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The problem is that the touchscreen's buttons are too few, too small, and too confusing to navigate. We repeatedly had to pull over to figure out how to get back to the menu we wanted or find the right command.
One frustration with the manual-equipped model is that the dash only features a dinky digital tachometer to the left of the speedometer.
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The Fusion carries a price premium in this class to get a competitive engine under the hood.
In nearly all Fusions, the HVAC is also a flat-panel, haptic-touch affair. As always, the workarounds are the steering-wheel controls or voice activation, but we’d rather have physical controls that don’t demand so much eyes-off-the-road time.
The 2014 Ford Fusion spans quite a range, from within the reach of bargain shoppers to a true premium sedan. It offers plenty of luxury and entertainment features, but keeps many of them bundled in packages or limits them only to certain models or powertrain combinations.
Even the base Fusion S ends up costing a bit more than the base Altima or Camry; but it includes the 2.5-liter four-cylinder and a six-speed automatic transmission; power windows, locks, and mirrors; an AM/FM/CD player with an auxiliary jack; 16-inch wheels; cloth seats; SYNC with Bluetooth audio streaming; capless fuel filler; tilt/telescoping steering; cruise control; and steering-wheel audio and phone controls.
At the SE level, the Fusion adds standard satellite radio; more speakers (two more, for a total of six); a 10-way power driver seat; and 17-inch wheels. You can option up to the 2.0-liter turbocharged four (or the new 1.5-liter EcoBoost). We're assuming that the latter will still be available with the six-speed manual or six-speed automatic, while the 2.0-liter turbo four comes only with the automatic for a higher base price of up to $26,745.
Options on the SE include 18-inch wheels; a spoiler; a sunroof; memory seats; front heated seats; premium cloth upholstery or leather upholstery; a navigation system; an 8-inch LCD touchscreen with MyFord Touch voice, steering-wheel, touchscreen controls for vehicle systems; remote start; automatic stop/start; reverse parking sensors; active park assist; and safety tech like blind-spot monitors, lane-departure warnings and lane-keeping assist.
At the top of the lineup is the Fusion Titanium, which comes with the 2.0-liter turbo four standard and a choice of front- or all-wheel drive. It has almost all of the above equipment standard--including parking sensors; rearview camera; a Sony audio system; MyFord Touch; power front seats; HD Radio; pushbutton start; automatic climate control; 18-inch wheels; aluminum interior trim; and remote start.
Add a few things like the moonroof, 19-inch wheels, navigation, and safety-tech options, and you could lift the Fusion's sticker price to around $40k. But we think that 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.
For 2014, there's a new performance tire package with summer-only tires, available on the SE and Titanium models, while there are two new exterior colors: Dark Side and Sunset. Cooled front seats are also newly offered in the Titanium, while a heated steering wheel is also optional.
The 2014 Ford Fusion comes at a premium compared to some of its rivals, but it bristles with technology features and options.