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2019 Ford Fusion OVERVIEW

The Ford Fusion has had a good life. Sadly, the era of the Fusion is coming to a close – the brand plans to nix sedan models by 2020. The 2019 Ford Fusion sure looks good as it rides off into the sunset, with updated styling and more standard active safety features to complement a versatile lineup.

What's New for 2019

The big news for 2019 is the newly standard Ford Co-Pilot360 suite of safety technologies. The exterior sees minor tweaks at the front and the rear, and most trim levels gain a few standard options to simplify the lineup. Mechanically, the Fusion remains unchanged, although the base engine is now relegated to the S trim only.

Choosing Your Ford Fusion

The standard Fusion comes with four possible gas engines (hybrid variants are covered separately). The first is a basic 2.5-liter four-cylinder rated at 175 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque. The most popular engine will be the next step up, a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder unit pumping out 181 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. The third mainstream engine is another turbo-four, this one displacing 2.0 liters and producing 245 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque. Finally, the high-performance entrant is a twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 with 325 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque.

All four engine options work with a six-speed automatic transmission. The first two engines come exclusively in front-wheel drive. The 2.0-liter turbo is available with either front- or all-wheel drive, and the V6 pairs with standard AWD. The 1.5-liter engine is the most efficient of the bunch, achieving an EPA-estimated 23 miles per gallon city, 34 mpg highway, and 27 combined. The numbers drop from there: the base engine and the 2.0-liter turbo both get 21/31/25 mpg (city/highway/combined), while the V6 achieves 17/26/20 mpg. Those are decent numbers, but they lag behind fresh rivals like the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry.

Ford has those brands in its sights with its new suite of safety technology. The Ford Co-Pilot360 suite includes automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane keeping assist, a rearview camera, and automatic high beams. Notable ommissions include adaptive cruise control and traffic sign recognition, which are standard in some competing systems.

The rest of the standard features are distributed across five trims: S, SE, SEL, Titanium, and V6 Sport.


Starting at $23,735 (all prices include the $895 destination fee), the Ford Fusion S will mostly occupy rental lots. That’s no great loss, as it's only available with the base 2.5-liter engine and limited options. The wheels are steel with plastic hubcaps, and both seat adjustment and climate control are manual. It does still include a Wi-Fi hotspot, keyless entry, and push-button start, in addition to the Ford Co-Pilot360 Protect system. The Fusion S comes in front-wheel drive only.

The sole available package is the Ford Co-Pilot360 Assist Package with Sync 3 ($1,290), which includes adaptive cruise control, navigation, an upgraded infotainment system, and dual-zone automatic climate control. Other than the usual dealer-installed accessories, the only significant standalone options are illuminated sill plates ($191) and snap-on rear entertainment screens ($995).


The Fusion SE upgrades to the 1.5-liter engine for a starting price of $25,015. In addition to the engine and all features on the Fusion S, the SE gets 17-inch aluminum rims, power-adjustable front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, the fancier infotainment system, and rear parking sensors. For an extra $2,860, Ford will add all-wheel drive and the 2.0-liter turbo engine. With the upgrade comes 18-inch rims, heated front seats, heated side mirrors, and premium floor liners.

The 151A Equipment Group ($1,095) adds a rear spoiler, LED lighting, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, halogen fog lights, black cloth seats with vinyl bolsters and stitching, and 18-inch black wheels – which Ford also calls the SE Appearance Package. The Ford Co-Pilot360 Assist Package remains in place, but on the SE it adds only adaptive cruise control and navigation (the other features being standard) for a price of $655. A power moonroof is available for $1,095, but other options remain the same as the S trim.


The Fusion SEL bumps starting prices to $29,475 and ramps up the luxury features. Standard features include partial leather seats, heated front seats, driver’s seat memory settings, an 11-speaker sound system, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, an auto-dimming rearview mirror with a compass, remote start, and a universal garage opener. The exterior gets 18-inch aluminum wheels and LED headlights. Curiously enough, the Fusion SEL is available only in front-wheel drive and with the 1.5-liter engine. The only available package is the Ford Co-Pilot360 Assist Package (still $655), while standalone options remain the same as the Fusion SE trim.


For buyers who wish to splurge on luxury, the Fusion Titanium starts at $35,235. It gets leather-upholstered sport seats, heated and cooled front seats, a heated steering wheel, ambient lighting, a premium Sony sound system, the 2.0-liter engine, a power moonroof, and navigation. Front-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is available for a clean $2,000. Because most everything is standard on this model, there are few decisions left for the buyer to make outside of exterior color.

V6 Sport

Topping the lineup is the performance-oriented Fusion V6 Sport, which starts at $40,910. All the features from the Titanium trim are standard, along with the 2.7-liter twin-turbo V6 engine and all-wheel drive. Together, they’re good for a zero-to-60 mph sprint of 5.3 seconds. The wheels are sharp 19-inch dark-tarnish aluminum, and the exterior gets a few aggressive accents like an integrated spoiler. Just like the Titanium, all options are standard here.

CarsDirect Tip

The options-to-price sweet spot is the 2019 Ford Fusion SE. Get it with the CoPilot Assist Package for a safe and stylish sedan that checks in under $26,000.

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