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Ford Fusion: A Decade of Reliability

The Fusion has long been a staple of the Ford car lineup, and a used Ford Fusion is a great buy for anyone seeking affordable and reliable transportation. First released in 2005, a Ford Fusion is easy to find on the used market, and cheap parts are readily available. The current generation of the Ford Fusion had its initial debut in 2013, giving it almost a decade of history and proven reliability. After all, as the saying goes, if it's not broken, don't fix it. With reliability as the name of the game, a used Ford Fusion is assured to be a good buy for anyone in need of a vehicle.

Cloth upholstery is standard for the vehicle's interior, though it's not difficult to find a used Ford Fusion with the optional leather interior or heated and ventilated seats. Either way, the interior is both roomy and quiet, as befits a midsize sedan. And the exterior offers sleek lines and a smooth ride with aerodynamic lines. Good looks, inside and out, make this an even better option on the market.

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These are great vehicles; that is a simple fact. But it is important to also note that a pre-owned Ford Fusion is best purchased through a dealership. Buying through dealerships not only assures you that the vehicle has no hidden issues, but it also gives you the option of finding a Certified Pre-Owned model with extended factory support. So if you are in the Cincinnati area, then swing by Kings Ford. We offer a large inventory of used, CPO, and new Ford models for you to choose from. Whether you pick up a used Ford Fusion or find something else on our lot, we offer low prices and a stress-free car-buying experience. But before you drive over, here's a little bit more about the Fusion.

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How Fuel Efficient is the Ford Fusion?

With its available hybrid options, the Ford Fusion is among the most fuel-efficient cars on the road. The Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid offers an incredible 42 MPG combined and can even travel up to 26 miles on battery power alone, for an overall rating of up to 103 MPGe. The best part is that the Energi version was released back in 2013, making it relatively easy to find a used Ford Fusion plug-in hybrid.

In addition to the plug-in hybrid version, the second-generation Ford Fusion is also available as a traditional hybrid. In this version, it is rated for the same 42 MPG combined but cannot be plugged in or travel on battery power alone. However, the standard Ford Fusion hybrid is generally easier to find on the used market and is a somewhat simpler vehicle.

Even if you prefer to stick with a pure gasoline powertrain, a used Ford Fusion is a reasonably efficient option. The best choices are the 1.5L and 1.6L turbocharged engines from the second-generation cars. The 1.6L was introduced for 2013 and the 1.5L for 2014. Both of these power plants are rated for up to 29 MPG combined, allowing you to save money at the pump without having to find a used hybrid or plug-in hybrid model.

However, if you are looking for an older first-generation Ford Fusion, try to find the 2.5L engine, which makes 26 MPG combined. The first-generation Ford Fusion also offered a hybrid variant, which makes 38 MPG combined. While these fuel economy figures aren't quite as good as the more modern cars, the money saved by buying an older used vehicle will more than cover the slightly higher gasoline costs. That said, each one of these options offers something exceptionally efficient. So, how efficient is the Ford Fusion? Very!

A red 2018 Ford Fusion is driving under a blurry overpass.

What Engine Should I Look For?

While the question of which engine to choose will depend on your personal needs, the Ford Fusion has an engine type that will fit virtually any buyer. If you are looking for simplicity, then the 2.5L four-cylinder is a great reliable, and affordable option. If you want fuel-efficiency, then aim for one of the hybrid or plug-in hybrid options. Finally, if you desire power, then the 2.7L EcoBoost engine will give you an impressive 325 hp.

The base engine through both generations of the Ford Fusion is a 2.5L four-cylinder producing 175 hp. This makes for a great all-around option for anyone who wants no-nonsense transportation. With reasonably good fuel economy and a decent turn of speed, there are no real drawbacks to this engine, even if it might not be quite as good in any one area as the other engine options.

For the second generation Ford Fusion, the 2.5L was supplemented with a trio of turbocharged engines that offer more power and better fuel economy. These include 1.6L and 1.5L options that provide around 180 hp and a larger 2.0L option with 240 hp. The 2.0L is a great choice for highway driving and replaced the 3.0L V6 engine that was found in the first-generation Ford Fusion and had a similar power output.

But for real performance, look for either used Ford Fusion Sport or SEL. These trims are relatively rare, but they are more than worth it if you desire fast acceleration. The first-generation Sport included a large 3.5L V6 engine delivering 263 hp. However, the second-generation Sport, which was later renamed the SEL, came with a 2.7L turbocharged V6 with an impressive 325 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque. With this engine under the hood, you will have more power than most of the Ford Mustangs on the road.

Finally, there are three hybrid powertrain options. The first-generation Ford Fusion comes with a 2.5L engine and has a system output of 191 hp. The second-generation hybrid uses a smaller 2.0L engine for improved fuel economy but still puts out 188 hp. The second-generation also offers a plug-in hybrid variant with the same engine but a larger battery that can run on electricity alone for short distances and can be recharged from a power outlet. All in all, every engine has a lot to offer; it just depends on what type of performance you are targeting.

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