2015 Ford Fusion Preview

FAST FACTS
  • Carries over from previous year with minor changes
  • Conventional and two hybrid drivetrains are available
  • Rearview camera is standard safety feature

Introduction

The Ford Fusion is a midsize family sedan, available with a conventional drivetrain or a comparatively low-cost hybrid system, as well as the plug-in hybrid Ford Fusion Energi. It's available with front-wheel drive (FWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD). (Note: This article primarily discusses the conventionally powered model; the Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi are covered separately.)

Following a complete redesign for the 2013 model year and numerous upgrades for 2014, the 2015 Ford Fusion sees very few changes. The 2015 Ford Fusion and Ford Fusion Hybrid are offered in S, SE, and Titanium trim levels. The Ford Fusion Energi is available only in SE or Titanium trim. A manual transmission is no longer an option on the Fusion SE, and a rearview camera is now standard on all versions. Otherwise, aside from some very minor cosmetic tweaks, the 2015 Ford Fusion carries over essentially unchanged from the previous year.

Exterior Features

The 2015 Fusion is offered in 10 exterior colors, with 16-in. wheels on the base S version, as well as automatic headlights. The SE upgrades to 17-in. alloy wheels and adds exterior keypad entry; the Titanium employs 18-in. wheels and adds keyless entry and ignition, plus a sport-tuned suspension.

Interior Features

Several interior colors are available, and a premium leather upholstery package is optional. Standard interior equipment for the 2015 Ford Fusion includes air conditioning, cruise control, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, and a 4-speaker sound system. The SE adds heated mirrors, an 8-way power driver's seat, and a 6-speaker sound system. The Titanium upgrades to sport front seats (with power adjustability for both driver and front passenger), leather upholstery, and a 12-speaker sound system.

Optional Features

Many of the features that are standard on the upper trim levels are available as packages or individual options on the Fusion S. On the Fusion SE, Equipment Group 201A upgrades the cloth upholstery and adds fog lights and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Equipment Group 202A adds upgraded mirrors, leather upholstery, heated front seats, and driver memory settings. The Luxury Driver Assist package adds a blind-spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist, and automatic high-beam control. A navigation system is optional; so is a sunroof on the SE and Titanium. With Titanium trim, the leather seats can be ventilated, and 19-in. wheels are optional.

Under the Hood

The base engine in the 2015 Ford Fusion is a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder that produces 175 horsepower and 175 lb.-ft. of torque. On the SE, buyers can choose among a turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder that makes 182 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque, with a 6-speed manual transmission only (now discontinued); turbocharged 1.5-liter 4-cylinder that makes 181 horsepower and 185 lb.-ft. of torque that works with a 6-speed automatic transmission; or a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder that makes 240 horsepower and 270 lb.-ft. of torque. With AWD, the 2.0-liter engine is mandatory.

Fuel Economy

The base engine in the 2015 Fusion will deliver 22 mpg in the city, 34 mpg highway, and 26 mpg combined, according to the EPA. The 1.6-liter engine with manual transmission, which was produced only in the first part of the model year, delivers 25/37/29 mpg. So does the 1.5-liter 4-cylinder with start/stop technology. Without that technology, the 1.5-liter engine delivers 23/36/28 mpg. The turbocharged 2.0-liter engine gets 22/33/26 mpg with FWD, and 22/31/25 mpg with AWD.

Safety and Technology

Ford enhances the 2015 Fusion's crash protection by offering optional inflatable rear seat belts, which are designed to help cushion occupants during a collision.

The 2015 Ford Fusion received a 5-star overall rating--the highest possible--from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), with 5 stars for frontal protection and 4 stars for side protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the 2015 Ford Fusion a "Good" rating--its highest--in all categories save for an "Acceptable" rating in the small overlap frontal-offset crash test.