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2014 Ford Fusion Review

The 2014 Ford Fusion's athletic handling and peppy engine performance make it one of the most engaging sedans, but its available MyFord Touch touch-screen infotainment system can be distracting to use. The Fusion places in the top third of our midsize car rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Poised handling
  • Potent engine lineup
  • Roomy, comfortable cabin
  • Generous trunk space
  • Tricky infotainment controls
  • Subpar fuel economy

New for 2014

  • Available 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine
  • Ventilated front seats and a heated steering wheel became available

8.0

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.1
Performance: 8.0
Interior: 6.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.1
Safety: 9.2
Reliability:
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2014 Ford Fusion Overview

Is the 2014 Ford Fusion a Good Used Car?

Yes, the Fusion is a great used midsize sedan.

The 2014 Fusion has several strengths:

  • Four powerful turbocharged engine options
  • Sharp handling and a composed ride
  • Below-average ownership costs
  • Comfortable and supportive seating
  • Ample space throughout the cabin

It does have a few drawbacks though:

  • Base model has poor fuel economy for the class
  • Available touch screen is slow to respond to inputs
Why You Can Trust Us

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How Much Is the 2014 Ford Fusion?

Prices for the 2014 Ford Fusion range from about $10,000 to around $14,000 and vary depending on the vehicles condition, mileage, features, and location. You can view listings of the 2014 Ford Fusion for sale on our site.

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How Much Does the 2014 Ford Fusion Cost to Own?

The 2014 Fusion’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $36,200, or $7,240 per year. That’s below average for a midsize car.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Fusion?

The 2020 and 2014 Ford Fusions differ in significant ways. The new Ford Fusion comes standard with a rearview camera, and it has updated styling and engine availability compared to the 2014 model. A new model also comes with the SYNC 3 infotainment system instead of the often-criticized MyFord Touch system. Also, the V6 Sport trim is no longer available.

The 2020 Fusion (starting MSRP: $23,170) costs more than a used 2014 Fusion, but its many updates make it a worthwhile choice.

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The Fusion was completely redesigned for the 2013 model year, so you won't want to shop any further back than that, or you'll get a very different sedan. Some of its changes include styling enhancements and better fuel economy.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Ford Fusion?

J.D. Power gives the 2014 Fusion a reliability rating of three out of five, which is about average.

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2014 Ford Fusion Recalls

At the time of writing, there are 11 recalls for the 2014 Ford Fusion:

  • Steering gear motor may detach
  • Vehicle may unexpectedly move when transmission is in park because of a detached shift cable
  • Clutch may fracture, which could result in a transmission fluid leak
  • Steering wheel may detach while driving
  • Engine cylinder head may leak oil
  • Door latches may break, resulting in the doors unexpectedly opening
  • Front seatbelts may not restrain occupants
  • Salt corrosion may cause loss of power steering
  • Key may be able to be removed when the transmission is not in park
  • Airbags may improperly deploy
  • Faulty welds may cause the front seats to loosen or lean

Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Ford Fusion Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2014 Ford Fusion comes in three trims: S, SE, and Titanium. The base S trim doesn't have much in the way of standard equipment, so we recommend stepping up to the SE trim. It adds a few more standard features like satellite radio and a power-adjustable driver's seat. Plus, when it was new, it had many available packages. You may find a model with one of three optional engines, including a 1.5-liter, a 1.6-liter, and a 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine that comes standard in the top-level Titanium trim.

  • Ford Fusion S: The base trim comes with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. Standard features in the S trim include a six-way manually adjustable driver's seat, a four-way manually adjustable passenger seat, cloth upholstery, a voice-controlled infotainment system with a 4.2-inch display, a USB port, and four speakers.
  • Ford Fusion SE: The SE trim adds two additional speakers, satellite radio, a 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat, and a rear center armrest with two cup holders.
  • Ford Fusion Titanium: The Titanium trim comes with a turbocharged 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine. It adds a four-way power-adjustable passenger seat, premium leather-trimmed sport seats, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, memory settings for the driver's seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, an 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system, a 12-speaker Sony audio system, HD Radio, an additional USB port, push-button start, remote start, a rearview camera, and rear parking sensors.

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What Does Ford’s Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Ford offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 80,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Ford extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years from the original sale date or 100,000 miles. These vehicles also get a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty after the original three-year/36,000-mile new-car warranty expires. Each Ford CPO vehicle must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like vehicle history reports, towing, and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Ford warranty page carefully.

Ford does not have one of the better CPO programs among affordable carmakers. Chevy, GMC, Honda, Kia, and Mazda all have better programs.

