2018 Ford Fusion: A Car You Can Bring Home to Mother

With family-friendly features like a spacious, comfortable cabin, an easy-to-use infotainment system, and a near-perfect safety record, the 2018 Ford Fusion is a car that will get your parents’ seal of approval.

The new Fusion is a practical and reliable mid-size sedan that will get you from point A to B in a surprising degree of comfort. The 2018 Ford Fusion sedan, now available at Indianapolis Ford dealers, isn’t much different from the previous year’s model, as Ford has hit a winning formula with the Fusion and plans to stick to it.

Performance

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The standard engine for the 2018 Ford Fusion is 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 175 horsepower and 175 ft-lb of torque. It’s good enough for getting around town but, if you really want your Fusion to have some oomph, you can opt for a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that delivers 181 horsepower and 185 ft-lb of torque.

At the Titanium trim level and available on the SE trim, Fusion buyers get a powerful 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that cranks out 245 horsepower and 270 ft-lb of torque. A V6 Sport version of the Fusion adds a turbocharged V6 that generates 325 horsepower and 380 ft-lb of torque.

The various engines offered by the Fusion give buyers a wide range of choices; value-conscious buyers can opt for the less powerful engines, while buyers who want a family sedan with a little extra muscle can choose the turbocharged options.

On the road, the base engine performs adequately, but the turbocharged engines make the Fusion a lot of fun to drive. For some real driving excitement, the V6 version of the Fusion is an excellent choice, as it provides solid passing power.

With regard to ride quality, the Fusion handles well, and parking is a cinch. The Fusion benefits from strong brakes, and it generally provides a pretty smooth ride. The Fusion’s base engine gets 21 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. For Indiana consumers, sales staff at the Indianapolis Ford dealership can help you find the best engine option for your needs.

Interior

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The interior is one of the new Ford Fusion’s standout features. The Fusion has comfortable seating space for five adults. The Fusion’s cabin has an upscale look, with quality materials and soft-touch surfaces throughout the interior. Higher trim levels of the vehicle include more luxury features, such as leather upholstery.

Front seats are cushy and supportive, and long drives will be no burden. Rear seats are also quite comfortable. With regard to cargo space, the Fusion has one of the largest trunks in its class. The Fusion’s trunk offers 16 cubic feet of cargo space—more than enough to fit plenty of grocery bags or a family-sized collection of luggage. The Fusion also has a convenient 60/40 rear folding seat that offers even more room to haul small pieces of furniture or IKEA kits home.

The Fusion has some pretty cool tech features at upper trim levels. Standard tech includes a basic stereo system and the SYNC infotainment system, which includes voice controls for telephone calls and music. On higher trim levels, consumers can get the Ford SYNC 3 touchscreen infotainment system with an 8-inch display. The system is intuitive and works much like the touchscreen on your smartphone, with features controlled by swiping and pinching.

Buyers can also get Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, which sync your smartphone with your vehicle, allowing easy, hands-free access to your contacts, media, and messaging.

Trim Levels

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One of the great things about the new Ford Fusion is the level of customization the vehicle affords. The Fusion is available in five trims—S, SE, Titanium, Sport, and Platinum. The wide range of trim levels allows consumers to get just the Fusion they want, whether they’re looking for a budget vehicle or a more elaborate family vehicle. The many options available can be a little confusing, but sales staff at your local Ford dealership in Indianapolis can help you decide.

Safety & Reliability

The Ford Fusion is one of the safest mid-size sedans on the road. The 2018 model earned a five-star overall rating in crash tests from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety designated the 2018 Ford Fusion a Top Safety Pick.

The Ford Fusion has a number of standard and optional safety features. Standard features include a rearview camera and Ford’s MyKey safety system. MyKey allows parents to set parameters for their teen drivers, such as speed limits and audio controls.

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Optional features include auto high beams, rear cross traffic alert, lane keeping assistance, adaptive cruise control, automatic parking, pre-collision alert, pedestrian warning, auto emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, and others.

For parents, the Fusion’s LATCH system is easy to access and use, making getting a car seat in and out of the vehicle much less of a hassle.

The Ford Fusion is a vehicle you can depend upon to get you from here to there. The 2017 model earned an above-average rating for reliability from J.D. Power & Associates. As the 2018 model is largely unchanged from the previous year model, it is likely that the new Fusion will prove just as reliable.

Price

The 2018 Ford Fusion’s base model starts at $22120, and you can get a fully loaded Fusion for $36,750. A popular option is the SE trim, which costs $23,250. Compared to other mid-sized sedans, the Fusion is competitively priced. The Fusion is backed by a three-year, 36,000-mile warranty and a five-year, 60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

Ford Fusion History

The Ford Fusion hit the U.S. market in 2006. The vehicle was originally intended to be named the Futura, but (fortunately) a trademark issue prevented Ford from using this label. Ford developed the Fusion as a direct competitor to the leading mid-size sedans, the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord. Styling, value, and technology were the original Focus’ strengths and remain solid in current models.

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The 2006 Ford Fusion was released as a front-wheel-drive automobile; the subsequent year’s model gained an all-wheel-drive option. In 2010, Ford updated the Fusion and redesigned the front end. That year Ford also introduced a hybrid version of the Fusion, as well as the Fusion Sport, a performance model with a 263-horsepower engine.

Ford made some major changes to the Fusion for the 2017 model year, including a styling update and the addition of new tech features. Stacked up against rival mid-size sedans like the Camry, Accord, and Malibu, the Fusion acquits itself well, offering many features and options that these other cars don’t.

Fusion Sales

The Ford Fusion has been a strong performer for Ford, prospering during the Great Recession, thanks to its practicality. As gas prices have dipped in recent years, SUV sales have bounced back, taking market share once dominated by sedans like the Fusion. The Fusion remains a leader in its segment, however, thanks to its great reputation.

Ford Fusion U.S. Sales
Year U.S. Sales
2007 149,552
2008 147,569
2009 180,671
2010 219,219
2011 241,263
2012 241,263
2013 295,280
2014 306,860
2015 300,170
2016 265,840
Source: http://carsalesbase.com/us-car-sales-data/ford/ford-fusion/

 

Consumers interested in checking out the safe and dependable Ford Fusion should visit Community Ford Lincoln, an Indianapolis Ford Lincoln dealership with a great track record of providing exceptional customer service before and after the sale. Once you purchase from Community Ford Lincoln, you’ll join a family of thousands of satisfied customers who return again and again, thanks to the individualized care the dealership’s sales staff provide.

Sources

  1. https://www.edmunds.com/ford/fusion/2018/#edm-entry-pricing
  2. https://cars.usnews.com/cars-trucks/ford/fusion