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2015 Ford Fusion

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 1/14/2015 Stefan Ogbac

New for 2015

The 2015 Ford Fusion adds a standard rear-view camera and a Terracotta Appearance Package with 18-inch alloy wheels as well as Terracotta leather seats and door inserts. SE models now come with a standard six-way power front passenger seat and are now available with a 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4. Titanium models gain 10-way adjustable front passenger seats, and S variants gain standard 16-inch alloy wheels. The 1.6-liter turbocharged I-4 paired with a six-speed manual has been discontinued for the 2015 model year.

Vehicle Summary

The 2015 Ford Fusion is a midsize family sedan available in S, SE, and Titanium grades. It is available with four engine choices and in front- or all-wheel-drive configurations. Along with the Subaru Legacy and Chrysler 200, the Ford Fusion is one of three midsize family cars available with all-wheel drive.

Overview

The majority of 2015 Fusions will come as gas-powered sedans. Base S models are available only with a 2.5-liter I-4 making 175 hp and 175 lb-ft of torque. Stepping up to the SE gives buyers a choice between a 1.5-liter turbocharged I-4 with 181 hp and 185 lb-ft or a 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 with 240 hp and 270 lb-ft. Both turbocharged I-4s require premium fuel to achieve stated horsepower and torque figures. All gasoline engines come with a six-speed automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive is only available with the 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 engine. Fuel economy is competitive. Cars equipped with the 1.5-liter I-4 achieve 24/36 mpg city/highway and 25/37 with the available start/stop system. 2.0-liter I-4-equipped Fusions achieve 22/33 mpg in front-drive guise and 22/31 with all-wheel drive, and base S models are rated at 22/34 mpg.

For those looking for the most fuel-efficient Fusion, Ford offers hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants with a 2.0-liter hybrid I-4 (paired with a continuously variable transmission) that has a total system output of 188 hp (195 hp in charge-depletion mode). The Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid has a competitive 20-mile range in EV mode and allows drivers to choose between controlling the use their all-electric modes or letting "the car determine the most efficient combination of EV and engine power." Fuel economy remains impressive despite the recent EPA downgrades; the hybrid is rated at 44/41 mpg, while the Energi model gets a combined 88 mpg-e with the hybrid system active and 38 mpg with just the engine.

Exterior styling is a 2015 Fusion strong suit, but its and even with its coupe-like profile trunk space is competitive with up to 16 cubic feet Interior space is snug for four adults -- particularly those taller than six feet -- because of the low roofline, which also cuts down on visibility. Cabin quality is average with a mix of hard plastics and higher-quality soft-touch materials on the dash. Optional tech features are abundant in the 2015 Fusion: an available 12-speaker Sony stereo, MyFord Touch, navigation system with an 8-inch touchscreen, and automatic parking. However, the controls for the infotainment system are complicated and sacrifice user-friendliness in favor of cutting edge technology.

For a midsize family sedan, the 2015 Ford Fusion drives well, particularly Titanium variants with the 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 and all-wheel drive. While not a sports sedan, the Fusion Titanium's electric power steering unit has a "weightier tug at all speeds."

The 2015 Ford Fusion has a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars).

What We Think

The 2015 Fusion is a competitive and stylish midsize family sedan that offers buyers the ability to choose the exact car they want with three variants, front- or all-wheel-drive configurations, and available turbocharged engines and hybrid models. The car's styling, however, hurts its practicality. Additionally, the infotainment controls remain finicky to use. In a 2012-13 Midsize Sedan Comparison Test, we called the Fusion's center stack "a disaster: a mess of tiny, faintly labeled buttons seemingly executed as an afterthought." While not as agile as a Mazda6, the 2015 Ford Fusion is sure-footed and handles well, particularly with the optional all-wheel-drive system. All variants provide a good driving experience, and it "never embarrasses itself" when thrown into corners. In a First Test review of a 2013 Fusion Titanium AWD, we noted that although the car "plows into corners, there's a nice amount of grip once the chassis settles and all 240 horses and 270 lb-ft find their way to the pavement."

You'll Like

  • Smooth transition from EV to hybrid mode on hybrid and Energi models
  • Fun to drive for a midsize sedan
  • Respectable acceleration on hybrid and Energi models

You Won't Like

  • Less than optimal visibility out of the car
  • Snug cabin
  • Unintuitive MyFord Touch controls

Key Competitors

  • Toyota Camry
  • Honda Accord
  • Nissan Altima
  • Mazda6
  • Volkswagen Passat

Rating

4 star

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