2020 Ford Fusion

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2020 MODEL
$22,840 - $40,015

7.4

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2020 Ford Fusion Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Amratya Nigam Automotive Journalist Updated on: November 26, 2019


Clever wordplay there -  Ford "Fusion" - a mix of practicality and comfort. The American manufacturer has made sure to keep the midsized sedan refreshed over the years. However, this has not really fared the sedan any better; its popularity has dipped over the years. While it may be one of the best performing vehicles in the segment, the competition has sure caught up. With the 2020 Ford Fusion, this rings truer than before.

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Pros

Nimble handling and fun ride

Impressive noise interior cancellation

Abundance of Safety features

Plush seating

Sizeable trunk space

Cons

Mediocre engine performance

Average fuel economy in segment

What's New?

Completely redesigned exterior and interior


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$22840

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

152 cu.in.

horsepower

175 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

174 lbs.-ft @ 4500 rpm

transmission

6-speed automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

62.7/62.4

dimensions

wheelbase

112.2 in.

length

191.8 in.

width

72.9 in.

height

58.1 in.

curb weight

3472 lbs.

ground clearance

7.8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

37.5 cu ft.

cargo volume

16 cu ft.

towing capacity

1000 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

9.2 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

21/25/32 mpg

highway range

528 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr. / 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

60 months. / 60000

corrosion warranty

5 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

5 yr. / 60000 mi.



Styles

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Absolute Black

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Ratings

Features

8.5

Engine And Performance

7.2

Fuel Economy

5.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

7.0

Safety

8.0

7.4

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Ford Fusion S

S

power
175 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
25 combined

$22,840


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $22,840 MSRP (21/25/32) 175 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.5 L, I-4, regular unleaded
6-speed automatic front wheel drive 5   Magnetic Metallic
  White Gold Metallic
  Ingot Silver Metallic
  Blue Metallic
  Ruby Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat

 2020 Ford Fusion SE

SE

power
245 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
23 combined

$24,120 - $27,775


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SE 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $24,120 MSRP (23/27/34) 181 hp @ 6000 rpm, 1.5 L, I-4, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5
SE 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $27,775 MSRP (20/23/29) 245 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
6-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

 2020 Ford Fusion SEL

SEL

power
245 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
23 combined

$28,580 - $32,065


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SEL 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $28,580 MSRP (23/27/34) 181 hp @ 6000 rpm, 1.5 L, I-4, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5
SEL 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $32,065 MSRP (20/23/29) 245 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
6-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

 2020 Ford Fusion Titanium

Titanium

power
245 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
25 combined

$34,340 - $36,340


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Titanium 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $34,340 MSRP (21/25/31) 245 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5
Titanium 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $36,340 MSRP (20/23/29) 245 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
6-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

 2020 Ford Fusion Sport

Sport

power
325 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
20 combined

$40,015


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Sport 4dr Sedan AWD (2.7L 6cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $40,015 MSRP (17/20/26) 325 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2.7 L, V-6, premium unleaded (recommended)
6-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5   Magnetic Metallic
  Ingot Silver Metallic
  Blue Metallic
  Oxford White
  Ruby Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat

Expert Review

7.4

Overall Rating


Powering this midsized sedan is a substandard 2.5L inline-4 engine mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The FWD Ford Fusion comes with the manufacturer's standard 4.2" SYNC voice recognition system and a suite of driving aids as standard. Competing against the sedan are the big guns - Toyota Camry and Honda Accord, alongside the Kia Optima. Where does the base trim of the Fusion stand? Let's find out.

White 2020 Ford Fusion Front Three-quarter View
2020 Ford Fusion Front Three-quarter View
White 2020 Ford Fusion Rear Three-quarter View
2020 Ford Fusion Rear Three-quarter View

8.5/10
Features

 

7.2/10
Engine and Performance

 

5.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.0/10
Interior

 

7.0/10
Exterior

 

8.0/10
Safety

 
 
 

2020 Ford Fusion Features

8.5/10

Categorized in 5 different configurations namely – S, SE, SEL, Titanium, and Sport – the midsized sedan starts at $22,840 and goes up to $40,015. With optional AWD on all trims, the only exceptions are S and Sport, where the S drives come standard with FWD and Sport with the AWD.

