One of the few cars Ford still markets, the midsize 2020 Ford Fusion, is a jack of all trades that provides everything from basic family transportation to a near-luxury experience in its Titanium grade. There’s even a regular hybrid and an Energi plug-in hybrid (PHEV) version. Affordable and practical, the Fusion fits into a range of budgets and has solid safety and driver-assistance chops with its standard Co-Pilot360 suite of features.
What’s New for 2020?
Gone are the V6 Sport trim level and the V6 engine. FordPass Connect is now standard on all trim levels. The Titanium grade gets a 6-way power-adjustable passenger seat as well. Other changes and enhancements are minor and involve specific trims. See the 2020 Ford Fusion models for sale near you
What We Like
- Sophisticated dynamics
- Looks as good as it drives
- Impressive technology
- Available all-wheel drive
- Available hybrids
What We Don’t
- Front seats might be too narrow for some
The Fusion S has a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder that makes 175 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque. The only transmission is a 6-speed automatic, and the fuel economy is estimated at 21 miles per gallon in the city, 31 mpg on the highway and 25 mpg in combined driving.
The SE and SEL get a 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder that develops 181 hp and 185 lb-ft. A stop/start function helps bring fuel economy up to 23 mpg city/34 mpg hwy/27 mpg combined. Standard on the Titanium is a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder that makes 245 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque. The 6-speed automatic gets shift paddles, and fuel economy estimates are 21 mpg city/31 mpg hwy/25 mpg combined with front-wheel drive, or 20 mpg city/29 mpg hwy/23 mpg combined with the optional AWD system.
The Fusion Hybrid uses a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine and an electric motor. Its total system output is rated at 188 hp. The transmission is a continuously variable automatic (CVT), and FWD is the only configuration. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates fuel economy at 43 mpg city/41 mpg hwy/42 mpg combined.
The Energi PHEV version uses the same engine, electric motor and CVT powertrain. The difference is that it charges its battery by plugging in. Charging requires 2.5 hours with a 240-volt charger, and the vehicle can run on purely electric power for about 21 miles. The government’s estimated miles-per-gallon equivalent (MPGe) is 97 MPGe — that’s under pure electric power. When the car is operating as a typical hybrid, the estimated mileage is 42 mpg city/43 mpg hwy/ 40 mpg combined.
Standard Features & Options
The 2019 Ford Fusion comes in S, SE, SEL and Titanium trim levels. The hybrid offers the SE, SEL and Titanium trims, while the Energi PHEV is only available on the Titanium trim. Prices include the $995 factory destination fee.
The S ($24,165) kicks things off with 16-in steel wheels, automatic halogen headlights with auto highbeams, LED tail lights, a capless fuel filler, eight airbags, power windows and locks, air conditioning with manual climate control, cruise control, a tilt-telescopic steering wheel with auxiliary controls, intermittent wipers, a height-adjustable manual driver’s seat, a trip computer, Bluetooth, MyKey parental control capability, a rearview camera, the Sync voice command functionality, FordPass Connect and a 4-speaker audio system with an auxiliary input jack and USB port. Also standard is Ford Co-Pilot360 with precollision-assist emergency braking, blind spot warning with cross-traffic alert, lane-keeping assist and adaptive cruise control.
The SE ($25,495/$28,995 hybrid) steps up to 17-in aluminum wheels, a 1.5-liter turbo engine, SecuriCode keypad access, a 6-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, rain-sensing wipers, satellite radio, six audio speakers instead of four, rear park-assist and eligibility for a variety of options the base S doesn’t get, such as a navigation system that upgrades the default central display to an 8-in full-color touchscreen. An optional Technology package for the SE includes the Sync 3 infotainment touchscreen.
The SEL ($29,685/$32,625 hybrid) adds to the SE with 18-in aluminum wheels, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with adjustable lumbar support, heated front seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated outboard mirrors with turn-signal indicators, remote start, an upgraded premium audio system with 11 speakers and LED signature lighting.
