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2014 Ford Fusion Overview
Last year's redesign was such a success that Ford could have just rolled out the same Fusion with the same options this year. But that's not what happened. The 2014 Ford Fusion offers a new engine choice, a more affordable trim level for the Hybrid and a few new features, plus all the celebrated styling and technology updates made a year ago.
There are now 6 trim choices for the Fusion: S, SE, Titanium, the new S Hybrid, Hybrid SE and Hybrid Titanium. The front-wheel-drive (FWD) S and SE come standard with a 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder (I4) engine mated a to 6-speed SelectShift automatic transmission with thumb shifter. That powertrain produces 175 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque and gets 22 mpg city/34 highway.
The SE offers 3 other engine options. There's the new 1.5-liter turbocharged I4 that comes standard with a 6-speed automatic transmission and delivers 178 horsepower, 177 lb-ft of torque and gets 23/36 mpg. A 1.6-liter turbocharged I4 is paired with a 6-speed manual transmission and generates 178 horsepower, 184 lb-ft torque and 25/37. If you're looking for power comparable to that of a V6, try the turbocharged 2.0-liter I4 and its 240 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. The 2.0-liter comes with a 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters and is available with all-wheel drive (AWD), rated at 22/31, or FWD, rated at 22/33. The Titanium trim comes standard with the 2.0-liter and AWD.
All three Hybrid trims have a 2.0-liter I4 Atkinson-cycle engine coupled with a permanent magnet AC synchronous motor and an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission. The transition between gasoline and electric power is very smooth, and these Hybrid models can travel up to 62 mph on electric power alone. And the best benefit is the hybrids' 47/47 rating.
Extensive technology and comfort features are strong selling points for the Fusion. It starts at the base S trim level with standard equipment like Sync (Ford's voice-activated communications and entertainment system), power accessories, a capless fuel filler, tilt and telescoping steering wheel with cruise and audio controls, automatic headlamps, MyKey (allows for pre-set limits on speed and audio volume), keyless entry, integrated blind-spot mirrors, 4-speaker AM/FM/CD stereo with MP3 capability and audio input jack, manual climate control, 4-way manual driver's seat, 60/40 split rear seats, three 12-volt powerpoints and 16-inch steel wheels. The S Hybrid has these features and adds dual-zone automatic climate control, cruise control with EcoCruise and a 6-speaker AM/FM/CD stereo with MP3 capability and audio input jack.
Standard additions for the SE trim include the 6-speaker sound system, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, 10-way power driver's seat, 4-way manual passenger seat, heated exterior mirrors, rear air vents and 17-inch alloy wheels. The SE also offers a wide choice of optional equipment. The Technology package adds dual-zone automatic climate control, a rear-view camera, an upgraded Sync, two USB ports, an SD card reader, RCA video input jacks and MyFord Touch interface with an 8-inch LCD touchscreen. The Appearance package delivers a leather-wrapped steering wheel, unique cloth upholstery, rear spoiler, foglights and 18-inch alloy wheels. The Luxury package adds auto-dimming mirrors, heated front seats, leather upholstery, driver's seat memory settings and a 4-way power front passenger seat. Rear parking sensors and keyless ignition are also available for the SE. The Hybrid SE shares all standard and optional equipment with the SE and also has standard dual-zone climate control, cruise control with EcoCruise, recycled Repreve seat fabric and SmartGauge with EcoGuide, an LCD display that informs the driver on the car's state of efficiency.
In addition to the 2.0-liter engine with AWD, the Titanium trim comes standard with a sport-tuned suspension, remote start, sport front seats, a 12-speaker Sony sound system, HD radio and all of the SE's optional equipment listed above. The Titanium and SE with the Technology package also have the option of adding a navigation system, an electronic parallel parking system, adaptive cruise control with collision warning and automatic braking, and a heated steering wheel, which is new for 2014. There is also a Luxury Driver Assist package for the SE and Titanium that includes blind-spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert, automatic high beams, a 110-volt power outlet, rain-sensing wipers and lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist. A sunroof, 19-inch wheels and ventilated front seats (new for 2014) are also available for the Titanium.
While all the options are appealing, the common denominators among the Fusion models are pretty good, too. It starts with the styling, a swooping and handsome blend of sporty and luxury that catches the eye from all angles. The Fusion lives up to those looks with a quiet, comfortable and controlled ride as well as athletic handling and ample acceleration from any of the engine choices. All Fusions also come standard with a bevy of safety features—dual front airbags, front-seat side and knee airbags, curtain airbags for all rows, a tire pressure monitoring system, torque control, electronic stability control, emergency brake assist and a SecuriLock antitheft system. All trims also offer the option of inflatable rear safety belts, which are new this year.
by Tim O'Sullivan
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