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8.0

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.0
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 7.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.2
Safety: 9.2
Reliability:
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2015 Ford Fusion Review

The 2015 Ford Fusion ranks low among midsize sedans because it doesn't match the high safety and reliability scores of many competitors. However, it does boast some of the best overall performance in the class. 

Pros & Cons

  • Energetic turbocharged engines
  • Spacious cabin and trunk
  • Sporty handling
  • Low safety score for its class
  • Not as reliable as most rivals
  • Infotainment systems are cumbersome

2015 Ford Fusion Overview

Is the 2015 Ford Fusion a Good Used Car?

Despite its low position in our rankings, the 2015 Ford Fusion is still a pretty good car. It has two peppy available turbocharged engines, athletic handling, and a roomy and comfortable interior. The Fusion’s fuel economy is low and some of its tech features aren't up to snuff with those of rivals, but it’s still worthy of consideration.

Used 2015 Ford Fusion Performance and Interior

The base 2015 Fusion comes with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 175 horsepower. It's enough to get you where you need to go without much fuss. There are also two powerful turbocharged engines available: a 1.5-liter version produces 181 horsepower, while a 2.0-liter version makes a thrilling 231 horsepower. The former two engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, while the 2.0-liter features an automatic continuously variable transmission (CVT). The Fusion is also one of the most agile cars in its class, with handling that is sportier than many midsize sedans. It also features adjustable power steering that is crisp and precise. Front-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive can be found in some SE or Titanium models. 

A standard Fusion gets an EPA-rated 22 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway, which is low for the class. Other fuel economy estimates range as high as 25/36 mpg city/highway for the 1.5-liter engine and as low as 22/31 mpg city/highway for an all-wheel-drive 2.0-liter model. Two hybrid Fusion models offer excellent fuel efficiency. 

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The 2015 Fusion seats five on standard cloth seats, but you can find used models with leather upholstery, heated and/or ventilated front seats, and power-adjustable front seats. Both rows are comfortable for long drives and offer ample room for passengers to stretch out. There are two complete sets of LATCH child-seat connectors in the Fusion's second row. The middle seat is fitted with a dedicated tether anchor and can borrow lower anchors from either side. 

The Fusion's standard infotainment offering is the voice-activated SYNC interface, which is easy to use. The top Titanium trim level features a touch-screen system with navigation, but small buttons and confusing menus make it difficult to figure out. You can find some Fusions with push-button start, remote start, satellite radio, a 12-speaker Sony audio system, HD Radio, a 110-volt power outlet, a moonroof, and dual-zone automatic climate control.

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Used 2015 Ford Fusion Prices

Pricing for a used 2015 Fusion ranges from about $13,700 for a base Ford Fusion S to about $20,000 for an all-wheel-drive Ford Fusion Titanium. Your actual price will depend on where you live, as well as the car's mileage, condition, and features. 

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We Did the Research for You: 32 Reviews Analyzed

To create this 2015 Ford Fusion overview, we gathered and analyzed 32 reviews from professional test drivers. Our data also includes safety and reliability scores and cost of ownership predictions.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Ford Fusion?

The 2015 Fusion has a predicted reliability score of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power and Associates. That's below average for the industry as a whole. Many sedans in the class score average or above.

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How Safe Is the Fusion?

The Ford Fusion gets good overall safety scores, but it still trails nearly all class rivals. 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. The Fusion was named a 2015 Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, despite only scoring Acceptable in the small overlap front test.  

A rearview camera was made standard for 2015, and all Fusions also come with Ford's MyKey, which lets you set speed and audio volume limits when someone else is driving the car. Other available driver assistance or advanced 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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Should I Consider Another Used Fusion?

The Ford Fusion was fully redesigned for the 2013 model year, and there are few differences in the years since. The addition of a standard rearview camera is the biggest difference between the 2015 model and earlier models. Aside from that, older models are similar and will cost you less. 

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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 three available engines, two available automatic transmissions, and either standard front-wheel or available all-wheel drive. The Ford Fusion Hybrid and plug-in hybrid Fusion Energi are reviewed separately. Your best bet is to find an SE model with one of the two available turbocharged engines. Most options, including all-wheel drive and leather seats, were available as part of an option package with this trim level, so you can focus on finding the features you want without paying for a fully loaded Fusion Titanium.

You may also want to consider buying a certified pre-owned Fusion. 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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2015 Ford Fusion and Other Cars to Consider

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

The 2015 Chevrolet Malibu has one of the best combinations of safety and reliability in the class. Though both of its available engines deliver plenty of power, the Malibu prioritizes ride softness and comfort over the Fusion's sporty handling. The second row in the Malibu has little legroom for adult passengers. However, the Chevy excels with attractive standard features like a Wi-Fi hot spot, and its available MyLink infotainment system is intuitive and straightforward.

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

The 2015 Toyota Camry is a better overall car than the Fusion. The Toyota boasts near-perfect reliability as well as decent crash test results. It also has roomy back seat and a responsive standard touch-screen infotainment system. The Fusion has better performance, but the Camry is no slouch. Its suspension was retuned for 2015, and an available V6 engine provides much needed pickup.

Which Is Better: 2015 Ford Fusion or 2015 Kia Optima?

The 2015 Kia Optima is similar to the Fusion, but it has slightly better safety and reliability scores. However, it can't match the Ford's performance. The Optima's cabin is nicer and has premium materials. Second-row legroom is good, though a sloping roofline detracts from rear headroom. Either car is a good choice in the class; the decision just depends on your priorities.

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