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How Safe Is the Fusion?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2014 Fusion a Top Safety Pick+ and gave it the highest rating of Good in four crash tests and the second-highest rating of Acceptable in the driver-side small overlap front test. The Fusion also earned the lowest rating of Basic for front crash prevention.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2014 Fusion an overall rating of five out of five stars, with five stars in the frontal crash test and four stars in side crash and rollover tests.

Available advanced safety features:

  • front and rear parking sensors
  • adaptive cruise control
  • forward collision warning
  • blind spot monitoring
  • rear cross traffic alert
  • lane keep assist

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2014 Ford Fusion Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2014 Ford Fusion or 2014 Toyota Camry?

The 2014 Toyota Camry fares better in our midsize car rankings than the Fusion. The Toyota isn't as engaging to drive as the Ford, but its comfortable ride and relaxed handling will appeal to many shoppers. The Camry is also better on gas in its base configuration than the Fusion, and it has a higher reliability rating.

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

The 2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid doesn't compare favorably to the gas-only Fusion. The hybrid has an underwhelming powertrain, and its ride isn't nearly as athletic as the nonhybrid Fusion's. Also, cargo space is in shorter supply in the hybrid version. The Fusion Hybrid's superb fuel economy (41 mpg combined versus 26 mpg combined) is the only reason to pick it over its nonhybrid counterpart.

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2014 Fusion Performance

The Fusion delivers engaging performance for the class, with strong brakes, sharp steering, and athletic handling. It does all of this while maintaining a comfortable ride.

The base Fusion's 2.5-liter engine has enough power for most drivers, and it comes with a six-speed automatic transmission. This powertrain gives the Ford decent acceleration.

The three available EcoBoost engines offer more power, and the midlevel 1.5-liter and 1.6-liter engines get better gas mileage. The 1.6-liter engine is the only engine that comes with a six-speed manual transmission. All other models get the six-speed automatic.

  • Base engine: 175-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder
  • Available engines:
    • 178-horsepower turbocharged 1.5-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder
    • 178-horsepower turbocharged 1.6-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder
    • 240-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder
  • Drivetrain: standard front-wheel drive; available all-wheel drive.
  • Transmission: standard six-speed automatic; six-speed manual transmission
Does the 2014 Ford Fusion Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2014 Fusion's EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings are below the class average.

  • 2.5-liter, FWD: 22/33 mpg city/highway
  • 1.5-liter, FWD: up to 25/36 mpg
  • 1.6-liter, FWD: 25/36 mpg
  • 2.0-liter, FWD: 22/32 mpg
  • 2.0-liter, AWD: 22/31 mpg

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2014 Fusion Interior

How Many People Does the 2014 Fusion Seat?

The 2014 Fusion seats five people in two rows. The front seats may be a little narrow for some folks, but they are still comfortable and supportive overall. The driver should also have no qualms about finding a comfortable driving position, thanks to the various seating adjustments. Additionally, the rear seats have enough headroom, even for tall passengers, and rear-seat legroom is plentiful.

Standard seating features:

  • cloth upholstery
  • six-way manually adjustable driver's seat
  • four-way manually adjustable passenger seat

Available seating features:

  • 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat
  • four-way power-adjustable passenger seat
  • leather-trimmed sport seats
  • heated front seats
  • memory settings for the driver's seat and side mirrors
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2014 Ford Fusion?

The 2014 Fusion has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors for the rear outboard seats and an upper tether for the rear middle seat.

2014 Ford Fusion Features

The Fusion comes standard with a voice-controlled SYNC system that features a simple 4.2-inch display and physical controls for audio and climate settings. Although you may want to upgrade to the available MyFord Touch infotainment system, its 8-inch touch screen is slow to respond, and its menus require too much attention away from the road.

  • Standard infotainment features: a 4.2-inch display, a CD player, a USB port, and four speakers
  • Available infotainment features: an 8-inch touch screen, a six-speaker audio system, a 12-speaker Sony audio system, an additional USB port, and HD Radio
  • Other available features: push-button start and remote start

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2014 Ford Fusion Dimensions

Ford Fusion Cargo Space

The Fusion has 16 cubic feet of trunk space, which is a lot for the midsize car class, and the trunk is deep. Inside the cabin, small-item storage is plentiful.

2014 Ford Fusion Length and Weight
  • Length: nearly 16 feet
  • Curb weight: 3,431 to 3,681 pounds

Where Was the 2014 Ford Fusion Built?

Ford built the 2014 Fusion in Mexico and Michigan.

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