Reviewed: The Third-Generation Ford Fusion


There’s no doubting that the Ford Fusion is one of the Michigan automaker’s best-selling models of all time. Not to be confused with the European mini-MPV of the same name, the Fusion is based on the same platform as the Mondeo outside of North America.

OK, so it might not be big as the Escape. But the Fusion is still proving that it’s a hit with individuals and businesses alike. So, what’s the latest model like to drive? And is it something that you should consider? In today’s review, I check out what the current generation model has to offer.

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Engines

Under the hood, Ford offers a variety of motors for the latest Fusion model. First up is the 2.5-liter unit that provides 175 horsepower. As standard, it comes with a six-speed automatic transmission. You can get the 2.5 on the “S” and “SE” trim levels.

The SE adds three extra engine choices:

  • 1.6-liter turbocharged, 178 horsepower. Only available with six-speed manual;
  • 1.5-liter turbocharged, 178 horsepower. Only available with six-speed automatic;
  • 2.0-liter turbocharged, 240 horsepower. Six-speed automatic with paddle shifters.

On the “Titanium” model, the 2.0-liter comes as standard. You can also upgrade to all-wheel drive.

Ford also offer a couple of hybrid options for those that want to be greener drivers: the Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi. The latter is a plug-in hybrid.

Trim levels

As you may have guessed, there are three trim level choices on the third-generation Ford Fusion.

The S is the basic trim level. Well, I say basic, but the features it offers as standard are far from sparse! As standard, you get air conditioning – a must if you live in hotter parts of the country. You also get the Ford SYNC infotainment system that comes with a CD player and smartphone interface. A rearview camera helps you to beat those pesky parking blues!

Next up is the SE, which is the middle trim level. It has a 10-way power driver’s seat as standard while the front passenger sits on a 6-way power seat. Leather upholstery also features on this trim level, as does 18-inch alloy wheels

Finally, we have the Titanium, which is the top of the range. With this trim level, you can enjoy dual-zone climate control, rear parking sensors and a leather steering wheel. The auto-dimming rear-view mirror helps you to drive safer at night. You’ll get no shortage of music to listen to, thanks to the SiriusXM satellite radio system.

Power windows and locks also come standard on the Titanium, as does a 390-watt HD audio system courtesy of Sony! It comprises twelve speakers, a Dolby surround sound stereo, and a subwoofer.

Styling

As you can imagine, the Fusion comes with a whole bunch of other features apart from the main ones I’ve listed above. When you walk around any car lots, the Fusion will always be the car that stands out from the rest.

That’s because its sculpted curves are alluring and just too hard to ignore! So, what are you waiting for? Go check one out for yourself today!


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About Sean Mackay

Sean writes about cars, golf and events going on in British Columbia, Canada. He is also the editor for The Automotive Review - an automotive publication bringing a West Coast flavour to its editorials.
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