PERFORMANCE AND FUEL ECONOMY
The base 2.5-liter I-4 engine produces 175 hp and 175 lb-ft of torque and is only found in the base S trim. Now standard on the SE trim is a 181-hp, 185-lb-ft 1.5-liter turbo-four engine, but a more powerful 245-hp, 275 lb-ft 2.0-liter turbo-four engine is also available. The all-wheel-drive Sport model packs a potent 2.7-liter turbocharged V-6 that pumps out 325 hp and 380 lb-ft. A six-speed automatic powers all gasoline engines and front-wheel drive is standard with available all-wheel drive. EPA-rated fuel economy for the 2018 model year ranged from 17/26 mpg city/highway in the Sport to 23/34 mpg in with the 1.5-liter turbo-four engine. The Hybrid and the plug-in Energi models utilize a 2.0-liter I-4 engine paired to an electric motor and backed by a CVT. The 2018 Fusion hybrid was rated at 43/41 mpg, while the 2018 Fusion Energi plug-in got a combined 42 mpg city/highway, with a 21-mile EV-only range before the gas engine needs to turn on.
The new Co-Pilot360 Protect package of driver-assist technologies is standard on all trims and consists of automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert, a lane keeping system, automatic high beams, and a rearview camera. The Co-Pilot360 Assist package is the same as the Protect package but adds adaptive cruise control and is standard on Titanium, Sport, and Fusion Hybrid SEL trims. Rear parking sensors are optional. The 2020 Fusion received the highest five-star overall rating from the NHTSA and is considered a 2018 Top Safety Pick from the IIHS.
UTILITY (CARGO SPACE AND INTERIOR ROOM)
The Fusion can carry 16.0 cubic feet of cargo in its trunk, and due to the battery pack, the Hybrid models hold less at 12.0 cubic feet, and Energi plug-ins hold 8.2 cubic feet. Front and rear legroom is 44.3 and 38.3 inches, respectively.