Five years after its introduction and a year removed from a mild facelift, the 2018 Ford Fusion remains one of the best-looking sedans on the market. Despite average rear seating and disappointing interior bits on lower-trim models, its striking design, high-tech features, and confidant ride and handling make it a top pick in the midsize class.

Best Value

2018 Fusion models range in price from $22,120 for a front-wheel-drive model in base S trim and runs on up to $39,625 for one in Platinum trim with all-wheel-drive. We'd skip the S version and its spartan interior as well as the Sport model with a ride that's almost too firm and instead opt for the SE.

With a choice of three engines, this volume trim also allows access to a number of option packages ranging from entertainment and technology features to advanced active safety systems (although the safety features are only available with the 1.5-liter turbo four). It's also offers the broadest array of engines and the choice of all-wheel drive, and all for a starting price of $23,395.

  • Model: 2018 Ford Fusion SE
  • Engine: 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder
  • Output: 245 horsepower / 275 lb-ft
  • Transmission: Six-speed automatic
  • MPG: 21 city / 31 highway
  • Exterior color: Magnetic Metallic
  • Interior color:Ebony
  • Options: 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine ($1,795), Equipment Group 201A ($1,095, steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, 18-inch alloy wheels, rear spoiler, fog lamps, leather-wrapped steering wheel, black cloth/vinyl bolster seats), Technology Package ($595, eight-inch touchscreen with Sync3, dual-zone automatic climate control, 210-watt premium audio with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, reverse sensing system), power moonroof ($1,095).
  • Base Price: $24,270
  • As Tested: $28,850

Performance Pros

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  • The Fusion's well-controlled ride and crisp handling are a welcome change from competitors that bounce between overly soft and too firm.
  • 2.0-liter turbo four accelerates briskly and works well with the 6-speed automatic and paddle shifters.
  • The Fusion's steering system is nicely weighted, allowing it to track well at highway speeds.

Performance Cons

  • The 2.5-liter base four-cylinder lacks the power and responsiveness found in the rest of the engine lineup.
  • The firmer suspension and heavier front end of the Sport make it less responsive through the corners than models equipped with the turbo-4 engines.
  • Both steering and chassis are uncommunicative, making it difficult to judge grip levels in turns.

Interior Pros

  • The front seats are nicely bolstered, offering plenty of lateral support.
  • Tall doors allow easy ingress and egress, while even six-footers will find plenty of headroom up front.
  • The Fusion's small rotary gear dial leaves plenty of room for center console storage of small items as well as a deep storage bin.

Interior Cons

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  • Base trim front seats lack a bottom cushion tilt adjustment, with the front edge angles up too sharply.
  • Base models also feature cheaper-looking cloth seats and harder plastic lower trim bits.
  • Rear seat room is only average, while competitors like the Accord and Passat offer more space.

Our Favorite Thing

Even in its lowest trim, the Fusion remains one of the most attractive looking cars on the road.

Our Least Favorite Thing

Due to its firm – almost harsh – suspension and heavier engine – a twin-turbocharged V6 – the Fusion Sport's ride and handling lack the balance of other models.

Right For

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Even as most families migrate away from sedans, the Fusion's combination of style, handling, comfort, and engine options make it a compelling alternative to most crossover SUVs.

Wrong For

Although Ford's advanced active safety features are standard on the top trim Platinum, they're unavailable on the base trim. You can get them part of two or more option packages on the SE ($4,105), Sport ($4,815), and Titanium ($2,815) models, but it's hard to justify shelling out that kind of money just to get the same advanced active safety features that are now standard equipment on every trim level of the Toyota Camry.

The Bottom Line

Gorgeous styling, responsive ride and handling, a wide range of engine choices, and plenty of available active safety features make the 2018 Ford Fusion a top choice in the midsize class.