If safety is your main concern, along with great fuel economy, the 2014 Ford Fusion is a great option. The Fusion SE combines these qualities and marries them in a comfortable and stylish sedan complete with all the technology features you need or want.
Since its debut at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the Fusion has been acclaimed as a design leader in the midsize sedan segment and honored with numerous awards, including Autoweek Magazine’s Best in Show and the Eyes On Design Award for Design Excellence – Production Vehicle.
For 2014, several new color combinations are available starting with two new exterior colors, Dark Side and Sunset. Fusion SE customers who prefer the carryover Sterling Gray exterior can opt for the Dune interior with either cloth or leather seating surfaces. The new Interior
Appearance Package for Fusion Titanium includes premium leather seating surfaces and vinyl door inserts finished in Brick Red along with premium floor mats.
No matter what the climate, Fusion keeps things comfortable in the cabin. Titanium customers can add cooled seats for the driver and front passenger for those steamy Miami summer days. Fusion SE drivers who get the Luxury Package can now open doors and start the engine without reaching for a key thanks to Intelligent Access with push-button start.
Safety is a key element for Ford and the Fusion and optional inflatable rear seat belts are now available on Fusion for the first time. In the event of a collision, the rear belts inflate, distributing the load over a larger area and reducing the risk of abdominal, chest and shoulder injuries for rear passengers.
Fusion is powered by the 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine, the fifth member of the Ford family of fuel-efficient EcoBoost engines. Like the other engines in the lineup, this new powerplant features turbocharging, direct gasoline injection and twin independent variable camshaft timing.
The new 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine features a water-cooled, integrated exhaust manifold. Casting the cylinder head and exhaust manifold as a single unit reduces overall weight, simplifies assembly, and gets the turbocharger closer to the exhaust ports for improved responsiveness.
Integrating the manifold also enabled the engineers to run cooling circuits alongside the hot exhaust passages, further speeding warm-up. For 2014, enthusiast drivers can up the ante with an optional tire package with 19-inch alloy wheels.
The MSRP on the 2014 Ford Fusion is $24,270.
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