In a class generally known for bland styling and a lack of driving excitement, the Fusion is like a fresh, charismatic newcomer. But also like some promising and talented celebrities, it has just enough quirks to erode your enthusiasm. The Fusion looks upscale and stylish, and it handles like a really good European sports sedan. We bought three versions: a top-trim Titanium, a mid-trim SE, and the SE Hybrid.
Alerts
There are 8 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available, standard from 2009. Side and head protection air bags available, standard from 2007. ESC available in 2009, standard from 2010.
Road Test

In a class generally known for bland styling and a lack of driving excitement, the Fusion is like a fresh, charismatic newcomer. But also like some promising and talented celebrities, it has just enough quirks to erode your enthusiasm.

The Fusion looks upscale and stylish, and it handles like a really good European sports sedan. We bought three versions: a top-trim Titanium, a mid-trim SE, and the SE Hybrid. All versions provide a composed, civilized ride that's as good as cars costing twice as much. The cabin is blessedly quiet. The Titanium version is among the best-handling midsized sedans we've tested. And the Hybrid model posted among the best fuel economy we've measured in a midsized sedan: 39 mpg overall. A plug-in version is also available.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • CVT
Engines Available
  • 1.5-liter 4 turbo (181 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (231 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 hybrid (188 hp)
  • 2.5-liter 4 (175 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2016 Ford Fusion owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"When I plug my phone into the car, I expect the radio to continue playing what I last selected. Instead , it starts at the beginning of the song list and plays the same song over and over causing me to attempt to fix it or turning it off. Extremely frustrating after awhile. There is no aftermarket system to replace this with. The dealer recommends a new car to fix the issue."

Anonymous, MD (2016 Ford Fusion Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"paring problems"

Irene S., NY (2016 Ford Fusion Energi SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Maps poorly handle conterminous routes, i.e. a road is marked both I-80 and US 50 for a few miles. Sometimes the system tells you to turn left or right when really you're just continuing on a road; this confuses."

Kent M., WA (2016 Ford Fusion SE 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Cumbersome GPS procedures. Ford should have had Garmin for a contractor. Intuitiveness is conspicuously absent!"

B B., TN (2016 Ford Fusion Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"SD card reader stopped reading map SD card. Ford dealer replaced card reader and provided new map SD card under warranty."

Alan G., TN (2016 Ford Fusion Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

""Navigation SD card fault" Dealership repaired promptly and provided a loaner. Under warranty, so no charge"

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Ford Fusion Titanium 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Does not remember my recent calls and my contact list"

Kenneth R., KS (2016 Ford Fusion S 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"SYNC system quit working"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Ford Fusion SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

"Poor radio reception in urban areas"

Anonymous, MI (2016 Ford Fusion SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Poor radio reception in urban areas or areas with power lines."

Anonymous, MI (2016 Ford Fusion SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"static noises"

Anonymous, MI (2016 Ford Fusion SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Software update fixes

"updating maps costs $150. Since we live in a fast-growing area, this would require updates every year or so. Also the SYNC system is no longer supported, even though the car is only three years old."

Kent M., WA (2016 Ford Fusion SE 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Speakers

"Two speakers were blown in the front and rear passenger. After typical use. Sony 12 speaker system in fusion titanium"

Johnathan B., MI (2016 Ford Fusion Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Springs or torsion bars

"Rubber damper blocks had to be replaced in both left and right rear suspension, at our cost."

Dave M., NL (2016 Ford Fusion SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"the sterring module needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, WA (2016 Ford Fusion SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The steering wheel came off twice. The first time I reported it to the NHTSA, and approximately 10 month Slater a recall was issued. The second time the steering wheel detached was a month after the recall was announced. I still have not received any communication from Ford regarding this problem."

Brandon C., SC (2016 Ford Fusion Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"RECALL FROM FORD- BOLT IN STEERING COLUMN"

Ray S., WI (2016 Ford Fusion)
Steering wheel vibration

"we really didn't have a problem with the steering but there was a recall which they performed when we went in for a oil change. The steering wheel might come loose."

Anonymous, PA (2016 Ford Fusion SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Gear selector or linkage

"the shift linkage to the transmission broke due to a small plastic washer cracking and disintegrating due heat and can not be replaced but entire linkage has to be replaced. Ford has a recall for select Fusions but not all."

Anonymous, TX (2016 Ford Fusion S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It was due to a recall"

James D., IL (2016 Ford Fusion Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Rough shifting

"Didn't shift smoothly at lower speeds, especially when downshifting coming to a stop. At times it was very cluncky"

Michael B., VA (2016 Ford Fusion SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Harsh shifting between 2nd and 3rd gear"

Anonymous, MD (2016 Ford Fusion SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"This happened shortly after purchasing -approx. 2016. Headliner showed water marks and stains during and after rainfalls."

