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2019 Ford Fusion: What You Need to Know

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The 2019 Ford Fusion's ranks in the bottom half of our midsize car rankings. It has strong performance and a practical interior with plenty of space, but the Fusions rivals overshadow it in this highly competitive class. 

The 2019 Ford Fusion is ranked:

Is the Ford Fusion a Good Car?

Yes, the Ford Fusion is a good car. It delivers a smooth ride and capable handling, and while the base engine feels a little underpowered, there are three stronger options available. The Fusion's interior looks good, and the higher trims are particularly upscale. The seats are roomy and comfortable, the trunk is big, and there's plenty of technology. The Fusion isn't perfect, but it's a solid entry in the midsize car class.

Should I Buy the Ford Fusion?

The Fusion may not be the top-ranked car in the class, but it's still worth buying. There are plenty of reasons to like this Ford, and its price is about average for the class, which means it's also a solid value. Still, comparison shopping never hurt anyone, so you might also want to check out competitors like the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord.

We cover the other Fusion variants, the Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi, in separate reviews.

Should I Buy a New or Used Ford Fusion?

The 2019 Fusion is part of a generation that began with the 2013 model year. The 2019 model drops the Platinum trim from the lineup and expands the availability of some of the turbocharged engines. It also comes with many more standard features than the 2018 model, including Ford's Co-Pilot360, a suite of driver assistance features that includes forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, and more.

There weren't any major changes for 2018. The 2017 Fusion, however, featured two new trims, introduced the available SYNC 3 infotainment system, and offered new driver assistance features like pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking.

You can potentially save yourself thousands of dollars by shopping for a used model, but realize that older models may not include some of the 2019 upgrades. If you are thinking about a used model, check out our reviews of the 2017 Ford Fusion and 2018 Ford Fusion. Also check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts on used vehicles.

We Did the Research for You: 48 Reviews Analyzed

We don’t base our car reviews on our personal opinions. Instead, we combine the findings of professional test drivers with data such as reliability ratings and safety scores to give you a complete overview of every vehicle we rank.

This review uses applicable research and data from all model years of the current Fusion generation, which runs from 2013 to 2019.

Why You Can Trust Us

U.S. News & World Report has been ranking the best cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our staff has more than 75 years’ worth of auto industry experience combined. To keep our reviews unbiased, we don’t accept expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside company manages our advertising.

How Much Does the Ford Fusion Cost?

With price tags ranging from $22,840 for the base Fusion S to $40,015 for the Fusion V6 Sport, this Ford costs roughly the same as most other midsize cars.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Ford dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Ford deals page.

Ford Fusion Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Ford Fusion or Toyota Camry?

The Toyota Camry finishes near the top of our midsize car rankings, and with good reason. It's an outstanding all-around vehicle. The Camry delivers better performance than most class rivals thanks to its punchy powertrains and nimble handling. Inside, the Camry is stylish and well-built, with two rows of spacious seats. Like the Fusion, the Camry provides plenty of standard and available features, though the Toyota doesn't offer Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. The Fusion also has slightly more cargo space. Meanwhile, the Camry earns top-notch safety ratings. At the end of the day, the Fusion is a good car, but the Camry is a great one. You can't go wrong with either, but the Camry is a better choice.

Which Is Better: Ford Fusion or Honda Accord?

Like the Camry, the Honda Accord is another contender for the top spot in our midsize car rankings. It earns high safety scores, features an upscale interior, and provides two rows of expansive, comfortable seats. There are plenty of standard and available features, and the Accord is one of the few midsize cars with a larger trunk than the Fusion. On the road, the Accord is an athletic match for the Fusion, delivering plenty of power and smooth handling, and the Honda gets outstanding fuel economy ratings as well. While the Fusion is a good car, the Accord is better.

Fusion Interior

How Many People Does the Fusion Seat?

The Fusion seats five, though you should probably call it four if you're only traveling with adults. The back seat gets cramped with three adults. Both rows of seats are comfortable and supportive, and there's ample head- and legroom for most people.

Fusion and Car Seats

There are two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors. The lower anchors are set deep in the seat and are tough to maneuver around. That's why the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives the Fusion's LATCH system a Marginal rating (the second-lowest possible) for its ease of use.

Fusion Interior Quality

The Fusion's lower trims more or less match their price points, but the higher trims feel upscale for a nonluxury car. Some rivals may feature nicer cabins, but the Fusion remains competitive in terms of overall interior quality.

