2020 Ford Fusion Prices, Reviews, and Pictures

Overview

The 2020 Ford Fusion offers a lot of versatility in a highly competitive segment. There are four powertrain options available, two with all-wheel drive and one that is electrified. Six trim levels are available from Ford, which ranges from very basic to extremely luxurious. Although the Fusion isn’t as unique or refined as the Honda Accord and Mazda 6, its sleek styling, comfortable ride and spacious cabin make it a pleasant ride. Ford’s move to shift away from the car market and instead focus on SUVs and trucks has made the Fusion a victim. 2020 will be the last model year.

What’s new for 2020?

The 2020 lineup has few changes, aside from a few trim-dependent aesthetic tweaks. All models now come standard with FordPass Connect, which can be used remotely to start, check the vehicle status, lock or unlock the doors, and is available on all models. Three new color options are now available: Rapid Red Metallic and Iconic Silver. The SEL model is a trim level of the Fusion lineup that’s well-equipped and reasonably priced. The turbocharged 1.5-liter four cylinder engine powers the SEL model. All-wheel-drive buyers will need to upgrade to the 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine. Other notable features include Ford’s Co-Pilot360 driver-safety program, Sync 3 infotainment and heated front seats.

Engine, Transmission, & Performance

The Fusion’s powertrain options include a weak 175-hp 2.5 liter four-cylinder, a capable six-speed automatic and front-wheel drive. The six-speed transmission is available in all Fusion gasoline-powered models. Upper trim levels are available with either a 1.5-liter turbocharged 181 horsepower or 2.0-liter turbocharged 245 horsepower. If desired, the 2.0-liter engine can also be mated with all-wheel drive. The Fusion offers a pleasant ride and responsive handling in all configurations. This makes for an enjoyable driving experience. When pushed hard, it often feels more like an SUV than a family sedan. However, its handling and ride aren’t convincing enough.

Hybrid Powertrain

The Fusion can be purchased as a hybrid. It features a 2.0-liter four cylinder engine and an electric motor that together produce 195 horsepower. The continuous variable automatic transmission is used in this model. A plug-in hybrid Fusion is also available. The Fusion has the same powertrain and battery pack as the cordless hybrid, but it can also be used to drive electric-only up to 21 miles per charge. A significantly smaller trunk is the price of a larger battery. The plug-in Energi model is also less agile on the roads, due to a soft suspension tuning and a light steering which robs it in corners.

Fuel Economy and Real World MPG

The Fusion’s powertrains can be boosted to four-cylinders or a plug-in hybrid with double the EV range. Drivers may have trouble replicating EPA fuel economy numbers in real life due to the reliance on turbocharged gasoline engines. Our plug-in Energi test vehicle delivered 39 mpg over our 200-mile highway fuel-economy test.

Interior, Comfort, & Cargo

A Fusion can come in spartan or luxurious options, including cloth seats and quilted leather. The car’s interior trims, which include cloth seats and quilted leather, are all attractive and comparable to the rest of its class. However, drivers who choose the base model may feel that they have been cheated if they get a Platinum model with more luxurious appointments. Although the gas-powered Fusion can hold more cargo than most other competitors, hybrid and plug-in hybrid models have less space for their battery packs which are stored in the trunk. We found that the Fusion Energi held only two carry-on bags, while the standard Fusion had six.

Connectivity and Infotainment

The Fusion lineup offers a variety of infotainment options, ranging from the very last decade to the current moment. Although we haven’t tested the barebones model, Ford’s Sync3 system is available on other trims. We found it intuitive and responsive. The Sync 3 system relies on voice commands and touch inputs to make it easy to use. This is a significant improvement on previous Ford efforts.

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