2018 Fusion: Sleek Sedan in a World of Crossovers
Left and right, automakers are abandoning their cars and replacing them with small crossovers. Drivers claim they enjoy the cargo space and convenience. But these tall, square boxes lack the aerodynamics and balance of cars. Comparatively, driving a sedan is almost always smoother and more comfortable. Exhibit A: Ford’s 2018 Fusion.
The interior hasn’t really changed from 2017. Although, Bluetooth, USB, and voice commands are now all standard. But it’s tough to talk about the Ford Fusion in general. The Ford Fusion is not just one car. The level of customisation is actually a bit intimidating, so we’ll try to make it simple and break it down by trim level. But there are twelve (twelve!) total when you include the hybrid and electric models, so we’ll focus only on models with gasoline powertrains.
2018 Fusion S (Starting MSRP: $22,668)
The Fusion S is the base model. It comes with a 2.5L Duratec I-4. The wheels are 16” Sparkle Silver-Painted Aluminum. The rotary gear shift dial is standard, too. This is a bit of a polarising feature. But you’ll become comfortable with it after only a few uses. And, importantly, it frees up a bunch of space for cargo. SYNC is also standard on every Ford Fusion, so you can use voice commands to control your media. It’s one of the best infotainment systems (although most of its competitors are terrible).
2018 Fusion SE (Starting MSRP: $23,970)
The Fusion SE has the same standard engine as the S, but SE drivers can choose to upgrade to either the 1.5- or 2.0-litre EcoBoost engine. It also brings the option of Intelligent All-Wheel Drive that actively monitors traction, directing torque to the appropriate wheel to eliminate slippage. To round things off, Ford has included 17” Sparkle Silver-Painted Wheels and LED Signature Lighting.
2018 Fusion Titanium (Starting MSRP: $31,624)
The Fusion Titanium is for those who want a premium driving experience. In addition to making the 2.0L EcoBoost engine standard, the Titanium model brings 18” aluminum wheels, as well as aluminum interior and exterior accents. The Fusion Titanium also includes:
Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
Dual-Zone Climate Control
Premium Sony Audio
Intelligent Access & Remote Start
Reverse Sensing System
2018 Fusion Sport (Starting MSRP: $39,456)
The 2018 Fusion Sport offers pretty compelling driving dynamics. 2.7L EcoBoost V6, Intelligent AWD, and Continuously-Controlled Damping working in concert to guarantee it. Frankly, it’s a thrill – and it’s got the style to match. Ford has included 19” Dark Aluminum Wheels, unique, high-gloss grille; and quad-tip dual exhaust. More standard equipment from the 2018 Fusion Sport includes:
- Lane Keeping System
- Active Noise Control
- Enhanced Active Park Assist
- Adaptive Cruise Control
- Power Moonroof
So, which of these trims represents the best value? but the price is unnerving. For the same price, you can get into a Mustang GT Premium Fastback with 435 horsepower. However, some may prefer the Fusion Sport’s combination of well mannered exterior and outrageous power (not to mention four doors). Regardless, I don’t think the Fusion Sport is the pick of the bunch.
Instead, I’d say the Fusion SE, but with a little modification. To make the SE the best value in the Fusion lineup, you should definitely consider adding the Equipment 202A Package. For $3,000, you get the following:
- 1.5L EcoBoost Engine with Auto Stop/Start
- Heated Front Seats
- Intelligent Access & Remote Start
- LED Headlights
With the EcoBoost engine, you get a combined 8.7L/100 km fuel economy and 181 horsepower. It’s the perfect balance of power and fuel savings. Plus, the smart extras ensure your new Fusion is winter-proof. Of course, no matter what you choose, you get an Aston-Martin style grille, 5-star safety ratings and a smooth ride.