If you’re interested in buying a used Ford Fusion, you might be curious as to what year it added a certain feature or option, changed its design, or gained or removed a powertrain. Unfortunately, this information is often hard to find — much harder than it should be. We’ve decided to help you out by listing all the Fusion’s key yearly changes so that you can easily figure out which model years to focus on if you’re interested in finding a used model.
The Fusion made its debut in the 2006 model year. Initially a family sedan that bridged the gap between a compact and a midsize model, the Fusion offered two engines: a 160-horsepower 2.3-liter 4-cylinder, available with manual or automatic transmissions, and a 220-hp 3.0-liter V6, offered only with an automatic. All 2006 Fusion models were front-wheel drive.
Anti-lock brakes were an option on the Fusion, as were side-curtain airbags and traction control. In 2006, the Fusion offered three trim levels: basic S (which included air conditioning, a CD player, cruise control, keyless entry and power accessories), midlevel SE (which included a power driver’s seat, steering-wheel audio controls and an improved audio system with options such as leather seats, a sunroof and a 6-disc CD changer) and upscale SEL (which included larger alloy wheels, automatic climate control, a 6-disc CD changer and options such as heated seats, auto-dimming mirrors and automatic headlights).
The Fusion added a lot of content for 2006. Most notable was the addition of standard front-side and side-curtain airbags to all models. The Fusion also added a newly optional navigation system, satellite radio and — for V6 models — available all-wheel drive. Finally, the Fusion SE gained a standard 6-disc CD changer for 2007.
The 2008 model year brought a host of new features to the Fusion lineup, including newly standard anti-lock brakes and tire-pressure monitoring for all models, and — for SEL trims — a keypad entry system. New options included Ford’s SYNC infotainment system, parking sensors and a new Sport Appearance package that included 18-inch alloy wheels, an improved suspension and distinctive interior and exterior trim.
For 2009, the Fusion gained a newly optional stability control system, while traction control became standard for the first time on V6 models. The Fusion also added standard satellite radio to SE and SEL trims, along with a new blue suede interior package that featured blue trim.
The first-generation Fusion’s biggest update came in 2010. In addition to a heavily revised exterior design, an updated interior and improved driving dynamics, the Fusion added a new hybrid model — dubbed simply the Fusion Hybrid — which used a 191-hp 2.5-liter hybrid 4-cylinder and a standard continuously variable automatic transmission. Fuel economy was rated at 41 miles per gallon in the city and 36 mpg on the highway.
In addition, the Fusion also ditched its base-level 2.3-liter 4-cylinder in favor of a 175-hp 2.5-liter 4-cylinder, while the V6 added 18 horses to reach 240. Finally, a new Fusion Sport debuted with a 263-hp 3.5-liter V6. The Fusion also gained a few new safety options, such as a backup camera, a blind spot monitoring system and a rear cross-traffic alert system.
The Fusion only underwent minor changes for 2011. They included the newly standard addition of Ford’s MyKey system and a manual shift mode for the automatic transmission, along with newly available HD Radio and rain-sensing wipers.
The 2012 model year represented the first-generation Fusion’s final year on the market. It was unchanged for 2012, pending a full redesign for 2013.
For 2013, the Ford Fusion was completely redesigned with a totally new look inside and out, along with an improved driving experience with sharper handling and a more comfortable ride. In addition to a new look, the 2013 Fusion offered a long list of new features, such as an automated parallel-parking system, adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warning and an automated braking system. The 2013 Fusion also added additional options, such as an improved infotainment system, a lane-departure warning system, lane-keep assist, USB ports for music and automatic high beams.
Additionally, the Fusion’s powertrain lineup made significant changes. While the 175-hp 2.5-liter 4-cylinder stayed on as the sedan’s base engine, the Fusion dropped its V6 in favor of a 240-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder. Joining the lineup was a 178-hp 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder, while the hybrid dropped its 2.5-liter 4-cylinder in favor of a more efficient 188-hp 2.0-liter 4-cylinder that returned a claimed 47 mpg city/47 mpg hwy — a figure later revised down to 44 mpg city/41 mpg hwy. Once again, Fusion models offered front- or all-wheel drive, though the latter was only offered with the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine. A manual transmission was only available in the base-level Fusion SE. All the other models came standard with an automatic.
The Fusion made only minor changes for 2014. Last year’s 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine was replaced by a highly similar — but slightly more efficient — 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder. The Fusion Hybrid gained a base-level S model, while all Fusion models added three new options: inflatable seat belts, heated rear seats and ventilated front seats.
The Fusion made only two changes for 2015: It ditched the SE’s available manual transmission, and it changed the backup camera from an optional feature to a standard one.
Ahead of a more thorough revision in the cards next year, the Fusion was largely unchanged for 2016, save for the addition of a sporty new Appearance package for the base-level S model.
The Fusion makes a few noticeable changes for 2017. Unlike the sedan’s last midcycle refresh in 2010, its overall look hasn’t changed very much, with only subtle revisions to the front and rear. Instead, the Fusion offers a new engine — a 325-hp 2.7-liter turbocharged V6 at the top of the lineup — along with a few new features, such as an enhanced adaptive cruise control system, an improved park-assist system and a better pre-collision braking system that can now detect pedestrians in addition to larger objects. Finally, a new luxury-oriented Platinum trim level joins the top of the Fusion lineup with high-end interior trim, distinctive wheels and improved cabin materials.