SUM UP (4 Stars)

By Automobile Magazine

What's New for Fusion in 2015

The Fusion enters 2015 with a number of changes to trim levels and equipment availability: a rearview camera is now standard on all models, inflatable rear belts are now available on all Hybrid trims, the SE now gets a six-way power front passenger seat, and the Titanium gets 10-way adjustable front seats. The Terracotta appearance package includes leather-trimmed seats, door trim inserts, and a unique 18-inch alloy wheel...
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Vehicle Overview

The Fusion is Ford’s midsize sedan with a model for most buyers, from the nicely appointed Titanium to the plug-in Energi. The Fusion fits above the Focus and below the Taurus in Ford’s lineup.

Summary

The 2015 Ford Fusion discontinues the manual-transmission 1.6-liter EcoBoost I-4 option from last year, but boasts five drivetrain options for 2015. Three engines power the volume Fusion, and two hybrid powertrains satisfy those who are more fuel-efficiency conscious. The 1.5-liter EcoBoost I-4 can be equipped with an engine stop-start system to increase fuel efficiency, and the 2.0-liter EcoBoost I-4 on the Titanium trim level can optionally be paired with all-wheel drive. All non-hybrid models get the same six-speed automatic, and the hybrids get a CVT.

Engine: 2.5-liter I-4 Power: 175 hp/170 lb-ft EPA-Rated Fuel Economy: 22/34 mpg

Engine: Turbocharged 1.5-liter EcoBoost I-4 Power: 181 hp/185 lb-ft EPA-Rated Fuel Economy: 24/36 mpg or 25/37 mpg w/ start/stop

Engine: Turbocharged 2.0-liter EcoBoost I-4 Power: 240 hp/270 lb-ft EPA-Rated Fuel Economy: 22/33 mpg or 22/31 w/ AWD

Engine: 2.0-liter Atkinson cycle I-4 and electric motor - Hybrid Power: 188 hp net EPA-Rated Fuel Economy: 44/41 mpg Hybrid Details: up-to 62 mph on electric only

Engine: 2.0-liter Atkinson cycle I-4 and electric motor - Energi Power: 188 hp net EPA-Rated Fuel Economy: 44/41 mpg and up-to 19 miles All Electric PHEV Details: 2.5-7 hour charge time (240- or 120-volt charger)

Notable available safety features includeadaptive cruise control, blind spot and cross-traffic monitoring system, lane-keeping system, active park assist, and inflatable rear seat belts.

The 2015 Ford Fusion line received five-star overall safety ratings from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars), and the line is considered a Top Safety Pick+ for 2014.

What We Think

The Ford Fusion competed in a midsize sedan comparison in 2013, where it beat out the Hyundai Sonata but lost to the Mazda6.

The 2013 Fusion is a great car if you're looking for a driving enthusiast's interpretation of a midsize sedan's mission, yet some compromises in utility are also required as a result … Headroom is good, but the interior architecture makes rear passengers feel like they're in the back seat of an Audi TT.

While we have a preference for sporty driving, it took more than that to win the competition. While the Ford wowed us with its athletic demeanor, it was faulted for some build quality issues (panel gaps, the feel of trunk and door closures), and too much of a focus on form over function. It was the details that allowed the Mazda to snatch victory from the Ford.

In an AWD midsize sedan battle the Fusion did much better, beating out its only competitor, the Subaru Legacy.

A midsize sedan may not have to reach you on an emotional level, but we like it when it does.

You’ll Like

  • Powertrain for every kind of buyer
  • Attractive styling
  • Sporty handling

You Won’t Like

  • Awkward rear seat entry/exit
  • Build quality compared with competition
  • Ride can get rough on highway

Key Competitors

  • Toyota Camry
  • Hyundai Sonata
  • Subaru Legacy
  • Mazda 6
  • Honda Accord

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2015 Fusion Standard Equipment

Climate Control

  • Front Air Conditioning
  • Rear Air Conditioning

Convenience

  • Auto On Headlights
  • Compass
  • Cruise Control
  • Keyless Entry
  • Power Locks
  • Power Outlet(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Steering Wheel Scope
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Trip Computer

Exterior

  • Rear Spoiler

Interior

  • Cargo Cover
  • Cup Holders
  • Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  • Premium Interior Trim

Safety

  • Brake Assist
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Front Fog Lights
  • Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
  • Knee Air Bag
  • Limited Slip Differential
  • Memory Mirrors
  • Parking Distance Control
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear View Camera
  • Side Air Bag(s)
  • Theft Deterrent System
  • Traction Control

Seats

  • Dual Power Seats
  • Folding Rear Seat
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Leather Seats

Sound and Entertainment

  • Compact Disc MP3 Capable
  • Compact Disc Player
  • DVD Entertainment
  • Satellite Radio

Technology

  • Blue Tooth Compatible
  • GPS/Satellite Communication
  • Voice Activated Controls
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