2018 Ford Fusion Review

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2018 Ford Fusion Overview

The Ford Fusion stands out from the rest of the crowded midsize sedan class with its stylish looks, fun-to-drive characteristics, and a wide range of trims that offer something for just about everyone. Last year, the Fusion received a significant update that included revised styling, an improved infotainment system, new trims, and various interior tweaks. For 2018, the Fusion isn’t getting any major changes.

The Fusion’s classy front end is reminiscent of an Aston Martin’s, with a similar grille layout, slim headlights, and a lowered nose. Along the side, a character line runs from the front fenders through the door handles, and the lowered roofline would look right at home on a German luxury sedan. At the rear, the trunk lid displays a chrome bar running between the taillights. Ford added two new trims last year—the Platinum and the Sport—that each feature their own design touches, with unique new grille inserts and wheel designs. The Sport goes even further with quad exhaust tips and a rear spoiler.

The interior of the Fusion continues the modern design theme, with a minimalist dashboard and high-quality materials that help set it apart from its competitors. The center console was revised last year to include a rotary knob for the gear selector, which helps free up storage space for various odds and ends. Passenger space is a bit of a mixed bag—those sitting up front will find plenty of head- and legroom, while rear passengers have significantly less space due to the sloping roofline.

In terms of technology, the Fusion excels. The S, SE, and Sport trims come with Ford’s basic Sync infotainment system and a 4.2-inch display, while the Titanium and Platinum feature 2 configurable LCD displays in the gauge cluster and the upgraded Sync 3 system with an 8-inch touchscreen. Also available as an option on the SE and Sport trims, Sync 3 is a huge improvement over the outgoing MyFord Touch system, which was plagued with performance issues and a confusing interface. The Sync 3 interface is easy to use, with large virtual buttons and a crisp display, and it comes standard with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

The 2018 Fusion offers a wide range of powertrains options to satisfy a variety of needs. The base S and SE come standard with a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine good for 175 hp and 175 lb-ft of torque. The SE is also available with a turbocharged 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine offering 181 hp and 185 lb-ft or a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine with 245 hp and 275 lb-ft, which is the standard powertrain for the Titanium and Platinum trims. Topping the lineup is the Sport, with its turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 producing 325 hp and 380 lb-ft. All engines come paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive (FWD) comes standard on the 4-cylinders, while all-wheel drive (AWD) is standard on the V6 and available on the 2.0-liter engine. Fuel economy ranges from 23 mpg city, 34 highway, and 27 combined with the 1.5-liter engine to 17, 26, and 20 for the Sport trim.

Those who want the sharp looks of the Fusion in a more eco-friendly package should look into the Hybrid variant. It uses a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack to produce a total output of 188 hp. Power is sent to the front wheels via a continuously variable transmission (CVT), and EPA figures stand at 43, 41, and 42.

All Fusions come equipped with anti-lock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control, a reversing camera, a full complement of airbags, emergency crash notification, and Ford’s MyKey, which allows a parent to set parameters for their teenage driver such as speed and maximum volume. Optional equipment includes blind-spot monitoring, rear-cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, parking sensors, and active park assist.

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Ask William Maley how he started as an automotive writer and he would say he just fell into it. Based in Michigan, William has driven vehicles of all sizes and shapes. His work has appeared on Autobytel, CARFAX, Cheers & Gears, and U.S. News Best Cars.

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