With striking good looks that bring much more expensive makes and models to mind, the award-winning Ford Fusion midsize sedan provides comfortable seating for up to five adults and offers excellent fuel economy and performance at an affordable price.

Pricing and Equipment

Ford Fusion Side

The 2016 Ford Fusion is available in three trim levels. All are equipped with a six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission.

  • The base Fusion S is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. Standard features include a rearview camera, automatic headlights and 16-inch alloy wheels. Pricing starts at $22,100.
  • The Fusion SE is also powered by the 2.5-liter four-cylinder, but can be optioned with one of two turbocharged engines: a 1.5-liter EcoBoost four or a 2-liter EcoBoost four. Key standard features include 10-way power driver’s seat, 17-inch alloy wheels, and a keyless-entry keypad. Pricing for the SE starts at $24,170. Ecoboost models are available with front- or all-wheel drive.
  • The nicely-equipped top-trim Fusion Titanium receives the 2-liter EcoBoost and is available in front- or all-wheel drive configurations. Heated leather seats, a 12-speaker Sony audio system with an 8-inch touchscreen, and 18-inch premium polished wheels are among the numerous standard features. Pricing starts at $31,120.

Performance Pros

  • Although the Fusion hardly qualifies as a pure sports sedan, it is decidedly sporty with the 2-liter engine, which provides an excellent balance of power and efficiency -- it's rated at 22 mpg city and 33 mpg highway in front-wheel drive. The highway number drops to 31 highway when equipped with all-wheel drive.
  • The Fusion provides crisp and precise steering, complete with a little feedback, thanks to the electric steering rack. Handling is a nice balance between sport and comfort. The easily maneuverable midsize sedan acts compliantly in traffic and on twisty roads.

Performance Cons

Although the base and 1.5-liter EcoBoost deliver excellent economy, enthusiasts will likely find their performance lacking.

Interior Pros

Ford Fusion Interior

While not as dynamic as the Fusion’s exterior, the midsize sedan’s cabin works diligently to stand apart from the majority of the segment by offering an upscale feel -- even in the base trim. Seating is comfortable in all five seating positions, although rear seat passengers might feel a little restricted thanks to the Fusion’s coupe inspired C-pillar.

  • Optional leather seating -- standard in the Titanium trim -- is soft and luxurious. Trim work is aesthetically pleasing, offering a level of luxury more along the lines of a midsize luxury sedan than the family-friendly segment to which the Fusion belongs.
  • Upper trim levels are loaded with technology, including the freshly revised SYNC with MyFord Touch package, which incorporates a high resolution infotainment LCD touch screen complete with GPS navigation.

Interior Cons

  • The monotone design of the lower trim levels can become a bit monotonous.
  • Rear head room is limited for adults who are more than six feet tall.
  • The MyFord Touch system can be cumbersome at first. The learning curve isn't outrageous, but it may take a little while to be able to navigate the system quickly and easily.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

The turbocharged 2-liter EcoBoost engine delivers V6-like performance without the fuel economy toll typically associated with the bigger engine.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

The base engine doesn’t quite live up to the sporty looks and handling of the Fusion, making the EcoBoost options even more appealing.

The Bottom Line

Ford Fusion Rear

The 2016 Ford Fusion is an attractive vehicle that provides a pleasing environment for everyone on board. The driving dynamics are above par for the segment, making the Fusion a great choice for families who need more space and convenience, but aren’t ready to abandon spirited performance. Ford’s pricing is right in line with competitors, making the Fusion a top pick in the segment.