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8.2

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.0
Performance: 8.3
Interior: 7.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.3
Safety: 9.2
Reliability:
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2014 Ford Fusion Review

The 2014 Ford Fusion is a fun-to-drive midsize car. Its base engine is decent and its two available engines are strong. The Fusion also has roomy back seats and lots of trunk space, but its infotainment system is difficult to operate. 

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful and fuel-efficient turbocharged engines
  • Agile handling
  • Large trunk
  • Center stack controls aren't user-friendly

New for 2014

  • New 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine
  • Inflatable rear seat belts, cooled front seats and heated steering wheel became available

2014 Ford Fusion Overview

Is the 2014 Ford Fusion a Good Used Car?

The 2014 Ford Fusion combines abundant space – both seating and cargo – with atypically fun driving dynamics. It’s a good midsize sedan in a class full of good vehicles. The Toyota Camry doesn’t drive as well, but it’s more reliable. The Nissan Altima has a nicer interior.

The base engine is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that makes 175 horsepower and gives the 2014 Ford Fusion decent acceleration. Three four-cylinder turbocharged engines are available, ranging from 1.5 to 2.0 liters. All are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. The turbocharged 2.0-liter EcoBoost generates 240 horsepower when you use premium fuel. The base Fusion gets an EPA-estimated 22 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway, which is below average for the class. The top turbocharged 2.0-liter engine gets 22 mpg in the city and 32 on the highway. The Fusion comes with front-wheel drive, and it's one of the few midsize cars available with all-wheel drive. It's also one of the more athletic cars in the class, delivering sharp steering, agility in turns, and powerful brakes.

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The 2014 Ford Fusion's cabin uses high-quality materials. Its front seats are supportive and comfortable, and the back seats offer plenty of head- and legroom for tall occupants. The Fusion's trunk is one of the largest in the class.

Standard features includes a voice-controlled infotainment system as well as Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity. Available features include navigation, satellite radio, HD Radio, a touch screen, a 12-speaker Sony audio system, push-button start, a moonroof, and dual-zone automatic climate control. The touch screen is slow, glitchy, and difficult to control. Stay with the base model's voice-controlled infotainment system.

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Used 2014 Ford Fusion Prices

Used 2014 Ford Fusions start at about $9,200 and top out at nearly $15,400. Prices depend on the dealer and the car's location, condition, and mileage. 

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Ford Fusion?

J.D. Power and Associates gave the 2014 Ford Fusion a reliability score of three out of five, which is average. The Fusion’s reliability score falls below the midsize car class average. 

How Safe Is the Fusion?

The 2014 Ford Fusion received a perfect five-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It also earned five stars in the overall frontal crash test, but four stars in the side and rollover tests. In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests, the Fusion received the highest rating of Good in four crash tests (moderate overlap, side, roof strength, and head restraints and seats). It earned the second-highest rating, Acceptable, in the small overlap front test. The 2014 Fusion is also a Top Safety Pick+. While these crash test scores are good overall, they're typical for the class.

The Fusion comes with few standard safety features. MyKey, a system that allows parents set vehicle speed and audio volume limits for young drivers, is in every Fusion. Available safety features include adaptive cruise control with forward collision warning, active park assist, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, rain-sensing wipers, blind spot monitoring, and a lane keep alert system.

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Should I Consider Another Used Fusion?

The Ford Fusion's second generation began with the 2013 model year and includes the 2017 model. Cars in the same generation have similar features and designs. You can save some money by buying a 2013 Fusion, which isn’t significantly different from the 2014 model. A few big differences are that the 2013 doesn’t have the available turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder EcoBoost engine, the available cooled seats, or a heated steering wheel.

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Which Used Ford Fusion Is Right for Me?

The 2014 Ford Fusion has three trims: S, SE, and Titanium. The Fusion S comes with the voice-controlled SYNC system with MyFord, Bluetooth, an auxiliary input jack, and a feature that reads incoming text messages aloud. The Fusion S and SE come with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, while the Fusion Titanium has a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, the strongest engine in the lineup. The Fusion SE adds a power-adjustable driver's seat, and the Fusion Titanium comes with heated front seats. For the best driving experience, go with the Titanium. For day-to-day driving, the SE is a solid option.

Consider purchasing a certified pre-owned Ford. For all of its certified pre-owned vehicles, Ford extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles and provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty. Each CPO vehicle must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Ford warranty page carefully.

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We collected 33 pieces of data and research on the used 2014 Ford Fusion, including crash test and reliability data, total cost of ownership, and expert opinions. We analyzed that data to provide a comprehensive overview of the Fusion’s place in the class.

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2014 Ford Fusion and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Ford Fusion or 2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid?

Apart from its exterior, the 2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid doesn’t have much in common with its gas-only counterpart. Despite the Fusion Hybrid's outstanding fuel economy estimates – 43 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway – and quicker acceleration from a stop, the nonhybrid Fusion provides the better value. The Fusion Hybrid's driving dynamics aren’t as sporty as those of the nonhybrid model. Additionally, the Fusion Hybrid has a smaller trunk. You'll pay more for the Fusion Hybrid, but you won’t get more standard features.

Which Is Better: 2014 Ford Fusion or 2014 Chevrolet Malibu?

The Ford Fusion is a much more attractive buy than the Chevrolet Malibu. Though the Malibu has a stronger base engine than the Fusion, it has fewer standard features and tighter back seats. If you like the Fusion's sporty performance, the Malibu's placid ride will bore you. The Malibu’s brakes could also be stronger. 

Which Is Better: 2014 Ford Fusion or 2014 Nissan Altima?

The Nissan Altima is one of the few midsize sedans with driving dynamics that match the Fusion’s. The Altima accelerates quicker on the highway, and there’s a potent V6 available. Like the Fusion, the Altima offers a high-quality cabin and plenty of seating space in both rows. However, the Altima's infotainment system is easier to use than the Fusion’s. Overall, go with the Nissan.

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