For those looking for efficiency, the Hybrid, Energi plug-in hybrid, and 1.5L turbo are the engines of choice. The 1.5L turbocharged engine returns up to 37 mpg on the highway. The Fusion Hybrid is more efficient and will sip gasoline to the tune of 47 mpg in the city and 44 mpg on the highway. Finally the Energi plug-in hybrid is capable of running only on electricity for shorter trips, potentially limiting gasoline consumption to almost nothing.
The Fusion comes in four trims: S, SE, SEL and Titanium. S models are the most basic but still come nicely equipped as is appropriate for a mid-sized sedan. The 175-horsepower 2.5L engine is the only power plant available on S models. Features include power door locks and windows, halogen projector headlamps, push-button start, a tilting and telescoping steering wheel and a trip computer. Ford's SYNC system is standard, as is an MP3-capable stereo with an auxiliary input jack, along with a rearview camera. The stereo and the cruise control can be operated by buttons mounted on the steering wheel.
The SE model enhances the level of basic equipment and also comes standard with the 181-horsepower 1.5L turbo, while the 245-horsepower 2.0L turbo and the 141-horsepower 2.0L Hybrid are available. Standard equipment on the SE includes a 10-way power adjustable driver's seat, heated mirrors and 17-inch wheels.
Stepping up to the Titanium edition will bring buyers a more luxury-oriented Fusion. Starting at just over $3,000, the Titanium edition comes with the powerful 2.0L turbocharged engine and is available with all-wheel drive. Polished 18-inch aluminum wheels are standard. Seating surfaces are leather and heated, and a 12-speaker Sony audio system with satellite radio provides in-car entertainment. The improved SYNC3 infotainment system is standard meaning there is an 8-inch LCD touchscreen in the center console that houses the optional navigation system. Two smaller configurable LCD screens are also embedded in the instrument cluster.
Safety features on the Fusion are extensive. The car employs eight airbags as well as the standard suite of electronic safety equipment that includes anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control. Emergency brake assistance is also standard on all Fusions, as is an electronic parking brake.