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2015 Ford Fusion Review

The 2015 Ford Fusion ranks in the bottom half of the competitive midsize car class. It boasts sporty handling and two energetic available engines, but it's plagued by a tricky infotainment system and a below-average safety score for the class.

Pros & Cons

  • Spacious cabin and trunk
  • Sporty handling
  • Energetic turbocharged engines
  • Below-average safety score for the class
  • Unwieldy touch-screen infotainment system




Critics' Rating: 9.1
Performance: 7.9
Interior: 6.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.1
Safety: 9.2
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2015 Ford Fusion Overview

Is the 2015 Ford Fusion a Good Used Car?

The 2015 Ford Fusion is a good midsize sedan. It has two peppy available engines, athletic handling, and a comfortable interior with plenty of space. The cabin features quality materials and an attractive design. However, it has poor fuel economy and a hard-to-use infotainment system with tiny buttons. Be sure to cross-shop against the 2015 Chevrolet Malibu and the 2015 Toyota Camry before coming to your final decision.

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Why You Can Trust Us

We do not base our used car rankings and reviews on our personal opinions. Instead, we collect information like safety and reliability reports, total cost of ownership estimates, and the views of the automotive press. We analyzed 36 professional evaluations for this 2015 Ford Fusion review to help you make an informed buying decision.

Our experienced team of writers, editors, and analysts has been ranking and reviewing the best cars, trucks, crossovers, and SUVs since 2007. We remain unbiased by refusing pricey gifts and trips from auto manufacturers, and employing an independent agency to manage the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2015 Ford Fusion?

There are nearly 3,300 listings for the 2015 Ford Fusion on our site, with an average price of about $15,200. Prices ranging from about $11,700 to roughly $19,000, though they vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2015 Ford Fusion Cost to Own?

Five-year costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2015 Fusion are estimated to be $21,849. That’s below average for a midsize car.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Fusion?

The 2019 Ford Fusion starts a $22,840, which is higher than the price of a used 2015 Fusion. However, we recommend buying a new model if it’s in your budget. The 2019 Fusion has the much better SYNC3 infotainment system and new amenities like Ford's Co-Pilot360, a suite of driver assistance features that includes forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, and automatic emergency braking.

Inside and out, the 2019 Fusion is a better car. If price is an issue, however, the 2015 model is a perfectly fine vehicle that will save you thousands.

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No new midsize cars are available in the price range of the 2015 Fusion.

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Which Model Year of the Ford Fusion Is Best?

Ford redesigned the Fusion for the 2013 model year. The 2015 is the first Fusion with a standard rearview camera, though you can find that feature in select 2013 and 2014 models. Also, all-wheel drive became available in SE models. If you want to save money, consider one of these older models. There were no changes to the Fusion for 2016.

We recommend the 2017 Fusion. It has a refreshed exterior, and the less-than-desirable SYNC system was replaced with the user-friendly SYNC3 infotainment system. The 2018 model sees no significant changes. You’ll pay more for a 2017 or 2018, but you’ll get more too.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Ford Fusion?

J.D. Power gives the 2015 Ford Fusion a reliability rating of three out of five. That rating is about average for the industry, but many other midsize cars earn higher scores.

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2015 Ford Fusion Recalls

As of this writing, the 2015 Fusion has nine recalls. The recalls address a charging cord that may overheat, a shift cable that can detach and cause the car to roll away, a steering wheel that could detach, and faulty front seatbelts. Other recalls correct a potential loss of steering and a problem with the ignition key coming out while the Fusion is not in park. Before buying a 2015 Fusion, ensure all of these recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Ford Fusion Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Ford Fusion is available in three trim levels: S, SE, and Titanium. There are just as many engines to choose from, and they can be paired with one of two automatic transmissions. Front-wheel drive comes standard; all-wheel drive is available. We review the 2015 Ford Fusion Hybrid and plug-in hybrid 2015 Fusion Energi separately.

