- One of the few midsize sedans to offer all-wheel drive
- Three engine options
- Adds a rearview camera and 16-inch alloy wheels to the standard features list
Carrying over for 2015 sans major changes, the sleek and stylish Ford Fusion midsize sedan offers an attractive way to get the family around.
Styling remains familiar, with a slim, Aston Martin-inspired hexagonal grille leading the way flanked by slim headlight fixtures. The rear tailpipes are integrated into the rear bumper and prominent character lines down the sides of the car give it the appearance of forward motion, even when standing still. 16- to 19-inch wheels are available (depending on trim level), and a power moonroof is optional as well.
Under the hood, the Fusion has three engine options, two of them turbocharged. The base engine remains a 175-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder, with a pair of optional EcoBoost engines offered as well. The first of those is a 231-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder return, joined by a new engine which debuted in 2014, a 175-hp, turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder EcoBoost. Ford claims the 1.5-liter EcoBoost can also be outfitted with an auto start/stop system for even more fuel savings. All-wheel drive is available on the Titanium trim.
Inside, the Fusion features a modern looking interior that is full of tech options. Standard features include cloth seating (leather optional), air conditioning, cruise control, a 60/40-split folding backseat, SYNC voice commands, and an auxiliary audio input. MyFord Touch, which replaces many of the physical controls in the center console with touch sensitive buttons is optional, as are a navigation system, Sony audio system with HD radio, and dual zone automatic climate control.
The Fusion is one of the best performing vehicles in crash testing earning top marks from both ratings agencies, a full five-star overall rating from the NHTSA and a Top Safety Pick+ award from the IIHS. Four-wheel disc antilock brakes, an electronic stability system, and front knee airbags are all standard. Available safety technology includes a blind spot warning system, lane departure warnings and prevention, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warnings, and inflatable rear seatbelts which help to disperse the impact of a crash on rear passengers.