2014 Ford Fusion Review

The Car Connection Expert Rating Breakdown?

9.0
on a scale of 1 to 10
Styling
9.0
Expert Rating
Performance
8.0
Expert Rating
Comfort & Quality
9.0
Expert Rating
Safety
9.0
Expert Rating
Features
10
Expert Rating
Fuel Economy
8.0
Expert Rating
2017
The Car Connection
2017
The Car Connection

The Car Connection Expert Review

The 2014 Ford Fusion has stunning good looks, satisfying performance, and top-notch safety and fuel economy--all without skimping on the interior space and ride comfort that really means something to mid-size sedan shoppers.

Wearing new looks for the 2014 model year, the Ford Fusion is breathtaking in its design, taking the family-friendly sedan into a fashion-forward area not often encountered.

Even a year later, the Fusion has probably the most radical design of any conventional mid-size sedan. The good looks are now gorgeous; the road manners, if anything, have grown even more athletic; and it's now one of the most tech-forward, fuel-efficient mid-size models As an overall package, it's everything almost any mid-size sedan buyer needs--and that's part of the reason why we named it our 2013 Best Car to Buy.

The design's a standout whether you judge it by its impressive collection of details or how it wraps all these elements together, in context. A hexagon grille bends and bevels between headlamps and foglamps in a way that's half-Aston, half-Hyundai. We see the roofline of the Audi A7 from the rear quarters, with the LED taillamps punctuating that point. But take a look at the sideview and it's all Ford, with the details somehow making a greater sense in composite. Inside, it's functional and sleep, especially taking focus front and center at the touchscreen-driven MyFord Touch system and the tablet-like finish of the center-stack controls.

The base-level engine, a 178-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder, doesn't come close to performing as well as the rakish design suggests, but it's adequate with the six-speed automatic. If we wanted the performance of a V-6, essentially, we'd head straight for the 2.0-liter EcoBoost turbo four, with its 240 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. It's quick to rev, and the automatic's shifts click quickly via paddle controls. For 2014, last year's 1.6-liter EcoBoost turbo is gone, replaced by a 1.5-liter turbo four. At the time of posting, we don't yet have power or fuel economy numbers for this new fuel-efficient pick of the lineup, but Ford will include engine start/stop in 1.5-liter automatic version, but we'd be more tempted by the great six-speed manual gearbox--a no-cost option on much of the lineup. 

Even in its heaviest form, at about 3,700 pounds with the available all-wheel drive, the Fusion is quite light for this class, and with well-tuned steering and a taut yet absorbent feel, it has firm, flat, reassuring cornering that's not to the detriment of ride quality, combined with a nimble, eager feeling that's missing from most mid-size sedans--except for the latest Mazda 6. Of note for 2014 is a new performance tire option with summer-only rubber.

The Fusion's cabin isn't camped by the sexy silhouette, either. It's a little longer overall than before, with a much longer wheelbase, which adds up to better legroom all around. Thinner and firmer front seats also help bring a lot more back-seat space; and even the base manual front seats are quite comfortable and supportive. Headroom's great, provided you avoid the optional sunroof. And overall this is an interior that lends a feeling of quality, with good materials everywhere you look (and feel), great noise damping and vibration quelling, and satisfying sounds as you open and close doors. The trunk is 16 cubic feet, big for the class, and the Fusion has ample storage all around the cabin, with a stow space under the center stack, bottle holders in the doors, and a decently sized glovebox.

The safety assessment here is superb. Five-star overall ratings from the federal government plus IIHS Top Safety Pick+ status, as well as safety features like front knee airbags and standard Bluetooth hands-free all combine to give you a lot of reassurance. And for 2014, the inflatable rear seatbelt system that's been offered on some of Ford's crossovers is now available on the Fusion.

Fully loaded, the Fusion fits just under $40,000, but some of the best builds--with the smaller EcoBoost engine--should slot just under $30,000. For that, you'll get navigation, blind-spot monitors, leather seats, a rearview camera and rear parking sensors. Even the base car includes cruise control; the usual power features; a CD player and an auxiliary jack; cloth seats; tilt/telescoping steering; and steering-wheel audio and phone controls. Power front seats, leather upholstery, a navigation system, and a rearview camera are options, as are all-wheel drive and a suite of safety features like lane-keeping assist and active park assist.

The Car Connection Consumer Review

8 Reviews
5 star
75%
4 star
13%
3 star
13%
2 star
0%
1 star
0%
Rate and Review your car for The Car Connection! Tell us your own ratings for a vehicle you own. Rate your car on Performance, Safety, Features and more.
Write a Review
Sunday, April 17, 2016
2014 Ford Fusion 4-Door Sedan SE FWD

Well built, safety features are GREAT

  • Overall Rating
  • Interior/Exterior
  • Performance
  • Comfort and Quality
  • Safety
  • Features
  • Fuel Economy / MPG
  • Reliability
I think it is a very well built vehicle, the only thing I kinda dislike is in the SE version, the pass seat sits lower than driver.
people found this helpful.
Was this review helpful? Yes
Thursday, February 25, 2016
2014 Ford Fusion 4-Door Sedan SE FWD

Great car.

  • Overall Rating
  • Interior/Exterior
  • Performance
  • Comfort and Quality
  • Safety
  • Features
  • Fuel Economy / MPG
  • Reliability
My 2014 Ford Fusion SE has the luxury upgrade package, which makes this a most comfortable car. I commute everyday 110 miles round trip, and this car already has 60,000 plus miles on it. It has the 1.5... + More »
people found this helpful.
Was this review helpful? Yes
Friday, July 10, 2015
2014 Ford Fusion 4-Door Sedan SE Hybrid FWD

Seriously Underpowered

  • Overall Rating
  • Interior/Exterior
  • Performance
  • Comfort and Quality
  • Safety
  • Features
  • Fuel Economy / MPG
  • Reliability
About the only thing that disappoints me about the car, is a lack of exterior led light treatment, and power. Ideally Ford should put a detuned 302 ci v8 or a turbo charged 6 with at least 260-270hp to... + More »
people found this helpful.
Was this review helpful? Yes
See all user reviews »
Looking for other models of the Ford Fusion?
Read reviews & get prices
Compare the 2014 Ford Fusion against the competition
Compare All Cars
Related Used Listings
Browse used listings in your area
See More Used
s