Fusion is Ford’s workhorse in the mid-size sedan segment. Ever since the complete overhaul back in 2013, this brand has been in the front of the market, winning awards, medals, critical acclaim, and – most importantly – customer love, trust, and respect. Three years later, it’s basically the same car – almost identical. True, the company spent some quality time perfecting the concept and adding minor updates throughout, but nothing serious. To see just how little Ford changed last year. This year they overdid themselves and made even fewer upgrades; nevertheless, the Ford Fusion 2016 is a top contestant and an all-around amazing sedan for the middle class.
Still On Top Of The World
The strong sides include quite a stylish design, superb handling, a noise-free cabin, and a pretty economical powertrain. I gotta say, though, that the fierce rivalry, such as the latest Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, Nissan Altima, and, of course, Toyota Camry offer pretty much the same “Can’t-go-wrong” pack, so, there’s a lot of fish in the sea.
In a super-crowded and highly qualified market like that every last one of the contestants is a great choice any time of the day (or year). They’re practically the same, with minor differences like better fuel-efficiency in the Accord, or a royal interior in the Fusion. The fact alone that the Ford Fusion 2016 is among the very best after three years of laziness and downtime is a great achievement.
Interior Comfort And Style
In terms of interior, the 2016 Fusion is almost a complete copy of the 2015 model. They kept the urban approach to styling, with top-quality materials and finishes. The driver’s seat is super versatile, and you can adjust the height to your liking easily. Trunk capacity is at 16 cubic feet – that’s standard for a mid-size sedan nowadays. The back seats are comfy and there is enough leg- and head-room; the cabin is noise-free, so, the ride is very much enjoyable.
Ford Fusion 2016 – Different Trims, Different Options
Alright, let’s dig in: the 2016 Fusion is a 4-door, 5-passenger midsize sedan, and it comes with 3 different trims to choose from – S, SE, and Titanium. The standard-level S trim is a pretty sweet deal: it comes packed with the 2.5-lit 4-cyl engine, that’s good for 175 HP and 175 lb-ft of torque. It’s a front-wheel drive, paired to a 6-speed automatic transmission.
Fuel-efficiency is pretty solid, and you’ll get 34 miles per gallon on the highway and 22 in the city (26mpg combined). As for the technological features and safety equipment, you’ve got cruise control, automatic headlights, the Sync system (voice commands), Bluetooth/USB connections, air conditioning, a rearview camera, a 4-speaker sound system, a CD player, and tons of other useful stuff. In addition, you can go for the Appearance package that features a rear spoiler (looks pretty street racer-like) and 18-inch alloy wheels. Not much, but not bad either.
Moving Up The Ladder – Ford Fusion SE
Next is the Fusion SE trim, and you’ve got a choice between three engines. First one is the basic 2.5-lit engine. The second one is a turbocharged 1.5-lit 4-cyl unit that’s paired to a 6-speed automatic and provides 181 horses and 185 pound-feet of torque. It returns about 37mpg hwy/25 city with a combined 29mpg. Or, better yet, if you want maximum power from the Ford Fusion 2016 SE, take a look at the (also turbocharged) 2.0-lit 4-cyl engine with 240HP and 270 lb-ft of torque (paired to a 6-speed automatic). Technology-wise, the SE trim goes a step further and offers a 6-speaker sound system, satellite radio, keypad entry, 17-inch alloy wheels, heated mirrors, etc.
The Appearance package is available as well, plus, you can get the Luxury package that offers heated front seats (great in harsh winter times) and leather upholstery (who doesn’t want a bit of luxury?) among other stuff. The top dog is the MyFord Touch pack that transforms the vehicle into a feature-packed monster with equipment like dual-zone automatic climate control, a better version of the Sync system, and, of course, the MyFord Touch interface with a beautiful eight-inch touchscreen.
The “I Am Titanium” Trim
The highest trim level available for the Ford Fusion 2016 is the Titanium trim. It comes packed with the turbocharged 2.0-lit 4-cyl engine that’s optional for the SE. In field tests, the Titanium with AWD goes from 0 to 60MPH in 6.9 seconds. In terms of fuel economy, this engine is the hungriest one – 33hwy/22city/26 combined. Obviously, this trim is fully packed with techy features and all kinds of coolness, such as keyless ignition and entry, sport front seats, 18-inch wheels, a 12-speaker (!) sound system, High Definition radio, as well as all of the amazing packages from SE. Additional features are endless: navigation, parallel parking, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning, a heated steering wheel, and practically every last techy and a safety feature that could come to your mind. You can even add a sunroof!
All in all, I would very much recommend the Ford Fusion 2016 if you’re a fan of quality, stability, stylish design and tech savvy. It’s a very versatile and flexible model with lots of options at your disposal. The starting price is as low as 22K, while the Titanium can cost you 30K and more. So, what’s your opinion on this latest offering from Ford? Do you like it? You wanna own it? Or is it not good enough for you and you prefer something like a Toyota Camry or a Honda Accord? Share your taste in the comments!
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