Fusion Cargo Space

Not many midsize cars can rival the Fusion when it comes to cargo space. This Ford features a 16-cubic-foot trunk, giving you enough room for roughly a dozen shopping bags or about 150 foot-long subs.

Fusion Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Standard equipment in the Fusion includes push-button start, Ford's MyKey, a four-speaker stereo system, and the voice-activated SYNC interface. Available features include a 12-speaker Sony audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, a Wi-Fi hot spot, the SYNC 3 infotainment system, an 8-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a moonroof, and navigation.

Though light on standard infotainment features, the Fusion offers Ford's SYNC 3 infotainment system. It's easy to use thanks to its responsive touch screen, sharp graphics, and intuitive menu layouts.

Fusion Performance

Fusion Engine: Pick Your Favorite

The Fusion's 175-horsepower base engine feels weak at times; you're probably better off with one of the more powerful options. There are two turbo-four EcoBoost engines that put out 181 and 245 horsepower, respectively. Both are better for most driving situations, but they're still not the top dogs in the lineup. That would be the twin-turbo V6 EcoBoost, which puts out 325 horsepower and is one of the most powerful engines in the class.

Fusion Gas Mileage: Check Back Later

Fuel economy estimates are not yet available for the 2019 Fusion.

Fusion Ride and Handling: Composed and Confident

This Ford rides smoothly over most road surfaces. The steering feels vague, but the Fusion handles well overall. It doesn't feel overmatched on winding roads, and there isn't much body roll when you go around corners.

Fusion Reliability

Is the Ford Fusion Reliable?

J.D. Power gave the 2019 Fusion a predicted reliability rating of three out of five, which is about average for the industry. 

Ford Fusion Warranty

Ford backs the Fusion with a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

Fusion Safety

Fusion Crash Test Results

The 2019 Fusion earned a five-out-of-five-star overall crash test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety awarded it the highest rating of Good in six ofcrash tests. It also awarded the Fusion the highest rating of Superior for its front crash prevention technology. However, IIHS gave it the lowest rating of Poor for headlights. 

Fusion Safety Features

Standard active safety features include a rearview camera and the new-for-2019 Ford Co-Pilot360, which is a suite of features that includes lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, and automatic emergency braking.

Available features include rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, rear cross traffic alert, and automatic parking assist.

Which Ford Fusion Model Is Right for Me?

The Ford Fusion comes in five trims: S, SE, SEL, Titanium, and V6 Sport. The Fusion Hybrid and plug-in hybrid Fusion Energi are reviewed separately.

The V6 Sport delivers the best performance in the lineup, but if you don't feel the need for speed, there's no reason to step up to that trim. The Fusion SE provides good value; it comes with plenty of technology but still costs less than most other trims. You could also step up to the SEL if you want a little more in the way of comfort features.

Ford Fusion S

The Fusion S carries a base price of around $22,840. It comes with a 175-horsepower four-cylinder engine, a six-speed automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive. Standard features include push-button start, Ford MyKey, a four-speaker stereo system, the voice-activated SYNC interface, a rearview camera, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, and automatic emergency braking.

Ford Fusion SE

The Fusion SE has a starting price of $24,120. This trim features a 181-horsepower turbo-four EcoBoost engine. In addition to the base trim's features, the SE comes with power-adjustable front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, a six-speaker audio system, satellite radio, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and the SYNC 3 infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen.

Ford Fusion SEL

The Fusion SEL returns to the lineup for the 2019 model year with a base price of $28,580. In addition to the lower trims' features, the SEL comes with partial leather upholstery, heated front seats, and remote start.

Ford Fusion Titanium

The Fusion Titanium starts at $34,340. It comes with a moonroof, front sport seats, ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a 12-speaker Sony audio system, HD Radio, rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, and voice-activated navigation.

Ford Fusion V6 Sport

The performance-oriented Fusion V6 Sport starts at $40,015 and comes standard with a 325-horsepower, turbocharged V6 engine and all-wheel drive. Features and options are mostly the same as the Fusion Titanium.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Ford dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Ford deals page.

The Final Call

The 2019 Ford Fusion is an attractive entry in the midsize car class. It delivers better performance than many of its rivals, and it has plenty to like inside as well. It may rank in the bottom half of the class, but that's more due to the strong appeal of many rivals than any major faults with this Ford. 

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

Read the full 2019 Ford Fusion review on U.S. News & World Report for more details, photos, specs and prices.

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