If you're looking for a family-friendly car that offers a comfortable and pleasant ride, the Ford Fusion is a great option. Besides being one of the best-handling cars in the midsize segment, this sedan also offers a spacious, well-built cabin and an impressive list of tech features. Here's a closer look at the 2018 Ford Fusion.

Trim Levels

The 2018 Fusion comes in five trim levels: the base S, SE, Titanium, Sport, and range-topping Platinum. There are few family cars that are as good-looking as this sedan. While it may not be the center of attention on the road, it'll draw approving glances with its lean, well-proportioned body. A low Aston Martin-like oval grille, narrow headlights, and a smooth roofline give it a sleek and aggressive appearance, while a beautiful collection of curves and lines adds a touch of sophistication. Overall, the Fusion looks more expensive than its price range.

Engine

There are four engines available for the new Fusion. The first is the standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder that produces 175 hp. Then, there are two EcoBoost turbocharged engine options: a 181-hp 1.5-liter four-cylinder and a 245-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder. If you want more power, you should get the Sport trim, which comes with a 2.7-liter twin-turbo V6 that churns out 325 hp. With standard AWD, this model can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in slightly more than six seconds. All trims come standard with a six-speed automatic transmission.

Performance

The 2018 Fusion offers a composed ride on most paved surfaces. It absorbs bumps and road imperfections well and shows minimal body roll around turns. Its well-weighted and consistent steering gives you more confidence on the road. If you want a more energetic driving experience, you can get the Sport trim, which comes with adaptive dampers for an even smoother ride. As for fuel efficiency, the Fusion gets 21/32 mpg (city/highway) with the base engine, 23/34 mpg with the 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine, and 17/26 mpg with the Sport.

Interior

The Fusion features a more refined cabin than many of its competitors. It has plenty of soft-touch materials, supportive seats, and ample headroom and legroom. The Platinum borders on luxury car territory with premium leather upholstery and high-quality trim. The car also offers one of the most spacious trunks in its class. With 16 cubic feet of storage space, it provides enough room for several suitcases or a dozen grocery bags.

The Fusion comes standard with a four-speaker audio system and the base SYNC infotainment system. You can upgrade the infotainment system to a SYNC 3 unit with an 8-inch display, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

Safety Features

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2018 Ford Fusion a five-star rating for crash safety, while the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named it a Top Safety Pick. Besides a standard rearview camera, the car also has a long list of driver assistance technologies, including automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, forward-collision alert, pre-collision system, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping assistance, parking sensors, and automatic parking.


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