Sales have climbed, in part, because consumers have grown more familiar with the Fusion. However, the car’s popularity is also due in large measure to the changes and improvements Ford has implemented over the years.
Take a look at the evolution of the Ford Fusion over the last decade, courtesy of research by Autotrader. If you’re interested in a used Fusion, this will help you quickly identify which model years offer the features you want.
The list also helps you get the most bang for your buck on a used Ford Fusion. As you’ll see, it doesn’t make much sense to pay more for a 2012 when the model was unchanged from 2011. On the other hand, it’s worth paying a little extra for the 2013 due to major upgrades.
2006: The 4-door, 5-passenger sedan was launched with a choice between a 4-cylinder and V6 engine. All Fusion models were front-wheel drive in this introduction year.
2007: Front-side and side-curtain airbags were added, along with optional navigation, satellite radio and all-wheel drive for V6 models. A six-disc CD changer became standard on SE models.
2008: A new sport-appearance package; standard anti-lock brakes and tire-pressure monitoring, a keypad entry system for the SEL model; optional SYNC infotainment system and parking sensors.
2009: An optional stability control system, standard traction control on V6 models and standard satellite radio on SE and SEL models.
2010: This year brought the first big changes, including a revised exterior and an updated interior. The Fusion added a hybrid model rated at 41 miles per gallon in the city and 36 on the highway. The 4-cylinder and V6 engines were revved up with more horsepower, and an even more powerful Sport model debuted. Finally, new safety option were added, including a backup camera and a blind spot monitoring system.
2011: Optional HD radio and rain-sensing wipers.
2013: After a year with no changes, the Ford Fusion was completely redesigned, both inside and out, with sharper handling and a more comfortable ride. The long list of new features included an automated parallel-parking system, adaptive cruise control and forward-collision warning. New optional features included a lane-departure warning system, lane-keep assist, USB ports for music, an improved SYNC system and automatic high beams. The V6 was dropped in favor of a turbocharged 4-cylinder.
2014: Optional inflatable seat belts, heated rear seats and ventilated front seats.
2015: The backup camera became standard.
2017: A turbocharged V6 was introduced; improved park-assist was added; the pre-collision braking system was improved to detect pedestrians in addition to large objects; and a luxury Fusion model was introduced.
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