2019 Ford Fusion front driving

Ford has graced the Fusion sedan with its second freshening since the current car’s 2013 debut. For 2019, it gets updated styling, standard safety features, and, for the plug-in hybrid version, an extension of the electric-only range. These changes aim to keep this stylish sedan competitive against newer entries such as the Chevrolet Malibu, Honda Accord, and Toyota Camry.

The 2019 model is visually distinguished by revised front and rear styling, including a new grille, fog lamps, LED tail lights, and trunk trim.

The more significant changes are less obvious, in the form of the Ford Co-Pilot 360 suite of safety and driver-assist features. Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind-spot warning, lane-keep assist, rear cross-traffic alert, and automatic high beams will be standard on all Fusions. The company will roll out this safety package on the likewise updated 2019 Edge SUV and spread it to other models, with the stated goal to be on most Ford passenger vehicles by the 2020 model year. (The optional Co-Pilot Assist adds adaptive cruise control.)

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Ford has simplified the Fusion lineup for 2019, though there are still several distinct versions and six powertrains.

The base Fusion S gains benefits from Co-Pilot 360 and continues to use a rather mediocre 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine.

The 2019 Ford Fusion SE gets a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine, along with the Sync 3 infotainment system and Sync Connect telematics with WiFi hotspot capability. The 1.5L returned only 24 mpg overall in our tests, plus its 0-to-60-mph time also trails rivals. (The Hybrid SE uses a 2.0-liter engine.)

The midrange models use a more powerful 2.0-liter turbocharged engine. For even more refinement and effortless performance, the V6 Sport combines a 325-hp engine and all-wheel drive to mimic pricier upscale models.

The fuel-efficient hybrid continues, offered in three separate trim levels. The Fusion plug-in hybrid benefits from a bigger battery that the automaker says provides 20 percent more electric-only range, for an Environmental Protecton Agency-estimated 25 miles total.

While the Fusion drives like a more expensive car and is recommended by CR, it falls short on rear-seat space, visibility, and fuel economy.

The 2019 Ford Fusion will first appear at the New York auto show in late March and arrive in showrooms in late summer.  

2019 Ford Fusion rear