2021 Ford Fusion

MSRP $23,170 - $28,690

Ranked #7 in Sedan


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2021 Ford Fusion Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 5, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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Many people are aware of the fact that Ford has exited the sedan segment, at least in the US market. However, there is a catch and that catch is called the Ford Fusion. As the Fusion is the last and lone survivor in Ford’s lineup of the so-called low on sale sedans, it remains to be seen how far it can go on with the craze of SUVs seeing no end. We predict the Fusion might also be replaced by some of Ford’s compact SUV just like it replaced the Mondeo (still available in Europe and the Middle East). However for now Ford looks all set to launch the 2021 Ford Fusion later this year.

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Optional All-Wheel Drive for added capability

Impressive Handling

Safety at its best

Healthy list of standard features


Lethargic Acceleration from base engine

Subpar interior materials

No more Sport trim

What's New?

No major changes expected


vehicle bio

base price



dr Sedan

engine type


152 cu.in.


173 hp @ 6000 rpm


174 lbs.-ft. @ 4500 rpm


roadside assistance


Pictures & Videos


S$23,170 onwards

SE$24,500 onwards

SEL$28,690 onwards

Colors and Styles

2021 Ford Fusion in Oxford White color
Oxford White

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.


Pricing and Features


Fuel Economy












Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide


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Introduced in 2006 model year this classy sedan despite its age and impending demise, is an appealing ride that catches the eye of many people who are looking for a car in the budget segment. The Fusion managed to stand out with plenty of safety and technology features on offer. There are four available engine options, two that are hybrids and, one of which can be configured with an all-wheel drive. There are few modifications to the 2021 line up, save for a few minor trim-dependent aesthetic tweaks. There are also six trim levels that span from basic to near-luxury.

The 2021 Ford Fusion will offer remarkable versatility in a fiercely contested segment now. In competition to the current Fusion, other manufacturers like Honda have the Accord and the Civic. Toyota is also known for its budget segment and give a fierce competition to its Camry, which is immensely popular with family buyers across the USA. In the following article, we are going to stack up the 2021 and most probably last, Ford Fusion sedan against the competition of its segment.

2021 Ford Fusion Sedan front angle view
2021 Ford Fusion Sedan rear angle view

Fuel Economy





2021 Ford Fusion Features

The 2021 Ford Fusion is expected to come with the same trim line-up but Ford can certainly, add or subtract some features from the trims. The current Ford Fusion is offered in four trims namely: S, SE, SEL and Titanium. You also get an option of choosing between front-wheel and all wheel drive configuration as well. However, the all-wheel-drive option is only available with the SE and the Titanium trim. With all trims, you get a 6-speed automatic transmission. We expect no price increase as there might be no to minimal changes with the 2021 line-up. Ford also offers a performance model called the V6 Sport for us car enthusiasts which develops 325-hp and is nothing less than exhilarating to drive.
















Key Features

Lane-Keeping System

All the features in S trim added/replaced and:

All the features in SE trim added/replaced and:

All the features in SEL trim added/replaced and:


6-way manual driver’s seat and 4-way manual passenger seat

10-way power driver’s seat and 4-way power passenger

10-way power driver’s seat with 2 memory settings, power lumbar and 6-way power passenger seat.

10-way power driver’s seat with power lumbar and 6-way power passenger seat


Pre-Collision Assist

Dual-zone automatic temperature control

Active X seating material

Leather Sport seats 


CD player with 4 speakers

CD player with 6 speakers

Premium Audio System with 11 speakers

Sony sourced Audio System with 12 speakers


Rotary Gear Shift Dial

SiriusXM Radio

LED Signature Lighting

Heated and cooled front seats


Automatic Halogen Headlamps

External Temperature Indicator

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

Voice Assisted Navigation System


Solar Tinted Glass

Reverse Sensing System

Power heated rearview mirrors with security approach lamps

Heated Steering Wheel


16-inch steel Wheels 

17-inch Aluminium Wheels

18-inch Aluminium Wheels

19-inch Aluminum Wheels

*2020 figures used for reference purposes.

