2016 Ford Fusion

MSRP $22,750 - $33,270

Ranked #5 in Sedan

8.4

Overall Rating

2016 Ford Fusion Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 23, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2016 Ford Fusion has always been a cracker for the manufacturer, and while it is known by many names throughout the world, one thing is common that it is loved by people all over. The current model has been on sale for quite some time now, and Ford decided to give the car some mild updates to keep it fresh and give it a new armor to fight in the battle of entry-level mid-size sedans.

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Pros

Elegant and sleek design

Comfortable seats

Modern interior design

Good safety scores

Cons

Low fuel economy as compared to rivals

Optional equipment can get expensive

Slow steering isn't the best

What's New?

Addition of a cold-weather package for the SE

Appearance package for S models 

Ford has rolled back the touch-sensitive buttons controlling the MyFord system 


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$22750

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

108 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

152 cu.in.

horsepower

175 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

175 lb.-ft. @ 4500 rpm

transmission

6 speed shiftable automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

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

dimensions

wheelbase

112.2 in.

length

191.8 in.

width

72.9 in.

height

58.2 in.

curb weight

3431 lbs.

ground clearance

6 in.

capacity

passenger volume

102.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

16 cu ft.

towing capacity

1000 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

9.5 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

17.1 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

22/26/34 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

S$22,750 onwards

SE$24,320 onwards

SE w/Ecoboost$28,115 onwards

Titanium w/Ecoboost$31,270 onwards

Colors and Styles

2016 Ford Fusion in Admiral Blue Metallic color
Admiral Blue Metallic

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

Ratings

Features

9.0

Engine and Performance

8.1

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

8.3

Exterior

9.0

Safety

8.4

8.4

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.4

Overall Rating


It is a car that promises a lot, including good power, great driving characteristics, and a lot of technology. Starting at an MSRP of $23,135, it remains an excellent value for money proposition as well. It competes against other competitive mid-size sedans like the Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima, and the Hyundai Sonata. Continue with the article to know how it performs in front of other rivals in the segment.


9.0/10
Features

8.1/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.3/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

8.4/10
Safety


2016 Ford Fusion Features

9.0/10

The 2016 Ford Fusion is available with just three trim levels among which everything is divided. The range starts from S, which only comes as front-wheel-drive trim and costs just over $23,000. If you need some more luxury, then the SE trim is available for $24,705 for the FWD and $28,115 for the AWD. But if you’re someone who likes their car with all the bells and whistles, then the Titanium trim starts at $31,655 and gets you the features listed below.

Trims

S

SE

Titanium

MSRP (FWD)

$23,135

$24,705

$31,655

MSRP (AWD)

-

$28,115

$33,655

Key Features

2.5L, 175 hp four-cylinder engine

S trim plus:

SE trim plus:

 

Post-Collision Safety System

2.0L, 231 hp turbocharged engine

Front Fog/Driving Lights

 

4-speaker audio system

6-speaker audio system

12-speaker audio system

 

Rear View Camera

6 Months Of Paid Satellite Radio Service

Rear Parking Sensors

 

Tilt And Telescopic Steering Wheel

8 -Way Power Driver Seat

Leather And Simulated Alloy Steering Wheel

 

Cloth Upholstery

Heated front seats

Dual Zone Front Climate Control

 

Rear Seat Ventilation Ducts

17-inch Alloy Wheels

Multi-Level Heating Front Leather Seats

 

16-inch Alloy Wheels

 

18-inch Alloy Wheels

 

Satellite radio

 

 

We Recommend

We recommend you to go for the mid-spec SE trim as it comes with the more powerful 2.0 L turbocharged engine and also has an option for all-wheel-drive. Further, the features list is also exhaustive like an upgraded 6-speaker audio system, 8-way powered driver seat, and 17-inch alloy wheels, and all of this just for $24,705 for the front-wheel-drive variant makes it an attractive proposition in the lineup.

2016 Ford Fusion Engine and Performance

8.1/10

So there are a couple of engine options that the Ford Fusion comes with. One is the base 2.5L naturally aspirated inline-4 engine which produces quite mediocre 175 hp, which frankly isn’t any exciting at all. The engine is paired to a 6-speed automatic unit and just manages to do the job of ferrying you around the city. There is also a 1.5L turbocharged inline-4 which should be quite good for the ones who are concerned about the fuel economy.

