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2020 Ford Fusion: What You Need to Know

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The 2020 Ford Fusion places in the middle of our midsize car rankings. It delivers solid performance and has a spacious interior, but it lags behind the competition in key areas like fuel economy.

The 2020 Ford Fusion is ranked:

Is the Ford Fusion a Good car?

Yes, the Ford Fusion is a good midsize car. It provides composed handling and a smooth ride, and its cabin has plenty of space across two rows of comfortable seats. It has a large trunk, and many of the infotainment features are easy to use.

However, many classmates get better fuel economy than the Fusion, and some have livelier engines. Though this Ford's cabin is nice, it isn't as upscale as some rival interiors. Additionally, several competitors have longer standard features lists.

Should I Buy the Ford Fusion?

The Fusion is certainly worth a look, but it's hard to recommend in this competitive class because it just doesn't match the all-around quality of some of its rivals. If this Ford carried a starting price well below average, that would be one thing, but the Fusion's base price is typical for a midsize sedan, so it's not a notably better value than most class rivals.

Before test-driving a Fusion, you should compare it against alternatives like the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. You may also want to research the Fusion Hybrid and plug-in-hybrid Fusion Energi, which we review separately.

Should I Buy a New or Used Ford Fusion?

The 2020 Fusion is part of a generation that began with the 2013 model. There's one big change for 2020: Ford dropped the V6 Sport trim. Otherwise, the Fusion carries over unchanged, so unless you really want that V6 engine, go for a 2019 Fusion to potentially save some money.

For 2019, Ford discontinued the Platinum trim and expanded the availability of the turbocharged engines. There were also many more standard features in the 2019 model than in the 2018 Fusion, including Ford's Co-Pilot360, a suite of driver assistance features that includes forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, forward automatic emergency braking, and more.

You can potentially save even more money by purchasing an older used Fusion, but if an easy-to-use infotainment system is important to you, don't go further back than 2017. For that model year, Ford replaced the much-maligned MyFord Touch with the well-liked SYNC 3 infotainment system and made Apple CarPlay and Android Auto available for the first time.

If you are thinking about a used model, be sure to read our 2017 Ford Fusion, 2018 Ford Fusion, and 2019 Ford Fusion reviews to help make your decision. You can also check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts on used vehicles.

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This review uses applicable research and data from all Fusion vehicles of the current Fusion generation, which includes the 2013 to 2020 model years.

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How Much Does the Ford Fusion Cost?

The Fusion S carries a base price of $23,170. Several cars in the class have similar starting prices. The top trim is the Fusion Titanium, and it starts at $34,450. Not every rival's top trim costs that much, but the Titanium's price tag isn't drastically higher than most competitors.

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 is arguably the most well-rounded vehicle in the midsize car class, which is why it claims a spot near the top of our rankings. Its energetic powertrain options and nimble handling combine to provide plenty of performance without hurting fuel economy. Inside, this Toyota is stylish and well-built, with two rows of spacious seats. Both cars are packed with technology, but the Camry lacks Android Auto. The Fusion has a slightly larger trunk. At the end of the day, the Fusion is a good car, but the Camry is a great one.

Which Is Better: Ford Fusion or Honda Accord?

The Honda Accord is another of our highly rated midsize cars. The Accord features an upscale interior with two rows of expansive, comfortable seats. It has plenty of standard and available features, and this Honda is one of the few midsize sedans with more trunk space than the Ford. The Honda has the edge in driving dynamics too, with plenty of power and smooth handling. Outstanding fuel economy is the cherry on top for the Accord, which is the better car in this comparison.

Fusion Interior

How Many People Does the Fusion Seat?

This midsize car seats five people. The Fusion's seats provide enough space for most adults, though taller people may find headroom to be in short supply. From a comfort standpoint, there are few complaints, as both rows remain supportive, even on longer drives.

Fusion and Child Car Seats

There are two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors for the Fusion’s rear outboard seats, as well as an upper tether anchor for the rear middle seat. The middle seat has the ability to borrow a lower anchor from adjacent seats. The lower anchors are set deep in the seats, and they may be hard to maneuver around.

Fusion Interior Quality

This Ford features a solid interior with mixed-quality materials. The cabin looks nice, and the higher trims feel more upscale than the lower ones.

Fusion Cargo Space

Most class rivals don't provide as much trunk space as this Ford. The Fusion gives you 16 cubic feet to fill with cargo. That's enough room for four sets of golf clubs or more than a dozen shopping bags.

Fusion Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Standard features include a four-speaker stereo system, the voice-activated SYNC interface, and Ford’s MyKey. This system includes additional seat belt reminders, and it encourages safe driving by letting you do things like set speed and audio volume limits for secondary drivers. It's a helpful tool for parents of teen drivers.

