2016 Ford Fusion

Starting MSRP: $22,110 - $33,270

Estimated MPG: 22 city / 33 hwy

2016 Ford Fusion Review

The 2016 Ford Fusion is a midsize sedan covers the heart of the segment. It offers a range of engine choices, available all-wheel drive and a stylish exterior design that continues to attract buyers who want an attractive family sedan.

The 2016 Fusion seats five and comes in S, SE and Titanium trims. A hybrid version and the plug-in hybrid Fusion Energi are also offered, and covered separately. Three four-cylinder engines are offered. The S and SE trims have a standard, naturally aspirated unit, while the range-topping Titanium trim has a turbocharged 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine. The third choice is a smaller, higher-efficiency EcoBoost setup that’s optional for the Fusion SE.

Ford introduced a new Shadow Black exterior finish and two new upgrade bundles for 2016, including a sporty appearance package for the Fusion S and a cold-weather package that’s available on the Fusion SE. For all models, a redesigned center stack with more conventional buttons makes it easier to use the car’s Sync system.

Exterior

Exterior

The sophisticated, stylish lines of the 2016 Fusion are accented by standard halogen projector headlamps up front, along with a chromed grille. Active grille shutters are available to help maintain optimum engine temperatures and aerodynamics. LED tail lamps are standard at the rear.

Customers who move up to the Fusion SE benefit from heated exterior mirrors with integrated turn signals and puddle lamps. In the Titanium trim, a bright-tipped dual-exhaust system delivers an eye-catching finishing touch. Among the top exterior options for the Fusion are a rear spoiler, a power moonroof, fog lights and a selection of premium exterior paint colors. Plus, there’s an even wider selection of wheels, with 11 designs ranging from standard 16-inch alloys, to 17-, 18- and 19-inch sizes.

Ford also enhances functionality for Fusion customers with standard blind-spot mirrors and the company’s exclusive capless fuel-filler setup.

Interior

Interior

Manual air conditioning and power amenities are among the expected basic features that are standard in the 2016 Fusion, which additionally provides steering-wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls and three 12-volt power points as standard in the cabin. Cloth upholstery and a 60/40 split-folding rear seat with a center armrest are also standard.

The SE trim brings additional comfort features, like a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat and six-way power adjustability for the front-row passenger. Rear-seat passengers also gain climate vents in the Fusion SE. In the premium Fusion Titanium, Ford’s high-tech “Repreve” fabric becomes standard, and the first-row passenger gets a full 10-way power-adjustable seat.

Leather sport seats and a heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel are available for the SE and Titanium grades as well. A 16-cubic-foot trunk also serves up more space than those found in the 2016 Toyota Camry or Chevrolet Malibu.

Performance

Performance

The front-wheel-drive Fusion S and SE come standard with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 175 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque. An available turbocharged 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine, also with four-cylinders, delivers 181 horsepower and 185 pound-feet of torque. A four-cylinder, turbocharged 2.0-liter EcoBoost unit is standard in the Fusion Titanium and is good for a jolt of 240 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard on all models, and the 2.0-liter EcoBoost can be paired with all-wheel drive.

When equipped with the base engine or the 2.0-liter EcoBoost, the 2016 Ford Fusion gets an EPA-estimated 22/33 mpg city/highway. This model’s best estimates come with the 1.5-liter engine and an available start/stop system, boosting fuel economy to 25/36 mpg.

Technology

Technology

An audio system with four-speakers and Ford’s Sync system are standard for the 2016 Fusion, allowing owners to enjoy voice activation in Ford’s affordable midsize sedan. Bluetooth and a USB port are also included, as well as Ford’s MyKey technology, which helps parents monitor teen drivers and limit certain vehicle features to encourage safer operation.

To assist all drivers, a standard rearview camera is on board, and it can be complemented in the higher trims with driver-assistance measures such as a parallel parking assistance system, blind spot monitoring, lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning. An 8-inch touch screen supports the Fusion’s available MyFord Touch infotainment system, while the Titanium model brings in a 12-speaker Sony audio system for pure listening enjoyment.