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MSRP: $22,400 - $32,600
Invoice: $20,888 - $30,074
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Ford Fusion Interior

The cabin of the 2015 Ford Fusion is praised for its contemporary, uncluttered design and upscale materials. Critics say the Fusion has comfortable seats, abundant passenger space and a large, deep trunk. The Fusion’s optional MyFord Touch infotainment system is confusing, hard to use and slow, according to reviewers, who add that the touch-screen buttons are too small and there aren’t enough of them. On the other hand, some test drivers like the system’s voice controls and the large audio knobs.

  • "Inside, flowing lines and contoured shapes displace the straight-edged design of the old car. Soft-touch surfaces abound, and the interior is also quieter than before thanks to acoustic underbody shields that also contribute to the Fusion's efficiency-boosting 0.27 coefficient of drag." -- Left Lane News
  • "Cabin design and execution of the 2015 Ford Fusion echoes that of its exterior. There's a cool and urbane style to the seats and dash, a tone set largely by the high-quality finishes and, of course, the lack of center-stack buttons afforded by the optional MyFord Touch touchscreen system. The emphasis is on having large, nicely textured surfaces and removing extraneous clutter, and it mostly works." -- Edmunds
  • "Through it all, every Fusion model offers up striking styling that's uncommon to the family sedan market." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "In our interior evaluation, we were immediately struck by how modern the Fusion's dashboard and controls have become. The cabin seems thoroughly up-to-date, from the crisp gauges and standard steering-wheel-mounted controls to the rakish driver-ward sweep of the center stack." -- AutoTrader (2014)

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Seating

The Ford Fusion seats five and can be upgraded with a heated steering wheel, power-adjustable front seats, recycled fabric seats, leather seats, leather sport seats, heated front seats and front seats that are heated and cooled. Reviewers agree the Fusion has plenty of passenger space and comfortable seats in both rows. While some note that rear visibility isn’t very good, others think front and side visibility is great.

  • "The 2015 Ford Fusion's attractive 5-passenger cabin doesn't feel as airy as some of its competitors. Nonetheless, there's room for four adults, and three kids can sit in the rear without too much ‘He's on my side!’" -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "… Ford interior designers got all the basics right, with a driver seat that's easy to adjust into a just-right position and good sight lines out the front and sides. It's harder to see through the sloping rear window, so it's good a rearview camera now is standard." -- Edmunds
  • "Rear passengers should enjoy their time in the Fusion. Maximizing space beneath the fastback rear roof line was clearly a priority, as even 6-footers have headroom to spare. Legroom, too, is plentiful, if not quite as limo-like as the generous wheelbase would suggest." -- AutoTrader (2014)
  • "Both the fabric and leather seats I tested felt significantly firm but offered good support. After two hours of solid driving, my thirty-something back was feeling sore. My twenty-something co-driver had no back issues even after four hours of driving." -- Cars.com (2013)
  • "Seating is comfortable, with good support, and vision is adequate if not fantastic. Despite the swooping headline of the new Fusion, the rear seats have solid head- and legroom, although again, not class-leading." -- Jalopnik (2013)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2015 Fusion include 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 (which lets parents set vehicle speed and audio volume limits for young drivers). Available features include lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, proximity key, push-button start, remote start, inflatable rear seat belts (which inflate during a crash to help reduce the risk of injury), navigation, satellite radio, Sync with MyFord Touch (which adds a touch screen), a 12-speaker Sony audio system, HD Radio, a 110-volt power outlet, a moonroof, parallel park assist, rear parking sensors and dual-zone automatic climate control.   

The 2015 Fusion’s available MyFord Touch infotainment system receives criticism for being difficult to use, with confusing menus and slow responses to inputs. Test drivers say there aren’t enough buttons on the touch screen and the ones that are there are too little. However, a few think the system’s voice controls make it easy to adjust many of the car’s settings, and they like the big audio tuning and volume knobs.

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  • "Optional on mid-level Fusions and standard on high-end trims is MyFord Touch, which builds on SYNC by letting users control everything from navigation to climate control to the sound system with voice commands MyFord Touch also replaces conventional knobs and buttons with a center-mounted touchscreen and touch-sensitive controls in the center stack. Many consumers report that the system is a ‘love it or hate it’ item, so those interested in the Fusion are advised to try before they buy." -- Left Lane News
  • "Any review of a contemporary Ford must also address the optional MyFord Touch infotainment interface. Without it, the base radio and climate controls are still somewhat complicated to use and less aesthetically pleasing. You get a much sleeker look with MFT, thanks to its 8-inch touchscreen. And backed by many redundant voice commands, it can be a powerful tool for configuring and controlling the car and your smartphone. But there can be a steep learning curve for getting accustomed to even basic functions. And even though the system works significantly better than when it debuted, it can still be sluggish to operate at times." -- Edmunds
  • "The main issue for shoppers will be the ergonomics - and not just of the optional MyFord Touch system. Even the base console, which has physical buttons, sports dozens of them. And they're small. … Luckily, knobs for stereo volume and tuning are large, and the small LCD screen and menus are straightforward." -- Cars.com (2013)
  • "There's a touchscreen with just two knobs for volume and tuning. The problem is that the touchscreen's buttons are too few, too small, and too confusing to navigate. We repeatedly had to pull over to figure out how to get back to the menu we wanted or find the right command." -- Popular Mechanics (2013)

Cargo

The 2015 Fusion has 16 cubic feet of trunk space, which is big for the class. Reviewers like that the trunk is deep and that the Fusion has a good number of places to store items in the cabin.

  • "Trunk space, at 16 cubic feet, is comparatively generous for the midsize sedan segment." -- Edmunds
  • "The deep trunk can swallow more than a Honda Accord. … The family sedan's rear seats fold for more cargo room … but they can't be released from inside the trunk." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The Fusion's trunk is 16 cubic feet and gets most of the space from being deep, not wide, but there are small cutouts for golf clubs by either side of the lid opening." -- Cars.com (2013)
  • "There are plenty of storage spaces throughout the cabin." -- Motor Trend (2013)
Review Last Updated: 8/28/14

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