For an additional $950, SE buyers add power-adjustable front seats, LED running lights, a rear armrest with a pair of cupholders, and SiriusXM satellite radio. Ford adds a pair of new extra-cost colors in the Fusion Hybrid’s palette as well.
Speaking of extra-cost, what buyers are really getting for their near-thousand-bucks is access to the panoply of heretofore unavailable features and equipment (many of which overlap or require others).
New equipment groups for the SE include the $1,095 601A Equipment Group (18-inch dark grey wheels, halogen fog lamps with bright chrome trim and black bezels, a rear spoiler, black cloth/vinyl upholstery with contrast stitching, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel) and the $2,995 602A Equipment Group (10-way power driver’s seat with memory function, heated front seats and exterior mirrors, leather upholstery, remote start, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and LED headlights and taillights); the $995 Hybrid SE Technology Package (SYNC 3 enhanced infotainment system with an eight-inch LCD capacitive touchscreen, an additional 4.2-inch driver-configurable LCD instrument cluster display, an 11-speaker premium audio system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability, a reverse sensing system, a 110V/150W AC power outlet, and two Smart-Charging USB ports); and the $450 Cold Weather Package(all-weather floormats front and rear plus heated front seats and exterior mirrors).
Those seeking electronic safety aids, however, will find that they come only as a combo with various packages listed above and eye-watering MSRPs. The “Adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go and pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection including forward collision warning, brake support, and active braking” group – listed at $1,190 on its own – actually costs $6,255 to add, since it requires the 602A package, the Hybrid SE Technology Package, and the Drive Assist Package.
The Enhanced Active Park Assist (ultrasonic sensors that identify suitable parallel or perpendicular parking spots and will park itself in them) has a list price of $995, but as it requires all the same add-ons as the last group, it’s really $4,485. The story is the same for the Driver Assist Package (SYNC Connect services, blind spot information system with cross-traffic alert, lane-keeping aid and alert, driver alert system, heated steering wheel, rain-sensing wipers, automatic high-beams, and auto-dimming sideview mirrors with security approach lamps and turn signal repeaters) which costs a net $5,065 to add.
The list of optional features grows, too, to include a $1,095 power moonroof with universal garage door opener and a set of $175 premium floor mats for both rows and the trunk.