As the entry-point to the range, the S model has to make do with a rather lackluster 175 horsepower, naturally-aspirated 2.5-liter four-pot. The engine is paired with front-wheel-drive only. More impressive are a pair of turbocharged EcoBoost engines: a 1.5-liter producing 181 hp, and a 2.0-liter with outputs of 245 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque. Both of these engines are available on the SE trim, with the 1.5-liter paired with front-wheel-drive and the 2.0-liter paired with all-wheel-drive. The range-topping Titanium has both FWD and AWD available, but only the 2.0-liter engine.
The base model is lethargic, while the turbo-fours are far better, if not class-leading. In 1.5-liter guise, the Fusion goes from 0-60 mph in around 8.9-seconds. The turbocharged models are better once up to speed and are capable of providing the Fusion with decent passing power. The discontinued V6 Sport, although a slow seller, is missed as it was the only variant to offer genuinely sporty performance.
A six-speed automatic is the sole transmission available, although three engines and both FWD and AWD options mean there is a fair amount of choice within the range. While not the fastest transmission, it is tuned for everyday comfort and ensures that progress is always smooth, although not very exciting. The base model is the only one to do without turbocharging, leaving its 2.5-liter four-cylinder stuck with lowly outputs of 175 hp and 175 lb-ft. It's not enough for brisk acceleration or easy overtaking in this fairly large sedan.
The two EcoBoost engine options are much better-suited to hauling the Fusion around with some conviction. The smaller of the two turbocharged engines delivers 181 hp and 185 lb-ft, with the 2.0-liter motor - now the top performer in the range - managing 245 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque. Both engines improve the driving experience markedly over the bigger, yet underpowered, 2.5-liter. The 2.0-liter EcoBoost, in particular, is capable of a brisk turn of speed once the turbo spools up and makes overtaking an effortless affair. However, the Toyota Camry provides a more powerful V6 engine option. With the Fusion's V6 being discontinued for the 2020 model year, the Ford loses out to its Japanese rival in this respect.
|Ford Fusion Trims||Ford Fusion Engines||Ford Fusion Horsepower||Ford Fusion Transmissions||Ford Fusion Drivetrains||Ford Fusion MPG/MPGE|
|S||2.5L Inline-4 Gas||175 hp @ 6000 rpm||6-Speed Automatic||FWD||24 MPG|
|SE||1.5L Turbo Inline-4 Gas|
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
|181 hp @ 6000 rpm|
245 hp @ 5500 rpm
|23 MPG |
|Hybrid SE||2.0L Inline-4 Hybrid||188 hp @ 6000 rpm||Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)||N/A||42 MPG|
|SEL||1.5L Turbo Inline-4 Gas||181 hp @ 6000 rpm||6-Speed Automatic||FWD||27 MPG|
|Hybrid SEL||2.0L Inline-4 Hybrid||188 hp @ 6000 rpm||Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)||N/A||42 MPG|
|Titanium||2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas||245 hp @ 5500 rpm||6-Speed Automatic||AWD|
|23 MPG |
|Hybrid Titanium||2.0L Inline-4 Hybrid||188 hp @ 6000 rpm||Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)||N/A||42 MPG|
One of its greatest weaknesses is the Ford Fusion's gas mileage, with many rivals bettering it in this aspect. Interestingly, the lowest-powered (2.5-liter non-turbo) and highest-powered (2.0-liter EcoBoost) engines return nearly identical EPA-rated gas mileage estimates. The 2.5-liter's figures are 21/31/24 mpg on the city/highway/combined cycles, with the 2.0-liter EcoBoost returning 21/31/25 mpg. When equipped with the 2.0-liter, the AWD Ford Fusion's mpg drops to a measly 20/29/23 mpg.
If fuel efficiency is what you're after, you'll want to go for the 1.5-liter EcoBoost FWD, which returns 23/34/27 mpg. Front-wheel-drive models have an 18-gallon gas tank, so you'll manage a combined 486 miles in this, the most efficient of all Fusion models. By comparison, the most efficient non-hybrid Honda Accord manages a superior 30/38/33 mpg from its 1.5-liter inline-four. If you want to stick with the Blue Oval, consider the Fusion Energi, which supplements the combustion engine with electric power via the PHEV system.
|Ford Fusion Trims||S||SE||Hybrid SE||SEL||Hybrid SEL||Titanium||Hybrid Titanium|
|Ford Fusion Tank size||16 gal.||16 gal.||12 gal.||16 gal.||12 gal.||16 gal.||12 gal.|
|Ford Fusion Fuel Economy (Cty/Hwy)||21/31||20/29||43/41||23/34||43/41||20/29||43/41|
|Ford Fusion Hybrid Battery Capacity||N/A||N/A||1.4 kWh||N/A||1.4 kWh||N/A||1.4 kWh|