In the highly contested 2023 midsize sedan market, the Ford Fusion has great versatility. You can choose from four available powertrains, one of which comes with all-wheel drive. Two of them are electrified versions. And you can pick from six trim levels that go from basic to near luxury models.
Although not as polished or exquisite as the Honda Accord or Mazda 6, the Fusion is a comfortable car with a sleek design and spacious cabin. Its main issue lies in Ford's recent decision to shift its focus away from cars and towards SUVs and trucks, resulting in 2023 being the final model year for the Fusion.
The Fusion's powertrain offerings begin with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that falls below average at 175 hp, followed by a competent six-speed automatic and front-wheel drive. The same six-speed is available for all of the gasoline-powered models in the Fusion. However, upper trim levels offer either a 181 -hp turbocharged 1.5 liter or 245 -hp turbocharged 2.0 liter four-cylinder engines instead.
The 2.0-liter engine is available with all-wheel drive, if desired. In most configurations, the Fusion pairs a comfortable ride with agile handling for an engaging driving experience. It often feels more like a sports sedan than a family car when pushed hard—though its ride and handling still aren't sharp enough to be thoroughly convincing. You can even tow a trailer weighing up to 3500 pounds with this car. Of course, a lot depends on the configuration and other specifications like estimated tongue weight.
The Fusion also comes in a hybrid model, which comprises of a 2.0-liter four-cylinder and an electric motor that create 195 horsepower altogether. This model operates with a continuous variable automatic transmission. In addition, there exists a plug-in-hybrid Fusion car.
The plug-in Energi model trades a smaller battery for a larger one that allows up to 21 miles of electric-only driving per charge. The downside to the larger battery is significantly reduced trunk space. Additionally, this model doesn't preform as well on the road than its cordless hybrid counterpart due to softer suspension tuning and light steering.
The Fusion offers a lot of powertrain options, from boosted four-cylinders to a plug-in hybrid. Most versions rely on turbocharged gasoline engines, which might make it difficult for drivers to get the same fuel efficiency as what's advertised. For example, our plug-in Energi test vehicle got 39 mpg over 200 miles on the highway.
The Fusion's interior can be luxurious or simple depending on the model, but all trims are still attractive compared to what other cars in its class offer. However, drivers of the base model may feel like they didn't get as much value after sitting in a Platinum model. The gas-powered Fusion has comparable cargo space to most of its competitors. However, because the hybrid and plug-in-hybrid models rely partially on battery power, there is less room for trunk storage. In our test of the Fusion Energi, we were only able to fit two carry-on bags while the standard Fusion could hold six.
In reality, the data show that the Fusion's overall reliability scores are above average to very good in later model years, in some cases. Like any other vehicle, though, the Fusion has its problems.
A well-maintained Ford Fusion can easily make it past the 200,000-mile mark. This milestone is standard for judging the reliability of a car. Fusions are known to even get to 250,000 miles or more.
Despite its reputation, the Ford Fusion's sales had been suffering for years. It only sold 110,665 units last year, its worst performance to date without counting its debut year. Thanks to Motor Authority, we know that the Fusion will be replaced with a crossover hatchback.
Overall, the Ford Fusion is very reliable compared to other economy sedans. The only significant issues you need to look out for are the unreliable transmission and steering issues common with the 2012-2014 year models.