Standard powertrain on the S is a 2.5L inline 4 (173 hp and 174 lb.-ft.) while the SE and SEL are powered by a 1.5L turbocharged (181 hp and 185 lb.-ft.). Select the optional AWD and both these trims get a more powerful 2.0L turbocharged engine (240 hp and 270 lb.-ft), which the Titanium has standard under the hood. Coming to the highest trim, the Sport offers a V6 engine (325 hp and 350 lb.-ft.). All trims subsequently add features and offer exclusively more over the previous configuration.

Trim

S

SE

SEL

Titanium

Sport

MSRP (FWD)

$22,840

$24,120

$28,580

$34,340

-

MSRP (AWD)

-

$27,775

$32,065

$36,340

$40,015

Key Features

6-way manual driver's seat (for/aft, up/down with recline) and 4-way manual passenger seat (fore/aft with recline) with 4-way adjustable front head restraints and 2-way adjustable rear-seat head restraints

10-way power driver's seat with power lumbar (fore/aft, up/down, tilt, recline, 2-way power lumbar) and 6-way power passenger seat (fore/aft, up/down with recline)

Heated Front Seats

Sport Seats with Leather Seating Surfaces

2.7L EcoBoost V6 Engine

 

Fold-down split rear seat-back (60/40)

Fold-down split rear seat-back (60/40)

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

Heated Front Seats

Continuously controlled damping

 

2.5L iVCT Engine

1.5L EcoBoost® I-4 Engine with Auto Start-Stop Technology 

18-Inch Premium-Painted Aluminum Wheel

Cooled Front Seats

Anti-lock braking system (ABS)

 

6-speed automatic transmission

Six-Speed Automatic Transmission with Steering Wheel Mounted Paddle Shifters with SelectShift

Rear View Camera

FordPass Connect

Electric Power-Assisted Steering (EPAS)

 

SYNC - Enhanced voice recognition communication and entertainment system

SYNC 3 Infotainment System

1st- and 2nd-row side curtain airbags

Audio System from Sony with 12 Speakers and HD Radio™ Technology

19-Inch Premium Dark Tarnish-Painted Aluminum Wheels

 

Lane-Keeping System

Tilt and telescoping steering wheel

LATCH (lower anchor and tethers anchors for children) system

Power Moonroof

10-way power driver's seat with 2 memory settings (fore/aft, up/down, tilt, recline, 2-way power lumbar), ActiveX™ seating surfaces and heated front seats, and 6-way power passenger seat (fore/aft, up/down with recline)

 

Automatic halogen headlamps with headlamp courtesy delay

Rain-sensing wipers

 

Reverse Sensing System 

Quad-tip dual exhaust

 

Hill Start Assist

Configurable daytime running lamps

 

Power heated exterior mirrors with security approach lamps, turn signal indicator, auto-dimming driver side, and memory

 Unique high-gloss black mesh upper grille

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The SEL configuration serves best for its extensive list of features that are unavailable for the base trims. Want a more powerful engine? Then step up to the highest trim, Sport, that crams a V6 under its hood, offers abundant technology and top-notch features.

2020 Ford Fusion Engine and Performance

7.2/10
“The Fusion isn't as dynamically impressive as it once was, but it's still a likable car that puts up some solid numbers in braking and handling. Not many cars in this segment are focused on driving enjoyment, but the Fusion remains entertaining despite lackluster acceleration.” -edmunds

Driving the front wheels of the Fusion is a 2.5L inline-4 engine mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. The powertrain churns out 175 horses with 175 pound-feet of torque. The modest output directly translates to modest power delivery; the engine feels underpowered and uninspiring. Want a more powerful Fusion? The turbocharged Sport trim spurts out 325 horses and would surely put this measly 2.5L to shame.

Its automatic gearbox shifts smoothly and with complete ease, but it does take it time in doing so. The powertrain under its hood bottlenecks the sedan, even though its acceleration timings speak otherwise.

