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In a class generally known for bland styling and a lack of driving excitement, the Fusion is a breath of fresh air with a stylish, fun to drive demeanor. That doesn't mean it's free of certain quirks that can erode one's enthusiasm. The Fusion looks upscale and stylish, and it handles like a really good European sports sedan.
Alerts
There are 3 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 (sec.) 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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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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 a breath of fresh air with a stylish, fun to drive demeanor. That doesn't mean it's free of certain quirks that can erode one's enthusiasm. The Fusion looks upscale and stylish, and it handles like a really good European sports sedan. No matter which version you choose, it impresses with a composed, civilized ride that's as good as luxury cars costing twice as much. The cabin is also blessedly quiet.

The Fusion ranks among the best-handling midsized sedans we've tested, making it rewarding and fun to drive. And the Hybrid model posted among the best fuel economy we've measured in a midsized sedan: 39 mpg overall. A plug-in Energi 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 (245 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 hybrid (188 hp)
  • 2.5-liter 4 (175 hp)
  • 2.7-liter V6 turbo (325 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2017 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

“Can not pin point problem but four(4) times the electric system completely failed and had to be towed back to shop and then never told us what went wrong and we were afraid to drive it anywhere for fear of electric failure, They refused to replace car when we stated we had a lemon”

Anonymous, NJ (2017 Ford Fusion SE Unsure)

“occasionally, the the phone will not be automatically paired when the car is started. This is sporadic. I cannot pin down exactly why”

Anonymous, WA (2017 Ford Fusion S Hybrid Unsure)
Radio

“I believe that this was only a symptom of the Sync3 issue”

Michael B., MN (2017 Ford Fusion Sport 2.7-L V6 turbo)

“Audio control module failure drained battery”

Robert M., CA (2017 Ford Fusion Sport 2.7-L V6 turbo)

“Radio shut itself off one day and cannot turn back on, either with touchscreen or the physical button. Sync button on steering wheel doesn't work when pressed and the "No GPS" symbol is shown on the display”

Anonymous, ID (2017 Ford Fusion Energi Titanium 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

“Both headlights led went bad needed total replacement. The car battery dies if the car is not driver for 24 hours or more”

Gary G., NJ (2017 Ford Fusion Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Car failed to start. Had to have Ford roadside assistance tow car to dealership. Determined the dealer needed to reprogram driver's side door control module. Dealer said this was a known problem for this model”

Anonymous, TN (2017 Ford Fusion S 1.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Headlights

“Both led headlights needed replacement”

Gary G., NJ (2017 Ford Fusion Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

“entire electric system failed 4 times”

Anonymous, NJ (2017 Ford Fusion SE Unsure)
Keyless entry

“When the battery is totally dead, you can not enter the vehicle unless you know how to use the emergency key. And of course the owners manual is in the glove box and the car is locked. Took me an hour to figure this one out. Oh - also the battery is in the trunk and there is no way from inside the vehicle to open the trunk with a dead battery”

Anonymous, CA (2017 Ford Fusion Energi Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

“dashboard rattle that seems to be coming from the speedometer needle”

Anonymous, AL (2017 Ford Fusion Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“driver's side power seat made loud squeak when moving back and forth”

Anonymous, OH (2017 Ford Fusion Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Wind noise

“The moon roof sounded like wind whistling through it”

Anonymous, AL (2017 Ford Fusion SE 1.5-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

Doors or sliding doors

“Driver window won't stay closed intermittently. Gas door sticks”

John R., MD (2017 Ford Fusion SE Hybrid 2.0-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Windows

“Driver's side window will not close. Have a problem with window switch. In service twice in the past 4 months for same problem. Was told that Ford knows about this problem but has not come up with permanent fix, so we just live with having to keep bringing it back to dealer's service dept. every time it happens...which occurs periodically. That is extremely annoying”

Jerome S., MI (2017 Ford Fusion Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Both front windows lost their auto open/close capability and became difficult to close. After being returned to the dealer 3 times for repair the problem seems to have been corrected”

Anonymous, TX (2017 Ford Fusion Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine computer

“The car on occasion would not turn off. It would take multiple cycling of the ignition to turn the vehicle off. On the last time this happened, it totally drained the battery over night and the car was completely dead the next morning. The dealer performed multiple software updates to correct the problem and fixed some broken wires to some sensor(s) in the back of the car”

Anonymous, CA (2017 Ford Fusion Energi Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

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

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.

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 Major

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

Climate System

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

Paint/Trim

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

Engine Cooling

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

Drive System

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

Brakes

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

Exhaust

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

Transmission Minor

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

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