The 2014 Ford Fusion is a midsize sedan that gets high marks amongst the automotive press for its powerful engine, great fuel economy, nimble performance and roomy cabin. Auto Trader wrote: "Sharing most of its parts with the decorated Euro-market Mondeo, the Fusion
is an all-out assault on the midsize sedan segment. It's Ford's honest best shot at taking down Camry and Accord, and we won't be surprised if the Fusion does just that."
Took the words right out of our mouth.
The Fusion seats five and comes in S, SE and Titanium trim levels. Powering the S and SE trims is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that develops 175 horsepower and 175 lb.-ft. of torque, paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. EPA-estimated fuel economy for this block is 22 mpg city, 34 mpg highway and 26 mpg combined.*
The SE trim has a total of three available powerplants. First up is a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder that makes 178 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque, teamed with a six-speed manual. This engine gets estimated fuel economy of 25/37/29.
Next, there's a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder that's good for 178 horsepower and 177 lb.-ft. of torque, teamed with a six-speed automatic. Fuel economy for this block shows up as 23/36/28.
Last, is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that generates 240 horsepower and 270 lb.-ft. of torque, mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox with paddle shifters. This block is standard on the Titanium model. Fuel economy checks in at 22/31/25 for the Titanium with AWD and 22/33/26 for the SE.
Inside the cabin, the Fusion is replete with upscale materials. Standard features include voice-controlled Sync with MyFord, which features Bluetooth, 911 Assist and a feature that reads incoming text messages. Also standard are an auxiliary audio jack and MyKey, which lets parents set limits on things like maximum speed and audio volume for teen drivers.
Available features include a nav system, satellite radio, HD Radio, Sync with MyFord Touch, a 12-speaker Sony audio system, push-button start, a moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, a heated steering wheel, a 110-volt plug, adaptive cruise control with forward collision warning, active park assist, a rearview camera, back-up sensors, blind spot monitoring, rain-sensing wipers and a lane keeping alert system.
*All vehicle mileage based on 2014 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.