The 2023 Ford Fusion is a mid-size automobile manufactured and marketed by Ford Motor Company. The 2023 Ford Fusion is a five-passenger midsize sedan offered in four trim levels: S, SE, SEL, and Titanium. The hybrid and plug-in hybrid (Fusion Energi) are reviewed separately. The Fusion was produced at Ford’s Hermosillo Stamping and Assembly plant in Sonora, Mexico, with its rebuilt variant the Lincoln MKZ and formerly Mercury Milan, both of which share the CD3 platform.
The 2023 Ford Fusion is a versatile sedan with lively handling and a spacious cabin, but its fuel economy is below average and has the lowest safety score in its mid-range class. The Fusion isn’t as exclusive or refined as the Honda Accord or Mazda 6, but its sharp styling, comfortable ride, and spacious cabin make for a satisfying ride.
Unfortunately, Fusion fell victim to Ford’s effort to move away from the auto market in favor of SUVs and trucks. The SEL model represents a well-equipped and affordable trim in the Fusion lineup. Buyers looking for an all-wheel drive model will have to switch to the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Other highlights include the Sync 3 infotainment system, Ford’s Co-Pilot360 driver safety package, and heated front seats.
2023 Ford Fusion : Interior
Inside, the Ford Fusion‘s multiple interior trims are attractive and in line with what the rest of the class has to offer, but drivers of the base model can feel like they’re getting a raw deal if they step up to the richly appointed Platinum model. The gasoline-powered Fusion carries as much cargo as most competitors, but hybrid and plug-in-hybrid models sacrifice a lot of space for battery packs in the trunk. The Fusion Energi tested held about two carry-on bags in its trunk, while the standard Fusion held six. The infotainment options in the Fusion series span from the last decade to the present. It’s the base model, but Ford’s Sync 3 system is also available on other trims, and we found it intuitive and reasonably responsive. Designed to rely on touch inputs and voice commands, the Sync 3 system is easy to navigate.
2023 Ford Fusion : Engine
The 2023 Ford Fusion is powered by a 175-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder capable of six-speed automatic and front-wheel drive. The six-speed continues on petrol-powered models from Fusion. Both are available in four-cylinder, 181 hp turbocharged 1.5 liters or 245 hp turbocharged 2.0 liter, top trims. The 2.0-liter engine can be paired with all-wheel drive. The Fusion is available as a hybrid with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder and an electric motor that together produce 195 horsepower. There’s also a plug-in-hybrid Fusion, which has the same drivetrain as the wireless hybrid and saves for a larger battery pack that allows up to 21 miles of electric-only driving per charge.
The Fusion’s powertrains cover everything from four-cylinder engines to a plug-in hybrid with a double-digit EV range. Relying on turbocharged petrol engines in most versions could mean drivers have a hard time mimicking EPA fuel economy figures in the real world. Our plug-in Energi test car delivered 39 mpg in our 200-mile highway fuel-economy test.
2023 Ford Fusion : Safety
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Ford Fusion the highest good rating in five crash tests and the lowest bad for how well the headlights illuminate the road ahead. IIHS uses various measurements to calculate collision avoidance features. This sedan received the highest Superior rating for its standard vehicle-to-vehicle frontal collision avoidance system. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave this Ford an overall safety rating of five out of five, with five stars in the side crash test and four stars in the frontal crash and rollover tests. Key safety features include Ford’s SmartKey, Blind spot monitoring, parking sensors, auto braking, collision warning, rear-view camera, rain-sensing windshield wipers, cross traffic alert, Lane keeping assist, high beam headlights, and Stop-go adaptive Includes cruise control system.