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. 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 2015 Ford 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 drives 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 it beats the Honda Accord in this regard.
We found the Fusion Hybrid operates smoothly but we 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.
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.