2016 Ford Fusion Review

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Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

The 2016 Ford Fusion is true to its name as an excellent fusion of graceful good looks, responsive, fuel-efficient powertrains, and impressive comfort and interior space.

The 2016 Ford Fusion manages to show that good, space-efficient design can also be very good-looking. This mainstream mid-size sedan manages to be comfortable, spacious, and very well-equipped, and even though it's no longer a new design it's still one of the most attractive in its class.

In profile, stance, and details, the 2016 Fusion remains one of the most attractive models in its class. It's handsome and athletic, supremely comfortable, and packed with technology. We named it our 2013 Best Car to Buy, when this current generation of the Fusion was released, and it continues to be one of our best-rated vehicles here, not counting luxury marques.

The 178-horsepower, 2.5-liter inline-4, doesn't come close to performing as well as the rakish design suggests, but it's adequate with the 6-speed automatic. And on the other end, there's the 2.0-liter EcoBoost turbocharged inline-4, which makes 240 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque and doesn't leave us missing a V-6. In the middle is a 1.5-liter turbo-4, coupled to an automatic transmission; that's still a nice-driving powertrain that should deliver great real-world mileage. And covered by separate reviews elsewhere, there's the especially fuel-efficient (yet still responsive-driving) Fusion Hybrid and its plug-in version, the Fusion Energy—both of which earn more than 40 mpg in EPA combined driving.

In all of its versions, the Fusion has some truly top-notch ride and handling, 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.

The Fusion has 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. 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. Provided you avoid the sunroof, head room is great, and there's ample storage space around the center stack and doors.

The 2016 Ford Fusion has very good—albeit not quite top-tier—ratings from both U.S. safety agencies, as well as a reasonably good set of standard features and safety options. Although a few safety items to stand out here—including the innovative inflatable rear seatbelt system that's been offered on some of Ford's crossovers.

Pricing for the Fusion is almost like that of a premium-brand model—as you can add a rather conservative number of items, including the moonroof, navigation, upgraded wheels, and the safety-tech items and end up with a sticker price around $40,000. That said, we think the Fusion is at its best value in SE trim, where you can end up with a reasonably well-equipped model for closer to $30,000.

For 2016 there's a new S Appearance Package that lets you dress up the base model with 18-inch alloy painted Ebony black wheels, front fog lamps, and a rear spoiler. Additionally, a new Cold Weather package brings remote start, heated cloth seats, and floor mats to the SE.

A 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine is the base powerplant for the Fusion S and SE. It's paired with a 6-speed automatic, and generates fuel economy figures of 22 mpg city, 34 highway, 26 combined, according to the EPA. You'll probably do quite a bit better in real-world driving with the 1.5-liter turbo-4, also paired with an automatic. Gas mileage is rated at 24/36/28 mpg—or 25/37/29 mpg when equipped with engine stop-start.

The hybrid and plug-in hybrid are the fuel economy champs for Fusion, which we've covered elsewhere.

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November 25, 2016
2016 Ford Fusion 4-Door Sedan SE FWD

Great car for the money...

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I wanted a berline so I bought the Fusion SE with the 2l ecoboost FWD because of its better price compare to the others in the same category, its look and its features. Now it has 5000 km and I still love it... + More »
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November 12, 2016
2016 Ford Fusion 4-Door Sedan SE FWD

Love my Fusion. A lot of car for not a lot of money

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I bought my Ford Fusion a few months ago because the rebates were so good. I drove it and it drives like a dream. Exceptional gas mileage. A lot of great comfort features. Drove out with a great rate and... + More »
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August 5, 2016
2016 Ford Fusion 4-Door Sedan S FWD

Not bad for a base model sedan

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Purchased the 2016 s sedan with a great rebate totaling 4500, bring a new sedan price closer to certified used cars. The interior is amazing for a base model, soft plastics and fit were above past hard plastic... + More »
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January 19, 2016
2016 Ford Fusion 4-Door Sedan SE FWD

This car has style & comfort with many options

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This will be my third Fusion 2012,2013 & 2016 and they just keep getting better
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September 15, 2015
2016 Ford Fusion 4-Door Sedan Titanium FWD

All the trimmings

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I absolutely love this car!! It is one of the best I've owned or driven for it's price point. I've put this car through the paces. High speed handling in curves and winding roads, acceleration and braking... + More »
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September 8, 2015
2016 Ford Fusion 4-Door Sedan Titanium AWD

Feels better than my BMW ever did!

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I am completely impressed with the steering, brakes, ride and overall quality of my 2016 Fusion AWD. I previously had a 2103 BMW 328i X-Drive, it had numerous problems right from day 1 of ownership, the Fusion... + More »
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February 24, 2016
2015 Ford Fusion 4-Door Sedan Titanium Hybrid FWD

A Solid Car All the Way Around

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Exterior design with the Y spoke wheels is spectacular. Interior has numerous features and is quite comfortable. Get numerous comments about how it's as sophisticated, attractive and luxurious as a BMW. Car... + More »
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January 6, 2016
2015 Ford Fusion 4-Door Sedan Titanium FWD

Bad MPG and too much torque steer for mediocre performance

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Decent car with far too much torque steer for a 2015 car. Interior has nice features but is a little cheap looking. Gas mileage is very disappointing.
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August 19, 2015
2015 Ford Fusion 4-Door Sedan SE FWD

James Bond styling vis a vie Aston Martin look grill/front end, with great performance from the 2.0 liter E boost turbo!

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Great looks and styling caught my eye when first revealed in 2012-13 model year. Turbo performance is very responsive and combined mpg @ 26-27 is ok. Leather seating surfaces are 'adequate' for a middle of the... + More »
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April 28, 2015
2015 Ford Fusion 4-Door Sedan SE FWD

A very nice car.

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Bought my Fusion a few months ago. Now over 3,000 miles later I would still buy it again. It is quiet, and smooth, and stable. All things that I would expect of a new car. The performance was a little... + More »
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