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The Fusion is a delight to drive, with a supple ride and nimble handling reminiscent of a European sports sedan. Taut and agile cornering make it fun to drive.
The ride is steady and controlled and the cabin is quiet. All trim levels feel solid and upscale, and the interior is quiet and well-finished. We found the optional leather seats to be more supportive than the cloth ones, and the rear seat is somewhat snug. The 1.5- and 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinders are powerful enough, but neither has competitive acceleration or fuel economy. The Sync3 infotainment system is easy to use. The Fusion comes standard with safety features as part of the Ford Co-Pilot360 suite. Updates to the plug-in hybrid version include an extension of the electric-only range.
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2013-2019
2013 Redesign Year
A 2013 redesign brought turbocharged and non-turbo four-cylinder engines, as well as a more solid and upscale feel, with a supple ride, quiet cabin, and handling rivaling a European sports sedan. Electronic stability control, traction control, and antilock brakes are standard.
Ford's standard MyKey system lets parents program a key for their teen driver to set limits on speed, Bluetooth phone use and radio volume. As usually, MyFord Touch generated a lot of complaints for its unintuitive interface. Spotter mirror inserts are provided on the outside door mirrors to show vehicles in the blind zone along the sides of the car. While this low-tech solution is effective, it isn't easy to use at night.
$16,400 - $26,550
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$14,425 - $23,575
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$12,750 - $20,075
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$11,825 - $16,300
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$10,925 - $13,725
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$9,350 - $12,575
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$8,350 - $11,375
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2010-2012
2010 Redesign Year
The 2010 update rectifies the turning circle shortcomings of the original car, plus the V6 engine is still responsive and gets good fuel economy. Ride and handling remain competent and stability control is standard.
Interior fit and finish are improved too. Rear-seat room is acceptable, but falls a bit short compared with the competition. Ford's SYNC system, which allows hands-free, voice-activated control of music players and cell phones can be used through dashboard and steering wheel controls. A Hybrid version was added for 2010, which got 34 mpg overall in our tests. To get a rearview camera, you'll want to find a Fusion equipped with the Driver's Vision Group package, which also includes blind spot monitoring.
$6,825 - $8,525
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$5,900 - $7,750
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$5,400 - $6,350
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2006-2009
2006 Redesign Year
One of the best family sedans, the midsized Fusion has a firm and controlled ride, along with alert and responsive handling. However, the turning circle is a bit wide, which can make parking a bit more cumbersome than expected.
Fusion's optional leather seats offer better support than its standard cloth seats. Regardless of the upholstery however, the interior is well made and interior space is generous. Stability control was added as an option for 2009. The 2.3-liter, four-cylinder engine delivered adequate performance and averaged 23 mpg in our tests, but it's noisy. The 3.0-liter V6 offers more zip, averaged 20 mpg, and uses a smooth six-speed automatic.
$4,725 - $5,750
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$4,225 - $4,975
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$4,000 - $4,625
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$3,550 - $4,300
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