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Ford Fusion's eye-catching profile, powerful engine, agile handling and fuel economy makes it a top contender in the midsize sedan class.

Ford offers an exciting array of powertrains for the Ford Fusion. A base 2.5 liter, 4 cylinder engine, a turbocharged 1.5 liter engine and a 2.0 liter, 4 cylinder engine, as well as two hybrid models. All are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission and are available in front-wheel or all-wheel drive. Each model has a respectable output that balances power and efficiency. Regardless of configuration, a midsize sedan with sporty appeal, responsive handling and an engaging drive is the result.

Aside from varied engine choices, Ford Fusion has an eye-catching profile and a spacious, well-equipped cabin with family-friendly features. It has a generous list of standard, high-tech elements such as a hands-free automated parking assist feature that is able steer the vehicle into parallel parking spots without the help of the driver.

For 2016, there is a subtle redesign of the Fusion's exterior; particularly the grille and the headlights. Fusion Sport will be introducing its first V6 engine; a turbocharged 2.7 liter engine with 325 horsepower.

Profile

The current generation of Ford Fusion was released in 2013. It was a cut above the other midsize sedans in terms of its profile. It had a provocative hexagon grille that had bends and bevels between headlamps and fog lamps and was paired with LED tail lamps. The latest Ford Fusion has a slight redesign to the front fascia with new headlights. There's also an option for LED headlights.

There are four trim levels available for Ford Fusion, including; S, SE, Titanium and Platinum. Other models include; V6 Sport, the hybrid and a plug-in hybrid called the Fusion Energi.

There are four trim levels available for Ford Fusion, including; S, SE, Titanium and Platinum. Other models include; V6 Sport, the hybrid and a plug-in hybrid called the Fusion Energi.

There are also optional packages for the S and SE trim levels. The Appearance Package upgrades the wheels to 18-inch alloy wheels, adds fog lights and a rear spoiler. The Luxury Package for SE adds LED headlights and fog lights, keyless ignition and entry, remote ignition and heated mirrors. Both packages come with other interior feature upgrades as well.

Fusion Titanium comes with the options available on the SE model with the addition of 18-inch wheels, upgraded tail lights and a rear spoiler. The Platinum trim level, which is slated for a 2017 release, will include all of the advanced features of the Titanium model, plus a unique grille insert.


Power and Performance:

Variety makes the Fusion a great choice for any type of driver looking for a car in the midsize sedan segment. There are several powerful and efficient engines available. Whichever one you choose, Ford Fusion offers a comfortable ride. The car has well tuned steering with steady cornering and proficient handling.

The S and SE models come standard with a 2.5 liter, four cylinder engine with 175 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque. These front wheel drive vehicles are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Fuel efficiency is pegged at 10.5 L/100 kms for city driving and 6.9 L/100 kms on highways with a combined rating of 9.0 L/100 kms.

Additional engine options are available for SE. The first is a turbocharged 1.5 liter, four cylinder which outputs 181 horsepower and 185 lb-ft of torque. This is matched with a six-speed automatic with paddle shifters and automatic start-stop for better fuel economy. Fuel economy is rated at 9.4 L/100 kms in the city and 6.3 Liters/ 100 kms on highways, with a combined rating of 8.0 L/100 kms.

The standard engine for both the Titanium and Platinum trim levels, and is the upgraded option on the SE model is a turbocharged 2.0 liter, four cylinder engine with 240 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. Standard on the SE model is front wheel drive (FWD) and a six-speed automatic. An all wheel drive (AWD) option is also available. FWD earns a fuel efficiency rating of 10.5 in the city and 7.0 L/100 kms on highways. AWD brings the rating down slightly to 10.8 L/100 kms in the city and 7.5 L/100 kms on highways.


Interiors and Special Features:

Inside the spacious cabin of the Ford Fusion, the feeling of quality is hard to miss. Everything is decked out in tasteful finishes. With a longer wheelbase than previous models, it offers even more leg-room and overall space in general.

Standard features include; full power accessories, a rearview camera, cruise control, air-conditioning, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a height-adjustable driver seat, 60/40-split folding rear seats, audio and phone voice commands (SYNC), Bluetooth connectivity, Smartphone app integration and a four-speaker sound system with CD player and an auxiliary audio jack and lastly a USB port.


Safety features:

The latest version of Ford Fusion includes the following standard safety features; anti-lock disc brakes, traction and stability control, front seat side airbags, front knee airbags and side curtain airbags. Also standard, is Ford's MyKey, which parents can use to set speed and audio volume for their young drivers. The Ford SYNC system includes emergency crash-notification features that automatically call for emergency assistance when integrated with compatible cell phones.

Optional safety equipment includes; rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring, driver drowsiness detection, a combined lane-departure warning and intervention system, frontal collision warning system with brake priming and inflatable rear seatbelts.

Ford Fusion rated well in safety tests. It received five stars for overall crash protection - including five stars for total frontal protection and four stars for total side-impact protection from government crash tests. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave Ford Fusion a "Good" rating for its moderate-overlap frontal-offset, side-impact and roof strength crash tests. It also garnered a “Good” rating for its head restraint and seatbelt whiplash protection in rear impacts.

Overall, the varied powertrain options - all with decent output - plus responsive driving dynamics, attractive styling, comfortable, spacious cabin with great family-friendly features make Ford Fusion a good contender in midsize sedan class.