As the push to be more environmentally conscious becomes more prevalent in the daily lives of Americans, more and more people are wanting new vehicles that get great gas mileage. Luckily, the new 2020 Ford Fusion is up for the task. Available as a conventional gasoline model, a hybrid, and a plugin hybrid, this innovative sedan is impressive on all fronts. Its affordability, practicality, and advanced features make it a top pick for people looking for an energy-efficient daily driver.
This five-seater is designed with a sizable trunk that offers 16 cubic feet of space for luggage, groceries, shopping bags, or sports gear. While the Hybrid version has 12 cubic feet of trunk space and the Plug-In Hybrid model only offers 8.2 cubic feet, that’s a fair price to pay for the improved driving range.
With four trim levels, multiple powertrains, and an abundance of safety features, the new 2020 Ford Fusion delivers quite the bang for your buck. Its sleek design will strike a great first impression everywhere you go, and its smart technology will leave you wanting for nothing. Let’s take a closer look at the 2020 Ford Fusion’s performance, interior features, and exterior enhancements to see if this sedan is right for you.
The 2020 Ford Fusion, non-hybrid, is powered by one of three robust engine options. The first is the turbocharged 1.5L Ecoboost engine that combines direct injection and twin independent variable cam timing (Ti-VCT) to produce 181 hp and 185 lb-ft of torque. Equipped with front-wheel-drive, it has a fuel economy set at 27 mpg (23 city/34 highway). In track tests, this model accelerated from zero to 60 mph in 8.9 seconds. The second gasoline engine option is the turbocharged 2.0L Ecoboost motor that generates 231 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque, or 245 hp with premium fuel. Also equipped with FWD, it has a fuel economy set at 25 mpg combined (21 city/31 highway). These two engines were created with enhanced performance and efficiency in mind. The final gas engine is the 2.5L Duratec I-4 that pumps out 175 HP and 175 lb-ft of torque and is standard on the base S trim. With the same drivetrain, it has a fuel economy set at 25 mpg combined (21 city/31 highway). All of these models are fitted with the same 6-speed automatic transmission as well.
The 2020 Ford Fusion Hybrid is quite different in that it uses both gasoline and store electric power to travel. Equipped with a 2.0L I-4 Atkinson-cycle engine and an 88 kWh electric motor, this innovative model gets 42 mpg combined (43 city/41 highway). The Fusion Plug-In Hybrid features the same engine as the Hybrid, but it has a larger battery pack. The Hybrid battery is 1.4 kWh, while the Plug-In Hybrid boasts a 7.6 kW lithium-ion battery pack. Both vehicles are fitted with FWD and an electronic continuously variable transmission (eCVT), so they both get the same gas mileage. What makes the Plug-In Hybrid special is that it offers an added 26 miles electric-only range. That gives it a total driving range of 610 miles and a fuel economy of 97 mpg city/107 mpg highway. The Plug-In Hybrid can also regain its full charge inputs 2.5 hours using a 240-volt charging cable.
All 2020 Ford Fusion models can carry five passengers comfortably. As previously mentioned, the Fusion offers 16 cubic feet of trunk space, while the Hybrid offers 12 cubic feet, and the Plug-In Hybrid only has 8 cubic feet. This is due to the battery packs in the eco-friendly versions. The bigger the pack, the less space you will have. Other interior differences can be seen across the trim levels. Let’s take a closer look.
The Fusion S comes standard with the Sync infotainment interface that is displayed on a 4.2-inch LCD screen and operates with Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free calling. You can listen to your favorite playlist through the 4-speaker stereo, and two 12-volt power outlets are also provided. Even though this is the base model, it still comes equipped with the Ford Co-Pilot 360 safety suite. Including features such as blindspot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-keeping assist, automatic high beams, pre-collision assist, emergency braking, and a rearview camera, you can rest assured that you are safe on the road.
The SE offers the upgraded Sync 3 infotainment system with FordPass Connect and dual 4.2-inch LCD monitors. You can listen to SiriusXM Radio through the 6-speaker sound system, and the same Co-Pilot 360 safety suite is also included. This version also has dual cupholders located in the rear center armrest for convenience. The SEL gets luxury upgrades such as heated seats covered in ACTIVEX material. This high-quality, synthetic upholstery is stain resistant and durable to withstand your busy lifestyle. For enhanced entertainment, the stereo has also been upgraded to 11-speakers.
Finally, the top-tier Titanium trim level boasts heated and cooled, leather-trimmed sports seats and a 12-speaker Sony sound system with HD Radio technology. Voice-activated navigation has also been added, and additional safety features like adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go technology make long rides more enjoyable. For a touch of elegance, the steering wheel is wrapped in leather, and you can open the power moonroof for a beautiful view.
The 2020 Ford Fusion Hybrid is available in three of those trim levels (SE, SEL, and Titanium). There are a few slight differences, though. The SE model comes with voice-activated navigation and SmartGauge with EcoGuide. This feature helps you understand how well your vehicle is performing. Vibrant, green leaves will grow across the display screen when you practice efficient driving habits. You can also monitor your battery life and fuel on the customizable screen. The SEL and Titanium Hybrids are the same as the gasoline models with the added SmartGauge with EcoGuide feature.
As for the Plug-In Hybrid, it only comes in the Titanium trim. Essentially, it offers the same features as the Fusion Hybrid Titanium. Remember, the main difference with this model is the larger battery pack for an improved driving range.
Rolling on 16-inch steel wheels, the 2020 Ford Fusion S looks pretty sleek on the outside. Its black 5-bar grille has chrome accents, and the LED taillamps give it a futuristic look. Body-colored front/rear bumpers, door handles, and power side mirrors and black rocker moldings provide a uniformed appearance. The SE rides on 17-inch aluminum wheels and has many of the same appearance features as the S. The main difference can be seen on the grille, which is entirely chrome. On the SEL are 18-inch aluminum wheels and upgraded LED signature lighting. The chrome grille and body-colored elements are the same as on the SE, but with the addition of auto-dimming, heated side mirrors with integrated turn signals. Finally, the Fusion Titanium boasts 19-inch aluminum wheels with Magnetic-painted pockets. The 5-bar grille design has been replaced by a chrome mesh grille, and a rear spoiler has also been added for a more athletic look.
Many of the exterior styling elements from the gasoline models carry over onto the more eco-friendly versions. For example, the Fusion Hybrid SE essentially looks the same as the regular Fusion SE. However, the Hybrid SEL gets smaller wheels than its gasoline sibling. It rides on 17-inch sparkle-painted aluminum wheels. Similarly, the Hybrid Titanium also has smaller wheels than its counterpart. As opposed to the 19-inch regular Titanium wheels, it rides on 18-inch aluminum wheels.
The 2020 Ford Fusion Plug-In Hyrbid only comes in the Titanium trim and features smaller wheels than the others. Rolling on 17-inch sparkle silver-painted aluminum wheels, this version has all of the same appearance features as the regular Titanium version.
There are eight paint colors available for the 2020 Ford Fusion. These include mostly classic options like White Platinum, Oxford White, Iconic Silver, Magnetic, and Agate Black. However, if you want something with a little more personality, you can opt for the deep Alto Blue, the bright Velocity Blue, or the vibrant Rapid Red. Whichever color or trim that you decide on, you will be turning heads everywhere you go in the new 2020 Ford Fusion.
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