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.
So what are the problems? Most Fusions have an EcoBoost turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that falls short in acceleration and fuel economy when compared with competitive models. The 1.5 returns only 24 mpg overall, falling far below the average in the class, which increasingly has cars that deliver 30 mpg or better. Moreover, while ordinarily the car doesn't feel slow, 0-to-60-mph acceleration falls about a second slower than many peer models. A mediocre non-turbo 2.5-liter four-cylinder is standard.