Wednesday, August 14, 2013

What Makes the Fusion a Good Choice in Mid-Size Sedans?

The mid-size sedan market is very competitive, with many options such as the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, and the Hyundai Sonata. The Ford Fusion first entered the competition in 2006, and since then has offered a variety of features and engine options, including a hybrid model. For more information on a Ford Fusion dealer, visit or similar websites.

Fusion History

 The first generation of Fusions lasted from 2006 to 2009 and underwent a few changes during that time period. The first generation began as a front-wheel drive model, with all-wheel drive being first offered as an option in 2007. The first fusion had a standard 2.3-L four-cylinder engine with 160hp and a five-speed manual or optional five-speed automatic transmission. A 3.0-L V6 with 221hp was also available, with a six-speed automatic transmission. The trim levels available were S, SE, and SEL, with a sport package being first available in 2008.

Second-generation Ford Fusions experienced a redesign of the exterior, as well as the addition of a Sport trim level. The standard engine was a 2.5-L four-cylinder with 175hp, and an optional 3.0-L V6 with 240hp, both options being front-wheel drive. The Sport trim level had a 3.5-L V6 with 263hp and an option of all-wheel drive. All engines could be paired with either the standard six-speed manual or optional six-speed automatic transmission.

The Current Fusion

The current generation of Ford Fusion debuted as a 2013 model, with exterior updates and the trim levels of S, SE, and Titanium. Engine options include the standard 2.5-L four-cylinder with 175hp, a 1.6-L turbocharged four-cylinder with 178hp, or a 2.0-L turbocharged four-cylinder with 240hp. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard, but the 1.6-L has the option of a six-speed manual. Front-wheel drive is standard on all models, but all-wheel drive is an option for Titanium trim levels. The 2014 Fusion has the addition of a 1.5-L turbocharged four-cylinder as a fourth engine option. Two hybrid models are also available, which boast fuel economies of 47mpg in the city and 47mpg on the highway, or 44mpg in the city and 41mpg on the highway. The expected fuel economy for the 2.5-L engine is 22mpg/24mpg, while 25mpg/37mpg is expected for the 1.6-L, 23mpg/36mpg for the 1.5-L, and 22mpg/33mpg for the 2.0-L.

Standard features for the Fusion include power locks and windows, a trip computer, automatic headlights, an auxiliary jack, power side mirrors, 16-inch tires, and key less entry. Standard safety features found on the Fusion include electric power assisted steering, airbags including side curtain and front knee airbags, a tire pressure monitoring system, LATCH, and rear child locks. The upper trim levels offer such additional features as 17- or 18-inch wheels, an exterior keypad, heated mirrors, rear vents, remote start, and HD radio. For more information on the Ford Fusion, visit or similar dealer websites.

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