The 2016 Ford Fusion has all the attributes car shoppers are looking for in a mid-size family sedan. These include plenty of creature comforts, a fuel-sipping powertrain, and a comfortable interior. The Fusion then slips past the competition and into shoppers' view with premium styling and eye-catching design. This can be further enhanced this year by a new appearance package for the Fusion S. A new Cold Weather package is also available for those who regularly traverse colder climates and adverse weather conditions.
The Fusion S is the entry model into the lineup. Notable features include Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and column, a rearview camera system, and power everything. The engine is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Horsepower and torque is the same at 175 and fuel economy is 26 mpg in combined driving.
The mid-level Fusion SE lists a 10-way power driver seat, a 6-way power front passenger seat, larger wheels and a six-speaker audio system with satellite radio. Two things are notable about this trim level. Buyers can stick to the SE's standard engine which is the 2.5-liter found in the S. Or they can opt for either a 1.5-liter or 2.0-liter turbo-charged four-cylinder. The 1.5-liter puts down 181 horsepower and 185 lb.-ft. while getting an estimated 28-29 mpg combined. The 2.0-liter is a powerhouse, churning out 240 horsepower and 270 lb.-ft. of torque while still getting 26 mpg combined.
"For a family sedan, the 2016 Ford Fusion is surprisingly fun to drive in either front- or all-wheel-drive (FWD, AWD) forms," writes KBB. "Even when saddled with the pokey 2.5-liter base 4-cylinder engine, the suspension setup offers unexpectedly good handling for such a large family sedan. The 1.5-liter 4-cylinder offers more thrust along with better fuel economy, but if you're really looking for power, the 240-horsepower 2.0-liter turbo will satisfy all but the most ardent V6 fans."
The SE is also the entry point to most of the Fusion's optional equipment. The Luxury package adds such high-end items las leather upholstery, while the MyFord Touch Technology package enhances the sedan with dual-zone climate control, two USB ports, and rear parking sensors just to name a few. A heated steering wheel, adaptive cruise control and self-parking systems can also be had starting at this trim level.
The high-end Titanium comes standard with many of the features from the lower trims. This includes their optional equipment. The list of items exclusive to this trim include a sport-tuned suspension, a premium audio system with 12 speakers, and remote ignition capability.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave five out of five starts to the 2016 Ford Fusion in overall safety. The sedan also received the highest rank of "Good" in many of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's crash tests.