Ford Fusion Review
The 2014 Ford Fusion ranks 4 out of 21 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.
Lively performance and a spacious cabin make the 2014 Ford Fusion a solid contender in its class, though critics note that the Fusion's MyFord Touch system is hard to use.
The 2014 Ford Fusion is available with four different four-cylinder engines, three of which are Ford’s turbocharged EcoBoost engines. A six-speed automatic is standard, and a six-speed manual and six-speed auto with paddle shifters are available. Test drivers say the Fusion’s base four-cylinder engine offers sufficient power, though they prefer the extra oomph the turbocharged EcoBoost engines deliver. The six-speed manual transmission that’s paired with the 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine is liked for its smooth shifts, and critics say it makes the Fusion more enjoyable to drive. The Fusion gets up to 25/37 mpg city/highway, which is good for the class. Reviewers say the Fusion is nimble on a winding road, and they like how precise its steering is. The 2014 Fusion has a standard post-crash alert system, eight air bags, including a knee air bag for the driver and front passenger, and optional rear inflatable seat belts.
Inside, the automotive press says the Ford Fusion is roomy and comfortable, especially in the back seat. Many also like that the Fusion’s trunk is large and deep. The upscale materials used inside the Fusion pass the test with critics, though some say that the plain cabin design looks boring and unappealing. The 2014 Fusion comes standard with voice-controlled Sync with MyFord, which includes Bluetooth, 911 Assist and a feature that reads incoming text message over the speakers while you’re driving. Other standard features include an auxiliary audio jack and MyKey, which lets parents set limits for young drivers. 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 plug, dual-zone automatic climate control, a heated steering wheel, 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. Test drivers dislike the MyFord Touch infotainment system, saying it’s slow-to-respond, glitchy and difficult to use. Some critics also point out that more buttons and bigger buttons on the touch screen would make the system easier to use.
- "All 2014 Fusion models offer stunning styling, a host of sophisticated electronic audio and communication options, and a sporty demeanor more commonly associated with Audi or VW than the big blue oval." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "With solid power, excellent fuel economy, provocative styling and a huge array of tech features, the 2014 Ford Fusion is a top choice for a midsize sedan." -- Edmunds
- "Sharing most of its parts with the decorated Euro-market Mondeo, 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
- "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)
Other Cars to Consider
The Toyota Camry is not as athletic in turns as the Fusion, but its available V6 delivers more horsepower than the Fusion’s most powerful turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Reviewers also like the Camry’s spacious cabin and comfortable ride.
Test drivers like the redesigned Mazda6 for many of the same reasons they praise the Fusion. They are impressed with its outstanding fuel economy, dynamic handling and large, upscale cabin.
Details: 2014 Ford Fusion
The 2014 Ford Fusion is available in three trims: S, SE and Titanium. The Fusion offers four four-cylinder engine choices, three of which are Ford’s turbocharged EcoBoost engines. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available on the Titanium model. The Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid are reviewed separately. The Fusion was fully redesigned for the 2013 model year. Besides the addition of the 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine for 2014, the Fusion carries over mostly unchanged. Therefore, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2013 and 2014 model years.
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