The Ford Fusion is a four door, five passenger sedan with a sport attitude and style that can also be a luxurious touring car, or even a fuel efficient family car, depending on how it is equipped. The styling is definitely influenced by European design as can be seen in the Aston Martin inspired front grill opening, the headlights that sweep back into the body lines, and the round fog lamps. The body lines are very distinctive with the painted to match door handles being part of the design. Along with several wheel options that are available for the Ford Fusion, there is even a rear spoiler that is available to enhance the sport performance look.
There are three trim levels with the S serving as the base model, the mid-level SE, and the top of the line Titanium. The power under the hood can be tied to the three trim levels with gasoline configurations and two hybrid powertrains that are available. Then there is an available All Wheel Drive option to meet the needs of consumers, which is a further indication that the 2014 Ford Fusion can be equipped to meet the need of most sedan drivers.
Within that engine and transmission selection process, new for 2014, there is the 1.5L EcoBoost. This is a turbocharged inline four cylinder that is backed by the carry-over six speed automatic that does have a ‘sport’ or manual shift capability. The 1.5L is very similar in performance numbers as the carryover 1.6L, only smaller in size. As equipped, this power combination allows the 2014 Ford Fusion SE an EPA rating of 25 mpg city, 37 mpg highway, and 29 mpg combined.
The exterior of the 2014 Fusion receives additional upgrades from the 2013 model. While the base model does come with 16-inch wheels and even a manual gear box, that particular configuration has to be special ordered. The review Fusion SEL rolls on a set of aluminum 17-inch painted wheels with some larger polished aluminum wheels available. The power side mirrors are heated and will manually fold back for close calls, and the painted to match door handles are nicely blended into the body lines.
From there, the different trim levels offer several different options for interior styles and materials. The five passenger sitting arrangement is designed for adults, with functional features to enhance both the driver and passenger experience. There is a monitor near the top of the center stack with manual controls on both sides, as well as an open storage area at the base for easy reach by either front passenger. There are 12V power outlets front and rear, with large easy to reach knobs for the climate controls and audio. The six-speed automatic transmission has a sport mode setting, and there are several drink holders around the interior. The padded front console top serves as an arm rest as well as access to a deeper storage area that includes media inputs and more power supply locations. The front buckets are ventilated for the available heating and cooling, with a sport design that includes a large contrasting stitch on the panels that contribute to a sport or performance look. The rear seat is a 60/40 arrangement that will fold down flat for longer cargo in the trunk area that has a large opening, but the lid does not raise high enough to avoid a bump when reaching into the back areas. New for 2014, the Fusion has an available heated steering wheel, ventilated front seats, and inflatable rear seatbelts for added safety protection. Additional safety features include the airbags, a perimeter alarm, Securelock Passive anti-theft, Hill Start Assist and 4-wheel ABS braking.
Pricing Notes on the 2014 Ford Fusion SE
Starting with the 2014 Ford Fusion base model S, the MSRP starts under $23,000, with the different trim levels leading up to the fully loaded top of the line Titanium that quickly rolls over $40,000. The hybrid options start near $4,000 on almost any trim level. The review Fusion SE has a starting MSRP of $23,935, and with the Luxury Package option of $2,350, the Reverse Sensing System instead of the rear view camera, Rear inflatable seatbelts, the Stop-Stop feature on the engine, and a destination charge of $825, the 2014 Ford Fusion rolled into the drive at an MSRP of $27,890.
For more information on the 2014 Ford Fusion SE visit your local Ford dealer or go online at www.ford.com