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2019 Ford Fusion: New York Auto Show

author photo by Colin Ryan March 2018

What Is It?

The 2019 Ford Fusion midsize sedan is getting an upgrade. And this is after the usual mid-cycle revamp that occurred for the 2017 model year.

The 2019 version has had some subtle styling tweaks that make the car look even more premium than it did before. But the changes quickly become less superficial as we explore the details. Ford's new array of advanced driving assistance features is called Co-Pilot360, and the 2019 Fusion of the first of the company's vehicles to have it installed.

Co-Pilot360 includes forward-collision mitigation with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, lane-keeping assistance, driver attention monitoring, rearview camera and automatic high beams. It's going to be standard throughout the 2019 Fusion range. Ford says that, by 2020, more than 90 percent of its new vehicles offered in North America will have this suite of features.

There's also a higher level: Co-Pilot360 Assist. This brings adaptive cruise control that works right down to a complete stop, voice-controlled navigation and SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link. It will be standard in the 2019 Fusion Titanium and hybrid models.

The current range-topping Platinum trim is being discontinued, leaving S, SE, SEL, Titanium and V6 Sport trims, along with the Hybrid and Energi (plug-in hybrid) variants. There has also been a rationalization of choices to make the buying process simpler and get the car to the customer sooner. Some features that have been options are now standard -- for example, the sunroof in the Titanium trim. Starting with the SE trim, the new Fusion also gets 4G LTE Wi-Fi with connection for up to 10 devices, plus integration with Amazon's Alexa. There are two new alloy wheel designs, and new color alternatives inside and out.

The 2019 Energi plug-in hybrid gets a fresh lithium-ion battery, resulting in an extra four miles added to its electric-only range for a total of 25 miles. That doesn't sound like much, but it puts buyers past a threshold that allows them to claim a federal income tax credit of $4,600.

How Much?

No official word yet. The 2018 Fusion starts at $22,995.

When Can You Get It?

Again, nothing official, but the 2019 Ford Fusion will probably launch later this year.

Add It to Your Shopping List Because …

The Fusion is one of the rare cars that can appeal to comfort-seekers and thrill-seekers alike. All for a mainstream price.

Other Cars to Consider

2018 Honda Accord -- A completely new generation arrives for this model year, and the Accord is typically one of the most popular cars in its class.

2018 Toyota Camry -- This is the other extremely popular midsize sedan, and it's also all-new for 2018.

2018 Mazda6 -- Gives the Fusion some stiff competition when driving thrills are taken into account. And in most other aspects as well.

Used Lexus GS -- You could get a crossover like everyone else. But assuming a sedan is required, then excellent reliability, equipment, build quality and driving talents make the GS a good pre-owned alternative.

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