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2014 Ford Fusion

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 10/20/2014 Austin Lott

New for 2014

A new 1.5-liter EcoBoost I-4 engine replaces the 1.6-liter EcoBoost I-4 in automatic-transmission form, and can be paired with engine stop-start technology, for a one-mpg improvement in fuel economy compared to the 1.5-liter engine without stop-start technology. Performance enthusiasts can now opt for a summer-only tire on certain SE trim packages and the AWD Titanium model. The Fusion Hybrid is now available in a base S trim.

Vehicle Overview

The Ford Fusion, redesigned for the 2013 model year, is the automaker's midsize sedan that has a trim level for every kind of buyer. Variants range from the volume 2.5-liter I-4, to the luxurious Titanium, the efficient hybrid, and the even greener plug-in hybrid Energi.


The Ford Fusion is the automaker's offering in the incredibly competitive mid-size car segment. The Fusion uses a variety of engine and transmission combinations -- as well as its good looks -- to appeal to prospective buyers. Starting with the Fusion S, buyers get a standard 2.5-liter I-4 mated to a six-speed automatic transmission that makes 175 hp, 170 lb-ft of torque, and gets an EPA-estimated 22/34 mpg city/highway.

Most non-fleet buyers will start their 2014 Fusion search at the SE model, which gets a six-speed automatic,and a 2.5-liter I-4 as standard equipment, but have the option of a turbocharged 1.5-liter EcoBoost I-4, which makes 178 hp, 177 lb-ft of torque and is rated at 23/36 mpg city/highway, or the more powerful turbocharged 2.0-liter EcoBoost I-4 that makes 240 hp, 270 lb-ft of torque with an EPA estimated 22/33 mpg. The 1.5-liter EcoBoost/automatic transmission combination can also be equipped with Ford's automatic engine stop-start technology, which boosts EPA estimates to 25/37 mpg. More sporting buyers of the SE who choose the six-speed manual transmission are given the turbocharged 1.6-liter EcoBoost I-4, which delivers 178 hp, 184 lb-ft of torque and 25/37 mpg.

The well-equipped but pricey Fusion Titanium comes standard with the turbocharged 2.0-liter EcoBoost I-4 and a six-speed automatic, and unlike many other midsize sedans, has an available all-wheel-drive system.

Hybrid and PHEV

Buyers thinking green can choose a Fusion Hybrid that's powered by a 2.0-liter Atkinson I-4 combined with an electric traction motor, which produce a peak output of 188 hp, gets an EPA estimated 44/41 mpg city/highway, and comes only with a CVT automatic. For those interested in the additional efficiency of a plug-in hybrid there is the Fusion Energi, available in SE or Titanium trim. The Fusion Energi comes with the same 2.0-liter I-4/electric motor combination as the hybrid, but has the option of running on electric power alone for up to an EPA-rated 20 miles, at a maximum speed of 84 mph. The Energi has an EPA-rated EV-and-gas driving range of 550 miles, and gets identical mileage to the hybrid once the charge has been depleted. A full recharge at 110V takes about seven hours, but at 240V takes only 2.5 hours.

The 2014 Ford Fusion has a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars), and the IIHS designated the Fusion as a Top Safety Pick+ for 2014. All trim levels of the Fusion are now available with inflatable rear seat belts, which are designed to provide increased comfort and safety for passengers.

What We Think

In a 2012-2013 comparison test involving six midsize sedans the Fusion placed third, ahead of the Chevrolet Malibu, Toyota Camry, and Nissan Altima, but behind the Honda Accord and Volkswagen Passat. We praised the front seats, suspension tuning, and turbo response. However, we docked points for a tight rear seat, sloping roofline (less rear headroom), and a poorly executed center stack (too many buttons). Our verdict? "For family-sedan buyers in search of some driving spice, the Fusion warrants a serious look."

We liked the plug-in hybrid version as well, touting its good looks and passenger space when compared directly to others in the PHEV segment such as the Chevrolet Volt and Toyota Prius Plug-In.

You'll Like

  • Options
  • EcoBoost engines can be fun
  • Bold styling

You Won't Like

  • Backseat is short of leg and headroom
  • Infotainment system could be more intuitive
  • Trunk space isn't class leading

Key Competitors

  • Toyota Camry
  • Honda Accord
  • Nissan Altima
  • Volkswagen Passat
  • Chevrolet Malibu

Sum Up

3 star Ford's midsizer offers six engine options.


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