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The 2015 Ford Fusion isn’t likely to see any major improvements except perhaps for the addition of one or more new wheel designs or exterior paint treatments and the shuffling of options among packages or trim levels.
The car’s interior will likely continue to be nicely designed with large and legible gauges, though we worry the front seats will remain a bit stiff and feature whiplash-protecting headrests that uncomfortably press front-seat passengers’ heads unduly forward. The Fusion will likely again include the MyFord Touch multimedia operating system that swaps many buttons and switches for menu-driven touchscreen operations is a bit less annoying than in prior generations, it remains difficult and distracting to use. The few upscale items offered by some of the competition that are not yet represented here include ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel.
With the Ford Fusion line having added a third four-cylinder version direct-injected and turbocharged EcoBoost engine for 2014, we’d like to see the automaker drop the standard 2.5-liter 175-horsepower four-cylinder engine that was carried over from the previous generation. This would leave the more economical 1.5-liter turbo four with 178 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque as the base engine. At that, with the 1.5 added for 2014, it’s difficult to justify also selling a 1.6-liter EcoBoost with a similar 178 horsepower and a slightly peppier 184 pound-feet of torque, other that it can be mated to a six-speed manual transmission (a six-speed automatic should remain standard across the line). The available 2.0-liter turbo four with 240 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque remains the quickest of the bunch and should remain as the top choice here. All-wheel-drive will likewise remain optional with the 2.0-liter engine.
The Fusion Hybrid and Energi models augment a 2.0-liter 141-horspower four-cylinder engine with an electric motor generator; the latter is a plug-in version that includes a larger battery that extends the range the car can run on electric power to around 21 miles (though it must be connected to an electric circuit overnight for recharging). Once the battery is depleted to a certain point the Energi behaves like a typical hybrid car.
The 2015 Fusion’s fuel economy shouldn’t change over its model-year 2014 estimates, which means a base model equipped with the 2.5-liter engine and six-speed automatic transmission should again be rated at 22/34/26-mpg city/highway/combined. We expect the 1.5-liter EcoBoost turbo four to be rated at a more-economical 24/36/20 mpg. The 1.6-liter EcoBoost turbo four should be rated at 25/37/29-mpg with the six-speed manual transmission and 23/36/28-mpg with the automatic. The top Fusion Titanium with the 2.0-liter EcoBoost turbo-four engine and automatic transmission should be rated at 22/33/26-mpg and 22/31/25-mpg with all-wheel-drive.
The 2015 Fusion Hybrid should again be rated at 47/47/47 mpg, though we’ve found it difficult to achieve the advertised fuel economy. Meanwhile, the plug-in hybrid Fusion Energi will likely be rated at the electric equivalent of 100 mpg when riding solely on battery power and at 44/41/43 mpg when subsequently operating as a conventional hybrid. The length of one’s daily commute and the local price of electricity and gasoline would determine whether a given buyer could recover the Energi’s added cost solely in fuel savings.
We expect the base S model will likely start at around $23,250 and the 2015 Ford Fusion should probably be released to dealers in summer 2014.
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