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Ford's midsize family sedan remains one of the best choices in a crowded and competitive field. The Fusion is a very attractive combination of ambitious styling, refined driving characteristics, and impressive value.

What's New for 2016

In the interest of keeping up appearances across the board, an Appearance package -- composed of 18-inch wheels and a collection of body-trim pieces -- is now available for the base S model. Otherwise, the Fusion is unchanged.

Choosing Your Ford Fusion

The Fusion is available in three versions: a traditional gasoline-fueled model, a gas-electric hybrid, and the Energi plug-in hybrid. The two electrically-driven versions are covered in separate articles.

Since its redesign for model-year 2013, the Fusion has solidified its place at the top of the family-sedan class. The eye-catching sheet metal that was so distinctive a few years ago is rapidly being copied by other manufacturers. Handling is much better than should reasonably be expected from a mainstream midsize sedan. It gives up nothing in materials quality, everyday convenience and all-around goodness to its competitors.

The Fusion can be had in three trim levels: S, SE, and Titanium. Standard equipment across the line includes a six-speed automatic transmission, four-wheel disc brakes, air conditioning, a backup camera and Ford's SYNC voice-operated infotainment system.

S

The base-model S starts at $22,185 and is already a well-equipped and comfortable car, although Ford does keep a firm lid on options at this trim level. The only engine available for the S is the 2.5-liter four-cylinder driving the front wheels. A $795 Appearance package provides some sporty-looking body-trim pieces and 18-inch wheels; the rear spoiler is available individually. The only other options are paint-protection film, airbag-equipped rear-seat seatbelts, and a variety of cargo-management solutions.

SE

Choosing the SE opens up a number of questions to be considered and numbers to be added to its $23,645 list price. Pick a powerplant: Effective base engine, advanced 1.5-liter Ecoboost motor, or powerful 2-liter Ecoboost? If the 2.0 Ecoboost is selected: front- or all-wheel-drive? Keep it practical with cloth, or go upscale with leather seats and added trim? Parallel-parking assistance and blind-spot monitors are available, as is a Technology package with upgraded infotainment and climate-control systems. A SiriusXM radio is standard to help find soothing music after the decision-making process is completed.

Titanium

The Titanium resolves much of the considerations about options by including many of them -- leather seats, the reverse-sensing system, dual-zone climate control -- in its $30,390 MSRP. The 2-liter Ecoboost motor is standard at this level, and all-wheel-drive is available. Start stacking up the options on the Titanium and you end up with a features list that's less mainstream family sedan and more high-tech luxury car: in addition to a Driver Assist Package which incorporates blind-spot sensors and a lane-departure alarm, adaptive cruise control can be ordered.

CarsDirect Tip

If you don't want or need the tech features available on the upscale lines, an S with the Appearance package will do it all just as well as its fancier siblings -- which is very well indeed - and look good in the process at an attractive price. At the other end, optioned-up Fusions pose a credible challenger to entry-level luxury models on the features and driving-dynamics fronts without the entry-level luxury price. The Fusion's pricing structure avoids the big jumps of other Ford lines, so picking what you want (and want to pay) is more of a reasonable balancing act in this case.

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