2016 Ford Fusion Review: Satisfying For A Respectable Midsize Sedan

By John Zayan , Jun 11, 2016 08:33 AM EDT

The 2016 Ford Fusion combines stylish appearance, excellent powertrains and dependably strong chassis, while sufficiently providing comfort, efficiency and engaging driving performance.

An expert review in Autoblog reads, "The Fusion is nimble and eager, even with all-wheel-drive. The ride is firm and composed, handling taut and absorbent, and cornering firm and flat. Wheel and tire choice will affect this somewhat."

The all-new Ford Fusion was fitted against the top midsize rides in terms of ride handling, cornering and steering. Coming close to the Fusion's excellence is the Chevy Malibu, Honda Accord and Mazda 6, Autoblog noted.

Powertrain analysis

The 2016 Ford Fusion is offered with a four-cylinder, two 4-cylinder turbo engine choices, plus a plug-in hybrid and a hybrid gas-electric version. All of which are impressive in providing efficiency and responsive acceleration, reviewer said.

The base 2.5L inline-four with a 6-speed automatic is the most affordable among the engine lineup. It makes 175 horsepower and EPA estimated at 26 MPG combined (22 city/34 highway MPG).

The 1.5L turbocharged inline-four Fusion brings 185 horsepower. It rates slightly better in performance and efficiency compared to the base engine. EPA estimated this engine version at 28 MPG combined (23/36); or 29 MPG combined (25/37) with a Stop-Start feature.

The 2.0L turbocharged I4 with EcoBoost impresses more with its 240 horsepower output and 270 lb.-ft. torque production. This engine on FWD makes 22 city/33 highway; while AWD version scores 22/31 MPG.

The Fusion Hybrid version rates 44/41 mpg, while the plug-in Fusion Energi scores 40 city/36 highway. The Fusion Energi rates an 88 MPGe combined while running on electric drive.

Standard and Optional Equipment

"Whether you want a sporty family car with Euro-sharp looks, or just a practical and affordable way to haul around five people, the 2016 Ford Fusion is a hard car to dislike. In addition to style, practicality, performance, technology and value, the two hybrid models appeal to green-driving enthusiasts," Kelly Blue Book say.

The base Ford Fusion S trim acquire standard 4-speaker audio with AM/FM/CD player plus AUX port, SYNC wireless communication service with voice interface, 16-inch wheels, manual climate control and tilt/telescoping steering column.

The Fusion SE adds rear air vents, 10-way-power captain's seat and upgrades to 17-inch wheels and 6-speaker audio.

The top-line Ford Fusion Titanium gets leather seating, rearview camera, 12-speaker Premium Sony Audio, 18-inch wheels and dual-zone climate control.

High-tech safety features are mostly offered as options for the 2016 Ford Fusion which include blind-spot monitoring, collision warning system, adaptive cruise control and lane-keep assist system. Also offered are options like the reliable Active Park Assist and AWD for the Titanium and SE models.

In addition to drivetrain choices, you can add a lot of high-tech safety to a new Ford Fusion. Blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping assistance and adaptive cruise control with collision warning help expand driver awareness, and make the Fusion an excellent road-trip sedan.

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