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2016 Ford Fusion

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Ford Fusion Interior

Reviewers note the 2016 Ford Fusion has a contemporary, stylishly designed interior. The cabin does a good job of blocking out noise, they say, and it has comfortable, spacious seating in both rows. Critics report that the base model's numerous buttons and controls are confusing, and that the available touch-screen infotainment system has useful voice commands, but has a slow response time and takes time to master.

  • "Inside you'll find a roomy and high-tech interior, with advanced electronic driving aids, high-end infotainment options and comfortable seating for five." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Cabin design and execution of the 2016 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
  • "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 (2015)
  • "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)

Seating

The 2016 Fusion seats five and comes standard with a power-adjustable driver's seat. Available features include a power-adjustable front passenger seat, a heated steering wheel, leather seats, leather sport seats, seats made with recycled fabric and front seats that are heated and cooled. Test drivers write that the seats are accommodating and supportive in both rows, and the rear seats have plenty of head- and legroom. It's easy to find a good driving position, they add, and visibility is good looking forward and to the sides, but less so toward the rear, due in part to the slanted roofline.

  • "It doesn't feel particularly airy, but it's roomy enough for four adults, and three kids can fit in back without 'He's on my side!' arguments." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The driver seat is easy to adjust into a just-right position and provides good sight lines out the front and sides of the car. It's harder to see through the sloping rear window, so it's helpful that a rearview camera comes standard. The roof's rearward slope also cuts into rear seat headroom, though not so much as to make most average-height rear passengers uncomfortable. The front seats also are mounted high enough off the floor that those in the rear can at least partially fit their feet under the front seats." -- 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)
  • "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

The 2016 Fusion comes standard with a four-speaker audio system, a rearview camera, voice-controlled Sync with Bluetooth, a USB port and MyKey, which allows owners to set vehicle speed and audio volume limits for other drivers. Optional features include dual-zone automatic climate control, a sunroof, navigation, push-button start, proximity key, rear parking sensors, remote start, a 12-speaker Sony audio system, HD Radio, satellite radio, the MyFord Touch infotainment system with an 8-inch LCD touch screen, two USB ports, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, park assist, lane keep assist, inflatable rear seat belts and forward collision alert.

According to auto writers, the base Fusion's interior controls are small, difficult to use and poorly organized on the center stack. They comment that the available MyFord Touch infotainment system has many useful functions, such as voice controls for many settings, but it takes time to get used to, the screen icons are too small to press easily and it can be slow to respond to user inputs.

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  • "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. Backed by many redundant voice commands, it can be a powerful tool for configuring and controlling the car and your smartphone. But depending on your comfort level with technology, it might take you a while to get accustomed to using MyFord Touch even for basic functions. And although the system works significantly better than when it debuted, it can still be sluggish at processing touch inputs." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2015)
  • "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 2016 Ford Fusion’s trunk is slightly above average for the class, with 16 cubic feet of space. According to critics, the Fusion's trunk is deep, and they say it’s shaped properly to easily fit large items like golf clubs.

  • "The trunk swallows more cargo than a Honda Accord. … This family sedan's rear seats fold to expand cargo space. … But there's no seatback release in 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: 7/31/15

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