Like many manufacturers, Ford is seeking to fulfill the current automotive mandate of good power combined with improved fuel economy, and turbocharging seems to fill the bill.
A turbocharger uses exhaust gasses to spin a turbine that in turn crams more air – and fuel along with it – into an engine’s cylinders. That produces more energy, allowing smaller-displacement engines to be utilized to deliver the desired amount of power.
And using a smaller-displacement powerplant inherently results in better fuel economy just because smaller-overall engines burn less gas. Also, the turbo doesn’t do all that much cramming until the driver’s right foot activates it by demanding more power.
It’s a win-win-win solution.
Need evidence? Ford’s generously sized Fusion midsize family sedan delivers willing performance and a 36-mpg highway rating. All from a relatively Lilliputian 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine.
Not all that long ago it would have taken a V-6 twice that size to provide the same oomph.
In addition to economy and performance – and its eye-catching style – the Fusion brings a heapin’ helping of attributes to the highly competitive midsize-sedan sector.
Complementing the car’s powertrain, the Fusion’s well-sorted suspension is tweaked to a fine balance between handling and ride quality. The car cruises down along the highway with a well-damped serenity, while back-road twists and turns reveal a confident, almost sporty demeanor.
The Fusion’s cabin is conservatively styled employing nice-quality materials. Our SE tester featured comfortable buckets up front, swathed in a heavy-duty fabric with red accent stitching. Legroom in the rear is accommodating for three full-size adults. One gripe: The front passenger’s seat is mounted too low with no height adjustment.
Ford’s stylish Fusion is a superb amalgam of attributes. Midsize sedan shoppers, prepare to be impressed.