2014 Ford Fusion Review
The 2014 Ford Fusion is becoming one of the biggest hits for any American automaker who dares tussle with the best-selling Accord and Camry. A grunty and quick EcoBoost triple-cylinder 1.5-liter joins the engine and drive layout choices for 2014, which now reaches seven variations — an unprecedented total for any American car starting at just $22,000.
So this handsome Ford runs a three-banger in 1.5-liter EcoBoost specification? Will it have the speed of a lawnmower and the engine note of a go-kart? Nope and nope. This is a potent engine, with much more power at all revs than the base 2.5-liter, four-cylinder. It’s also quite affordable to produce, so will hopefully take a larger percentage of Fusions than the pricier EcoBoost engine options.
Lastly, AWD is on the table with the top-spec 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine. Larger wheels look terrific, like they were milled from a solid block of aluminum, some swanky comfort and active safety tech, and a few new colors round out the Fusion’s updates for the new model year.
All this sounds good, but buying a Camry can be done blindfolded over the phone: are all these choices a recipe for confusion on American dealer lots?
Since becoming fans of the Fusion this summer with our Fusion Hybrid and Energi tester models, we’re happy to keep the Fusion rocking the sales charts.
Even so, the gasoline choices are fantastic for keen drivers: the manual box 1.6 EcoBoost or the 2.0-liter AWD are arguably even better vehicles for their lack of electrified tech.
Click past the jump to read all the latest updates for the 2014 Ford Fusion, one of the most confident and stylish midsize cars available.
2014 Ford Fusion Exterior
Still looking quite classy and expensive, the 2014 Ford Fusion exterior gains a few new colors for the Titanium trim, taking the total well past 10 choices to help the Fusion’s great stance and styling come to life.
New wheels are also a welcome addition, because they really enforce the first reaction people have to seeing this car: something new, trendy and very attractive. If you were not a car person, this could easily pass for an Audi A7 competitor.
The Fusion is a bit dorkier in the Hybrid colors and 17-inch wheels, but all handle pretty confidently with good weight balance and steering response.
The Titanium’s 18-inch rims barely harm the ride but help the Fusion to look much more hunkered down to the road. An available trunk spoiler and a painted exhaust shroud down below really class up this Ford’s rump. The full LED rear lamps are terrific, with an LED halo for the taillights, and internal LEDs for the brake lights and indicators.
Ford is really off the pace for front LED lighting. Short supply and high prices for all automakers have largely shut the blue oval out of the volume LED contracts like BMW’s. No mind, the headlights up front are a sharp and squinty shape, with a projector ball for the low beams that is just halogen but still quite chic.
Lastly, a 19-inch rim option joins this list for 2014 and with summer tires coming as standard on this option, the Fusion will finally be as chuckable and fun as a Focus ST.
2014 Ford Fusion Interior
Inside the Fusion, things get massaged as well. Cooled seats are now part of the big package bundles, and a heated steering wheel makes an appearance for the first time on the 2014 model.
The backup camera that is built into the MyFord SE package is the best value route to get a touchscreen infotainment display and the full backup/cross traffic system. This $900 option is very worthwhile versus the standard 4-inch displays that come standard in the gauge cluster and the center stack.
On the safety front, the Fusion is spectacularly advanced for this price range. Cargo and roominess wise, the Fusion’s interior closely matches the large new Camry and bests it with 16 cubic feet of trunk space.
2014 Ford Fusion Drivetrain, suspension and brakes
Aside from the new EcoBoost triple, the Fusion’s gasoline engines carry over unchanged. This is a broad line of engines, and they all generally deliver an adequate driver experience. The base engine is a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder, but this is an old engine design. (Very similar to the Camry’s four-banger: cheap and plentiful, hard to break, only so-so on mileage and available only on the bottom S trim.)
To be frank, the base engine is not nearly as good as any of the EcoBoost choices for refinement, throttle response or mileage.
The triple is a really awesome engine. This beast hits its projected 177 pound-foot torque peak at just 1,500 rpm — at least 1,000 rpm sooner than any other EcoBoost Fusion. So it feels rapid, and will meet or exceed the 1.6-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder’s 25/37/29 EPA stats.
The 1.6 turbo is offered in the six-speed manual, and nearly matches the automatic 2.0-liter EcoBoost at the top of the range on sprint pace.
The quickest standard spec is obviously the Titanium, which brings the 240-horsepower engine, a standard automatic and available AWD. The advantage of these EcoBoost engines is that there is hardly any mileage downside to the 2.0-liter, but tons of ’up side’ on power, refinement and mileage.
2014 Ford Fusion Performance Details
Engine 2.5-Liter 16-Valve I-4 With DI And IVCT 1.5-Liter EcoBoost 12-Valve I-3 With DI And IVCT 1.6-Liter EcoBoost 16-Valve I-4 With DI And IVCT 2.0-Liter EcoBoost 16-Valve I-4 With DI And IVCT 2.0-Liter EcoBoost 16-Valve I-4 With DI And IVCT
Fuel Gasoline Gasoline Gasoline Gasoline Gasoline
Transmission 6-Speed Automatic 6-Speed Automatic 6-Speed Manual 6-Speed Automatic 6-Speed Automatic
Powertrain Layout FWD FWD FWD FWD AWD
Power (Horsepower) 168 @ 6,000 Rpm 178 @ 6,000 Rpm (Ford Estimates) 178 @ 5,700 Rpm 240 @ 5,500 Rpm 240 @ 5,500 Rpm
Torque (Torque) 170 @ 4,500 Rpm 177 @ 1,500 (Ford Estimates) 184 @ 2,500 270 @ 3,000 270 @ 3,000
0-60 Mph (Seconds) 9.9, Est 8.5, Est 8.3, Est 7.5, Est 7.9, Est
Top Speed (MPH) 108, Est 108, Est 108, Est 130, Limited 130, Limited
EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined) 22/34/26 27/38/31, Est 25/37/29 22/33/26, Est 22/31/25, Est
2014 Ford Fusion Pricing and availability
The biggest change when moving from S to SE to Titanium trims is the standard feature set, which grows far better with standard MyFord Touch on the Titanium. Adding navigation into the system is about an extra $800, but is easy to drive home a gorgeous and loaded Titanium from about $33,000 all in.
The most popular SE trim starts just under $24,000 but needs about five option packs to get to the Titanium’s standard spec
2014 Ford Fusion Prices
2014 Ford Fusion MSRP
2014 Ford Fusion Drive Time Review with Steve Hammes