Specifications of Ford Fusion 2.0 EcoBoost (240 HP) SelectShift
General characteristics of Ford Fusion 2.0 EcoBoost (240 HP) SelectShift
A six-speed automatic is the sole transmission available, although three engines and both FWD and AWD options mean there is a fair amount of choice within the range. While not the fastest transmission, it is tuned for everyday comfort and ensures that progress is always smooth, although not very exciting. The base model is the only one to do without turbocharging, leaving its 2.5-liter four-cylinder stuck with lowly outputs of 175 hp and 175 lb-ft. It's not enough for brisk acceleration or easy overtaking in this fairly large sedan.
The two EcoBoost engine options are much better-suited to hauling the Fusion around with some conviction. The smaller of the two turbocharged engines delivers 181 hp and 185 lb-ft, with the 2.0-liter motor - now the top performer in the range - managing 245 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque. Both engines improve the driving experience markedly over the bigger, yet underpowered, 2.5-liter. The 2.0-liter EcoBoost, in particular, is capable of a brisk turn of speed once the turbo spools up and makes overtaking an effortless affair. However, the Toyota Camry provides a more powerful V6 engine option. With the Fusion's V6 being discontinued for the 2020 model year, the Ford loses out to its Japanese rival in this respect.
It's in the ride and handling department that the aging Fusion still holds its own against newer rivals. Minimal body roll and steering that's both well-weighted and sharp to respond to driver inputs are typical of Ford sedans. On the more powerful models, this equates to quite an enjoyable midsize sedan to hustle through a few corners. The impressive chassis dynamics are matched by brakes that are easy to modulate, and which provide ample stopping power, both on the daily commute and in an emergency situation.
Of course, none of this would mean much if the Fusion failed to ride well. Fortunately, an absorbent suspension soaks up most road scars. The Ford is certainly a comfortable partner on an extended road trip, feeling planted and stable. Mid-corner bumps also don't upset the car's overall composure. All in all, this is a well-rounded sedan dynamically, and one of the main reasons that the Fusion is still worth consideration.
The Ford Fusion's interior is a reasonably pleasant place to be, with enough space for all passengers and a logical layout for most controls. However, the unusual rotary design for the gear shift takes a bit of time to get used to. The base model, unfortunately, feels entry-level, with inferior materials and few of the best infotainment features. While higher trim levels feature pleasing materials, actual build quality is a bit off, with some panels not aligning as perfectly as they should. This is by no means a bad cabin, but the Fusion is some way behind the best of the pack.
The Fusion comfortably accommodates five passengers. Ingress and egress are simple enough, with only a sloping roofline requiring that rear-seat passengers get down a bit lower. Legroom is generous both front and back, but rear headroom is average, and six-footers will feel a touch confined. A good driving position is easy to find thanks to sufficient adjustment in the seat and the steering wheel. Even though the windshield pillars could be slimmer, there's reasonable outward visibility, although some effort will be required to counter fairly large blind spots as a result of tiny rear quarter windows.
If for some reason you need to cart around four sets of golf clubs you'll be happy to know that the Fusion's capacious 16 cubic-foot trunk will be able to accommodate them. The large trunk is one of the best in the segment and also benefits from a low liftover height and a broad, practically-shaped opening. The rear seatbacks can also be folded down to increase cargo capacity.
Interior storage space for smaller items is catered for by door pockets, a reasonably sized glovebox, and a sizable storage bin between the two front occupants. Overall, the Fusion puts in a good showing and provides enough space and practicality for the average family's requirements.