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2014 Ford Fusion

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2014 Ford Fusion Review

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Fresh from its debut last year, the Ford Fusion continues to redefine the role of the midsize family sedan, including a plug-in hybrid electric model dubbed the Fusion Energi. Unlike the hybrid car, the Energi can run at high speeds up to 22 miles solely on electric power, after which the gasoline engine kicks on to power the vehicle. Those interested in more traditional methods of propulsion will be quite satisfied with Ford's gasoline only offerings, including two small displacement turbo engines with big power and bigger fuel economy figures. All 2014 Fusion models offer stunning styling, a host of sophisticated electronic audio and communication options, and a sporty demeanor more commonly associated with Audi or VW than the big blue oval – all of which inspired us to name it one of the 10 Best Sedans Under $25,000 for 2014.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're looking for a sporty sedan, a luxurious touring car, a fuel-efficient family car or just something to impress the neighbors, you'll find it all in the 2014 Ford Fusion.

You May Not Like This Car If...

While Ford is correct that its 4-cylinder EcoBoost engines are as powerful as some V6s, many customers may still prefer the larger engine's low-end torque and smooth operation. Those looking for a sporty coupe model are also out of luck, as are diesel engine fans.

What's New for 2014

For 2014, the Ford Fusion receives some new color choice inside and out, as well as optional inflatable seatbelts for outboard rear passengers, a heated steering wheel and ventilated front seats. A new 1.5-liter turbocharged engine debuts, while the Fusion Hybrid gains a new, lower price trim level, the S.

Driving the Fusion

Driving Impressions If there is one area in which the 2014 Ford Fusion shines, it's the car's athletic driving character. The base 2.5-liter 4-cylinder isn't going to win you any drag races,...

but even at that level, the Fusion's excellent suspension setup gives it small-car handling in a big package. Move up to the 1.5-liter and 1.6-liter turbo engines and your inner enthusiast will be most pleased, especially considering you can still get a manual transmission on the SE model. But, it's the 2.0-liter turbo with its 240 horsepower that will make the most ardent V6 fan capitulate to this engine's superiority. The Fusion Hybrid system's transition between the gasoline engine and electric motor is nearly seamless, and the car can travel up to 62 mph on electric power alone. The Energi plug-in hybrid's electric-only top speed is 85 mph, and the car is rated to travel up to 21 miles on electricity alone and up to 620 miles total.

HYBRID VERSION
Perhaps the best thing about the hybrid version of the Fusion is that you may not know it is one until you realize how little fuel you're using. The Fusion Hybrid yields an EPA-estimated 47 mpg combined, and is a smooth operator while earning that lofty figure.

SMALL BUT EFFICIENT ENGINES
All of the gasoline powerplants used in the 2014 Ford Fusion are 4-cylinder engines, and all but the version in the base model are 2.0 liters or less. If that size makes you dubious, you need not be. These small engines pack a powerful punch thanks to turbocharging and direct-injection technology.

2014 Ford Fusion Details
2014 Ford Fusion photo Interior

The 2014 Ford Fusion's cabin is attractive for sure, but it doesn't feel as open or wide as some of its competitors. Four adults can sit comfortably in the Fusion, or three kids can squeeze in the back seat. At 16 cubic feet, the Fusion's trunk is bigger than the Honda Accord's, but smaller than the Hyundai Sonata's. In hybrid models, some space is eaten up by under-floor batteries. Still, even hybrid models allow the rear seats to fold for added cargo room. The cloth seats and foam inserts in Fusion Hybrid and Energi models are made from recyclable or renewable materials.