Available features include the SYNC 3 infotainment system, an 8-inch touch screen, a six-speaker audio system, an 11-speaker premium audio system, a 12-speaker Sony audio system, satellite radio, a Wi-Fi hot spot, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and navigation.

The well-organized center stack makes it easy to find and reach the controls you need. The SYNC 3 infotainment system is worth the upgrade – it's optional in the base S trim and standard in all others. SYNC 3 is user-friendly and easy to master, and you can control it via touch screen, physical buttons, or voice commands.

Fusion Performance

Fusion Engine: All the Cool Kids Get a Turbo

Ford gives you three four-cylinder-engine options: the 175-horsepower base, a 181-horsepower turbo-four, and a 245-horsepower turbo-four. The base engine, which is only offered in the entry-level S trim, feels underwhelming. The turbocharged variants (EcoBoost) don't feel as dynamic as some rivals' engines, but they make this midsize car quicker and more enjoyable to drive.

Fusion Gas Mileage: Trailing the Pack

Many midsize sedans get better fuel economy than this Ford. The Fusion gets its best gas mileage – 23 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway – when equipped with the 181-horsepower turbocharged engine. With the other two engines, ratings sit at 21 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway.

Rivals like the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry earn much better mpg ratings than the Fusion – 29/35 mpg city/highway for the Accord and 29/41 mpg city/highway for the Camry.

Fusion Ride and Handling: Agile and Smooth

Few class rivals can match the sporty driving experience you'll get in the Fusion. It's agile, with sturdy brakes, and it doesn’t lean much around turns. The ride remains mostly smooth even when the pavement isn’t.

Fusion Reliability

Is the Ford Fusion Reliable?

The 2020 Ford Fusion a good predicted reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

Ford Fusion Warranty

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

How Much Does It Cost to Insure a Ford Fusion?

The cost of insuring a Ford Fusion will depend on a variety of factors, including your deductible, the level of coverage that you want, and the type of insurance that you choose. Your age, gender, location, credit score, and driving record can also have an impact on your insurance rates. Check out our car insurance guide to find the best policy for you.

Fusion Safety

Fusion Crash Test Results

At the time of writing, neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has crash tested the 2020 Ford Fusion.

Fusion Safety Features

Standard active safety features include a rearview camera and Ford's Co-Pilot360 suite, which includes lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, and forward automatic emergency braking. Available features include rear parking sensors and adaptive cruise control.

Fusion Dimensions and Weight

The Fusion is 16 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,410 to 3,816 pounds.

Where Is the Ford Fusion built?

Ford builds the 2020 Fusion in Mexico.

Which Ford Fusion Model Is Right for Me?

You have four options when picking a Fusion trim: S, SE, SEL, and Titanium. There are also Fusion Hybrid and plug-in-hybrid Fusion Energi models, which we review separately.

The Fusion SE comes with plenty of technology and provides good value. Step up to the SEL if you want more comfort features.

Ford Fusion S

The Fusion S carries a base price of $23,170. It comes with a 175-horsepower four-cylinder engine, a six-speed automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive. Standard features include a four-speaker stereo system, the voice-activated SYNC interface, a rearview camera, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, push-button start, Ford’s MyKey, and forward automatic emergency braking.

A package that bundles adaptive cruise control and the SYNC 3 infotainment system is available.

Ford Fusion SE

The Fusion SE has a starting price of $24,500. 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, rear parking sensors, the SYNC 3 infotainment system, an 8-inch touch screen, a six-speaker audio system, and satellite radio.

This trim is available with the larger turbocharged engine and all-wheel drive, as well as a couple of appearance packages and adaptive cruise control.

Ford Fusion SEL

The Fusion SEL sports a base price of $28,690. In addition to the lower trims' features, the SEL comes with heated front seats and an 11-speaker premium audio system. This trim is not available with all-wheel drive or the larger engine, but adaptive cruise control is optional.

Ford Fusion Titanium

The range-topping Fusion Titanium starts at $34,450. It comes with a 245-horsepower 2.0-liter turbo-four engine. Other standard features include a moonroof, front sport seats, ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a 12-speaker Sony audio system, HD Radio, adaptive cruise control, and voice-activated navigation.

In other words, the Titanium comes with just about every feature you can get in a Fusion. All-wheel drive is the only notable option.

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 2020 Ford Fusion is a solid car that brings a lot to the table, including comfortable seats, a smooth ride, and fairly engaging performance. Several class rivals are more recently redesigned, however, and have greater all-around quality than the Fusion. That's partly why this Ford sedan earns a spot in the bottom half of our midsize car rankings.

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 2020 Ford Fusion review on U.S. News & World Report for more details, photos, specs and prices.


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