Car Review: 2015 Ford Fusion SE FWD

Posted on 14. Dec, 2015 by in Ford Canada

Overview

Stylish and sporty family hauler

Pros
Performance, fuel efficiency, ride/handling balance

Cons
Infotainment system, AWD availability, primer shifting

Value for money
Good

What would we change?
Simplify a infotainment complement and addition a all-wheel-drive choice to obtuse models

When Ford launched a latest Fusion, it upped a ante in a mid-sized segment. Along with a raft of dark improvements came a healthy sip of character and a grade of sportiness not approaching of a family sedan. Two years on and things sojourn as flushed as they did when a Fusion’s Aston Martin-like grille arrived with such a splash. As before, there are innumerable models, including both hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions to addition a gasoline-powered models.

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2015 Ford Fusion SE FWD
Graeme Fletcher, Driving

I acknowledge a suspicion of contrast a vast family sedan with a 1.5-litre engine underneath a hood did not make me chill with anticipation. However, a week with a 1.5L EcoBoost four-cylinder valid it is some-more than adult to a charge of hauling a Fusion around, and with startling alacrity. The turbocharged engine puts out 181 horsepower and 185 pound-feet of torque. That is adequate to motivate a Fusion from rest to 100 kilometres an hour in 9 seconds, that is standard for a segment. It was also spare during a siphon — a exam normal of 7.9 litres per 100 kilometres flattering most says it all.

The energy is put to a cement by a front wheels and a sharp six-speed manumatic. It is seamless in operation, but, as is apropos a Ford norm, a primer side is surplus since it requires a use of a shifter-mounted toggle switch. It was not practical, nor did it lure this motorist to try primer shifting. Yes, there are accessible paddle shifters on a 2.0L model, though they were celebrated by their deficiency on a exam car.

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2015 Ford Fusion SE FWD
Graeme Fletcher, Driving

For those that live in a Snowbelt area, there’s a unequivocally good discretionary all-wheel-drive system. Unfortunately, it is usually accessible with a top-level 2.0L EcoBoost engine, that creates it a dear ascent — on a SE it is a $4,350 reward over a 1.5L front motorist tested here.

Where a Fusion unequivocally picked adult a pace, during slightest when compared to many family haulers, was a demeanour in that it drove. Rather than keying on comfort, it brought some genuine pushing pleasure. The tip lies in a height and a cessation that walks a excellent line — it’s good damped, that boundary physique roll, though feeling oppressive when a highway deteriorates. Even a steering has a dialed-in feel and a startling turn of feedback. Throw in a low form P235/45R18 tires, that revoke understeer, and a brake-based torque vectoring, and we have an achieved float that goes where it’s forked rather nicely.

Inside, a Fusion is equally natty. Comfortable seats, polished materials and a lurch is finish in each respect. Not usually is a information presented clearly, it can be customized. The 4.2-inch colour shade on a left shows all car-related equipment such as a tachometer and/or coolant heat gauge, while a right shade displays a infotainment functions. Both screens are tailored to a five-way controls on a steering wheel. It is a high-tech format that’s unequivocally easy to like.

The downside is a mainly mounted infotainment complement requires some training time to get it to duty well — we stumbled and fumbled during initial perplexing to figure out how to finish what should have been a elementary task. As we say, time softened things greatly.

The behind chair is vast and accommodating, holding 3 adults with startling ease. Yes, a behind finish of a centre console and a executive hovel land into a center rider’s space, though it stays organic for those times when a fifth chairman is aboard. The other aspect we favourite was a inflatable behind chair belt — it adds an additional magnitude of confidence should a misfortune occur. Behind that there’s a tiny unit for a trunk. With 60/40-split/folding chair backs and 453 litres of space it some-more than accommodates a family of five’s luggage.

Elsewhere, a exam automobile arrived with all a latest record including MyKey, MyFord Touch, blind mark monitoring, line depart warning and a sonar-based fill-in complement with camera to go along with Ford’s sharp self-parking feature. The latter is a easiest complement on a marketplace to use bar none.

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2015 Ford Fusion SE FWD
Graeme Fletcher, Driving

There was, however, a technical glitch — a Fusion sealed a intelligent pivotal in a cabin. Mercifully, Ford’s roadside assistance was quick and efficient. The doubt was because did it close a doors with a pivotal still inside? According to Ford, it is “possible if a fob’s vigilance is weak, or is safeguarded in some approach (metal encasement or interference) that a procedure wouldn’t commend a fob in a car.” So a word to a correct — keep a pivotal where it will not get sealed in a car. It remained in my slot for a change of a test!

In a shred that depends a Honda Accord, Nissan Altima and Toyota Camry along with a Hyundai Sonata and Kia Optima not to discuss GM’s revamped Malibu and Chrysler’s new 200, a Fusion still stays one of a tip contenders. It is stylishly practical, sporty and it has a right record available. Admittedly, adding all of a toys/options drives a cost adult quickly, though with a SE anchoring a lineup it stays an affordable, fun to drive, family automobile that deserves to be on any selling list.

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2015 Ford Fusion SE FWD
Graeme Fletcher, Driving

 

  • Type of vehicle

    Mid-sized family sedan

  • Engine

    1.5L turbocharged four-cylinder

  • Power

    181 hp @ 6,000 rpm; 185 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4,320 rpm

  • Transmission

    Six-speed manumatic

  • Brakes

    Four-wheel front with ABS

  • Tires

    P235/45R18

  • Price: Base / As Tested

    $21,999/$32,939

  • Destination Charge

    $1,600

  • Natural Resources Canada Fuel Economy

    (L/100km) 9.9 city, 6.5 highway

  • Standard Features


    Manual atmosphere conditioning with filtration, energy locks, windows and exhilarated mirrors, journey control, energy 10-way driver’s seat/6-way newcomer seat, tilt/telescopic steering, AM/FM/CD/satellite audio with 6 speakers and USB/AUX inputs, Ford Sync with MyFord and 4.2-inch screen, MyKey, fill-in camera, outing computer, compass and outward heat readouts, haze lights, capless fuel filler and more

  • Options


    Package 202A ($3,000), Driver support container ($1,500), MyFord Touch Tech container ($850), Voice activated navigation ($800), 18-inch wheels ($700), Active park support ($600), Smart key/push-button start ($500), Inflatable behind seatbelts ($190), Ruby red paint ($400)

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