Look for Titanium models if you can afford to splurge. Otherwise, most shoppers will be perfectly fine with the base S trim. It comes with a rearview camera and the voice-activated SYNC system with four speakers, Bluetooth, and a USB port. The SE adds power-adjustable front seats, a six-speaker stereo, and satellite radio. Building on the SE, the Titanium has leather upholstery, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, and a Sony 12-speaker sound system. It also comes with the MyFord Touch infotainment system, which features an 8-inch touch screen, two USB ports, an auxiliary jack, and an SD card reader.

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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 2015 Fusion has good safety scores, but nearly all class rivals have better ratings. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Fusion five out of five stars overall, with four stars in the side crash and rollover tests, and five stars in the frontal crash test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Fusion a 2015 Top Safety Pick, the agency’s second-highest honor. It earned the second-highest rating of Acceptable in the small overlap front test and the highest score of Good in all other safety tests.

Standard safety features include a rearview camera and Ford's MyKey, which lets you set speed and audio volume limits for when someone else is driving the car. Other available safety features include rear parking sensors, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, and forward collision warning.

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2015 Ford Fusion Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Ford Fusion or 2015 Chevrolet Malibu?

The 2015 Chevrolet Malibu delivers a comfortable ride and has a long features list, which includes a standard Wi-Fi hot spot and the easy-to-use available MyLink infotainment system. Its safety and reliability ratings are some of the best in the class. However, the second row in the Malibu has below-average legroom. While the Malibu makes a more comfortable daily driver, the Fusion is a good choice for drivers looking for more zest in their midsize car.

Which Is Better: 2015 Ford Fusion or 2015 Toyota Camry?

The 2015 Toyota Camry is a better car than the Fusion. The Toyota boasts a perfect reliability rating, a roomy back seat, and a responsive standard touch-screen infotainment system. The Fusion has sharper handling and more base-engine power, but the Camry is no slouch. Its suspension was retuned for 2015, and an available V6 engine provides much-needed pickup.

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2015 Fusion Performance

How Does the 2015 Ford Fusion Drive?

The Fusion is one of the most agile cars in its class, with adjustable power steering that is crisp and precise. However, it has a firm ride. Front-wheel drive is standard; some SE or Titanium models come with all-wheel drive.

A 175-horsepower four-cylinder engine comes standard in the 2015 Ford Fusion. Two turbocharged engines are available. One makes 181 horsepower, and the other produces 240 horsepower. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard, and some models come with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

Does the 2015 Ford Fusion Get Good Gas Mileage?

Both the base four-cylinder engine and the available 240-horsepower turbo-four return 22 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway, which are low numbers for the class. However, the 181-horsepower turbo model gets the best fuel economy rating of 25/36 mpg city/highway.

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2015 Fusion Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 Fusion Seat?

The Ford Fusion seats five. Available features include leather upholstery and leather-trimmed sport seats. Some models treat front-seat occupants to power-adjustable, heated, and cooled seats. The Fusion has plenty of passenger space and comfortable seats in both rows.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Ford Fusion?

There are two complete sets of LATCH child-seat connectors in the Fusion's second row. The middle seat has a tether connection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Fusion’s LATCH system the second-lowest rating of Marginal for ease of use, citing lower anchors that are too deep in the seats and difficult to maneuver around.

2015 Ford Fusion Features

The Fusion comes standard with a rearview camera and the voice-activated SYNC system with four speakers, Bluetooth, and a USB port. If you want a proper infotainment system, you’ll have to step up to the Titanium trim or look for an SE model with an options package. This system features an 8-inch touch screen, two USB ports, an auxiliary jack, and an SD card reader. However, it draws criticism for having confusing menus and buttons that are too small.

Upgrades include a six-speaker stereo or a Sony 12-speaker sound system, navigation, satellite radio, HD Radio, a 110-volt household-style power outlet, a moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, and remote start. Available safety features include rear parking sensors, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, and forward collision warning.

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2015 Ford Fusion Dimensions

Ford Fusion Cargo Space

The 2015 Fusion has 16 cubic feet of trunk space, which is high for the midsize car class.

2015 Fusion Length and Weight

The 2015 Fusion is 16 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,322 to 3,821 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 Ford Fusion Built?

Ford manufactured the 2015 Fusion in Michigan.

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