Ford seems adamant to get rid of all of its cars, and, it looks like the only car Ford is willing to stand by would be the Mustang. Having already discontinued Taurus, Focus and Fiesta we now know that Ford Fusion is the next on the chopping block, the rumors are it’ll inevitably go out of production in the next couple of years. However, until that day comes, we have a 2019 model to review.
- Impressive engine options on the top trims
- Large comfortable seats
- Cutting-edge SYNC 3
- Sleek modern cabin
- The abundance of optional features
- The base model is subpar on every level
- Fuel economy could be better
- Low safety score within its class
Ford Fusion Overview
The 2019 Ford Fusion ranks somewhere in the middle within its class, to be exact – this year it holds sixth place in the Best Midsize Cars lineup. It is a decent car with a roomy comfortable cabin and great overall performance and Co-Pilot 360tm that is available on all of the Fusion models. Ford has revamped the interior for the Fusion 2019 and the effort shows – it looks beautiful and stylish. Furthermore, this year Ford offers more than a few very attractive optional features. Along with the boosted cabin, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the cutting-edge SYNC 3 IS with capacitive touchscreen and enhanced voice recognition. Overall, it is a great vehicle that checks all the boxes of a comfortable and reliable midsize car.
Fusion is represented by five trims, the base S, then the mid-tier SE and SEL, followed by the luxurious Titanium and Sports trims. There are also FF Hybrid and Energy, with electric engines. And Ford decided to kill-off the Platinum trim this year.
Ford definitely has made an effort and Fusion has a revamped new exterior “face-lift”. There are two new grille designs, with the fantastic mash-like grille on the premium trims, and few brand new head-turning colors were added to the lineup. Exterior drenched in rich copper and velocity blue looks very sleek.
Moving on inside you’ll love the sophisticated interior. Overall, a well-put cabin, great craftsmanship and a lot of quality materials, though there are a few complaints about a few of the plastic bits looking cheap and a bit flimsy. Generally, the interior designed is equally praised by expert drivers and buyers. The car is very easy to get in and out of, the cabin is roomy and the control panel is smartly positioned with everything within reach.
There is a solid engine line-up. You can pick and choose between the basic Fusion S cylinder that generates 175 hp. Higher trims are equipped with awesome three EcoBoost (turbocharged) engine options: there’s the 1,5-lited cylinder engine generating 181 hp, then 2.0-liter turbo-four generating 245 hp and then we have the very impressive 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged V6 that generates a mind-blowing 325 hp. If you want an electrified Fusion – it’s your lucky day, they are also available.
Ford didn’t skimp on the Fusion tech package. The basic tech features are in abundance. Push-button start, a 4-speaker stereo system, MyKey, and the first generation SYNC are all included even in the basic trim. Of course, there are tons of optional features and functions, for example, you can always opt for the cutting-edge SYNK 3 or boost your stereo to a premium option. WiFi Hotspot, the FordPass Connect, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, Ford Co-Pilot360 with all of its numerous safety features, navigation and satellite radio are also available options for most of the Fusion trims.
If Fusion is your cup of tea be prepared to spend anywhere from 22 840 to 40 015. Of course, the price grows with the trims. So, if you really want the awesome Fusion Titanium with the glass roof, satellite navigation, adaptive cruise control and 101 other things it’ll all will drive the price up and rightfully so.
Ford Fusion is a very comfortable five-seater. The standard cloth seating material is highly durable, soft and very pleasant to the touch. There is definitely enough leg and headroom in front and back. The Fusion has two complete LATCH systems in the back. You can opt for the premium package with heated or ventilated seats, sports seats for the drivers and passengers seats in the front row.
A dual-zone electronic automatic cc is standard on all of the trims above the Fusion S that comes with manual climate control. Cabin particulate air filter is a standard feature.
The Fords trademark new generation SYNK 3 is one of the best examples of a great user-friendly infotainment systems. Sophisticated and intuitive, the upgraded SYNC 3 comes with an 8-inch touchscreen, the system is voice-activated and easily integrated with the Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
Storage and Space
The Fusion 2019 has a large comfortable trunk with 16 cubic feet of cargo space, additionally, the back seats fold down to give you additional room for larger items. The access is very easy doe to a wide trunk opening with a low liftover height. There is more than enough storage space inside the cabin for personal things.
Overall the comfort level is more than satisfactory. The ride is smooth and quiet even on the highways. The well-crafted and stylish cabin is complemented by the roomy comfortable seats.
If there is one thing all reviewers agree on it is the more than average seat comfort. They are accommodating for adults of any size and body shape, and are very firm with a good lumbar support. There is more than enough head and legroom. The high-quality cloth upholstery is a great choice, but, you can always get the upscale leather version which some actually find less comfortable than Ford’s seating material. Try both before running your bill up with leather seats; you may just enjoy the cheaper version more.
The Fusion feels comfortable and planted, most of the imperfections in the road will go unnoticed.
Overall ride quality is excellent, though there are some complaints regarding riding empty on highway speeds, some reviews point to Fusion feeling very light without the passengers or some cargo.
Safety & Reliability
The NHTSA gave the Fusion 2019 the best mark on the overall safety.
Should I Buy the Ford Fusion?
Fusion is among the top ten midsized cars, so, yes, it definitely warrants a test drive and consideration.
How Much Does it cost?
22 840 USD – 40 015 USD