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MSRP: $21,970 - $32,600
Invoice: $20,488 - $30,074
MPG: 22 City / 34 Hwy
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Ford Fusion Interior

Most test drivers like that the materials used inside the 2014 Ford Fusion are of good quality, though some note that the simple design can come across as bland and unattractive. Critics are on the same page when it comes to the Fusion’s passenger space, saying there’s plenty of room in the back seat and that all the seats are comfortable, yet firm. The Fusion has one of the bigger trunks in the class, and reviewers like that it is also deep. The Fusion’s available MyFord Touch infotainment system is collectively disliked because critics say it has sluggish response times, is difficult to use and malfunctions too much.

  • "The 2014 Ford Fusion's cabin is attractive for sure, but it doesn't feel as open or wide as some of its competitors." -- 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
  • "Inside the cabin, tasteful style and high-quality materials abound. The dashboard and center stack are uncluttered and tastefully designed, although this down-to-business decor can also come across as stark and uninviting, especially with the all-black interior." -- Edmunds
  • "The interior design is a lot less splashy than the exterior, though, with gloss black trim accented with plenty of matte grays. Soft-touch areas are there where you want them, and the materials quality is consistent if hardly extravagant." -- Automobile Magazine (2013)

Seating

Cloth seats are standard on the base Ford Fusion, and eco-friendly cloth seats and leather-trimmed seats are available on higher trim levels. A 10-way power-adjustable driver seat is standard on SE and Titanium trims. Heated front seats can be added on SE trims and are standard on Titanium models, while cooled front seats are available on Titanium models. Test drivers say the Fusion’s front and rear seats are comfortable and supportive and that the back seat is quite large.

  • "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
  • "With the highly adjustable power driver seat, just about everybody should be able to find a comfortable driving position. The passenger seat is just as supportive, while the split-folding rear seats are well contoured and have plenty of legroom. One might think that the Fusion's swoopy styling would cut down on rear headroom, but it's comparable to its competition, with enough clearance for normal-size adults." -- Edmunds
  • "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)
  • "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)

Interior Features

Standard features on the 2014 Ford Fusion include voice-controlled Sync with MyFord, which includes Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, 911 Assist (which can call emergency responders) and a feature that reads incoming text message over the speakers while you’re driving. Also standard are an auxiliary audio jack and MyKey (which lets parents set vehicle speed and audio volume limits for young drivers). The 2014 Fusion can be equipped with features like adaptive cruise control with forward collision warning, active park assist, a rearview camera, back-up sensors, rain-sensing wipers, blind spot monitoring and a lane keeping alert system. Other available features include navigation, satellite radio, HD Radio, Sync with MyFord Touch, a 12-speaker Sony audio system, push-button start, a moonroof, a 110-volt household plug, dual-zone automatic climate control and a heated steering wheel.   

Auto critics agree that the available MyFord Touch infotainment system is lethargic to respond to inputs, glitchy and confusing. Some also note that there are not enough buttons on the touch screen and the ones that are there are too little, making the system more difficult to use.

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  • "Less appealing is the optional MyFord Touch system. … It's a smart idea in theory, and it does provide some nice customization and smartphone integration possibilities. Unfortunately, there's a learning curve involved for the user, and we've found the system prone to glitches and slow to respond. In addition, many of the touchscreen icons are difficult to locate and press while on the move." -- Edmunds
  • "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)
  • "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)

Cargo

The 2014 Ford Fusion has 16 cubic feet of space in its trunk, making it one of the larger trunks in the class. Test drivers like that the Fusion’s trunk is deep and spacious, but some wish it were a bit wider to accommodate bigger items. They also like that there are plenty of small-item storage areas inside the cabin.

  • "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: 5/13/14

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