NEW FOR 2015:

– +5 hp, +5 lb-ft of torque for 2.5 engine.
– 1.6L EcoBoost engine discontinued.
– Manual transmission discontinued.
– Standard reverse camera.

Ford’s Fusion is a revelation in the midsize sedan segment. It’s been eons since a family sedan as spacious, practical, and comfortable as this has been as stylish or good to drive. Now in its third year of production, the Fusion remains effectively unchanged but for a standard reverse camera for all models.

Technology is a big part of the Fusion’s appeal. Leaf through the brochure and you’ll find that it has plenty of big-car features available ranging from full-speed radar cruise control with auto-brake, to lane-keeping assist, rear-seat inflatable seatbelts, and even automated parallel parking. Ford’s SYNC system is standard on all models; the neat-looking but sometimes frustrating MyFordTouch system with its large eight-inch touchscreen display is available as an option.

For 2015, the Fusion is available with three engines: a 2.5-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder (175 hp, 175 lb-ft of torque), a 1.5-litre EcoBoost four-cylinder turbo (181 hp, 185 lb-ft of torque), and a 2.0-litre EcoBoost four-cylinder turbo (240 hp, 270 lb-ft of torque). All come paired to a six-speed automatic as standard. The 2.5 and 1.5 motors come with front-wheel drive; the 2.0 can be had with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Ford also offers hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions of the Fusion, which are covered in a separate report.

The Fusion is available in three trims: S, SE, and Titanium.

The S includes 16-inch aluminum wheels, body colour door handles and exterior mirrors, power mirrors with integrated blind spot mirror, black rocker mouldings, automatic headlamps, chrome grille, capless fuel filler, LED tail lights, six-way manually adjustable driver’s seat, four-way manually adjustable passenger’s seat, cloth upholstery, 60/40 split folding rear seat, cabin air filter, map lights, illuminated vanity mirrors, 4.2-inch display audio system with AM/FM/CD player, four speakers, SYNC, USB port, aux-in jack, single-zone manual air conditioning, illuminated lockable glove box, power door locks, power windows with one-touch up and down, reverse camera, tilt and telescoping steering column, cruise control, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, MyKey, illuminated entry, and an alarm.

Key options include all-weather floor mats, engine block heater, inflatable rear safety belts, remote starter, and trunk cargo net.

SE adds 17-inch aluminum wheels, heated side-view mirrors with integrated LED turn signals, body colour rocker mouldings, SecuriCode keyless entry keypad, 10-way power driver’ seat with power lumbar support, six-way power passenger seat, rear-seat fold-down arm rest, six-speaker audio system, compass, exterior temperature display, rear air conditioning ducts, rear carpeted floor mats, and satellite radio.

Equipment Group 201A (Appearance Package) adds 18-inch five-spoke aluminum wheels, rear decklid spoiler, fog lamps, leather-wrapped steering wheel, EcoCloth upholstery, and contrasting red stitching for the seats and front armrest.

Equipment Group 202A (Luxury Package) adds 1.5-litre EcoBoost four-cylinder, driver seat memory feature, six-way power front passenger seat with power recline, heated front seats, leather upholstery, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, fog lights, memory function for mirrors, security approach lamps, and an auto-dimming driver’s side mirror.

Key options include 2.0-litre EcoBoost engine, 18-inch wheels, Active Park assist, Adaptive cruise control and collision warning with brake support, all-weather floor mats, engine block heater, heated front seats with driver’s side memory, heated steering wheel, inflatable rear safety belts, proximity key with push-button start, intelligent all-wheel drive, power moonroof with garage door opener, remote start, premium carpeted floor mats, rear parking sensors, navigation, trunk cargo net, blind-spot monitoring system, cross-traffic alert, automatic high beams, rain-sensing wipers, 110-volt power outlet, MyFord Touch infotainment screen with dual 4.2-inch LCD displays in instrument cluster and 8.0-inch main infotainment screen, and dual-zone climate control.

Titanium builds on SE and adds standard 18-inch wheels, 2.0 EcoBoost engine with all-wheel drive, sport seats with 10-way power adjustment, heated front seats, memory settings, leather upholstery, aluminum pedals, aluminum front door sill plates, ambient lighting, Sony 12-speaker audio system, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, dual zone automatic climate control, proximity key with push-button start and remote starter, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, MyFord Touch infotainment screen with dual 4.2-inch LCD displays in instrument cluster and 8.0-inch main infotainment screen, body colour door handles with chrome inserts, auto-dimming driver’s side mirror, dual exhaust tips, fog lights, rear decklid spoiler, and reverse sensor.

Key options include 19-inch wheels, active park assist with forward sensing system, adaptive cruise control with collision warning and auto-brake, all-weather floor mats, heated and ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel, inflatable rear seatbels, power moonroof, premium carpeted floor mats, blind-spot monitoring system with cross-traffic alert, lane-keeping system, automatic high beams, rain-sensing wipers, 110-volt power outlet, trunk cargo net, and navigation.

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