2014 Ford Fusion Reviews and RatingsThis mobile app from Ford, standard on the Fusion Energi plug-In hybrid, lets you monitor and schedule the charging of your Fusion Energi from anywhere, to help you maximize your range. It gives you remote charging status updates, so you can check charge levels and available range. It also provides you with the location of your vehicle if you’re not in it, where you can find the nearest charging stations and the most efficient route to get there. The app also estimates the amount of CO2 emissions, and the money you save on gas, based on your driving style. Other things you can do with MyFord® Mobile and the new myfordmobile website: . Engage remote vehicle preconditioning, using grid power to heat or cool the vehicle interior .There's a variety of powertrains available for the Fusion. Base Fusions are powered by a naturally aspirated (non-turbocharged) 2.5-liter four-cylinder, while a trio of turbocharged engines is available. New this year is a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that joins the previously available 1.6-liter turbo-4. These two are the fuel economy champs of the 2014 Fusion lineup. In lieu of a V6 option, the Fusion also offers a muscular 240-horsepower 2.0-liter turbo that earns a solid 26 mpg rating for combined city/highway driving.
The base-level engine, a 178-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder, doesn't come close to performing as well as the rakish design suggests, but it's adequate with the six-speed automatic. If we wanted the performance of a V-6, essentially, we'd head straight for the 2.0-liter EcoBoost turbo four, with its 240 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. It's quick to rev, and the automatic's shifts click quickly via paddle controls.
For 2014, last year's 1.6-liter EcoBoost turbo is gone, replaced by a 1.5-liter turbo four. At the time of posting, we don't yet have power or fuel economy numbers for this new fuel-efficient pick of the lineup, but Ford will include engine start/stop in 1.5-liter automatic version.Steering in the Fusion isn't perfect, but it's consistent in force and feel; there's not much feedback when unwinding the wheel, and the ratio could be quicker, but it feels sportier than what you're going to find in other affordable mid-size sedans, whether you go with the 17-inch 50-series treads on the SE, or on the 45-series 18-inchers on the Titanium. it's everything almost any mid-size sedan buyer needs--and that's part of the reason why we named it out 2013 Best Car to Buy.
The Fusion S comes standard with the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 16-inch steel wheels, automatic headlights, full power accessories, an integrated blind-spot mirror, keyless entry, cruise control, air-conditioning, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a trip computer, 60/40-split-folding rear seats, the voice-activated Sync audio and cell phone interface, and a four-speaker sound system with a CD player, auxiliary audio jack and a USB port/iPod interface.Even in its heaviest form, at about 3,700 pounds with the available all-wheel drive, the Fusion is quite light for this class, and with well-tuned steering and a taut yet absorbent feel, it has firm, flat, reassuring cornering that's not to the detriment of ride quality, combined with a nimble.