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Editors' Page: 2015 Ford Fusion

By on December 1, 2014 10:35 AM
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The Ford Fusion blends something for everyone.

The 2015 Ford Fusion has already won the midsize sedan beauty contest, strutting out like a car that costs tens of thousands more. What's even more fun than staring at it, however, is watching the Fusion prove itself worthy of our imagination in so many other ways that go far beyond skin deep. For starters, the other top dogs in this class -- Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Nissan Altima -- don't offer all-wheel drive as a possibility. The Fusion is also one of the sportiest handlers of the bunch. Fusion pricing lands right on top of the midsize class leaders, so you won't find a shocking bargain, but you will be driving a car that feels more luxurious than many of game's other players.

Driving It

Our review of the 2015 Ford Fusion testifies reassuringly that a family car need not be yawn-inspiring: "The 2015 Ford Fusion backs up its looks with a dynamic driving experience, at least, for a family car. The base engine is a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder, and while it's not quick, the suspension setup gives it surprisingly good handling for such a large family sedan. Both the 1.5-liter and 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinders provide more thrust, and you can still get a 6-speed manual transmission with the front-wheel-drive SE 1.6-liter, a rarity in this class."

Award Winner

The Ford Fusion earned a spot on our most recent list of 10 Best Sedans Under $25,000, and took third place in the midsize car category in our 2014 Best Resale Value Awards.

The answer to life, the universe and everything: 42 mpg

When the Environmental Protection Agency gives you credit for achieving 42 mpg in the city and on the open road, you've got some pretty strong bragging rights. The $27,000 Ford Fusion Hybrid owns those rights, plus an easy-going nature, so if only filling up once a week for your 110-mile round-trip daily commute sounds like heaven, well then, welcome to heaven powered by regular fuel. And if your drive to work is shorter and saner, the Fusion Energi -- a plug-in hybrid (meaning you can plug it in and charge it for short trips like a pure electric car, and/or also run it like a regular gasoline-powered hybrid) -- will take you 21 miles on electric power alone, and you'll almost never have to see a fuel pump.

Eight-Car Comparison

The Ford Fusion impressed in our most recent midsize sedan comparison test: "For everyday driving, the Ford Fusion's sportier personality adapts easily to daily commutes or the long highway miles of a road trip. The interior speaks contemporary without showing off, and the materials are generally on par for this class."

You Can Afford a Ford Fusion

Kicking off around $23,000, the 2015 Ford Fusion knows its way around affordable elegance. From there, the pricing, standard-equipment and options story stretches all the way up to about $45,000 for the Fusion Energi Titanium plug-in hybrid. To equip and price the Fusion that's going to make you glad to be alive and driving -- and to find out the exact real-world price based on your location -- visit the Ford Fusion pricing area for pricing on new Fusion and Fusion Hybrid models, and the Ford Fusion Energi pricing area for pricing on the Fusion Energi plug-in hybrids.

Watch the Video

If you're considering a Ford Fusion, watch the video below twice -- once to fall in love with the looks, and once to become an instant expert on all things Fusion. We shot this video when the Fusion was new for 2013, but most of it still applies to the 2015 model (note that some of the fuel economy figures have since been revised).

More Midsize Sedans

The soundtrack to shopping for a midsize sedan in 2015 should be something glorious and anthemic: There has never been a better selection of family 4-doors on the market. If you want to explore your choices further on the way to finding the perfect car for you, your heart and your budget, take a vacation over to our Midsize Sedan Buyer's Guide. We guarantee you'll find the one right answer for you.

 

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