The end of the decade will officially mark the end of the Ford Fusion as we know it. Before going away for good – at least as a sedan – Ford has made the Fusion even more attractive for the 2019 model year. It has a refreshed look, which continues to make it one of the more handsome sedans on the market. High-tech safety features, courtesy of the Ford Co-Pilot360 suite, are now standard on the Fusion, making it even easier to overlook a tight rear seat and low-end materials on base trims.

Best Value

With Ford Co-Pilot360 now standard on every Fusion, going with one of the lower trims makes more sense than ever. There are five Fusion trims to choose from, which include the S, SE, SEL, Titanium, and V6 Sport. The one that stands out to us, though, is the SE, which has a good mix of features and a comfortable ride.

Pricing for the SE trim starts at $25,015, which includes the destination fee. Power for the trim comes from a 181-horsepower, 1.5-liter EcoBoost inline-four that's paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard for that powertrain. Consumers that want more power can opt for an available turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 240 hp. That engine comes with all-wheel drive as standard and is an extra $2,860.

Here's how we'd spec our Fusion:

  • Model:2019 Ford Fusion SE
  • Engine: 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder
  • Output:240 hp / 270 lb-ft
  • Transmission: Six-speed automatic
  • Drivetrain:All-wheel drive
  • MPG:20 City / 29 Hwy
  • Options: 2.0-liter EcoBoost inline-four engine and Intelligent All-Wheel Drive ($2,860), Ford Co-Pilot360 Assist Package ($655, voice-activated navigation, satellite radio, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go)
  • Base Price:$25,015 (including the $895 destination charge)
  • Best Value Price:$28,530

Performance

Ford Fusion

While the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and all-wheel-drive layout are pricey, they bring out the Fusion's athletic side. The engine gives the sedan a decent amount of oomph, while the all-wheel-system increases grip, especially in inclement weather. Overall handling for the Fusion is already better than the average mid-size sedan, as the vehicle has a well-controlled ride and accurate steering.

Those that choose to go with the standard turbocharged 1.5-liter unit may find that the engine struggles to provide an adequate amount of grunt with a full load of passengers or up a steep incline. Normally, we'd lean toward the most powerful and sportiest version of a vehicle, but that isn't the case for the Fusion. The range-topping Sport trim's V6 makes a hefty amount of power, but it adds weight at the front, which isn't great for handling and has a firm suspension setup for everyday use. Lower models, though, like the SE, don't have these issues and can go from a windy back road to the daily commute in stride.

Style

Handsome from nearly every angle, the Fusion hides its age well. With a few minor updates for the 2019 model year, the Fusion still retains its handsome design that made it popular when it first came out in 2012. A new grille that features horizontal slats still has an Aston Martin like look to it, while the lengthy roofline gives the Fusion's silhouette elegant lines.

The handsome roofline may look good on the outside, but it eats into precious rear-seat space on the inside. The sedan's front seats, though, are spacious and comfortable. Ford's decision to continue to stick with the rotary gear dial leaves an ample amount of room for storage and numerous compartments for small items, but may take some time for new drivers to get accustomed too. Material quality isn't stellar on low-end models, either.

The Best and Worst Things

Anyone that thinks sedans can’t be good looking needs to take a look at the Fusion – it really is a handsome machine. The twin-turbocharged V6 may make a lot of power, but its nose-heavy feel and stiff ride make it a tough sell.

Right For? Wrong For?

Ford Fusion

With high-tech safety features now standard on the Fusion, the vehicle builds upon its stylish exterior, comfort, available engines, and good handling. Rear-seat space is the only real strike against the well-rounded Fusion. Without a lot of available packages, you're stuck compromising on interior materials or paying for them.

The Bottom Line

The 2019 Ford Fusion may not have the size to draw you away from the hoards of compact crossovers and SUVs, but it's one of the better do-it-all sedans on the market. Its handsome styling is also worth the cost of admission. Now that Ford has added a lengthy list of safety features as standard, there's not a lot to complain about with the Fusion.