The 2016 Ford Fusion is proof you can conserve fuel and still have fun. With several available powertrains, stopping less often to fill up is possible, as well as enjoying plenty of power. The rigid chassis still delivers excellent comfort, keeping your passengers happy, along with a healthy number of standard amenities. All of that is wrapped up in an attractive package, which looks great no matter where you venture.
As the base engine, the 2.5-litre inline four-cylinder with i-VCT is a great option. It sips fuel, while still putting out 175 horsepower and 175 lb.-ft. of torque. For even greater efficiency and performance, the turbocharged EcoBoost 1.5-litre is perfect. It can whip out up to 181 horsepower and 185 lb.-ft. of torque. An automatic stop-start system is available, conserving even more fuel by cutting out idling at traffic lights and elsewhere. Both of these engines an only be paired up with front-wheel drive.
For superior performance, the 2016 Ford Fusion can also be had with a 2.0-litre EcoBoost turbocharged inline four-cylinder. It manages to squeeze out 240 horsepower and 231 lb.-ft. of torque. Front-wheel drive is standard, but you can get all-wheel drive for better handling.
Standard for all 2016 Ford Fusion models, regardless of engine, is a six-speed automatic transmission. It can be had with paddle shifters mounted to the steering wheel, giving drivers the ability to manually switch gears in a flash. A MacPherson front suspension and multilink independent rear suspension provides great handling through curves, plus cushions everyone from rough patches in the road. It combines with electric power-assisted steering, boosting handling at low speeds and providing greater stability when traveling at higher speeds. A unique torque vectoring control technology sends torque to wheels with the greatest grip, applying the brakes individually to achieve this end. As a driver, you'll find this innovation helps the sedan hug turns with greater confidence.
On the safety front, the 2016 Ford Fusion is a solid choice. An included Personal Safety System automatically adjusts how the front airbags deploy, according to seatbelt use, crash severity and seat position. Side curtain and front knee airbags provide additional coverage you can count on in a wreck. Inflatable rear safety belts are available, something not even offered on competing sedans, reducing the risk of injury further. Standard tire pressure monitoring helps you maintain the tires so handling and stopping capabilities are at optimal levels.
People will quickly take to the 2016 Ford Fusion interior as a space filled with comfort and conveniences. Soft-touch surfaces abound, plus additional premium materials such as soft leather upholstery come with certain trims. Other available amenities include power-adjustable front seats, embedded seat heaters and ambient lighting.
You can add Sync with MyFord Touch to the sedan, which includes an 8-inch centre touchscreen, plus a 4-inch screen in the instrument cluster. With the touch of a button on the steering wheel, you can speak commands, keeping your hands free as you concentrate on the road and not the screens.