2020 Ford Fusion: exclusive specs and features


The 2020 Ford Fusion is a versatile car that offers several different powertrain options and trim levels to choose from. It's not as luxurious or refined as the Honda Accord or Mazda 6, but it still provides a comfortable ride and has plenty of room for passengers. Unfortunately, Ford is discontinuing production of the Fusion in 2020 so this will be your last chance to buy one.

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

The Fusion's powertrain offerings include a 175-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder, which is not very impressive, as well as  a competent six-speed automatic and front-wheel drive. The six‑speed carries over throughout the Fusion's gasoline models. A 181-hp turbocharged 1.5 liter or a 245 hp turbocharged 2 liter are both available in upper trim levels for those who want more power under the hood.

The 2.0-liter engine is available with all-wheel drive if desired. Most models of the Fusion provide a comfortable ride while still being able to handle agility for an engaging experience when driving. It usually feels more likeTake, for example, its responsive gas and brake pedals; they're smartly tuned so that you don't have to make too many adjustments on your commute yet can be pushed hard when necessary—like during an unexpected passing opportunity or two on rural roads.

Hybrid Powertrain

The Fusion is available as a hybrid, featuring a 2.0-liter four-cylinder and an electric motor that work together to create 195 horsepower. This model operates using a continuous variable automatic transmission. There is also a plug-in-hybrid option for the Fusion which has the same powertrain save for its larger battery pack--this allows up to 21 miles of electric driving per charge. The only downside to this better battery life is the loss of space in terms of trunk size.

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

The Fusion's powertrains are extensive, from boosted four-cylinders to a plug-in hybrid. However, the majority of versions use turbocharged gasoline engines which might make it difficult for drivers to meet EPA fuel-economy standards in reality. For example, our plugcheckdelivered 39 mpg on our 200 mile long highway fuel test economy journey.

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

The inside of a Fusion can be simple or extravagant depending on the model, but all trims are relatively stylish and similar to what is offered by other cars in its class. The main issue lies in stepping into a luxurious Platinum model when coming from the base model-- drivers may feel cheated if they see how much nicer it is.

The gas-powered Fusion can carry as much cargo as most of its competitors. However, the hybrid and plug-in-hybrid models have to make space for their battery packs in the trunk, which causes them to sacrifice a lot of space. For example, the Fusion Energi we tested could only hold two carry-on bags in its trunk while the standard Fusion held six.