Expected Price and Release Date of the 2021 Ford Fusion

The 2021 Ford Fusion Sedan is expected to carry a starting price tag of around $24,100 and will go up to $35,900. The following is a detailed list of the expected prices of all the trims that will be up for sale:

  • S: $24,100
  • SE: $25,400
  • SEL: $29,600
  • Energi: $35,900
  • Hybrid SE: $28,900
  • Titanium: $35,400

The car was expected to release in early 2021 in the months of February-March, but we may see a delay in production due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Hence you should expect the car around June or July of 2021. However the low-selling, 325-horsepowered Ford Fusion Sport might not live to see the daylight of 2021. This shouldn’t affect the buyers much as Ford has planned to terminate the Fusion sedan in the coming few years. A recent report also confirmed the Fusion's death is, in fact, quite impending, and hence 2021 model year will be the Fusion's last.

2021 Ford Fusion Engine and Performance

The 2021 Ford Fusion will get the same engine options as the 2020 model. The reason for this is probably the fact that Ford does not want to invest in the sedan segment due to the SUV demand plunder. Powertrain offerings with the current Fusion start with a 175-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a competent six-speed automatic transmission, and a front-wheel-drive setup. This engine is just about adequate for the city use but runs out of breath if you try to go hard and fast. Another engine on offer will be the 1.5 liter turbocharged 4 cylinder motor which develops 181 hp. This engine is available with the SE and the SEL trim and offers better performance. Due to the turbo, the acceleration is much improved and this car take on the highway rides a lot better than the 2.5 liter unit.

2021 Ford Fusion Sedan Engine Bay

The Titanium trim comes with a sporty 2.0-liter turbo charged 4 cylinder mill which develops a healthy 245 hp which is easily more than adequate to take on the city as well as long distance cruising on the  highway. The 20201 model will come with Front-wheel drive as standard, while all-wheel drive will be available with the top of the line 2.0-liter engine. However, even the top trim is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission which is quick shifting but could have certainly done with more gears. The current Fusion is also available in a Hybrid setup which uses a 2.0-liter motor along with an electric motor. It develops a combined power of 188 hp and comes with a 1.4-kwh battery pack. The top trim (Titanium) gets a bigger batter pack which offers a 26 mile pure electric range. The Sport model which boasted of a 325-hp twin-turbo 2.7-liter V-6 and an all-wheel drive was discontinued and we do not see it returning back anytime soon.

Considering this vehicle size, it will most probably use extracts of the Ford Escape's powertrains, that are the following possibilities:

  • 181-hp turbocharged 1.5-liter inline-4 
  • 250-hp turbo 2.0-liter inline-4  
  • 200-hp hybrid using a 2.5-liter inline-4


Ford Fusion S

Honda Accord LX

Nissan Altima 2.5 S

Chevrolet Malibu L







2.5L Inline-4

1.5L Inline-4

2.5L Inline-4

1.5L Turbo Inline-4







6-Speed Automatic




Power (hp @ rpm)

175 @ 6000

192 @ 6600

188 @ 5500

163hp @ 5,700

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

175 @ 4,500

184 @ 5000

192 @ 1600

184 @ 2,500

*2020 figures used for reference purposes.

As can be seen from the spec sheet, the current Honda Accord Sedan puts out the most power and torque off the chart and hence justifies its price tag. The Ford Fusion on the other hand pumps out the least amount of power and torque and it feels a bit lethargic over the highways. The Nissan Altima on the other hand is the most refined of the lot and manages to give a the Fusion a run for its money. However, we do believe that an 8-speed shiftable automatic transmission with the Fusion would have probably kicked its numbers up even more!

How quick is the 2021 Ford Fusion?

The numbers of the current Ford Fusion have not been out officially out yet, but our tests suggest that the Ford Fusion is the second slowest car in terms of 0-60 mph acceleration. Hence, we would suggest you to go with the SE or SEL trim to get better performance. The weight of the Fusion also creates a road block the base or entry level engine  as it could feel a bit under powered in certain scenarios. As the 2021 Ford Fusion will be offered with the same powertrains, we do not expect any changes in terms of the 0-60 mph performance.

2021 Ford Fusion Sedan Side driving view


Ford Fusion S

Honda Accord LX

Nissan Altima 2.5 S

Chevrolet Malibu L

0-60 MPH 


7.6s(est.) sec

7.7 sec

8.5 sec

Quarter Mile 


15.9s(est.) sec

16.0 sec

16.0 sec

Top Speed 



140 MPH



2.5L Inline-4

1.5L Inline-4

2.5L Inline-4

1.5L Inline-4

*2020 figures used for reference purposes.

