The Fusion is available in three versions: a traditional gasoline-fueled model, a gas-electric hybrid, and the Energi plug-in hybrid. The two electrically-driven versions are covered in separate articles.
Since its redesign for model-year 2013, the Fusion has solidified its place at the top of the family-sedan class. The eye-catching sheet metal that was so distinctive a few years ago is rapidly being copied by other manufacturers. Handling is much better than should reasonably be expected from a mainstream midsize sedan. It gives up nothing in materials quality, everyday convenience and all-around goodness to its competitors.
The Fusion can be had in three trim levels: S, SE, and Titanium. Standard equipment across the line includes a six-speed automatic transmission, four-wheel disc brakes, air conditioning, a backup camera and Ford’s SYNC voice-operated infotainment system.
The base-model S is already a well-equipped and comfortable car, although Ford does keep a firm lid on options at this trim level. The only engine available for the S is the 2.5-liter four-cylinder driving the front wheels. A $795 Appearance package provides some sporty-looking body-trim pieces and 18-inch wheels; the rear spoiler is available individually. The only other options are paint-protection film, airbag-equipped rear-seat seatbelts, and a variety of cargo-management solutions.