This article was published on March 13th, 2014
At first glance, you may not think much of the 2014 Ford Fusion, but when it comes down to the details, this car is jam-packed with awesome driver features that deliver a fantastic driver experience.
There is something to be said about being able to get into a car and feel like you are in complete control, with everything you need at your fingertips. The Eco-Boost engine provides a lot of power, so much that the tires can actually skid if you accelerate too quickly from a hard stop, which also translates into awesome power to climb big hills or to quickly navigate through city streets or down long country roads.
The 2014 Ford Fusion is smart too! Built in technology like automatic park assist for parallel parking is just the touch of a button away, along with other details like not having to remember to turn on/off the headlights, which automatically turn on and off, based on outside light conditions.
When it comes to technology, the Microsoft Sync has got to be one of the fastest Bluetooth connections of any vehicle audio system. The easily paired system connects within seconds of starting the vehicle and automatically starts belting out music, getting you pumped for the drive ahead. It’s a great feeling, especially when the big base starts thumping.
The center dash touch screen includes GPS navigation, environmental, telephone and audio controls. The giant screen also displays the rearview camera when backing up, which includes incredibly helpful guiding lines and colour-coded warnings as you approach items backing up.
More satisfaction comes from having so many controls accessible right from your fingertips on the steering wheel. This allows you to keep your eyes at or near the road level, and over time, as you get to know the systems, you can easily navigate items like audio, temperature and cruise controls without having to take your eyes off the road.
When it comes to the small details, the 2014 Ford Fusion is jam-packed! No longer is there a giant hand parking break, it’s now a simple push of a button on the center console. For people in love with their technology, there are both the old skool cigarette lighter style outlets, but more importantly, 110 volt outlets, meaning you can charge your laptop or iPad while driving down the road, and you now have an excuse to use that portable refrigerated cooler your parents bought you to take camping when they were all the rage 10 years ago. There are also a plethora of A/V jacks in the centre control, for those that are on a Bluetooth smartphone yet.
More details not overlooked include cupholders in the drivers door and rear-center console, programmable seating positions for up to three drivers, extra fast windshield defrost, heated leather seats, and an awesome automatic, shift-on-the-fly hybrid transmission. One miss for winter drivers are headed side view mirrors, so remember to clean them off before you get in, or roll down the windows and have your snowbrush out and ready. Sadly, there’s awful wood trim and no sunroof. Hopefully these little details will be changed in future years, or we can at least hope. In fairness the wood trim, there are some nice brushed metal accents throughout the interior.
The 2014 Ford Fusion does have some nice exterior features which makes it stand out, including great black spoke wheels and a giant front grill that makes it look like it’s always smiling.
Overall, the 2014 Ford Fusion is a nice car to drive, is packed with driver features, and would be a great, fuel-efficient car for commuter drivers. Take one for a test drive today at your local Ford dealer. It’ll surprise you.