2013 to Present: Ford Fusion
Trying to stand out in a crowded class is difficult for any car, but it’s especially challenging for a midsize sedan. Still, Ford made its mark when the redesigned 2013 Fusion was introduced. This version of the Fusion is much more attractive than the model it replaced, with distinctive front-end styling and a new interior with better materials.
At launch, the Fusion came with a range of four-cylinder engines. The base model features a 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 175 horsepower. Engine upgrades include a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder with 178 horsepower and a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 240 horsepower. Front-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic transmission are standard across the model line, while a six-speed manual was optional with the 1.6-liter engine. All-wheel drive came as an option for models equipped with the 2.0-liter engine.
For 2014, Ford added a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine with 178 horsepower to the options list, which is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. The 1.6-liter engine continued to be offered, but only with a six-speed manual transmission. The manual transmission and the 1.6-liter engine were phased out during the 2015 model year.
All Fusion models come with automatic headlights and Ford’s voice-activated Sync system with USB and Bluetooth connectivity. Options like a heated steering wheel and ventilated front seats were added for 2014, and a rearview camera became standard equipment on the 2015 Fusion.
A number of impressive cars compete within the midsize segment, and the Ford Fusion can be cross-shopped with models like the Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima, Mazda6, Subaru Legacy, Toyota Camry and Volkswagen Passat.
Earlier Ford Fusion Models
The Ford Fusion was introduced in the 2006, offering distinctive styling and a well-built interior. As a result, the Fusion became a big success for Ford. A 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine with 160 horsepower was standard, while a 3.0-liter V6 with 221 horsepower was available. The base engine comes with a five-speed manual transmission or a five-speed automatic, while a six-speed automatic is standard with the V6.
For 2010, Ford gave the Fusion updated interior and exterior styling, as well as a new powertrain lineup that offers better fuel economy and a bit more power. A new 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 175 horsepower became the base engine, while a 3.0-liter V6 with 240 horsepower was optional. A newly introduced Sport trim added unique exterior styling, larger wheels and a 3.5-liter V6 with 263 horsepower.
All first-generation Fusion models come standard with power locks and windows, a four-speaker audio system, cruise control and keyless entry. Anti-lock brakes became standard for 2008 and stability control was added to the options list for 2009.
Ford added integrated blind spot mirrors and its MyKey system to the list of standard features for the 2011 model year. MyKey features a programmable key that allows parents to encourage good driving habits by limiting the Fusion’s top speed and stereo volume.