The slowest car in this comparison is the Chevy Malibu as it gets the least powerful motor of the lot. However it is also the car which costs the least in this comparison. On the other hand, The Honda Accord is the fastest car due to its better power output and transmission. Nissan has also done a good job at securing the second place which is due to its lighter weight and the engine power.

How well does the 2021 Ford Fusion brake?

The 2021 Ford Fusion is expected to offer the same braking setup as the 2020  model. Hence, the stopping power of the 2021 Fusion will be moderate or average to say the least. The car takes some time to halt as it is heavy. However the braking is linear and doesn’t feel abrupt thus providing comfort all round. The brake pedal provides a progressive feel and stop and go traffic doesn’t feel fidgety. But even with the added mass, it manages to stop in a shorter distance than most of its competitors. 


Ford Fusion S

Honda Accord LX

Nissan Altima 2.5 S

Chevrolet Malibu L

Brake Rotors Front





Brake Rotors Rear





Curb Weight

3472 lbs

3131 lbs

3212 lbs

3126 lbs

60-0 MPH

122 ft

163 ft(est.)

116 ft


*2020 figures used for reference purposes.

The Ford Fusion manages to reduce its braking distance due to its bigger brake rotors. However, its weight offsets the brake rotor advantage of the car. Honda Accord comes with the slowest reacting brakes which takes 163 feet to come to a standstill. The Altima and Malibu manage to sneak up right in between these two cars.

How well does the 2021 Ford Fusion Handle and Ride?

Ford cars are known for their comfort and confident handling. Hence things are no different with the Ford Fusion and the 2021 model shall ship with the same suspension and steering setup. This is no bad thing as the Fusion remains one of the comfortable car in its segment. Ford has managed to tune its suspension quite well for taking on broken roads and the passengers will appreciate its comfortable ride within the city limits. Over on the highway it remains pliant and high speed stability of the car is at par with the segment.

2021 Ford Fusion Sedan rear driving view

In terms of handling, the steering offers sharp and quick response. It is quite predictable and responds well to the driver inputs. On sharp corners, the car offers minimal body roll and feels confident as well. The rigid body structure give it exceptional stability  and it is easy to have some fun with the car on the twisties. Hence, the Fusion is one of the very well sorted in terms of drivings dynamics.

2021 Ford Fusion Fuel Economy


Expect the 2021 Fusion to return the same fuel efficiency numbers as there are no changes to be made in the powertrain. From a diesel drinking twin-turbo V-6 to a penny-pinching plug-in hybrid with a double-digit electric vehicle ranges, the Fusion's powertrains has covered a lot of roads in the past. The dependence on turbocharged gasoline engines in most versions could mean that drivers would have a tough time replicating EPA fuel-economy numbers on the tarmac. Our test vehicle with the base engien delivered a 26-mpg result over a 200-mile highway fuel-economy test, and the plug-in Energi managed a notable 39 mpg. 


Ford Fusion S

Honda Accord LX

Nissan Altima 2.5 S

Chevrolet Malibu L

MPG (City)





MPG (Highway)





MPG (Combined)





Fuel Capacity

16.5 gallons

14.8 gallons

16.2 gallons

15.8 gallons

Range (City/Hwy/Combined)

347/512/412 miles

444/562/488 miles

454/632/518 miles

458/569/505 miles

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15k mi/yr)





*2020 figures used for reference purposes.

The massive fuel tank of 16.5-gallon of the 2021 Ford Fusion Sedan is a huge factor that will leverage buyers it's way, especially the ones who predominandly drive on the highway. However, as its the budget segment, fuel economy makes a whole lot of difference which makes the Ford did a disappointing. The Honda Accord offer the best fuel economy keeping up with Honda’s fuel efficient lineage.

2021 Ford Fusion Interior


Due to the 2021 Ford Fusion being a carry over model, we do no expect any major changes on the inside. The interior is well laid out and the ergonomics are well sorted. All switches and knobs feel built to last and remain plain, simple and functional. It is a comfortable place to be in with seats providing adequate support all-around. However something like the rotary gear shifter takes a bit of time getting used to for newbies. The material quality is not up to mark on the base trim but as we go up, it improves. That said, the cabin has surely improved from the last iteration with chrome laden gauges and tactile switches for better feedback. Ford should have put in a little more effort for the base trim as it feels out of place. Soft-touch materials and leather trims upgrade the dull interior in the upper trims. 

