Changes for the 2015 Ford Fusion:
Ford tweaks its midsize sedan for 2015, adding a standard reversing camera, 16-inch aluminum wheels, and configurable daytime running lights. Addressing a common complaint, Ford also installs a 6-way power front passenger’s seat in the SE model, while the Titanium model gets a 10-way power front passenger’s seat.
All-wheel drive is now offered with the optional 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine on SE models equipped with the SE Appearance Package or the SE Luxury Package. You won’t find a manual transmission or a 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine for the Fusion SE, though, as they’ve been dropped for 2015.
Four new colors also debut, and a new Terracotta Package adds special leather, premium floor mats, and an upgraded 18-inch wheel finish to SE or Titanium models.
Three versions of the Fusion are available: Fusion, Fusion Hybrid, and Fusion Energi, the latter a plug-in hybrid model. Each can be outfitted in S, SE, or Titanium trim.
Few upgrades are offered for the S, while the top-of-the-line Titanium includes leather seats, 10-way power heated front seats, a MyFord Touch infotainment system, a Sony premium audio system, dual-zone climate control, push-button starting, 18-inch aluminum wheels, and more.
Engines and Transmissions:
Ford provides five different powertrain choices for the Fusion. A 175-horsepower, 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine is standard for S and SE models, while a more efficient 181-hp, 1.5-liter EcoBoost turbocharged 4-cylinder is optional for the SE.
Alternatively, a 240-hp, 2.0-liter EcoBoost turbocharged 4-cylinder is available for the SE and standard for the Titanium. All-wheel drive is optional with the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine, while a 6-speed automatic transmission comes standard across the board.
Fusion Hybrid models have a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine combined with an eCVT transmission, an 88 kW electric motor, and a 1.4 kWh lithium-ion battery to produce a combined 188 hp. Meanwhile, the Energi plug-in hybrid’s larger battery provides a pure electric range of 19 miles and a combined 188 to 195 hp (depending on charge status). It takes 7 hours to recharge the Fusion Energi using a standard household outlet, or 2.5 hours using a 240V outlet.
Fuel Economy Ratings:
The EPA estimates that you’ll average between 25 mpg and 29 mpg in combined driving with a gas-fired Fusion, depending on the powertrain configuration. The Fusion Hybrid is rated to return 42 mpg in combined driving, while the Fusion Energi gets 88 MPGe (38 mpg when the battery is depleted).
The NHTSA gives the 2015 Fusion an overall crash-test rating of 5 stars, but consumers should note the 3-star rating for driver protection in a side-impact collision. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the 2014 Fusion a “Top Safety Pick” rating, but had not carried that rating forward for the 2015 Fusion as this summary was written.
Aside from its hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains, the 2015 Fusion’s technology highlights include safety systems such as MyKey programmable features, inflatable rear seat belts, a blind-spot information system with rear cross-traffic alert, a Lane Keeping Assist system, and adaptive cruise control with forward collision warning.
Written by Christian Wardlaw
July 21, 2014
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