2019 Ford Fusion
At nearly 6 years old, is Ford just polishing a turd?by Robert Moore, on
With the current generation of the Ford Fusion being on sale since 2012, it’s long overdue for a facelift, and that’s what we’re going to get at the 2018 New York Auto Show. Like most facelifts, few changes can be seen on the inside or outside, but what Ford has done is include its new Co-Pilot360 suite of driver assistance technology on all trim levels as standard equipment. Hybrid models get a new, larger battery with improved all-electric range, while some higher trim levels now get a standard 4G LTE internet connection and the Fusion SEL returns to the lineup to replace the SE Luxury package.
2019 Ford Fusion
Horsepower @ RPM:181
Torque @ RPM:185
Top Speed:155 mph
2019 Ford Fusion Exterior
With the current-gen model being five years old and the facelift coming into play so late in the lifecycle you might be inclined to ride things out for the next-gen model. But, before you make that decision, there are some questions you need to ask yourself.
Did Ford Revise the 2019 Ford Fusion’s Front End?
The changes are minor, but you’ll find that Ford has reworked the front fascia for a new, sportier look. This includes a new look to the lower air dam, new corner light with taller corner inserts, and the headlights have even been reshaped just a bit, adding more character to the lower edge. The front grille is the same, but it gets new mesh and thicker chrome trim. Finally, those new headlight elements get new LED lighting on all trim levels.
Did Ford Change the Side Profile of the 2019 Ford Fusion?
No. Since this is just a facelift, you’ll find the same body lines, and the same belt line. The rear stationary glass is even the same. Ford has yet to mention anything about new wheels, but one of the shots we have so far do show a pair of wheels we haven’t noticed before.
How is the Rear End of the 2019 Ford Fusion Different?
The biggest change in the rear is a new decklid. On some models, it includes a small rear fin and all models it includes more definition around the license plate recess. The rear fascia is also more defined with the body line above the lower insert extending the full width of the fascia. The rear taillights retain the shape of the pre-facelift model but feature a new layout and LED lighting on all trim levels.
2019 Ford Fusion Interior
Ford hasn’t shown off any interior shots of the 2019 Fusion, and as is usually the case with mid-cycle updates, the design won’t differ from that of the current model seen above. For Ford, this update was more about adding fresh technology than it was new looks and that’s exactly what it did with the new Co-Pilot360 driver assistance system.
What is Ford Co-Pilot360?
Co-Pilot360 is Ford’s suite of driver assistance features similar to that of Acura’s AcuraWatch and Volvo’s Pilot Assist. It is included as standard equipment on all trim levels and includes automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, auto high-beam lighting, and a rear backup camera.
Can Ford Co-Pilot360 Be Optioned with More Advanced Features?
Yes! Co-Pilot360 has an advanced buddle that includes adaptive cruise control with stop and go, voice-activated navigation, SiriusXM Traffic, and Travel Link. SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link are standard for the Fusion Hybrid SEL, Titanium, and V6 Sport models.
What Standard Features does the Ford Fusion Get?
Note: Each model includes all the features of the models listed before it
|Fusion S||Co-Pilot360 with AEB, Pedestrian Protection, Blind Spot Monitoring, Auto High Beams, Rain-Sensing Wipers.|
|Fusion SE\ Hybrid SE||1.5-liter EcoBoost, Sync 3 w\ 8-inch display, 4G LTE Wi-Fi, Dual Zone Temperature Control|
|Fusion SEL\ Hybrid SEL||10-way power seats, Active X seating surface, Heated front seats, auto-dimming mirror, remote start, leather steering wheel|
|Fusion Titanium\ Hybrid Titanium||Heated steering wheel, heated and cooled seats, inflatable rear seatbelts, 19-inch wheels, nav, moonroof|
|Fusion Energi Titanium||20-percent more all-electric range, rain-sensing wipers|
|Fusion V6 Sport||AWD, 325 horsepower, 380 pound-feet torque|
What Kind of Infotainment System Does the 2019 Ford Fusion Have?
The base model Fusion will likely carry over with Ford’s standard AM/FM CD Player with just four speakers and MP3 Capability. It will have Sync voice recognition. Everything from SE trim up (all but the base, S trim level) get the 8.0-inch touchscreen Sync 3 infotainment system. Hybrid SEL, Titanium, and V6 Sport models get the touch\ voice-activated navigation and Travel Link as standard equipment.
Does the 2019 Ford Fusion have an Internet Hotspot?