Exterior
2014 Ford Fusion photo

We know the 2014 Ford Fusion is an affordable family sedan, but with its Aston Martin-like grille, it looks more like an expensive European luxury car. Ford adds its own subtle styling cues in the form of numerous original wheel designs, interesting colors and aggressive headlights. The clever EasyFuel capless gas filler system means you'll never again have to wrestle to open a fuel cap or wait for it to "click" into place. On Energi versions a lighted ring surrounds the charging port. The ring lights up as the car charges, with a fully lit circle indicating a full charge.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2014 Fusion is offered in eight trims: The gasoline and hybrid models are S, SE and Titanium, while the Energi is limited to SE and Titanium. Base S models include manual climate control, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, a 4-speaker AM/FM/CD player with auxiliary input, 16-inch wheels, and Ford's SYNC wireless communication system with voice control. SE models add 10-way power driver's seat, rear air vents, a 6-speaker audio system, and 17-inch wheels. Moving up to the Titanium model nets the powerful 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, 12-speaker Sony premium audio system with HD and satellite radio, dual-zone auto climate control, a rearview camera, leather seating, and 18-inch wheels.

Optional Equipment

In addition to more powerful turbocharged engines, features available on the 2014 Ford Fusion emphasize technology for making the car safer and commutes more comfortable. Among the offerings are a reverse-sensing system, Active Park Assist to help with parallel parking, adaptive cruise control, a navigation system, and a blind-spot monitoring system. One particularly interesting and potentially life-saving feature is the Lane Keeping System. Using a windshield-mounted camera, the car keeps a digital eye on road markings to detect if the car drifts into another lane. If that happens, the system alerts the driver by sounding a warning, vibrating the steering wheel and, ultimately, applying steering torque to get the car back into the lane.

Under the Hood

The base engine in the 2014 Ford Fusion is a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder. Better options are the 1.5-liter, 1.6-liter or 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engines, all of which can run on regular gasoline. For 2014, the 1.6-liter is manual-transmission only, while the new 1.5-liter offers start/stop functionally that cuts engine power at idle to save fuel. Front-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive limited to the 2.0-liter engine. The Fusion Hybrid uses a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine and electric motor to achieve a 47-mpg city/highway-combined figure. The plug-in Fusion Energi uses the same engine and motor setup, but offers a larger lithium-ion battery pack that can be recharged via an AC outlet. The Energi can travel 21 miles in pure-electric mode, and up to 620 miles total before having to recharge the battery or fill the gasoline tank. Recharge time is projected at seven hours on a 120-volt outlet, or 2.5 hours on a 240-volt outlet.

2.5-liter inline-4
175 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
175 lb-ft of torque @ 4,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/34 mpg

1.5-liter turbocharged inline-4
178 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
177 lb-ft of torque @ 1,500-4,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/36 mpg (non-Auto Start-Stop) 25/37 mpg (with Auto Start-Stop)

1.6-liter turbocharged inline-4
178 horsepower @ 5,700 rpm
184 lb-ft of torque @ 2,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 25/37 mpg

2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4
240 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm
270 lb-ft of torque @ 3,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/33 mpg (front-wheel drive), 22/31 mpg (all-wheel drive)

2.0-liter inline-4 and permanent magnet AC synchronous motor (hybrid)
188 horsepower (total)
129 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm (gasoline engine only)
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 47/47 mpg

2.0-liter inline-4 and permanent magnet AC synchronous motor (plug-in hybrid)
195 horsepower (total, with full battery charge)
129 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm (gasoline engine only)
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 44/41 mpg

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2014 Ford Fusion Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.8
Out of 10

Based on 190 Ratings for the 2013 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    8.9/10
    Quality
    9.0/10
  • Reliability
    9.1/10
    Performance
    8.9/10
  • Comfort
    9.0/10
    Styling
    9.1/10

So Happy with the 2016 Ford Fusion

By on Friday, January 29, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 150

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Quiet, realiable, fun to drive transportation"

Cons: "touch sensitive buttons on previous model years."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I had a lease on a 2014 Fustion...and just signed another lease on a 2016 with more options. Love this car! It has the 1.5 engine...it's tiny but mighty. Love the fact the 2016 ditched the touch sensitive buttons for hard buttons...and really never had any issues with My Ford Touch. It's a good system...REALLY! I was actually waiting for the 2017's and when they made it's debut, there wasn't much change...so opted for the 2016 instead."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

GREAT CAR, GREAT VALUE

By on Friday, January 15, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 31,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Handling, comfort, powerful yet good on gas"

