At its debut, the Ford Fusion was nothing less than a landmark car for the company. With the Fusion, Ford once again had a strong midsize sedan contender, something it hadn't fielded since the first-generation Taurus that debuted in the mid-1980s. Savvy consumers have taken notice of the Fusion's spacious cabin, responsive driving dynamics, solid build quality and attractive styling.
In addition to its family-friendly features, the newest Ford Fusion provides a sporty, involving drive — a rare quality in this segment and one that most folks can appreciate — as well as optional all-wheel drive. Although we've been understandably even more impressed by the most recent generation, any Fusion should be an attractive choice for anybody wanting a comfortable, well-equipped family hauler.
Current Ford Fusion
The Ford Fusion is one of the best-looking midsize four-door sedans on the market, and with optional upgrades, it can offer the performance, advanced technology and luxury features to back up those looks. It's available in five trim levels: S, SE, Titanium, Platinum and Sport. There are also the Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi (plug-in hybrid), which are covered in separate reviews.
The Fusion S and SE come with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 175 horsepower. The SE can also be had with a 1.5-liter turbo-four that makes 181 horsepower and returns the best fuel economy of the regular gas engines. The Fusion Titanium and Platinum come standard with the turbocharged 2.0-liter that puts out a respectable 240 hp. Front-wheel drive is standard across the board, and all-wheel drive is optional for all but the S. For power-hungry buyers, the Sport comes with a turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 with 325 hp. In order to handle that power, the Sport is only available with AWD. All engines are matched to a six-speed automatic transmission.
Standard highlights on the S include air-conditioning, the voice-activated Sync audio and cellphone interface, and a four-speaker sound system with a CD player and a USB-iPod interface. The SE adds alloy wheels, a power driver seat, a rear-seat center armrest and access to additional options. The Titanium comes with a sport-tuned suspension, keyless ignition and entry, leather upholstery, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, parking sensors, the Sync 3 interface with an 8-inch touchscreen, and an upgraded sound system. You can get many of those features as options on the lesser trim levels. Other major options include adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, a navigation system and an automated parking system.
Above that is the luxurious Platinum trim, which features upgraded leather, a power-adjustable steering wheel, and all of the Titanium's optional equipment, making it an impressively feature-rich car. The Sport, meanwhile, receives the turbo V6, adjustable suspension dampers, and leather and simulated suede seats. It starts with fewer interior luxuries than the Titanium, but those can be added with an upgrade package.
In reviews, we've been very impressed by the latest Ford Fusion. The interior is relatively quiet and proves both comfortable and attractively designed, especially in higher trim levels where the interior materials are substantially improved over the somewhat plasticky base models. The European-flavored driving experience we enjoyed in the previous generation is fully intact, meaning the current Fusion boasts a comfortable ride along with engaging, composed handling. The 2.0-liter turbo and V6 offer spirited acceleration, although the two base engines feel lacking when compared to competitors. We recommend the Fusion SE with either the 1.5- or 2.0-liter engine — depending on how much you value brisk acceleration — and the Sync 3 upgrade because the base infotainment system can be frustrating.
Read the most recent 2018 Ford Fusion review.
If you are looking for older years, visit our used Ford Fusion page.