it slicker, sooner. Automatic stop-start is standard with this engine on 2017 models.

The 2.0-liter turbo with direct injection is standard on the Fusion Titanium and Platinum. Using the same 6-speed automatic and front-wheel drive, it gets an EPA-rated 21/31/25 mpg. All-wheel driving drops fuel efficiency by about two miles per gallon. It also uses the transmission warm-up, as well shutters behind the grille that close at speed to improve aerodynamics.

The 2017 Ford Fusion gets five stars overall from NHTSA for crash safety, and the top rating from the IIHS, except small overlap, where it earned Acceptable.

There are many new electronic safety systems for 2017, including adaptive cruise control that comes to a stop and back up to speed, meaning you can drive with no feet; pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection; lane-keeping; driver alerts for drowsiness; and Park Assist that will park your car perpendicular as well as parallel.


2016 Ford Fusion

The Ford Fusion is comfortable, roomy, detailed, high-tech, athletic, and last but not least striking. It looks like an Aston Martin, as intended. Even in a NASCAR field, its racy face emerges. Fusion competes with Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Chevrolet Malibu and other midsize sedans.

Plenty of powertrains are available for the Fusion: three four-cylinder engines plus a hybrid gas-electric version and a plug-in hybrid.

The standard engine is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that doesnt quite live up to the Fusions dynamic profile or, for that matter, its name. The main attraction here is price. Rated at 175 horsepower, the 2.5-liter comes with a 6-speed automatic and gets an EPA-estimated 22/34 mpg City/Highway, or 26 Combined miles per gallon.

Stepping up to the 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder brings slightly more performance and slightly better fuel economy, with 185 horsepower and 23/36 mpg City/Highway or 28 mpg Combined, or 25/37 mpg with the Stop-Start feature, 29 mpg Combined.

A more powerful 2.0-liter EcoBoost turbocharged four-cylinder brings 240 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque and is rated 22/33 mpg with front-wheel drive, 22/31 mpg with all-wheel drive.

The Fusion Hybrid is EPA-rated at 44/41 mpg City/Highway, 42 Combined. Fusion Energi is rated 40/36/38 mpg and, because it can be plugged in for more electric drive, less gas-engine use, it also earns an EPA rating of 88 Combined MPGe.

The 2016 Fusion gets five stars in overall safety ratings from the federal government, NHTSA, with four stars for side crash. From the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), it gets the top Good ratings in all the types of crashes except the small overlap frontal category, which mimics a telephone pole. Fords latest safety innovation is inflating rear seatbelts for the crossovers.

The current generation Ford Fusion came out as a 2013 model. The 2016 Ford Fusion is essentially unchanged over 2015: A new 2016 Fusion S Appearance Package adds 18-inch black wheels, fog lamps and a spoiler. Theres also a new Cold Weather package with remote start, heated cloth seats, and floor mats, important features on cold mornings.


2015 Ford Fusion

Ford Fusion is a five-passenger, four-door midsize sedan. Its wide grille and sleek lines make Fusion appealing to the eye, and its wide range of available powertrains, including gas, hybrid, and plug-in, make it appealing to a variety of drivers. Fusion is available with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.

A new Terracotta package available for the 2015 Fusion SE and Titanium models includes Terracotta leather-trimmed seats and door inserts, plus 18-inch machined alloy wheels. A six-way power passenger seat now is standard on the Fusion SE, while the 2015 Fusion Titanium adds a 10-way passenger seat. 2015 Fusion S models now have 16-inch alloy wheels. All-wheel drive now is available on the 2015 Fusion SE with the 2.0-liter Ecoboost engine and either the Appearance or Luxury package. Fusion was redesigned for the 2013 model year. For 2014, a 1.5-liter Ecoboost engine replaced the older 1.6-liter Ecoboost engine.

There is a dizzying array of powertrains available for the Ford Fusion. Standard is a 175-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission that earns an EPA-estimated 22/34 mpg City/Highway.

The 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine produces 178 horsepower and is EPA-rated at 25/37 mpg City/Highway with front-wheel drive and 6-speed automatic. A 178-hp 1.6-liter EcoBoost is available with a 6-speed manual gearbox that earns 25/37 mpg.

A 240-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder is available with a 6-speed automatic that is rated at 22/33 mpg City/Highway with front-wheel-drive, or 22/31 mpg with optional all-wheel drive.

Fusion Hybrid models pair a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with an electric motor and an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission (CVT) good for a maximum of 188 net horsepower, with fuel economy EPA-rated at 47/47 mpg City/Highway.