Cons: "may be a bit narrow for a"plus size" person"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have only had my fusion for just over a week, so you may not find me qualified to rate it. That said, I bought mine used. It had 30,300 miles on it at purchase so I think it safe to say she was broke in. If you are looking for a sedan with a sporty twist, this is your car. Mine is the SE trim with the 2.5 so YES on the 6 way driver's seat among other features. Plenty of power out of this 4 cyl. The handling is very responsive and the ride is quite smooth. The trunk is adequate with the split rear seat backs able to lay down for added space. The 'command center" as I like to call it is very accommodating. From everything being well within reach to the added plus of controlling from the steering wheel. I have already had it on a trip and it has great open road appeal. Very comfortable even at long hours behind the wheel. I see an average of 33 mpg hwy and 22 around town."

Nice Car, but wouldn't lease again

By on Tuesday, January 12, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 10,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Ride, side mirrors with blind spots,"

Cons: "Heat and Radio controls,"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"The car actually handles the road very well. ( Haven't driven in snow or ice yet ). But there are a couple of issues I have with the car. First is that the car doesn't always start when the key is turn, I brought it back to the dealership to have them look at it and they say there is nothing wrong with it. But at least twice a week when I turn the key nothing happens as if the battery is dead. Second and most important are the interior features for the car. I have the Fusion S with the Eco Boost. Attempting to adjust the heat or a/c in the car or change the channel on the radio almost requires you to pull over for safety reasons. The controls are very difficult and confusing. You have to take your eyes off the road constantly to change these features. Now overall though if they can fix those two issues its not a bad car. GPS is nice and so is the moon roof. Gas mileage is o.k. but compared to my Honda Accord Sport I had before it is not even in same category with that."

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Great Value for a Midsize Car

By on Monday, January 04, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 250

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Great value and good looking body"

Cons: "Front air dam is low so dips could bottom out car."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"We have had this car for a little over a month. Got the 2016 SE with the 2.5 Ltr Motor. Car drives great and gets about 28 mpg combined with mostly highway miles. Really quite and drives great. Took some time getting used to the electronics and radio controls. Defrosts great with the max defrost buttons. Like the way the windshield wipers wipe from middle to the outsides of windshield. Wiped the melted snow right off of the windshield. Sirius Radio works great. The backup camera is updated from our 2013 Expedition so now it has the projected direction of backing according to how the steering wheel is turning. Makes backing even easier. Fit and trim are good and very little road noise. Got a great deal before Thanksgiving. Dealer came off of sticker almost $7000. Looking forward to years of fun driving."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Design Issue for Shorter People, Othwise Nice Car

By on Thursday, December 31, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 800

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Smooth ride/hands free calling/easy to see around"

Cons: "Poorly designed front middle console too far back"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I am 5'2", (or 5'5" with heels)lol - and the front center console is set way too far back for my elbows to rest comfortably when wearing flats or tennis shoes. My right elbow/arm falls off of it, as it is not close enough for comfort. I have to move the drivers seat way back in order to rest my arm on it, thus making it harder for me to control the acceleration/deceleration of my vehicle. I must wear high heel wedges just to be able to relax in this car and be able to reach the accelerator and brakes. Had the manufacturer designer moved the cup inserts just a little further up towards the shifter, they could have brought the middle console up a few inches to accommodate us shorter people. This, and the plastic mechanism to tilt the steering wheel is in a difficult place to reach by my knee, is my only complaint, the seats are comfortable, and I love the fact that the dashboard signals lights up in blue for better eyesight. My last car lit up in red, and the red was very difficult to see in the dark hours. I've only owned this vehicle 2 wks but so far so good."

5 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Great Car - 2015 SE w/2.0

By on Wednesday, December 09, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 3,700

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Style, comfort, drivability."

Cons: "Interior vertical cramped with Moonroof option."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I love my Fusion. I was leaning towards other cars but when I rented a Fusion on a business trip I fell in love. I went for the terracotta interior which is definitely worth it. It really classes up the car. My only quibble is that the moonroof lowers the roof inside the car which presses against my hair. I found this annoying but I am used to it now. I also went for the 2.0 engine which I highly recommend as it gives you all of the power that you will ever need."

8 people out of 12 found this review helpful

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