Explore the Ford Fusion

It is not so often that a mid-size sedan is praised for versatility, but the Ford Fusion is bound to have something for everyone. It offers the latest tech, it is very comfortable and spacious for its class, there are plenty of engine options, a remarkable array of trim levels and by now, several upgrades that make the 2018 Ford Fusion a well-rounded and fun vehicle.

Design of the Ford Fusion

With such versatility, it was not easy to design the exterior of the Fusion. It had to be aggressive enough to support the ability of the V6, but also civilized enough for a family not interested in sportiness, but more into elegance.

The result is just that. The front has stylish headlights and a nice grille, both under a beautifully sculpted hood with four distinctive creases that add to the aggressiveness. The rear has a clean look with a chrome line that stretches over the entire width of the car, delving deep into both taillights; and the side shows an elegant, reassuring outline that looks harmonious and clean.

Interior of the Ford Fusion

On the inside, the Ford Fusion is about class-leading quality.

The elegance of the Fusion is further enhanced by great materials and top quality fit and finish. The overall design is dominated by the upright central section of the dashboard which hosts highly placed air vents, large infotainment touchscreen and climate controls.

Controls on the steering wheel make shifting through menus a breeze. Even though the layout may look a bit cluttered, it is actually very easy to use and becomes intuitive in a very short time. Smart placement of the buttons in relation to the rest of the steering wheel makes the driver confident.

The seats are a good mix of support and comfort. The front ones especially are great for long trips. Getting in is easy, as doors open wide and the overall interior space is commendable. Passengers in the rear will enjoy their own air vents and chargers, as well as great comfort, especially in the outer two seats.

Storage spaces are ample and sprinkled throughout the cabin. There are trays, bins, pockets and cups and bottle holders. Add to this the praiseworthy amount of cargo space and 60/40 folding seats and the versatility of the Fusion is further enhanced.

The infotainment system is updated and it is now Sync 3 with navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It is very easy to use, voice commands work without a glitch and the screen is bright and allows swiping through screens.

Engines and Drive of the Ford Fusion

There are four engine options for 2018 and also hybrid powertrains.

The base engine is a naturally aspirated 2.5 with 173 hp and 174 lb-ft of torque. It comes as standard on S and SE, and models with this engine are FWD only.

The second option is a 1.5 l turbo which, despite its noticeably smaller size actually packs more power than the 2.5, thanks to the forced induction feature. It tops out at 181 hp and 185 lb-ft of toque. It is optional on the SE trim and well worth the money as it has more power and torque available lower in the rev range, and it consumes less fuel.

The next engine in line is a 2.0 with 245 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque. It comes both on FWD and AWD cars and it is standard on higher trims such as Titanium and Platinum. It can also be ticked as an optional feature on the SE trim.

The very top is  a 2.7 l V6 with 325 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque. Combined with an AWD system, the V6 makes the Fusion a respectably powerful car that can provide lots of fun.

In terms of performance, the wide variety of engines provides loads of different sensations. The 2.5 is an engine of the older generation and it provides reliable operation and smooth, although not really lightning-fast acceleration. The 1.5 adds a bit more zest, reaching 100 in about 9 seconds, but it is still geared more towards fuel efficiency. The 2.0 jumps into the field of effortless acceleration and smooth power delivery. The torque also comes low in the rev range, so it gives that reassuring feel of urgency when you press the pedal.

However, if you want performance, the Fusion delivers with the V6. 325 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque is more than enough for a car of this size. It propels the Fusion with ease and delivers instant power surges in any driving mode.

With this kind of a power, you will also need good brakes and the Fusion once again delivers. Stopping distance is among the best in class and dosing is easy and intuitive. Handling is also respectable even for the FWD models. Some body roll is there, but it is well controlled and never intrusive. The mild softness rather serves to smooth out bumps and it does so with ease.

All in all, the Fusion is a nice all-round performer – easy to drive in the city, comfortable on the road and easy to handle during spirited runs.

