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Surya Solanki
Automotive Editor - October 3, 2017

2018 Ford Fusion OVERVIEW

The 2018 Ford Fusion offers a wide range of engine options, a sculpted design, excellent safety features, and lots of practicality. But with a new Honda Accord and Toyota Camry hitting dealers, Ford's strong record is in a precarious position.

What's New for 2018

The Fusion received a facelift last year, so the lack of even minor changes for 2018 isn't a surprise.

Choosing Your Ford Fusion

The Fusion comes with four engine options, all matched to a six-speed automatic gearbox.

First, there is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 175 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque, while returning 21 miles per gallon city and 32 mpg highway. Front-wheel drive is standard.

For more power without a dramatic mileage sacrifice, customers can go for the 2.0-liter, turbocharged Ecoboost four-cylinder engine making 240 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. The fuel economy cost of this extra power? Just one mile per gallon on the highway. This engine also offers all-wheel drive arrangement for $2,000.

However, if mileage is the main objective (and you're not interested in the Fusion Hybrid or Fusion Energi plug-in, both listed separately), then we suggest Ford's smaller Ecoboost, a 1.5-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine that churns out 181 hp and 185 lb-ft of torque, while returning an impressive 25 miles per gallon in city and 37 mpg highway.

Finally, for the enthusiasts, there is a twin-turbocharged, 2.7-liter Ecoboost V6, available on the Fusion Sport. It has 325 hp, 380 lb-ft of torque, and works alongside a standard all-wheel-drive system. This performance punishes owners at the pump, though, with the 2.7-liter V6 rated at 17 mpg city and 26 highway.

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

S

The Fusion S starts at $22,995 (including $875 destination charges) and gets the 175 horsepower 2.5-liter engine.

Features include 16-inch alloy wheels, hill-start assist, six-way manually adjustable driver seat, tilt and telescoping steering-wheel, automatic headlights, remote keyless entry, push-button engine start, rear-view camera and a 4.2-inc infotainment system.

The 101A option pack ($895) adds foglights, black cloth upholstery, a rear spoiler, and 18-inch wheels. It's the only real optional extra on the base Fusion.

SE

The Fusion SE costs $24,270 and gets the same powertrain as the Fusion S. However, the 1.5-liter Ecoboost can be had for just $400 more while the 2.0-liter Ecoboost engine is available for $2,890 – the smaller EcoBoost is a bargain considering its improved efficiency.

New standard equipment includes 17-inch wheels, a 10-way power-adjustable driver seat, a six-way power-adjustable passenger seat, and satellite radio.

The options list for the Fusion SE is quite a bit more extensive than the S. The 201A option package adds 18-inch wheels, foglights, a rear spoiler, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and restyled upholstery. It's standard on the 2.0-liter, but costs $1,095 with the 1.5-liter and 2.5-liter engines. The 202A option pack requires either of the Ecoboost engines and adds leather upholstery, heated front seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, push-button start with proximity entry and remote start, and LED headlights. A $1,095 Technology Package adds an 8.0-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, dual-zone climate control and two USB charging ports and is a prerequisite for the $1,625 Driver-Assist Package, which adds blind-spot monitoring, automatic high beam headlights, a heated steering wheel, lane keeping assist with lane departure warning, rain-sensing wipers, and Sync Connect.

Adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking tacks on $1,190, and requires the Technology and Driver-Assist packages. A $450 Cold Weather Package is also available – it adds heated front seats and heated side mirrors, but you can only snag this pack if you go with the 201A package. An automatic parking song adds $995 to the Fusion SE's price while a sunroof is $1,095. Navigation with the Sync 3 infotainment system demands $795. Finally, inflatable rear seat-belts are a $225 option.

Titanium

The Titanium trim is priced at $31,270 and you get the 2.0-liter Ecoboost powertrain as standard.

Added features include 18-inch wheels, LED headlights, leather upholstery, dual-zone climate control, ambient lighting, aluminum pedals, push-button start with proximity access and remote start, and an upgraded Sync3 infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Among the newly available extras, consumers can snag ventilated front seats ($395) and sportier 19-inch wheels ($795). Otherwise, the Driver Assistance Package, Navigation Pack, automatic parking assist, and sunroof are carried over from the SE trim without any change in pricing. The adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning systems also retain their $1,190 premium and as with the SE trim, they still require the Driver Assistance Package.

Sport

The Fusion Sport will set you back $34,625 and the highlights, of course, are its twin-turbocharged V6 engine, standard all-wheel-drive system, sporty 19-inch wheels, a redesigned front grille, sport seats, active noise cancellation, and Ford’s high-tech adaptive damping system.

However, the Sport trim misses out on several standard amenities found on the Titanium trim. These include ambient lighting, a premium audio system, dual-zone climate control and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. You'll need the 401A Package, priced at $2,000, for that.

The Fusion Sport borrows other optional items from the lower variants. So you have the same Driver Assistance Package, sunroof, ventilated seats, automatic parking assist, adaptive cruise control and front collision warning with automatic braking.

Platinum

The Fusion Platinum costs $37,770 for the 2.0-liter Ecoboost engine. New components include more premium upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering-wheel, moonroof, navigation, rain-sensing wipers and driver-assistance features like blind-spot detection with rear-cross traffic alert, lane-keeping system, automatic high beam, adaptive cruise control, front-collision prevention system and automatic parking assist.

Being the king of the hill, there aren't really any optional extras on the Fusion Platinum worth mentioning.

CarsDirect Tip

The Fusion S is a sound option if you are on a tight budget but frankly, we feel it doesn't provide enough content for the price. Instead, the SE and Titanium variants offer a much better value for money.

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