2021 Ford Fusion Sedan Seating Layout

The front seats are the most comfortable ones on the inside. They are supportive and well-bolstered to hold you firmly with comfort. There is ample headroom and legroom in the front. Also, the tall and wide doors make entry and exit easy and comfortable. Overall visibility remains good with the wide front windshield and narrow A-pillars. The driver's seat is placed a bit on the higher side which also helps in outward visibility. The only left down are the rear seats which feel cramped for a car this size. The sloping roofline gives it a shorter headroom which taller occupants might find uneasy. The seats come with fabric upholstry in light stone color for making cabin feel airy. You also get more customization options as you go up the trim ladder.

The gas-powered Fusion holds as much, if not even more cargo as most competitors. However, the plug-in hybrid and hybrid models suffer the most due to their battery packs, which is strapped tight into place in the trunk of the car. This trim also adds leather, adaptive cruise control, a 12-speaker Sony sound system, ambient lighting, heated and cooled front seats, and steering wheel, and, last but not least, a sunroof.


Ford Fusion S

Honda Accord LX

Nissan Altima 2.5 S

Chevrolet Malibu L

Seating Capacity





Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)





Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)





*2020 figures used for reference purposes.

The 2021 Ford Fusion Sedan offers decent amount of head, leg, and shoulder room. Hence, it can comfortably accommodate four adults for a long drive. In comparison the Honda Accord offer premium looking cabin while the Nissan Altima feels the most spacious.

What about the infotainment system of the 2021 Ford Fusion?

The 2021 model will offer the same infotainment system as the 2020 Ford Fusion. The infotainment system on the base trim is barebone with a stereo AM/FM compatible CD player. It has the more basic version of the SYNC interface with voice-activation and a 4.2 inch LCD screen. However, as you move up the trim, it offers one of the best and use friendly infotainment system which is sure to keep many customers happy. Hence we suggest you to opt for the optional SYNC 3 infotainment system with a larger screen. It also offers a SYNC 3 with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Other than this, we have the standard. 

2021 Ford Fusion Infotainment System

Infotainment Features

  • AM/FM Stereo with CD Player
  • MP3 compatible
  • Four speakers
  • Bluetooth compatible
  • Audio System from Sony with 12 Speakers

How much cargo can the 2021 Ford Fusion?

The cargo space offered by the current Ford Fusion is impressive with 16 cubic feet of space to play around. The 60/40 rear split seats fold to give you a lot of cargo space when needed. As this is not a hybrid like its brothers, it doesn’t eat up any space in the trunk and it is a blessing in a world when hybrids are taking over! The Fusion Energi could hold a measly two or maybe three if adjusted small carry-on bags in its trunk while the standard Fusion held about five to six. The trunk capacity is also at par, and the non-hybrid versions that can fit in 5-6 bags.

2021 Ford Fusion Cargo Space


Ford Fusion S

Honda Accord LX

Nissan Altima 2.5 S

Chevrolet Malibu L

Cargo Capacity 

16.0 cu.ft.

16.7 cu.ft.

15.4 cu.ft.

15.7 cu.ft.

*2020 figures used for reference purposes.

Honda Accord is the only contender that manages to surpass the Ford with a marginal upgrade of 16.7 cubic feet. The Altima and Malibu have similar volume which puts them at the bottom of the chain. Hence, the Ford Fusion is a great car for the long distance journeys in this comparison.

Interior Features

  • 6-way manual driver’s seat 
  • 4-way manual passenger seat
  • 60/40 rear split seat
  • Cabin Air Filter
  • 4.2-inch configurable LCD in the instrument cluster
  • Rotary Gear Shift Dial
  • Integrated Front Door Storage
  • Message Center with Trip computer
  • Steering wheel with Cruise and Redundant Audio Controls
  • Push-button start

2021 Ford Fusion Exterior


The 2021 Ford Fusion will offer the same looks as well as physical dimensions and it will be hard for you to set the 2020 and 2021 models apart. The design of the Ford Fusion has aged quite well and even after 7 years it still looks attractive. The Fusion looks long and sleek and Ford has worked well on its design over the years. With the slopping roof and Aston Martin-esque grille the Fusion looks imposing from the front. The base S trim, looks pretty plain and the upper trims offer a better look. The bodywork on the 2021 Ford Fusion Sedan is a perfect example of 'striking exterior design' in a tsunami of dreary budget family haulers.

