Three years ago, Ford completely redesigned its Fusion midsize sedan, and in doing so moved it to the head of the crowded class. The fact that subsequent changes to the model have been minor is a good indication of how right they got it in the first place.
The 2016 Ford Fusion has no Achilles’ heel. The design is modern, attractive and stylish both inside and out, fit and finish are excellent and of top-notch materials, and it boasts all the convenience and connectivity features you would expect with the My Ford Touch electronics interface, which governs various audio, climate, navigation and phone tasks through touch or voice commands.
The Fusion comes in three trim levels. The S and SE trims come standard with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that’s rated at 175 horsepower. The SE gets you added features such as 17-inch alloy wheels, exterior keypad entry, heated mirrors, an eight-way power driver seat with power lumbar support, a six-way power passenger seat, rear air ducts, a rear center fold-down armrest and a six-speaker sound system with satellite radio.
The SE also offers two additional engine options. There’s a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder for added pep, and a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 240 hp for the truly performance minded. This engine is standard issue for the Titanium, along with 18-inch wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, keyless ignition and entry, remote start, sport front seats, eight-way power adjustment for the passenger seat, a premium 12-speaker Sony sound system, HD radio and all of the SE’s optional features mentioned above.
Not only is the 2.0 turbo a blast to drive, it’s also the only engine available if you opt for all wheel drive. Mated to a six-speed automatic with paddle shifters, the car is sure footed and planted, even in the adverse winter conditions we too often encounter in our part of the country.
If you like you Fusion with a little “splash of flash”, for 2016 Ford is offering a special appearance package for the Fusion S, which features 18-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, color-keyed lower side sills and a rear spoiler.