Up next is a 2.0L turbocharged EcoBoost engine, and that is what we recommend you to get for your Fusion. It makes 240 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque and doesn’t let us miss the V6. It certainly is a very powerful motor and can do overtaking maneuvers quite quickly even at triple-digit highway speeds. This motor coupled with the very efficient 6-speed automatic gearbox makes the perfect pair for long-distance touring. 

Model

2016 Ford Fusion 

2016 Hyundai Sonata

2016 Nissan Altima 

2016 Toyota Camry

MSRP

$23,135

$22,135

$23,365

$23,965

Engine

2.5L, Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

2.4L, Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

2.5L, Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

2.5L, Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

CVT

6-speed automatic

Power

175 hp @ 6,000 rpm

185 hp @ 6,000 rpm

182 hp @ 6,000 rpm

178 hp @ 6,000 rpm

Torque

175 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm

178 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm

180 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm

170 lb-ft @ 4,100 rpm

0-60 mph (sec)

8.8

8.0

8.2

8.1

Quarter-mile (sec)

16.6

16.2

16.4

16.4

Top Speed (MPH)

135

138

140

134

With the base 2.5L engine, the Fusion is the least powerful among the competition, whereas the Sonata takes the crown for the most powerful and quickest car here. The Fusion, on the other hand, is pretty much the slowest car in the bunch, and that actually makes us quite sad. However, it makes up for it with good driving dynamics. As we mentioned before, Ford has offered an EcoBoost engine which is more than adequate to quench your thirst for power and performance in the segment.

2016 Ford Fusion Fuel Economy

8.0/10

Being less on power doesn’t necessarily mean that the car will be more fuel-efficient as the Fusion is the complete opposite of that. It is neither powerful nor fuel-efficient. The base 2.5L inline-4 generates fuel economy figures of 22 MPG in the city, 34 MPG on the highway, 26 MPG combined. The 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 with direct injection is standard on the Titanium. It is the performance option of the lineup, but hardly thirsty. Teamed to a 6-speed automatic and front or all-wheel drive, it earns 22/33/26 MPG with front-wheel-drive and 22/31/25 MPG with all-wheel drive. 

Model

2016 Ford Fusion 

2016 Hyundai Sonata

2016 Nissan Altima 

2016 Toyota Camry

MPG (City)

22

25

27

25

MPG (Highway)

34

38

39

35

MPG (Combined)

26

30

31

28

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

16.5

18.5

18.0

17.0

Range (City/Highway/Combined (miles)

363/561/429

463/703/555

486/702/558

425/595/476

The best option for people conscious of fuel efficiency is the 1.5L motor which is rated at 24/36/28 MPG or 25/37/29 MPG when equipped with an engine stop-start feature. Low fuel efficiency is not the only concern as the smaller fuel tank affects it even further, and thus the driving range of the 2016 Ford Fusion is the least among the competition. The Nissan is the one which is most fuel-efficient and also has quite a big fuel tank, thus giving the car over 550 miles of driving range.

2016 Ford Fusion Interior

8.3/10

There is frankly not a lot to talk about the interior of the 2016 Ford Fusion. It is quite a clean and functional layout where everything is placed at an easy reach to the driver. The dashboard is quite simple and cohesive with not a lot of distracting elements. Rather, its simplicity is what makes it stand out the most. There is a slight bit of what seems to be faux wooden trim that also elevates the whole cabin feel. In the base trims, the upholstery is made of cloth, while the top-spec Titanium trim gets a leatherette interior which cranks up the luxury quotient.

The Fusion is quite a big sedan, and that gives it an advantage in terms of interior space. The front seats are massive and can hold a full-sized adult quite comfortably. We particularly liked the ones with cloth seats rather than the leather seats as they were more comfortable to sit on. Higher trim levels also get powered and multi-level heated front seats which makes them even more comfortable for a place to be in. The rear seats are also quite spacious, and though they are set a bit low, they can easily accommodate three adults, at least for smaller journeys.