Ford Fusion Energi is plug-in hybrid that uses the same 2.0-liter four-cylinder found in the Fusion Hybrid, along with an electric motor and lithium-ion battery pack. Fusion Energi is designed to run on pure electric power for short commutes and can be charged using a 120-volt or 240-volt outlet. Ford claims a combined range of up to 620 miles between the battery and the gas tank, with up to 21 miles in all-electric mode. Its EPA rated at 100 MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent), and has a charge time of about two and a half hours using a 240-volt charger, and about 7 hours using a 120-volt household outlet.

Although classified as midsize, the 2015 Ford Fusion feels large and cavernous. This second-generation Fusion rides on a wheelbase thats about five inches longer than the first-generation version (2006-12), but overall body length is only an inch longer thanks to shorter overhangs.

Our test drives revealed solid handling and a comfortable ride, although the Fusion doesnt feel as nimble as other midsize sedans. Fusion feels big while driving, and a U-turn requires of plenty of space, although it beats the Honda Accord in this regard.

We found the Fusion Hybrid operates smoothly but we didnt love the low, grumbly sound it makes.

Technology includes Fords Sync voice recognition and the MyFord Touch interface although both have their idiosyncrasies and can be frustrating, despite recent improvements. Optional advanced safety features include adaptive cruise control, blind-spot detection, lane-keeping assist, and an automatic parallel parking feature, the latter of which is normally reserved for high-end luxury cars.

Its sleek, European-inspired design and a wide choice of powertrain options make the Fusion an attractive choice. Its competition includes the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Hyundai Sonata and Nissan Altima.


2014 Ford Fusion

When the five-passenger Ford Fusion debuted for 2013, many hailed it as the best-looking car in its class. Its wide grille and sleek lines make the Fusion appealing to the eye, and its wide range of available powertrains, including gas, hybrid, and plug-in, make it appealing to a variety of drivers.

New for 2014 is a turbocharged 1.5-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine that makes an estimated 178 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque, slightly more on both counts than the base 2.5-liter naturally aspirated engine. Paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission, the 1.5-liter EcoBoost is expected to be the most fuel-efficient of all the gasoline powertrains. The 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine with the automatic is no longer available. Also new on the Fusion for 2014 are updated exterior colors and interior trim options.

Four gasoline engines are available on the 2014 Ford Fusion: The base 175-hp 2.5-liter four cylinder paired with a six-speed automatic transmission that earns an EPA-estimated 22/34 mpg City/Highway; a 178-hp turbocharged 1.6-liter EcoBoost that's available only with a 6-speed manual earning 25/37 mpg City/Highway; a 240-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with a 6-speed automatic that is rated at 22/33 mpg City/Highway with front-wheel-drive and 22/31 mpg with the Titanium trim's optional all-wheel drive; and finally, the new 178-hp 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine.

Fusion Hybrid models pair a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with an electric motor and an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission (CVT). It's good for a maximum of 188 net horsepower, with fuel economy rated at 47 mpg in both city and highway driving.

The Ford Fusion Energi is plug-in hybrid that uses the same 2.0-liter four-cylinder found in the Fusion Hybrid, along with an electric motor and lithium-ion battery pack. Fusion Energi is designed to run on pure electric power for short commutes and can be charged using a 120-volt or 240-volt outlet. Ford claims a combined range of up to 620 miles between the battery and the gas tank, with up to 21 miles in all-electric mode. It's EPA rated at 100 MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent), and has a charge time of about two and a half hours using a 240-volt charger, and about 7 hours using a 120-volt household outlet.

Although classified as midsize, the Fusion feels large and cavernous. This second-generation Fusion rides on a wheelbase that's about five inches longer than the first-generation version (2006-12), but overall body length is only an inch longer thanks to shorter overhangs.

Our test drive revealed solid handling and a comfortable ride, although the Fusion doesn't feel as nimble as other midsize sedans. Fusion feels big while driving, and a U-turn requires of plenty of space, although the turning circle was cut down a bit from the previous generation and beats that of the Honda Accord. We found the Fusion Hybrid operates smoothly but didn't love the low, grumbly sound it makes.

Technology includes Ford's Sync voice recognition and the MyFord Touch interface although both have their idiosyncrasies and can be frustrating, despite recent improvements. Optional advanced safety features include adaptive cruise control, blind-spot detection, lane-keeping assist, and an automatic parallel parking feature, the latter of which is normally reserved for high-end luxury cars.

Although good-looking, the Ford Fusion faces tough competition. If you're motivated by sleek, European-inspired design and a wide choice of powertrain options, the Ford Fusion is one of the best choices out there. But other automakers have recently updated their midsize offerings too, including perennial top-sellers like the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. Those who want something a little different might also consider the Hyundai Sonata and the Nissan Altima, which both offer solid driving dynamics in attractive packages, although their designs aren't as eye-catching as the Fusion's.

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