Pretty much any way you look at it, the 2014 Ford Fusion is one of the most attractive mid-size sedans on the market. It's a standout whether you judge it by its impressive collection of details or how it wraps all these elements together, in context.
At the front, the 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. We like how it takes a step away from the super-angular, more pinched look of the Focus and Fiesta interior, instead framing the center stack of controls in a simple metallic ring that leaves a strong graphic imprint on the cabin. Even on lesser models, there's a small LCD screen for radio and SYNC displays, flanked by a small battalion of hard buttons. It is undersized for the allotted space but doesn't seem completely out of place. Our chief complaint inside is the use of gloss black plastic on the dash and door panel armrests; it's prone to scratch and swirl, and doesn't look as good after only a few thousand miles as it does before a single use.
On versions with MyFord Touch's voice, wheel, and touch controls, the vitals are reduced to an elegant LCD touchscreen panel and to a minimum of breaks on the surface of the dash. Most of the controls here are almost flush--capacitive controls run the climate control systems and some audio functions, with only a couple of actual knobs. It's a striking effect, with obvious influences from Volvo, including the storage bin under the climate controls, open at the sides.