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Overview (Final Score: A-)
Theremains one of the most stylish sedans in the midsize category, despite not being one of the more recent designs offered. Most of the Fusion’s competition has been busy rolling out new generations of their design and build. The good news for Ford is that they’re mostly playing catch-up to the excellent Fusion, which remains one of the best in its competitive midsize sedan class.
The current generation of the Ford Fusion was introduced in 2013 with smart styling reminiscent of Aston Martin, a company that Ford briefly owned before. The 2018 Ford Fusion largely carries over with the significant refresh made for 2017. Those changes included a new interior design with better ergonomics and improved infotainment. What remains are the eye-catching looks of the Fusion in this generation, as well as its roomy and comfortable interior.
A host of engine choices and several trim levels and package options make the Fusion one of the most configurable cars in its segment. The 2018 Fusion continues to show that smart looks and practicality can be had in one package in the midsize sedan segment.
What We Love About the 2018 Ford Fusion:
- Class-leading interior and exterior looks that remain timeless
- Infotainment now in the top of the class
- Engine choices mean any need can be met with the Fusion
What We Don’t Love About the 2018 Ford Fusion:
- Seating in the rear becomes cramped with three across
- Fuel economy can be iffy depending on drivetrain choice and driving style
- Reliability still a bit of a concern given recalls for 2017-18 model years
Pricing and Value (9/10)
In comparison to other midsize sedans, the 2018 Ford Fusion is only about average at the surface level. Base and package pricing is commensurate with segment averages and resale is about par as well.
Where the Fusion shines is in its upper-level appearance and premium-level interior appeal in many trim levels. The midsize segment is fast moving, but now has competition from smaller crossovers that are eating into its sales, so finding a dealer willing to haggle is not difficult in today’s market. This raises the Fusion’s value proposition.
As one of the best-looking sedans in the midsize segment and with its roomy, upscale interior, the Fusion definitely holds its own in value.
Total Score and Competitive Comparison (73/80, 91%)
The 2018 Ford Fusion is a well-rounded, nicely done sedan with a beautiful exterior and comfortable, roomy interior. Others in the segment have been busy updating to catch up and might be worth cross-shopping.
Theis now much more competitive and vies with the equally well-done for best-seller status. The Fusion offers more options and a better exterior look, and neither the Accord nor the Camry have a V6 that performs like the V6 Sport. The provides competition there, along with a very well-done infotainment system to match. The competitor for look and appeal is the sedan, with its equally classy exterior and fast-paced turbocharged engine.
These competitors don’t have the 2018 Ford Fusion’s all-around excellence. They are competitive when compared through individual packages, but not on the whole. The beautiful design and excellent interior of the Fusion, no matter its trim point, gives it a clear edge despite being one of the older designs currently on the market.
You can learn more about the 2018 Fusion now by reading the full review HERE.