There’s a lot to like about the 2015 Ford Fusion. The midsize sedan gets excellent fuel economy, a slew of high-tech features, and a distinctive, Euro-sharp exterior style. It’s no wonder the Fusion carries over from last year’s model with few changes, the most notable to be the standardization of the rearview camera on all models.
Speaking of models, the 2015 Ford Fusion is offered in a gas-powered version and a hybrid. This review focuses on the former. The 2015 Fusion is offered in S, SE and Titanium trim levels. Fusion S and SE vehicles come with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine underneath the shapely hood. The 1.6-, 1.5-, and 2.0-liter turbo-charged fours are optional on the mid-level SE. The top-of-the-line Fusion Titanium comes with the 2.0-liter powerplant as standard.
All engines except the 1.6-liter turbo are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. In fact, the 1.6-liter engine and its six-speed manual gearbox were discontinued by the automaker half-way through the 2015 Fusion’s model year.
Horsepower and torque for the remaining engines vary from 175 horsepower and torque with the 2.5-liter four to 240 horsepower and 270 lb.-ft. of torque with the 2.0-liter turbo. Fuel economy ranges from an EPA-estimated 25-26 mpg in combined driving with the 2.0-liter engine to as high as 28-29 mpg with the 1.5-liter one. Note that all vehicle mileages here are based on 2015 EPA mileage estimates. Buyers should never compare them to models before 2008. Actual mileage of a car will vary, depending on how it’s driven and the maintenance of the vehicle.
With its primary purpose as a family-oriented sedan, the 2015 Ford Fusion comes packed with safety features. Standard equipment includes anti-lock disc brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution, emergency braking assist, traction control, stability control, front seat side airbags, side curtain airbags, a tire pressure monitoring system, the above mentioned rearview camera and daytime running lights. Unsurprisingly, the 2015 Ford Fusion comes standard with Sync. This exclusive telematics system provides such advance features like emergency crash notification. Also standard is Ford's MyKey system, which allows parents to set limits on the maximum speed of the Fusion and even the volume level of the audio system.
The 2015 Fusion can also be equipped with additional safety features:
· Ford’s Blind Spot Information System (BLIS)
· Lane-keeping technology
· Inflatable rear seatbelts
· Adaptive cruise control
· Forward-collision warning
· Active park assistance
Like all optional features, the availability of the above items varies depending upon the Fusion’s model and trim level.