On the outside, the 2014 Ford Fusion carries over unchanged from the outgoing model and it’s just a handsome as ever. Under the hood is a different story. Last year’s 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine is history, replaced by a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged engine.
This year also brings additional options like a heated steering wheel, ventilated front seats and inflatable rear seatbelts. The 2014 Ford Fusion is offered in three well-equipped trim levels-S, SE and Titanium. The Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi variants are available in the SE and Titanium trim levels only.
Standard features on the entry level S includes 16-inch steel wheels, auto on/off headlamps, an EasyFuel® capless fuel filler, keyless entry, full power accessories, a 60/40 split-folding rear seatback, steering wheel-mounted cruise and audio controls and a four-speaker sound system with SYNC® with MyFord® voice activated controls, a CD player, MP3 capability and an audio input jack.
Stepping up to the SE will add 17-inch alloy wheels, heated mirrors, an exterior keypad, an outside temperature gauge, an 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar support, a rear center armrest and two additional speakers.
Several packages are available on the SE that groups many desirable features together. The Appearance Package includes 18-inch alloy wheels, fog lamps, a rear deck lid spoiler, eco-friendly cloth upholstery and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. An optional Luxury Package will add an auto-dimming review mirror and leather upholstery with heated front seats. There is also a Technology Package that will give you an 8-inch LCD touchscreen, two 4-inch multi-information screens, upgraded SYNC® features, two USB ports, an SD card reader, an RCA video input jack, a rearview camera and automatic dual-zone climate control.
Other optional features include a sunroof, navigation, rain-sensing wipers, rear parking sensors, push-button start and remote vehicle start. If equipped with the Technology Package, you can also add navigation, a heated steering wheel, adaptive cruise control and an automated parallel parking system.
The Hybrid SE and Energi SE are similar to the regular SE in terms of equipment and optional packages. Fog lamps and dual-zone automatic climate control are standard while the rear spoiler and remote start are not available on the Engergi. The Energi has a few additional standard features worth mentioning such as an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, the MyFord® Mobile app and leather upholstery with heated front seats.
The top-of-the-line Titanium Fusion includes the features from the SE’s Technology Package plus 18-inch alloy wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, a rear spoiler, dual exhaust tips, push-button start, remote start, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, ambient interior lighting, leather upholstery with heated front seats, sport-front seats, rear parking sensors and a premium Sony® 12-speaker sound system with HD radio.
The Hybrid and Engeri Titanium models are similar to the regular Titanium. Optional features on the Titanium include 19-inch alloy wheels, navigation and an automated parallel parking system.
Prices for the 2014 Ford Fusion start at just $21,900 but can quickly climb to well over $41,000 for a fully loaded Fusion Energi Titanium.
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