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2015 Ford Fusion Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2015 Ford Fusion was new.


Performance: 7.9

The 2015 Ford Fusion’s dynamic handling is a strong suit, according to critics, who add that it’s one of the more entertaining cars to drive in the class. They also like the Fusion’s strong available turbocharged engines, but think the base four-cylinder engine is a bit weak.

  • "The 2015 Fusion's appeal goes well beyond its eye-catching design. You'd be hard-pressed to find another family car that provides a sharper driving experience or as great a variety of configurations." -- Edmunds
  • "The 2015 Ford Fusion backs up its looks with a dynamic driving experience, at least, for a family car." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Both Fusion models are excellent highway cruisers, and not just because they ride well or squeeze bladder-busting miles from each gallon of fuel." -- Autoblog (2013)
  • "The Fusion drives exactly as Ford advertised. It's fun. It's well-balanced, and it puts a smile of your face. … Grip level is relatively high and body roll is very low compared to its competitors." -- Jalopnik (2013)

Acceleration and Power

A 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 175 horsepower is standard on the 2015 Ford Fusion. The 2014 Fusion’s turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine and manual transmission are not offered for 2015. However, the turbocharged 1.5-liter four carries over for 2015, which produces 181 horsepower. The most powerful engine in the Fusion lineup is a turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 231 horsepower (240 with premium gas). A six-speed automatic transmission is standard on all models, while models with the top engine also get paddle shifters. The base 2015 Fusion gets 22/34 mpg city/highway and the 1.5-liter turbo model gets 24/36 mpg. These estimates are OK for the class, though rivals like the Mazda6, Honda Accord, Nissan Altima and Hyundai Sonata all have better combined estimates.

Test drivers think the Ford Fusion’s base engine is somewhat underpowered and outdated. They prefer the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine for its potent power. Some like the automatic transmission because they say it has well-timed shifts.

  • "The base engine is a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder, and … it's not quick. … For the truly power hungry, the 240-hp 2.0-liter turbo will satisfy all but the most ardent V6 fans." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Although it's fully competitive with similarly sized engines from Chevrolet and Honda, for instance, the Fusion's base 2.5-liter engine isn't very inspiring. Perhaps it's because we think the ‘pop’ from optional turbocharged engines is markedly more entertaining." -- Edmunds
  • "Under the hood, the base 2.5-liter 4-cylinder is a serviceable workhorse, but it's a carryover from the previous-generation Fusion, so you're not getting the latest and greatest. … The Titanium's 2.0-liter turbo is saucier, no doubt, but the Titanium also packs some extra pounds, so the difference is more like going from mild to medium salsa, especially with the weighty all-wheel-drive system aboard." -- AutoTrader (2014)
  • "Let me start by saying the automatic gearbox is solid. It never left me cursing, wishing it would change down, or pouring my hot Starbucks on my ride partner's crotch in grievance that it changed up before I was ready. It's a good six-speed automatic." -- Jalopnik (2013)

Handling and Braking

The automotive press agrees that the 2015 Fusion is agile for a midsize car, with precise steering and a firm ride. They also think the brakes are strong. All-wheel drive is available on SE and Titanium models.

  • "There's a comfortable and assuring tautness to the way every Fusion rides, and the standard electronic power steering accents the fine ride with accurate and nimble-feeling steering that isn't too darty or over-assisted. It all comes together to make the driver immediately feel comfortable with its responses." -- Edmunds
  • "The 2015 Ford Fusion backs up its looks with a dynamic driving experience, at least, for a family car. … the suspension setup gives it surprisingly good handling for such a large family sedan." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "On the road, the Fusion impresses with its athletic demeanor, shrinking around you at speed like a sport sedan." -- AutoTrader (2014)
  • "No matter which Fusion I tested, it took curves with sports car aplomb. … Steering feel on all the cars is exceptional: precise during dynamic turns and on point on straight stretches." -- Cars.com (2013)
  • "Ford's vented front and solid rear brake discs were never truly challenged on the mountainous roads through the canyons of Malibu. But what they did provide is great feel, along with sharp but not grabby response. And, although I never had a chance to truly punish them to discover any potential underlying complaints, what stopping I did do was good." -- Jalopnik (2013)

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