Models

Ford Fusion

Kia Optima

Hyundai Sonata

Honda Accord

Chevrolet Malibu

Buick Regal Sportback

Chevrolet Cruze Sedan L

Toyota Camry

MSRP

$22,840

$22,900

$22,300

$23,720

TBD

$25,995

$18,870

$23,845

Engine

2.5L I-4

2.4L I-4

2.4L Inline-4

1.5L Inline-4

1.5L I-4 Turbocharged

2.0L Inline-4

1.4L Turbo Inline 4

2.5l I-4

Transmission

6-Speed Automatic

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic with SHIFTRONIC

CVT

CVT

9-speed automatic

6 Speed Automatic

8-speed automatic

Horsepower

175 @ 6000

185@ 6000

185 @ 6000

192hp @ 5500 rpm

160hp @ 5700 rpm

250 @ 5400

153hp@5600rpm

203 hp @ 6600 rpm

Torque

175 @ 4500

178 @ 4000

178 @ 4000

192 lb.-ft. @ 1600 rpm

184 lb.-ft. @ 2500 rpm

260 @ 2000-5200

177lb.-ft@2000-4000

184 lb.-ft @ 5000 rpm

Amongst the segment, the Buick Regal churns the most performance in the segment, followed by the Toyota Camry along with the likes of Honda Accord and rest of the field. The Fusion finally shows up further down the grid order.

Acceleration

Propelling from naught to 60 mph takes 8.5s for the Fusion deeming it below average for the segment, while quarter mile is zipped in 16.3s. With such a dull powertrain under the hood, it shouldn’t surprise how average the Fusion performs as compared to its competitors. Quickest of the lot is the Regal, followed by Camry and Accord the rest of the rivals take longer than these big guns.

*Figures based on the 2018 model.

Models

Ford Fusion

Kia Optima

Hyundai Sonata

Honda Accord

Chevrolet Malibu

Buick Regal Sportback

Chevrolet Cruze Sedan L

Toyota Camry

0-60 MPH(sec)

8.5*

6.8*

8.5

7.6*

8.5*

6.2

7.7

7.5s

Quarter mile(sec)

16.3*

15.2*

16.4

15.9*

16.0*

N/A*

16.3

15.9

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

7.1*

6.1*

2.4L

5.3*

5.9*

7.4*

5.6

-

Curb Weight (lb..)

3431*

3411*

3247

3131*

3126

3748

2870

3241

Ride and Handling

The Ford Fusion has one of the best drivability in the segment, but it still doesn’t make it the leader. Take it for a spin around curvy roads or just in the city, you’d always smile behind the wheels.

Speaking of the steering, however the feedback is mediocre and you’d feel distanced from the tarmac. But the ride quality redeems the sedan; comfortable, spirited and fun to drive. Its suspension easily absords bumps, and handling the sedan when cornering is effortless alongside minimal body roll. This is one sedan which in spite of a dull powertrain, it still gives sheer joy to drive.

Braking

Fitted with disc brakes on the 12” front and 11” rear wheels, the Fusion brakes with confidence and feels modulated and consistent. Driving around the track or stop-and-go traffic is performed with charm on the sedan. However bringing the 3500-pound heavy sedan to a standstill from 60 mph is done in 122 feet which is decent and nothing big to brag about, evened by the Camry.

Models

Ford Fusion

Kia Optima

Hyundai Sonata

Honda Accord

Chevrolet Malibu

Buick Regal Sportback

Chevrolet Cruze Sedan L

Toyota Camry

Brake Front (in.)

11.8

12

12

11.5*

11.8

16

10.8

12

Brake Rear (in.)

11.9

11.2

11.2

11.1*

11.3

16

10.4

11

70-0 MPH (ft.)

122(60-0)

124(60-0)

TBD

163

113(60-0)

TBD*

110(60-0MPH)

122 (60-0 MPH)

The Cruze does it better, coming to a standstill in 110 feet while the rest of the sedans have performed with similar outputs in their respective tests. 