2021 Ford Fusion basic Sedan


Ford Fusion S

Honda Accord LX

Nissan Altima 2.5 S

Chevrolet Malibu

Curb Weight 

3472 lbs

3131 lbs

3212 lbs

    3126 lbs
















Ground Clearance










*2020 figures used for reference purposes.

Out of all its competitors, the 2021 Ford Fusion Sedan has the most curb weight, which makes this car score high on ride quality. It also has a sedan-suited length that will give you a premium experience. The width, height, and wheelbase are on par with its competitors and best suited for this price bracket.

Exterior Features

  • Capless Fuel Filler
  • Sleek 5 grille design with black finish and chrome surround
  • Daytime Running Headlamps
  • LED Tail Lights
  • Solar Tinted Glass
  • 16-inch steel wheels

2021 Ford Fusion Safety


The Ford Fusion boasts solid past scores and a suite of standard active safety features make it a standout. Even though we don't have any data about the 2021 fusion, we can still safely assume that the 2021 and 2020 models won't differ much when it comes to safety ratings. The 2020 Fusion performed well in both independent and federal and crash tests, managing a superb five stars overall rating from the NHTSA and "Good" scores all around from the IIHS except a measly "Poor" headlight rating, just keeping it from bagging a Top Safety Pick award.

Safety Features

  • Rear View Camera
  • AdvanceTrac with Electronic Stability Control(ESC)
  • SOS Post-Crash Alert
  • Perimeter Alarm
  • SecuriLock Passive Anti-theft System
  • Electric-Assist Parking Brake
  • Added safety with Driver and Passenger Knee Airbag
  • Individual Tyre Pressure Monitoring System
  • Front and Rear Seat Belt Pretensioners
  • Automatic Emergency braking 
  • Blind Spot Information
  • Adaptive Cruise Control(Only on Titanium trim)

Last year, the Fusion got automatic high-beam headlights, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, and blind-spot monitors. Adaptive cruise control is offered on some trims when added on with satellite navigation.

2021 Ford Fusion Competition


Honda Accord

The Accord is arguably the most practical car in its segment. Along with more cargo space, a spacious interior it also offers a punchy engine and good handling. It scores higher than the Ford in almost all aspects. The Accord also feels more premium on the inside and with offering good mileage it makes sure that the your ownership cost is light on your pocket. The Ford Fusion offers a better infotainment as well as safety features but Accord still takes the cake in overall features.

2021 Honda Accord

Nissan Altima

If you want a car full of feature than the Nissan Altima is the car for you . It offers excellent cabin space and also offers a punchy engine at a good price.  However, the vehicle has poor outward visibility as well due to thick A-pillars. It driving dynamics cannot match the Ford Fusion and it is no driver’s car.  Hence, the Ford Fusion is a better car to drive.

2021 Nissan Altima

Chevrolet Malibu

Malibu is the cheapest of the lot and it even shows in its engine performance and cabin quality. It offers lackluster acceleration and a dated engine. We suggest you to upgrade to its higher trim for better performance. The Ford Fusion is a better performer both in terms of performance and features. Hence, the Fusion is a better car in every way expect for the price.

2021 Chevrolet Malibu

2021 Ford Fusion Final Verdict

The 2021 Ford Fusion still remains quite an attractive car to buy and offers a balanced package in every way. Expected to be launched early next year, it is expected to bring a back all its features with many newer ones in the stack. It still looks striking and offers exceptional ride and handling package. Hence, If you want a car in this budget segment and are bored of the same old Camry’s and Accord’s, the Ford Fusion is sure to offer more excitement. 


Is the Ford Fusion safe?

Yes, the Ford Fusion is one of the most safest cars you can go for in the segment.

What is the standard warranty with the Ford Fusion?

Ford offers a standard warranty of 3 years or 36,000 miles.

Is the Ford Fusion fun to drive?

Yes, you can have some amount of fun with the car but we highly recommend going for the more sporty trims and they can match the capabilities of its chassis.