Is 2020 Ford Fusion A Good Car?

Ford Fusion


The 2020 Ford Fusion will be its final model year, but it still offers a great ride. It's not as luxurious or well-made as the Honda Accord or Mazda 6, but it comes in six trim levels and has a crisp style. The Fusion is also very versatile with four powertrain options, one of which can be had with all-wheel drive, and two that are electrified. Its comfortable ride and roomy cabin make for a satisfying experience overall.

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

The Fusion's powertrain options include a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 175 horsepower, a six-speed automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive. This combination is available in all of the Fusion's gasoline models. Upper trim levels offer a choice of two turbocharged four cylinders: a 1.5 liter that generates 181 hp or a 2.0 liter with 245 hp under the hood.

The 2.0-liter engine can also be used for all-wheel drive, if desired. With most of its features, the agile Fusion offers a comfortable ride and captivating driving experience--feeling more like a sports sedan than a family car when driven aggressively. Although its ride and handling still could use some improvement, it is much smoother than before.

Hybrid Powertrain

The Fusion is available as a hybrid, featuring a 2.0-liter four-cylinder and an electric motor, which together make 195 horsepower. This model makes do with a continuous variable automatic transmission. There is also a plug-in-hybrid Fusion. It boasts the same powertrain as the cordless hybrid save for a larger battery pack that allows for up to 21 miles of electric-only driving per charge. The trade-off for this larger battery is a significantly smaller trunk. The plug-in Energi model also doesn't acquit itself as well on the road, suffering from a softer suspension tuning and overly light steering that robs it of prowess in the corners.

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

The Fusion's vast array of powertrain options--from boosted four-cylinders to a plug-in hybrid with double-digit EV range--make it suitable for most. However, the overreliance on turbocharged gasoline engines in many versions could make it difficult for drivers to replicate EPA fuel-economy numbers in real world conditions. Our test Energi vehicle served as an example, Deliver 39 mpg over our 200 mile highway fuel economy test route.

Infotainment and Connectivity

The infotainment options available in the Fusion lineup are either behind the times or completely up to date. We've never tested the model with no frills, but Ford's Sync 3 system is accessible on other trims and we found it easy to use and quick to respond. It was designed for touch inputs and voice commands, so it's straightforward navigation-wise. Plus, it's a significant step up from previous Ford systems.