2020 Ford Fusion Fuel Economy

5.0/10

Efficiency alongside performance was clearly not what the Fusion S is all about. Gulping 21 miles per gallon in the city is below average a result. The rivals alongside the Fusion show why their 2 litres are far more greener than the American sedan. Sharing the podium is the Camry and Cruze where both sedans are the least fuel guzzling machine followed by a shuffled list of rivals. Ford Fusion trails all its rivals in this competition.

Ford Fusion

Kia Optima

Hyundai Sonata

Honda Accord

Chevrolet Malibu

Buick Regal Sportback

Chevrolet Cruze Sedan L

Toyota Camry

21

24

26

30

TBD

22

30

29

32

33

35

38

TBD

32

39

41

25

27

29

33

TBD

26

33

34

16.5

18.5

18.5

14.8

15.8

16.3

13.7

14.5

2020 Ford Fusion Interior

8.0/10
“Almost everyone should find the Fusion's interior pleasant and accommodating. It's easy to get in and out of, the driving position is nicely adjustable, and the cabin offers a good amount of space. Tall passengers might take issue with the sloping rear roofline when getting into the back seat.” -edmunds

Seating and Comfort

Inside the Ford Fusion, the interior is designed to seat 5 passengers with comfort and easy entry and exit. Its roomy cabin allows good legroom and headspace, of which the latter would disappoint if you are 6” tall and decided to sit in the rear seat – thanks to the sloping roofline of the sedan.

While not plush by any means, for 20 grand the interior has decent level of detailing. Don’t expect to find top quality material brushed around the cabin, instead Ford has unsurprisingly used cheap hard plastic to fit the price range it sits in. Of course, the higher trims assure affluence quality and materials. Adjustable front seating amplify comfort, and 60/40 foldable rear seats make sure you can squeeze in a bit more cargo.

The seats are stitched in cloth upholstery and feel comfortable enough not to disappoint. Its cabin is isolated from the outside world with little to none humming resonation of the powertrain.

Models

Ford Fusion

Kia Optima

Hyundai Sonata

Honda Accord

Chevrolet Malibu

Buick Regal Sportback

Chevrolet Cruze Sedan L

Toyota Camry

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.2/57.8/44.3

39.8/58.1/35.6

40.4/ 57.9/ 45.5

39.5/58.3/42.3

40.1/58.5/45.3

39.6/55.5/41.5

38.9/54.8/42

38.3/57.7/42.1

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.8/56.9/38.3

37.8/56.4/45.5

38.0/56.5/ 35.6

37.3/56.5/40.4

37.5/57.1/38.1

37.8/54.5/34.6

37.3/53.7/36.1

38/55.7/38

Cargo Volume

For a midsized sedan, you’d find a generous boot space in the Ford Fusio. The trunk allows 16 cubic feet which is quite good for this segment. Evened by the Kia Optima, the Fusion sits behind the Buick Regal and Honda Accord which takes the top two spots for the largest trunk space, followed by the Chevrolet Malibu and the rest of the field.

Models

Ford Fusion

Kia Optima

Hyundai Elantra Sedan SE

Honda Accord

Chevrolet Malibu

Buick Regal Sportback

Chevrolet Cruze Sedan L

Toyota Camry

Cargo Capacity (lb..)

16

15.9

14.4

16.7

15.8

19.2

14.8

14.1

Infotainment System

A 4.2” infotainment system is provided in the S trim which incorporates and is controlled solely by SYNC enhanced voice recognition. For an additional $1300, the base S trim can include Ford’s famous SYNC3 touchscreen system which brings along excellent usability, intuitiveness, and features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity and dual automatic climate control.

Interior Features

The cabin features included in the Ford Fusion are –

  • Power door locks
  • Integrated front door storage
  • Steering wheel with cruise and redundant audio controls
  • Dual illuminated visor mirrors
  • Rain-sensing wipers 

2020 Ford Fusion Exterior

7.0/10
Some stars age well. Case in point: The 2020 Ford Fusion, which is just as eye-catching today as it was when it bowed in 2012.” -thecarconection

Design and Dimensions

Menacing Aston Martin-esque front fascia incorporates a new 5-star chrome grille flanked by Auto high beams on either side. Hard lines claw downward the hood, met by the resting Ford insignia. To call it conservative would be an understatement, but to call it radical would be an overstatement. Ford Fusion is somewhere between the end of those two worlds.

