The American midsized car new car market is littered with choices. It’s one of the most competitive segments in the world, and features everything from the Honda Accord to the Hyundai Sonata. But the Ford Fusion is a strong seller, and there’s a good reason. It’s one of the best cars in this segment, and a car you should look at if you’re looking for a family sedan.
(Full Disclosure: I was in Houston for the Houston Auto Show earlier this year and asked Ford if they could loan me a vehicle for the event. They said yes and had this car waiting for me when I arrived.)
The Titanium trim level is the premiere trim level on many Ford products, including the Fusion. Starting at $32,600, it includes things like leather, MyFord Touch, push button start, and more. Also, this version included an all-wheel drive system.
The Titanium trim also opens up the door to adding even more luxury features to your vehicle, for a price. This review unit was fully-loaded, and included Active Park Assist ($895), heated and cooled front seats ($395), adaptive cruise control ($995), navigation ($795), rear inflatable seatbelts ($190), lane keeping and blind spot monitoring ($1200), premium floor mats ($175), and dark 19″ wheels ($695).
All-in, the car came with a sticker price of $38,275 after destination and handling. For a Fusion!
Yes, that’s a lot of money for a Ford Fusion, but you do get a lot for your money. A similarly-equipped Lincoln MKZ would be well into the high $40ks. You get quite a bit of car for your money. But if you just wanted a base Fusion, you still get a lot of car for a starting price of $22,110.
During my week of driving, I had no troubles with the Fusion. It drives really well for a front-wheel drive biased vehicle, and all of the active safety technologies are easy to use. With the radar cruise control engaged, and the lane-keeping system set to keep you between the lines, this car can literally drive itself down the highway!
Space is plentiful, with a decent rear seat and plenty of trunk space. My only issue is that I had a difficult time finding a comfortable driving position. I’m 5’10” and I couldn’t get the seats “just right.” But I haven’t seen anyone else really complain about the driving position, so I’m writing it off as just me not being able to get comfortable, rather than a fault of the car.
Fuel economy always suffers when making the transition from front-wheel drive to all-wheel drive. Even though the Fusion only sends power to the rear wheels when it detects slip, it’s still added weight and complexity to the drivetrain. The Fusion Titanium AWD is rated at 22 mpg city, 31 mpg highway, or 25 mpg combined. During my week of testing, I saw between 23 and 24 mpg.
It’s not a terrible fuel economy number, but the less-expensive and more powerful Chrysler 200C achieved nearly 30 mpg during my week of testing.
As for the rest of the car? The heated and cooled seats are a must in my opinion, and the cooled seats are actually air conditioned and not just vented from the cabin. That means they get properly cold.
I also really enjoy cars with automatic wipers and radar cruise control. If you’re driving in an area you’ve never been, and the rain starts pouring down, you’ll be happy you have both systems.
I also think MyFord Touch works well, but if you care about infotainment and connectivity options for your phone, you’d be wise to wait for the 2016 model year when SYNC 3 becomes available.
Safety is a primary concern of many midsize sedan buyers, and the Fusion scored a 5 star overall crash test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and is a Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The only safety metric that is a bit of a surprise is the IIHS’s small overlap test. The notoriously difficult test wreaks havoc on many cars, but in the midsize sedan segment many achieve the Good rating (which is the highest possible). The 2015 Fusion only achieved an Average rating.
Overall though, the Fusion is a rock solid, good driving, practical and reliable midsize sedan. It’ll haul all of your stuff and your family with safety and comfort. If you’re in the market for a new family car, you should give the Fusion a test drive.
- Great styling.
- Good power and acceleration.
- Drives really well.
- Lots of technology available.
- No HID or LED headlight options.
- Not-so-stellar fuel economy compared to the competition.
- Pricey if you want all of the toys.