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This Ford Model Deserves More Respect Than You Think

Generally speaking, people don’t start jumping up and down with excitement when they talk about the Ford Fusion. But maybe they should. The 2020 Ford Fusion is a very respectable choice among midsize cars.

The Ford Fusion gets solid rankings

U.S. News puts out an annual list of “Best Midsize Cars,” and for 2020, the Ford Fusion is ranked at No. 5. They reviewed cars on the basis of comfort, space, performance, and fuel economy, as well as price. They liked Ford Fusion for all those reasons and more. The reviewers’ main favorite features were its athletic handling, smooth ride, roomy trunk, interior comfort, and all of the options that come with the available SYNC 3 infotainment system.

While a lot of sedans in this class skimp on trunk space, the 2020 Ford Fusion has plenty. 16 cubic feet of trunk space means there is room for four golf bags or a dozen shopping bags. Reviewers liked the interior space overall, but some thought there could be more headroom. The seats are comfortable and supportive in both the front and back, even on long drives. 

A few things they didn’t like were the fact that the 2020 Ford Fusion doesn’t have the best fuel economy compared to its rivals. Additionally, they thought the engine could be peppier, and the interior was nice but not as upscale as some competitors when it came to materials. They noticed a big difference in quality levels between the lower trim levels and the higher ones. 

The 2020 Ford Fusion

The new Ford Fusion is displayed at the New York International Auto Show
The Ford Fusion | Spencer Platt/Getty Images

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With a starting MSRP of $23,170, the 2020 Ford Fusion is on the affordable end of the spectrum. It also has quite a lot of nice features. The Fusion’s sales numbers are only down by around 11 percent when comparing the fourth quarter of 2019 with the first quarter of 2020, which has been brutal for some automakers and models, according to GoodCarBadCar. It has three powertrains to choose from, gas, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid.

There are two available gas engines – a 1.5-liter and a 2.0-liter engine. Both share similar features like direct injection, turbocharging, and plenty of efficiency. To go really green, choose one of the 2020 Ford Fusion’s hybrid options. Smart Gauge keeps you in touch with everything from battery charge to efficiency to range.

Smart technology inside the 2020 Ford Fusion includes everything you need to keep you connected. The Ford Fusion connects seamlessly with Sirius XM radio for access to over 150 entertainment channels. Ford plus Alexa means you’ve got your assistant along for the ride to help with navigation, shopping, traffic information, and weather. You can even control your home devices through voice commands in your car. 

An additional cool feature is the option of using the digital touchpad or the rotary dial on the console. An app called Ford Pass Connect brings Wi-Fi connectivity into your vehicle. A variety of available apps for connectivity and navigation make your ride almost completely customizable to your needs. 

The Fusion’s standard safety features

One area where the 2020 Ford Fusion shines is with standard safety features. A system Ford calls Co-Pilot is packed with high-tech safety and driver-assist features to help you safely navigate today’s roads. There’s a blind-spot information system with cross-traffic alert, a lane-keeping system, automatic high-beams, pre-collision assist, and a rearview camera.

According to U.S. News, buyers shouldn’t overlook the 2020 Ford Fusion in the midsize sedan field. It may not be the biggest conversation starter, but this vehicle offers tons of great features and solid good looks for the price.