Model

2016 Ford Fusion 

2016 Hyundai Sonata

2016 Nissan Altima 

2016 Toyota Camry

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

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

39.2/57.8/44.3

40.4/57.9/45.5

40.0/56.5/45.0

38.8/58.0/41.6

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

37.8/56.9/38.3

38.0/56.5/35.6

37.1/56.4/36.1

38.1/56.6/38.9

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

16.0

16.3

15.4

15.4

When talking a bit more about the numbers, it is the Sonata which has the most spacious front row seats, while for the rear row space, it is the Ford which came out to be the most spacious just by a nudge. The Fusion also has a decently sized boot which makes it even more practical in terms of space management. Some of the key interior features are:

  • Leather-Trimmed Heated Sport Bucket Front Seats
  • 60-40 Folding Bench Rear Seat
  • Tilt/Telescoping Leather/Metal-Look Steering Wheel
  • Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning
  • Chrome/Aluminum Interior Accents
  • Leatherette Door Trim Insert

How intuitive is the 2016 Ford Fusion’s Infotainment unit?

Flaunting its space in the center of the dash is an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen that comes with the MyFord system, which is not very good to use, to be honest. The better and more premium Sync 3 system isn’t yet available with the Fusion, and that is a real bummer for us. However, there is a good thing, and that is that Ford has heard our complaints about the touch-sensitive buttons and now we have physical buttons in place of them. In the base car, there is a very basic 4-speaker sound system while you get two additional speakers in the SE trim. The best one though is in the Titanium where you get a total of 12 speakers. Some of the key infotainment features are:

  • 8.0-inch SYNC w/MyFord Touch infotainment system
  • 4.2-inch driver instrument cluster
  • 12-speaker 390W Sony premium audio system
  • HD Radio
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio w/6-month prepaid subscription
  • GPS based turn-by-turn driving directions
  • Bluetooth

2016 Ford Fusion Exterior

9.0/10

Not a lot has been changed since this generation car was launched 3 years back in 2013. It pretty much looks like the same car, and we sincerely feel that Ford should throw in some updates to make the car look fresh. Nonetheless, the 2016 Ford Fusion is still a pretty smartly designed car and has a slight hint of the connection between Aston Martin and Ford in its design in terms of that front grille and a lot more styling cues. The gently arched roofline looks a bit like that of the Audi A7 from the rear angles, and its LED taillights help punctuate that. It is a pretty smart-looking car, to say the least, and while this design might look a bit old to some, it is still pretty much the best-looking sedan in the segment.

Model

2016 Ford Fusion 

2016 Hyundai Sonata

2016 Nissan Altima 

2016 Toyota Camry

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,431

3,252

3,197

3,240

Length (in)

191.7

191.1

191.9

190.9

Width (in)

72.9

73.4

72.0

71.7

Height (in)

58.1

58.1

57.8

57.9

Ground Clearance (in)

6.4

5.3

5.4

6.1

Wheelbase (in)

112.2

110.4

109.3

109.

The 2016 Fusion is the heaviest car here with the longest wheelbase and nearly the longest in terms of length too. It is also the second widest and tallest car here which just gives us an idea about how big of a car the Fusion is. The Nissan Altima is the lightest car in this category. When comparing the ground clearance, the Ford Fusion offers the most at 6.4 inches. Some of the key exterior features are:

  • Fully Automatic Projector Beam Halogen Daytime Running Headlamps w/Delay-Off
  • LED Brakelights
  • Perimeter/Approach Lights and Front Fog Lamps
  • Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Driver Auto Dimming, Convex Spotter, and Turn Signal Indicator
  • Wing Spoiler
  • Chrome Grille, Side Windows Trim, and Door Handles
  • 18-inch Premium Polished Aluminum Wheels

2016 Ford Fusion Safety

8.4/10

When tested by IIHS, the car managed to receive a “Good” rating in all the crash tests except the highly notorious Small Front Overlap Driver-side Test in which the car received an “Acceptable” rating. On the other hand, NHTSA awarded the car with a “5-star” rating. The Fusion comes with a lot of safety techs like lane-departure warning, lane-keeping system, adaptive cruise control with a forward-collision warning, blind-spot monitors with cross-traffic, etc. Some of the key safety features are:

  • AdvanceTrac Electronic Stability Control (ESC) And Driveline Traction Control
  • 911 Assist Emergency SOS
  • Rear Parking Sensors w/Back-Up Camera
  • Mykey System
  • Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front, Seat-Mounted Side, and Knee Airbags
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags

2016 Ford Fusion Final Verdict

The Ford Fusion has always been a bestseller in the American market, and that is for a very good reason. It is a very spacious and practical car, comes with a lot of engine options to choose from, and even comes with a hybrid powertrain. The interiors are not gimmicky and feel properly luxurious in upper trims, and all the while, the 2016 Ford Fusion is still pretty affordable. In the end, the sedan makes for a good option in the segment.

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