In addition to those SEL features, the Titanium ($35,445/$35,590 hybrid/$35,995) receives 19-in aluminum wheels, fog lights, dual exhaust tips, leather upholstery, heated/ventilated front sport seats, driver’s-seat memory settings, a 6-way power adjustment for the front passenger, a heated steering wheel, a power moonroof, ambient cabin lighting, aluminum pedals and an exclusive 12-speaker Sony audio system with the Sync 3 interface.
Options on lower trim levels include various items that come standard on higher trims. Navigation, adaptive cruise control, rain-sensing wipers, an 110-volt outlet, automated parking and a moonroof are among those available extras.
Trunk space measures 16 cu ft. It’s not the best in the class, but it’s perfectly acceptable. That drops down to 12 cu ft for the hybrids.
The Fusion comes standard with 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes and eight airbags (front, front-side, front-knee and full-length side curtain).
Every 2020 Ford Fusion comes with Ford Co-Pilot360, including precollision assist with emergency braking, blind spot warning with cross-traffic alert, lane-keeping assist and adaptive cruise control.
In government crash testing, the Fusion received a perfect five stars out of five overall, including five stars for front impacts and four stars for side impacts. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the car its best score of ‘Good’ in four of its five main categories, with the small-overlap front crash test earning the second-best score of ‘Acceptable.’
Behind the Wheel
The overly snug front seats are our only real complaint about this sedan. Those who are accustomed to generous American dimensions might not be so appreciative. No need to worry about rear passengers, though. Maximizing space beneath the elegant roofline was clearly a priority, since even the 6-footers have headroom to spare. Legroom is also plentiful.
While there’s a balance between sport and comfort, the Fusion definitely leans more toward the European end of the spectrum, which means a generally athletic demeanor. Around town, the trade-off for such poise is a ride quality that some might find firmer than they’d like. One aspect that’s top notch by any definition is the noise suppression, which approaches luxury grade.
The base 2.5-liter engine is fine, but it’s far from the latest and greatest. The 1.5 turbo 4-cylinder is more in tune with the times, delivering good fuel economy and decent punch. The 2.0-liter turbo is naturally more energetic, but it brings extra heft, and given that it comes in the well-equipped Titanium trim, this engine also has to move more weight.
Both hybrids are tech-rich cars right down to their cabins. The dashboard and controls have an impressive sleekness. Slimmer people will enjoy the narrow, supportive front seats, but those with a broader build might find them a tad confining. Rear passengers are well looked after. There’s just enough headroom for 6-footers despite the fastback roofline, and the legroom is fairly generous as well.
Although the gasoline engine can be noisy at full throttle, the hybrid drivetrain is quite brisk, thanks to instant torque from the electric motor. And the CVT is surprisingly responsive, which is a welcome change from most units of this kind.
The European-influenced sporty character of the regular Fusion makes its way into the Hybrid. Corners can be taken with confidence, and the steering is precise and direct. The ride around town is slightly firm, but not harsh.
Other Cars to Consider
2020 Hyundai Sonata – The new Sonata is an appealing alternative that offers sophisticated style, great value and a hybrid variant.
2020 Toyota Camry – The 2020 Camry is a midsize sedan that offers loads of bang for your buck, strong resale values and a reputation for reliability. The range includes a hybrid.
2020 Honda Accord – The latest Honda Accord is supremely capable and a quality product in virtually all respects. There is a hybrid version too.
2020 Mazda6 – The Mazda6 goes big on style, driving manners, space and equipment. There’s no hybrid, but the fuel economy is good for every model.
Used Audi A6 – Buying an A6 used brings a chance to move toward the upscale. For design, technology, driving talent and prestige, the A6 is hard to beat.
There’s quite a gap in price between the SE and Titanium models, so buying an SE and spending a little extra on options is a good way to go — unless your budget can stretch to the Titanium or beyond. Find a Ford Fusion for sale