The Ford Fusion SE with its new standard 1.5L EcoBoost engine and the six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission is a good value for value conscious mid-size sedan buyers. The 1.5L EcoBoost engine (new for 2014) produces 178 horsepower with 177 lb.-ft. of torque while delivering an EPA rated fuel economy of 25/37 mpg City/Highway with an expected average of 29 mpg – all with a price point under $30,000.
Typically, we might question the performance of an engine under 2.0L in a mid-size sedan, but this new EcoBoost meets the need with plenty of power in this Fusion. Then, when you add the roomy and comfortable cabin with a nice array of features plus being a good driving sedan – all for under $30,000 delivered – it is no wonder that Ford sold over 300,000 Fusions in North America last year and, is on track to exceed that number in 2014
There is a wide range of options and prices available in the Fusion mid-size line that starts with an MSRP of $22,400 for the base S model and ranging up to $36,500 for the Titanium Energi plug-in electric hydrid. The 2014 (and soon 2015) Ford Fusion comes in three trim levels: S, SE and Titanium. There are four 4-cylinder gas engine options to choose from including three EcoBoost (1.5L, 1.6L and 2.0L) and a 2.5L naturally aspirated power plant. For those wanting even more fuel economy, Fusion also comes with a hybrid power train in each trim level plus offers the Energi in the SE and Titanium trims.
Our most recent drive test of a Ford Fusion was in a 2014 Ford Fusion SE with the 1.5L EcoBoost and siz-speed automatic power train. The base MSRP for this Fusion was $23,935. Coming to us in a very rich looking Sunset (red) color with Charcoal leather trimmed seating, this Fusion SE had a pretty nice range of standard features for its price point. They included 17-inch painted aluminum wheels, Auto Halogen Headlamps, Remote plus Keyless Entry Pad, Power Heated Folding Mirrors with Approach Lamps, Electric Parking Brake, Hill Start Assist, AdvanceTrac Stability Control and Tire Pressure Monitoring System.
On the inside the Fusion is a very roomy five-passenger sedan with front row (bucket seating and console) headroom of 39.2-inches, legroom up to 44.3-inches and shoulder room of 57.8 inches. The back seat is almost as spacious with headroom of 37.8-inches, legroom of 38.3-inches and shoulder room of 56.9-inches with hip space up to 54.4 inches or about 3X what the typical airplane seat has. And, even with all of that space in the cabin, the trunk still has a roomy 16 cubic feet of cargo space.
The 2014 Fusion front bucket seating is 10-way power for the driver and 4-way manual for the passenger. Second row seating is 60/40 fold down for additional cargo space length when needed. The steering wheel has tilt adjustment and cruise and audio controls. The Automatic Climate Control includes rear seat ducting for full five passenger comfort.
The standard technology for the Fusion is adequate and includes a Driver Information Center in the IP to provide vehicle performance information. It has Ford’s Sync with MyFord Touch, voice-activated audio and cell phone interface, CD player, Sirius Satellite Radio, iPod/USB interface plus auxiliary audio jack – all through a six-speaker sound system.
Our test Fusion was equipped with engine Start/Stop technology ($295) to enhance fuel economy. It also had the SE Luxury Package added for $2,350 which included heated front seats, upgraded the passenger seat adjustment to power, auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear shift knob, fog lamps and chrome window moldings. Also included were a Reverse Sensing System ($295) and the Ford innovative Rear Inflatable Seatbelts ($190).
With delivery, our 2014 Ford Fusion SE with the 1.5L EcoBoost power train priced at $27,890.
It should be noted that, for 2014, a Rearview Camera was an option. It is standard across all trim levels for the 2015 Fusion.
Looking back at our week in the 2014 Fusion, we would only have added a Rearview Camera and some of the driver assist options including Blind Spot Monitoring with Cross Traffic Alert, Active Park Assist and the Lane Keeping System to make this SE a more complete mid-size sedan value. With these items added, this Fusion would still have price right around $30,000.