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Ford Fusion Review

The 2015 Ford Fusion ranks 10 out of 19 Affordable Midsize Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Ford Fusion, as well as reliability and safety data.

Reviewers think the Ford Fusion has a fun-to-drive demeanor and a roomy, upscale cabin. However, they note that it has a cumbersome touch-screen infotainment system and a weak base engine.

The base 2015 Ford Fusion has a four-cylinder engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. Two turbocharged four-cylinder engines are available, both of which come with the automatic. The base 2015 Fusion gets 22/34 mpg city/highway, which is OK for the class, but rivals like the Mazda6, Honda Accord, Nissan Altima and Hyundai Sonata all have better combined fuel economy estimates. The automotive press writes that the Fusion’s base engine is rather underpowered, though they like the powerful turbocharged 2.0-liter engine. The automatic transmission receives praise for its well-timed shifts. Test drivers agree the 2015 Ford Fusion is enjoyable to drive thanks to nimble handling, accurate steering and strong brakes.

The 2015 Ford Fusion has a modern, clean interior filled with high-end materials, according to reviewers. They like the Fusion’s ample passenger space, comfortable seats and big trunk, though some point out that rear visibility isn’t very good. While some test drivers like the available MyFord Touch infotainment system’s voice controls and large audio knobs, others say the system is slow, difficult to use and confusing, adding that the touch-screen buttons are tiny and there aren’t enough of them. The 2015 Fusion comes standard with a rearview camera, voice-controlled Sync with MyFord (which includes Bluetooth, auxiliary and USB jacks, 911 Assist and a feature that reads incoming text messages over the speakers while you’re driving) and MyKey. Available features include dual-zone automatic climate control, navigation, satellite radio, the Sync with MyFord Touch touch-screen infotainment system, a 12-speaker Sony audio system, HD Radio, a 110-volt power outlet, a moonroof, rear parking sensors, parallel park assist, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, proximity key, push-button start, remote start and inflatable rear seat belts. 

  • “The 2015 Ford Fusion is a hard car to dislike. It offers up style, family sedan practicality, performance, technology and value in one package." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Ford really upped the game for family sedans when it unleashed its redesigned Fusion to showrooms in 2013. Stylish, sporty and packed with features, the new Fusion was an immediate hit with car shoppers. Two years later, Ford has revised the Fusion with only minor fiddling of equipment, and that's OK, as the Fusion remains one of our top choices in the highly competitive midsize sedan market." -- Edmunds
  • "… the Fusion is an all-out assault on the midsize sedan segment. It's Ford's honest best shot at taking down Camry and Accord, and we won't be surprised if the Fusion does just that." -- AutoTrader (2014)
  • "When you combine the beautiful appearance, smart interior and engaging driving experience with the fuel efficiency and practicality Ford's achieved, the Fusion stands tall as the best car in class. No doubt it is a winner and one that will receive universal praise. … Simply put, if you are in the market for a midsize sedan and you don't buy the Fusion, you are an idiot. And I judge you. I judge you harshly." -- Jalopnik (2013)

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Other Cars to Consider

The Chrysler 200 is completely redesigned for 2015 and is available with a V6 engine that reviewers think is strong. They also praise its upscale cabin and user-friendly infotainment system.

The Subaru Legacy comes standard with all-wheel drive, and like the 200, is fully redesigned for 2015. The Legacy receives compliments for its nimble handling, intuitive touch-screen infotainment system and high-end cabin materials.

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Details: 2015 Ford Fusion

The 2015 Ford Fusion is available in three trims: S, SE and Titanium. The Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid are reviewed separately. The Fusion is front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive is available on SE and Titanium trims. The base Fusion has a four-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic transmission. The turbo 1.6-liter four and six-speed manual are no longer offered. A turbocharged 1.5- and 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine are available, both of which are also mated to the automatic. The Fusion gets a newly standard rearview camera for 2015. Since it hasn’t been fully redesigned since the 2013 model year, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2013, 2014 and 2015 model years.

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Review Last Updated: 8/28/14

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