2016 Ford Fusion
The Ford Fusion competes in the highly competitive and lucrative mid-sized family sedan segment. Able to seat up to five passengers, the current generation Fusion went on sale in the 2013 model year. Notable updates for 2016 include the addition of an Appearance Package for the entry S and a Cold Weather Package for the mid-level SE. An exterior color called Shadow Black is also new.
Buyers of the Fusion have a choice of gas-powered models, a standard hybrid and a plug-in hybrid. This review focuses only on the gas models. They're available in S, SE and Titanium trim levels.
As mentioned above, the S is the entry vehicle into the lineup. A tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and column setup, Bluetooth connectivity, a rearview camera system and power everything are just some of the notable standard features. A 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine is the only engine. It's paired to a six-speed automatic transmission to send 175 horsepower and torque to the front wheels.
The SE builds on the lower trim's equipment list with power seats for the driver and front passenger, additional speakers for the audio system, and Ford's signature SecuriCode keypad access on the driver's side. While this trim's also powered by the above 2.5-liter, two turbo-charged fours are available (1.5- and 2.0-liter). Also, a slew of options from standalones to packages are offered at this tier.
The top-level Titanium gets everything from the lower two plus many of their options as standard. Leather upholstery and a premium audio system from Sony are just a few features exclusive to the trim. The turbo-charged 2.0-liter is the only engine.
Writes Autoblog: "With front struts and rear multi-link suspension, the Fusion is first of all a family sedan, so there's compliance in the ride, more than some but not as much as the Nissan Altima. The steering is consistent when turning, although it could be quicker, and the feedback goes away when counter-steering. It's still quite sporty for a midsize sedan."
*All vehicle mileage based on 2016 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.