The Fusion is a mid-sized sedan released by Ford starting 2006. The Fusion is a good vehicle for individuals and families alike. Superb and solid construction, adequate engine performance, slick driving response and a roomy interior are some of the reasons why the Fusion remains popular today.
2006: First generation
The Ford Fusion was first released as a front-wheel drive sedan with S, SE and SEL trim levels. All Fusion’s came with a 160-horsepower 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine but the SE and SEL trims could be equipped an optional 221-horsepower 3.0-liter V6 engine instead. Five-speed manual transmissions were standard for all Fusions, but a five-speed automatic transmission was optional. A six-speed automatic transmission was optional for SE and SEL trims.
All-wheel drive Fusions became available in 2007. A navigation system and satellite radio also became available for the SE and SEL trims. Additional safety features added were side air bags for the front seats and an anti-theft perimeter alarm. An anti-lock braking system was added in 2008. In 2009, electronic stability control was another safety feature added.
Engine performance of the Fusion was a little lacking in power. Handling was very good with its fast response time and adequate suspension. Its build quality above average, but a few of the plastic components lacked careful design and weren’t very robust.
2010: Second generation
The second generation Fusion was sold in four trim levels: S, SE, SEL, and Sport. Engine choices for the S, SE and SEL trims were the standard 175 horsepower-2.5-liter inline-four engine and the optional 240-horsepower 3.0-liter V6 engine. The Sport trim was equipped with a 263-horsepower 3.5-liter V6. Transmission for the 2.5-liter engine is a standard six-speed manual with an option to switch to a six-speed automatic. The six-speed automatic is the standard transmission for the 3.0-liter and 3.5-liter engines.
The second generation improved on what made the original really great. Handling and response were excellent. The interior was spacious and its styling was classy. Improvements to the engine lineup, especially to the Sport trim, have eliminated one of the few remaining weaknesses of the car.
2013: Third generation
The new ford Fusion was first unveiled at the 2012 North American International Auto Show. Available trim levels for the Fusion are S, SE, and Titanium. The V6 engines offered for previous Fusions have been dropped, making way for an inline-four engine lineup. These engines include a 2.5-liter Duratec engine, a 1.6-liter and 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine and a Duratec 20 hybrid engine.