All models from SE trim level on up (all but the base, S trim level) get 4G LTE with Wi-Fi connectivity as standard equipment. This system allows up to 10 devices to connect at once and, with the standard Sync3 infotainment system and the Ford+Alexa app, rides get access to Alexa Skills. Keep in mind that a data plan will be required to use the 4G LTE features after any trial data service expires.
2019 Ford Fusion Performance
The Fusion is available with a 1.5-liter, a 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle, or a 2.7-liter V-6. The 1.5-liter engine delivers 181 horsepower and 185 pound-feet of torque while the 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle engine delivers 141 horsepower and 129 pound-feet of torque. Meanwhile, the 2.7-liter V-6 in the V6 Sport trim continues to deliver 325 horsepower and 380 pound-feet. The only major addition in the performance department as part of this facelift is the upgrade to a 9 kWh battery in the Energi model, allowing for up to 20-percent more all-electric range. No word on exact mileage yet, but we’ll update you when possible.
What Kind of Fuel Economy Does the 2019 Ford Fusion Get?
Models equipped with the 1.5-liter EcoBoost should achieve somewhere around 23 mpg in the city, 34 on the highway, and 27 mpg combined. The 2.0-liter hybrid and Energi models achieve 43 mpg in the city, 41 on the highway and 42 mpg combined. When you figure in the EV range of the energy, those figures climb to 104 MPGe in the city, 91 on the highway, and 97 MPGe combined. As usual, the V6 Sport model with the 2.7-liter gets the worst fuel economy at 17 mpg in the city, 26 on the highway, and 20 combined.
Ford Fusion Competitors
Toyota’s competitor in this segment already has a year under its belt, going through a complete revamp for the 2018 model year. As such, it got a new, sportier look, and a lush interior that had many outlets, including our own, itching to compare it with higher-end vehicles from BMW, Audi, and Mercedes, among others. It’s offered with two gasoline-only engines with the entry model being a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that’s good for 203 horsepower. There’s also a 3.5-liter V-6 that’s good for 301 ponies. Pricing starts at $23,496 for the all-gas model and $27,800 for the hybrid.
|Toyota Camry 4-cyl||Toyota Camry V-6||Toyota Camry Hybrid|
|Engine||2.5-liter, 4-cylinder||3.5-liter, 6-cylinder||Toyota Hybrid System (THS II)|
|Horsepower||203 HP||301 HP||208 Total HP|
|Torque||184 LB-FT||267 LB-FT||312 LB-FT Total|
|Transmission||Direct Shift eight-speed automatic||Direct Shift eight-speed automatic||Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)|
|Fuel economy city/highway||TBA||21/31 (est.)||54/50 (est.)|
Read our full review on the 2018 Toyota Camry.
The Chevy Malibu is Ford’s main competitor here in the United States and a worthy one at that. It’s got your typical American look that isn’t quite a gaudy as that of the Fusion, and it can be had with a 1.5-liter turbo, 2.0-liter turbo, or 1.8-liter hybrid drivetrain. On the hybrid front, the 1.8-liter delivers just 124 horsepower and 129 pound-feet of torque. The 1.5-liter delivers 160 horsepower and 184 pound-feet, while the 2.0-liter in the range-topping premier delivers 250 horsepower and 260 pound-feet. Pricing starts out at $22,555 for the gasoline-only model and climbs to $31,895 for the range-topping Premier trim. The hybrid starts out at $28,795.
|1.5-liter Turbo||1.8-liter Hybrid||2.0-liter Turbo|
|Drivetrain||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Fuel||Turbocharged Gas I4||Gas/Electric I4||Turbocharged Gas I4|
|Fuel Deliver||Direct Injection||Direct Injection||Direct Injection|
|Horsepower @ RPM||160 @ 5700||124 @ 5000||250 @ 5300|
|Torque @ RPM||184 @ 2500-3000||129 @ 4750||260 @ 2000-5000|
Read our full review on the 2018 Chevy Malibu.
The Ford Fusion is a fine competitor in this segment, however, this mid-cycle update came late in the game, and the car itself is a little dated inside and out. The extra technology and Ford’s new driver assistance system is a huge boost in the Fusion’s favor, but it’s still a five-year-old car at this point, and that’s a hard sell in a market that’s constantly changing and growing ever demanding. It may be worth it to step into a 2019 Fusion instead of waiting for the next-gen model, but don’t expect to see too high of a resale value down the road.
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