Trim Levels for the Ford Fusion

There are five trim levels called S, SE, Titanium, Platinum and Sport.

The S has only one engine option, the entry level 2.5 mated to a 6-speed automatic. It also features ABS, hill start assist, standard 16” or optional 17” wheels, manual climate control with particulate air filter, remote deck lid release, two 12V power outlets, rear window defroster, cruise control, tilt and telescoping steering column, lockable glove compartment, push button start, MyKey system, keyless entry with optional remote start standard SYNC system with voice recognition, 6-way manual driver’s seat, 60/40 split rear seats, body-painted mirrors, front and rear bumpers and door handles, chrome grille, DRLs, automatic headlights and LED taillights, capless fuel filler, tire pressure monitoring, electronic stability control, LATCH system, child safety locks, SOS post-crash alert, optional rear safety belt, rearview camera, electric parking brake and brake assist.

If you opt for the hybrid version, you get an electric motor and a 2.0 Atkinson cycle internal combustion engine for better efficiency. The engine is powered with an eCVT gearbox and comes with hybrid/electric features such as regenerative braking. These features come with any Hybrid or Energi model, regardless of the trim level.

The SE adds two more engine options – the 1.5 and 2.5 turbo units, as well as an optional 6-speed SelectShift paddle shifters and AWD. Other standard features on the SE include 17” wheels, three 12V power outlets, compass, exterior temperature indicator, sound system with six speakers, SiriusXM, 10-way power driver’s seat and 6-way power passenger seat, and LED signature lighting.

More available optional features include dual-zone automatic climate control, rear vents, blind spot monitoring, cross traffic alert and lane keep assist, two different 18” wheels designs, 110V power outlet, heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel, auto-dimming rearview mirror, enhanced active park assist, adaptive cruise control, stop and go system, power moon roof, intelligent access with remote start, premium audio system with 11 speakers, SYNC 3 and SYNC connect, memory for seats, heated seats, automatic high beams, halogen fog lights, rear spoiler, reverse sensing system and universal garage door opener. More optional features come with a number of equipment packages.

The Titanium comes standard with the 2.0 turbo and SelectShift gearbox with paddle shifters. Intelligent AWD is optional, as are 19” wheels, premium floor mats, rain sensors, 110V power outlet, heated steering wheel, trunk cargo net, enhanced active park assist, adaptive cruise control, power moon roof, universal garage door opener, SYNC Connect and cooled front seats.

Added standard features on the Titanium over the SE include 18” machined-face aluminum wheels, dual-zone climate control with rear vents, 4.2” LCD display in the instrument cluster, leather-wrapped steering wheel with paddle shifters, ambient lighting, auto-dimming rearview mirror, illuminated glove compartment, aluminum sport pedals and front scuff plate, intelligent access with remote start system, audio system with 12 speakers, SYNC 3, sport leather seats, LED fog lights, rear spoiler and dual exhaust tips.

The Platinum has all that the Titanium does, but adds blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, cross traffic alert, 19” wheels, premium leather-wrapped door and console armrests, premium floor mats for the front and rear, rain sensors, 110V power outlet, power tilt and telescoping steering wheel wrapped in premium leather, adaptive cruise control, stop and go, power moon  roof, universal garage door opener, SYNC Connect, premium leather seats, voice-activated navigation system, sports grille, automatic high beams and inflatable rear safety belts as standard.

The Sport sits at the very top with its 2.7 V6 and standard intelligent AWD. It also has other features such as Continuously Controlled Damping (CCD) with Pothole Mitigation Technology, dedicated 19” wheels, seats, high-gloss black mesh grille and floor mats, active noise control, four exhaust tips and several V6 optional equipment packages.

Want to learn more about the Ford Fusion? Come on into our Strathmore car dealership at 1040 Westridge Road, or call us at (403) 934-2100. We’re happy to show you the vehicle and answer all your questions. Want to skip straight to the fun part? Book a test drive online and see what makes the Ford Fusion one of the most fun and versatile cars on the road.

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