Riding the 3400 heavy sedan are 16” steel-silver adorned wheels on all four sides. In mix of the aggressive angular package the design incorporates, the manufacturer has sculpted the sedan with dash of elegance along the curvaceous body found on either ends.

To keep out of any jazzy detail, body-colored door handles and mirrors dismiss any contrast to the side profile. LED lights up the rear taillamps, atop which curling character lines ornament the cargo area and a single exhaust pipe fitted to the right.

Models

Ford Fusion

Kia Optima

Hyundai Sonata

Honda Accord

Chevrolet Malibu

Buick Regal Sportback

Chevrolet Cruze Sedan L

Toyota Camry

Curb weight (lb..)

3411

3219

3247

3131

3126

3748

2870

3241

Length(in)

191.7

191.1

191.1

192.2

193.8

192.9

183.7

192.1

Width(in)

75.6

73.2

73.4

73.3

73

73.3

70.5

72.4

Height(in)

58.1

57.7

58.1

57.1

57.6

57.3

57.4

56.9

Ground clearance (in)

5.3

TBD

N/A

6.4

5.7

- - -

Wheelbase (in)

112.1

110.4

Hyundai Sonata

111.4

111.4

111.4

106.3

111.2

Exterior Features

Some features included on the Fusion’s exterior are –

  • 5-Bar Grill Design with Chrome Finish
  • Auto high beams
  • LED taillamps
  • Body-color exterior door handles
  • Body-color exterior dual power mirrors

2020 Ford Fusion Safety

8.0/10

Ford Fusion is yet to be rated by the NHTSA and the IIHS. However, the American manufacturer has provided a list of impressive standard safety features which ensures the car would maintain safety as its first priority. The sedan’s safety features include -

  • Rear View Camera
  • Dual stage front driver and passenger airbags
  • Forward collision mitigation
  • Lane keeping assist
  • LATCH (lower anchor and tethers anchors for children) system
  • Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert
  • 1st- and 2nd-row side curtain airbags
  • Electric-assist parking brake
  • Brake Assist
  • SecuriLock Passive Anti-Theft System

2020 Ford Fusion Competition

2020 Ford Fusion vs Kia Optima

In this comparison, you could say the Ford Fusion is technologically handicapped, less powerful and practically similar to the Kia Optima. Similarly priced, the Optima makes the better buy here, albeit its driving dynamics fall short of the American sedan. The rest? For a base trim, the Optima triumphs the Fusion.

2020 Ford Fusion vs Honda Accord

Contending against the Ford Fusion, the Honda Accord certainly delivers frugal and smooth power delivery, great handling, spacious and an upscale interior plus superior boot storage. You’d also find an abundance of features and tech on the Accord whereas the Fusion is stripped off from it in the base trim. The clear winner here is the Japanese sedan over the American.

2020 Ford Fusion vs Toyota Camry

The Toyota Camry is one of the most sought after midsized sedans in the segment, and with outstanding overall performance really takes the crown even against the Fusion here. The Japanese drives with a superior powertrain alongside nimble and sturdy handling. Adding to its arsenal, the Camry also ups its safety reliability but on the tech front sort of falls short a bit. No doubt, the Fusion is amongst the great up there, but in conformity to their base trims, the Camry pulls ahead with ease.

2020 Ford Fusion Final Verdict

So, what does the Ford Fusion really tell us? It appears packed with practicality, a nimble ride, roomy cabin with comfortable seating, and a frugal powertrain. However, the 2.5L machine clanking under the hood is just not good enough to draw power when you really want to push the sedan. The base trim for the Fusion is for those who are looking for a Ford and are content with the above merits. But, look for other competitors, unless you’re willing to spend a bit more in which case the higher trims guarantee a better sedan altogether.