Anonymous, ON (2016 Ford Fusion)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"As mentioned, the cause of the problem - a leak - was found not too long afterwards (the headliner had to be replaced twice - and no more leaks after the second time.)"

Anonymous, ON (2016 Ford Fusion)
Wind noise

"All four doors have wind noise plus road noise is a very big problem."

Billy A., AR (2016 Ford Fusion Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Seat controls - movement

"When purchased (used, Certified Pre-Owned) is had to wait to have the passenger seat control switch replaced because the seat would not move occasionally. Did not fix the problem and took it to another dealer about 8 mos later. They replaced the track and now it works fine"

Anonymous, TX (2016 Ford Fusion Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"My 2016 Fusion was extensively damaged in a hail storm. The roof, trunk, doors, hood & fenders had to be repaired or replaced & repainted."

Jeanne H., MI (2016 Ford Fusion SE 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Windows

"the factory tint on the windows has begun to bubble and peel"

Anonymous, TX (2016 Ford Fusion SE 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

4WD/AWD components

"Eats gasoline, I use air fare or auto train if I need travel which I have alot this year. Because my father just passed on in March"

Barbara H., (2016 Ford Fusion)
CV joint

"THE DEALER SEEMED TO THINK SOMETHING CAME UP FROM THE ROAD AND RIPPED THE BOOT. WARRANTY REPLACED TO SHAFT AND THE BOOT."

Larry C., VA (2016 Ford Fusion SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Traction control

"warning light came on when I was driving on the freeway and the engine would only do 55 miles per hour. The dealership replaced the throttle body"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Ford Fusion Energi SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Body control module

"Right rear passenger window would not operate from drivers door,problem seems to have corrected itself started to work again about a week later."

Douglas K., NJ (2016 Ford Fusion SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Horn

"Horn would just blow for no reason. They did not have the part to repair so car was in shop for a week. A loaner was provided"

William F., GA (2016 Ford Fusion SE 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Tire pressure monitor

"3 times the car has been back for tire monster malfunctioning"

William F., GA (2016 Ford Fusion SE 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Strange bubbling on door window trim"

John C., CA (2016 Ford Fusion SE 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"the interior floorboard/carpet has broken free of the clips that held it in, this issue occurred approximately a year into ownership, ford claims that it is not a warrantyable issue."

Anonymous, TX (2016 Ford Fusion SE 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Interior door trim has worn and dulled unlike any other vehicle i have owned. The black textured paint is dull and has to be repainted professionally."

Anonymous, TX (2016 Ford Fusion S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"it was a recall and got fixed. We had several episodes were it would throttle down and go slow. Had to shut engine off and restart to get working again"

Anonymous, ND (2016 Ford Fusion SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Oil leaks

"An oil related red warning light came on. I immediately took it to the dealer. They told me I was right to do so. There was a seal leak into the oil pan and it was close to draining the engine of oil."

Anonymous, IL (2016 Ford Fusion SE 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Oil filter damaged during servicing instillation"

Anonymous, SC (2016 Ford Fusion SE 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Calipers

"suck to replace pin bushings rusted"

Douglas K., NJ (2016 Ford Fusion SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Master cylinder

"failed"

Douglas K., NJ (2016 Ford Fusion SE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

"I felt that the rear brakes (the only ones replaced) should have lasted more that 38,500 miles."

Robert F., OH (2016 Ford Fusion SE 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"Check engine light came on and when checked by Ford Catalytic Failure warning code was displayed. Catalytic converter was changed by Ford under warranty and no further problems have been experienced"

P S., WA (2016 Ford Fusion SE 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Other/unsure

"Many >>>>also the traction control, Many other issues"

Barbara H., (2016 Ford Fusion)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Hybrid/electric system and battery (excluding replacement)

"The device used to switch between gas and battery while driving stopped functioning so the car was only operating on battery"

Karen R., CA (2016 Ford Fusion SE Hybrid 2.0-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

"The engine failed due to issue with cylinder 1 with approximately 40K miles. Car was towed to local Ford dealership near my home. Ford arranged for rental car and replaced engine at n/c to me. Replacement took approximately 15 days."

Bob M., IN (2016 Ford Fusion Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Heated or cooled seat controls

"Both heating elements failed at the same time, just after warranty expired"

Anonymous, IA (2016 Ford Fusion Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"transmission was jerking between shifts. It was completely rebuilt under factory warranty."

Anonymous, TX (2016 Ford Fusion SE 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

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