Unlike most rivaling sedans in the mid-range market, Ford Fusion 2019 isn’t that much different from the previous model.
At the same time, there’s enough that will catch your eye. For example, it features brand-new front/back fascia, which looks pretty great.
Plus, the company changed a bit its trim and package policy, giving the potential customers more options to pick from.
Still, while the 2nd-gen Fusion was introduced in 2013, the 2019 version is, in many ways, the same car. Again, it is available in multiple different configurations, but I personally like SE most. It comes right after the entry-level S and is packed with all the essentials. And, according to statistics, it’s also the most popular model. Let us go ahead and talk more about this car and see which trim fits you best.
Does The Fusion Have Enough Appeal?
It needs to be said that while this model’s been a bit “lazy” of late, the closest competition has been busy. The list includes Toyota’s Camry, Mazda’s 6 and Honda’s Accord: they all went through major changes. Yet, Ford’s workhorse manages to hold its own, and I gotta say that in some aspects, it’s even the leader of the segment. It’s a solid pick as a mid-range sedan, especially if you’re planning on hauling a big family in it.
Besides, as mentioned in the intro, the engineers did introduce some clever innovations after all. Plus, Sync 3, Ford’s famous infotainment system, deserves the highest praise.
This is a 5-passenger car, available in 5 trims: I already mentioned the basic S and its bigger “brother”, SE. SEL, Titanium, and V6 Sport follow. Obviously, there are also hybrid and plug-in configurations available, but I’ve reviewed them separately.
Checking Out The Trims And Pricing
S is available for 22.8K dollars in the US, which puts it on par with other mid-sizers. The owners of the cheapest Ford Fusion 2019 will get a 2.5-lit 4-cyl engine. It’s good for 173 horses and 174 lb-ft of torque, paired to a 6-speed automatic and FWD. The list of available goodies includes 16-inch (steel) wheels, cruise control, a rearview camera, 60/40 folding back seats, a 4.2-inch display, a 4-speaker sound system, and more.
For a bigger screen, voice controls, dual-zone climate control, and Smartphone compatibility, you’ll need to purchase the Co-Pilot360 Assist package.
Fusion SE, in turn, will cost you 24.1K and features a 1.5-lit turbocharged engine (181HP, 185 lb-ft). It’s equipped with an engine start/stop system (helps save fuel). Satellite radio, 6 speakers, power-adjustable seats, and that 8-inch screen are part of the standard pack. The Assist package is more safety-oriented.
SEL is available for 28.5K. If you’d like to see LED lights, remote/keyless ignition, heated mirrors, and a mighty 11-speaker system, among other things, this trim is for you.
Titanium is significantly pricier: 34.3K. But, it’s got a mighty 2.0-lit turbocharged engine under the hood. Heated/ventilated front seats, fog lights, a sunroof, and 12 speakers with HD radio are even more reasons to consider buying this model.
Finally, V6 Sport is the most expensive trim. It costs 40K and is aimed at the fans of sporty cars. If you’re looking for a family vehicle, there’s no need in paying for the 2.7-lit V6 (325 horses, 350 torque), AWD, 19-inch wheels, advanced suspension, and a rear spoiler.
How Does It Feel On The Road?
Despite the fact that this is a “boring family hauler”, Ford Fusion 2019 is still enjoyable to drive. Handling, steering, and braking are above-average for this class. The basic engine isn’t particularly fast, and it takes it up to 10 seconds to go from zero to 60mph. What’s more important is that steering is consistent and weighted. Just don’t expect it to feel like a Mustang on the open road.
The lack of connection to the road is the biggest downside, but, again, this is quite a flexible and nimble car, especially for a mid-size sedan. For driving around in the city, the latest Fusion is a fantastic vehicle. Road noise is minimal; on a highway, the car feels super smooth.
What About The Interior?
The seats are highly comfortable and will keep you nice and cozy for hours of driving. The entry-level cloth seats are of high quality (but, they can’t compete with the optional leather ones). Overall, the interior is a sight for sore eyes. There’s plenty of space in the cabin, and it won’t be a problem for folks to get in and out of the car (for tall people, the rear seats will be a bit harder to reach, though).
Outward visibility is also above average. Finally, the overall build quality is impressive and the car looks great from the outside. I took my time by carefully examining the entry-level S trim and didn’t find any rattles/squeaks that would bother me. Check out the video to see exactly what I’m talking about. A large enough trunk with tons of cabin storage, voice control, Smartphone integration, and Sync 3 turn this car is a must-have.
Technology-wise, Fusion used to be a bit outdated (that’s especially true for the 2010+ models). But right now, it’s on par with Accord and Camry. Sync 3 looks and works as it should, and all the controls are exactly where they belong. The infotainment system doesn’t take forever to respond; navigation is on point.
The Bottom Line
Ford Fusion 2019 boasts a composed, comfy ride, great handling, and industry-leading reliability. Plus, it’s quite affordable and will be an excellent pick for families around the globe. Add a lovely interior with high-quality materials (both on the seats and the dashboard) and a quiet engine, and you’ll get yourself a bargain. Finally, the list of available safety features is more than impressive (again, important for people with little kids).
Sadly, the entry-level dashboard is a bit slower and “buggier” than some of the competition’s systems. And, this isn’t the most economic car in terms of fuel consumption (but among the very best, though).
Summing up, I want to say that Fusion is about consistency – it’s been a solid ride for many years, and Ford Fusion 2019 is still a vehicle that you won’t be disappointed with.
You can see the brand-new car in more details in the video: