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The 2016 Fusion is all about drivetrain options. Buyers have many engine and transmission choices, all of which produce stellar fuel economy. Engines include a 2.5L 4-cylinder, a 1.5L 4-cylinder turbo, a 2.0L 4-cylinder turbo, a 2.0L 4-cylinder hybrid and a plug-in hybrid system. A 6-speed automatic transmission is mated to them all and the Fusion is available in all-wheel drive.
For those looking for efficiency, the Hybrid, Energi plug-in hybrid, and 1.5L turbo are the engines of choice. The 1.5L turbocharged engine returns up to 37 mpg on the highway. The Fusion Hybrid is more efficient and will sip gasoline to the tune of 47 mpg in the city and 44 mpg on the highway. Finally the Energi plug-in hybrid is capable of running only on electricity for shorter trips, potentially limiting gasoline consumption to almost nothing.
The Fusion comes in three basic trims: S, SE and Titanium. S models are the most basic, but still come nicely equipped as is appropriate for a midsized sedan. The basic 2.5L engine is the only engine available on S models. Features include power door locks and windows, halogen projector headlamps, a tilting and telescoping steering wheel and a trip computer. Ford's SYNC system is standard, as is an MP3-capable stereo with an auxiliary input jack, along with a rearview camera. The stereo and the cruise control can be operated by buttons mounted on the steering wheel.
The SE model enhances the level of basic equipment and also allows buyers to choose from some more drivetrain options. The 1.5L turbo, the 2.0L turbo and the 2.0L Hybrid are all options for the SE. Standard equipment on the SE includes a 10-way power adjustable driver's seat, heated mirrors and 17-inch wheels.
Stepping up to the Titanium edition will bring buyers a more luxury-oriented Fusion. Starting at just under $31,000, the Titanium edition comes with the powerful 2.0L turbocharged engine and is the only model available with all-wheel drive. 18-inch polished aluminum wheels are standard. Seating surfaces are leather and heated, and a 12-speaker Sony audio system with satellite radio provides in-car entertainment. SYNC systems on the Titanium also include MyFord Touch, meaning there is an 8-inch LCD touchscreen in the center console that houses the optional navigation system. Two smaller configurable LCD screens are also embedded in the instrument cluster.
Safety features on the Fusion are extensive. The car utilizes eight airbags as well as the standard suite of electronic safety equipment, including anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control. Emergency brake assistance is also standard on all Fusions as is an electronic parking brake.
Available Plug-in Hybrid Drivetrain
The Ford Fusion remains essentially unchanged for 2016. A new appearance package makes its way to the S version, while Hybrid and Energi versions have gotten a modest price cut. Also new on the Hybrid and Energi is an eco driving mode which should cut energy consumption by the climate control, while simultaneously producing more gradual acceleration from the car.
The Ford Fusion is a mid-sized sedan and must therefore compete in an incredibly competitive segment, going up against heavyweights such as the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord. Ford has priced the car accordingly, with models starting at $22,000. On the other end of the price spectrum, the Fusion can be outfitted with a variety of luxury equipment, providing a sensible alternative to the entry-level cars sold by several luxury marques.
Engine: 2.5L iVCT
Transmission: 6 Speed Automatic w/SelectShift
Transmission w/Driver Selectable Mode
3.07 Axle Ratio
500CCA Maintenance-Free Battery w/Run Down Protection
Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
16.5 Gal. Fuel Tank
Single Stainless Steel Exhaust w/Chrome Tailpipe Finisher
Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
Multi-Link Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs, Brake Assist, Hill Hold Control and Electric Parking Brake
Brake Actuated Limited Slip Differential
Wheels: 17" Painted Aluminum
Tires: P235/50R17 BSW All Season
Wheels w/Painted Accents
Steel Spare Wheel
Compact Spare Tire Mounted Inside Under Cargo
Body-Colored Front Bumper
Body-Colored Rear Bumper
Chrome Side Windows Trim
Body-Colored Door Handles
Body-Colored Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Convex Spotter, Manual Folding and Turn Signal Indicator
Interior Trim -inc: Metal-Look Instrument Panel Insert, Metal-Look Door Panel Insert, Metal-Look/Piano Black Console Insert and Chrome Interior Accents
Full Cloth Headliner
Cloth Door Trim Insert
Metal-Look Gear Shift Knob
Cloth Front Bucket Seats -inc: 10-way power driver seat w/2-way power lumbar (fore/aft, up/down, recline), memory, 6-way power passenger seat (fore/aft, up/down w/recline) and 4-way front seat head restraints
Day-Night Rearview Mirror
Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination
Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Mini Overhead Console w/Storage and 3 12V DC Power Outlets
Front And Rear Map Lights
Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
Carpet Floor Trim and Carpet Trunk Lid/Rear Cargo Door Trim
Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
Cargo Space Lights
FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate and Windows
Instrument Panel Bin, Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins
Power 1st Row Windows w/Front And Rear 1-Touch Up/Down
Delayed Accessory Power
Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
Outside Temp Gauge
Manual w/Tilt Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
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