The Fusion is a midsize sedan built by Ford that essentially took the place of the Ford Taurus, which became larger as it evolved through generations. The Fusion has been in production since 2006 and is only in its second generation, which was all-new for the 2013 model year.
A used Ford Fusion is compared with a plethora of competitors in the crowded midsize segment. They include the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Mazda6, Chevrolet Malibu, Volkswagen Passat and Nissan Altima.
In 2010, the Ford Fusion was warmed over with a nice refresh that earned it the Motor Trend Car of the Year award. The hybrid version won the 2010 North American Car of the Year Award. The 2010 update saw new front and rear fascias, interior upgrades, and revised powertrains. The second-generation Fusion has found its share of success, too, being named a 10 Best Sedan and 10 Best Family cars.
Since its introduction, the Ford Fusion has seen numerous engines under its hood.
First Generation 2006 – 2009
- 2.3-liter inline-4, 160 horsepower (17 MPG city, 24 MPG highway)
- 3.0-liter V6, 221 horsepower (18 MPG city, 26 MPG highway)
First Generation 2010 – 2012
- 2.5-liter I-4, 175 horsepower (22 MPG city, 31 MPG highway)
- 3.0-liter V6, 240 horsepower (18 MPG city, 27 MPG highway)
- 3.5-liter V6, 263 horsepower (17 MPG city, 24 MPG highway)
Second Generation 2013 – Present
- 1.5-liter EcoBoost turbo I-4, 178 horsepower (23 MPG city, 36 MPG highway)
- 1.6-liter EcoBoost turbo I-4, 182 horsepower (25 MPG city, 37 MPG highway)
- 2.0-liter EcoBoost turbo I-4, 240 horsepower (22 MPG city, 31 MPG highway)
- 2.5-liter I-4, 175 horsepower (22 MPG city, 34 MPG highway)
- 2.0-liter I-4 Hybrid, 188 horsepower (47 MPG city, 47 MPG highway)
- 2.0-liter I-4 Plug-in, 195 horsepower (100 MPGe city, 100 MPGe highway)
Fusion VS Accord
Following the recession, Ford has turned itself into a technology company. That’s apparent in the direction Ford has taken with the Fusion, especially when compared to the Accord. The Honda Accord is a safe car for consumers, in both styling and comfort. Like the Camry, critics have panned the Accord for bland, uninspired design.
The Honda Accord is larger than the Ford Fusion. While this means the Accord offers greater interior capacity, it also means that it isn’t as fuel efficient as the Fusion. The Accord offers a V6 engine, but the Fusion competes with a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that provides similar performance while using less fuel.
Both vehicles keep performance in mind, but the Ford Fusion’s emphasis on technology really sets it apart and makes it feel like something special on the road. The interior of the Fusion feels premium and well appointed, even in its base model. The same cannot be said about the Accord.
Written by Anthony Alaniz