This 2013 Ford Fusion video review reveals how it compares to other family midsize sedans. It discusses fuel economy, its EcoBoost turbo engines, interior space and features, MyFord Touch and what it's like to drive.
The Ford Fusion might look like a luxury car that costs $40,000. Except it isn't. It's a regular old family sedan and you can pick one up for a base price of around $22,000. Its rivals look like they all came from the same cookie cutter by comparison. But what does the Fusion offer besides good looks?
It definitely has engine variety. A 175-horsepower four-cylinder is standard on the S and SE trims. But the SE can also be equipped with one of two EcoBoost turbocharged four cylinders: A 1.6-liter, which this particular car has, and a more powerful 2.0-liter. The top-of-the-line Titanium comes only with the 2.0-liter and has all-wheel drive as an option.
The horsepower figures for the turbos don't seem that impressive, but it's their greater-than-average torque that makes the real difference. In other words, they'll push you into the back of your seat.
Acceleration obviously gets stronger with each engine, but their EPA mileage estimates are actually within 2 mpg of each other. This car's 1.6-liter is the most efficient at 28 mpg combined.
The Ford Fusion is one of the biggest midsize sedans. You certainly get that impression from the back seat or the 16-cubic-foot trunk, and yet the Fusion handles like a much smaller car. The steering is light, but there's lots of feedback. This definitely doesn't drive like a boring family sedan.
The interior is a similarly impressive story. The materials quality is strong, everything's well screwed together and you can load it with luxury car features.
This Ford Fusion SE costs around $29,000 and includes a rearview camera, a navigation system and heated leather seats. Another feature is the optional MyFordTouch interface. Frankly, it's not great. These black buttons on a black background wash out with sun and fingerprints. The system can stop recognizing your smartphone or just completely reboot in the middle of driving. Nissan and Honda's system are much easier to use.
That's without question the Fusion's biggest drawback, but it's not serious enough to prevent us from making it one of our top recommended family sedans. Honda's Accord and Nissan's Altima are the others. All are spacious, great to drive and plenty powerful. But, the Fusion has something the others don't: it looks great.