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Best Cars for College Students 2/3: The Ford Fusion

Best Cars for College Students 2/3: The Ford Fusion

The 2018 Ford Fusion at a Glance:


  • Vehicle type: Front-engine, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

  • Base price: $22,995

  • Engine type: 2.5-liter, four-cylinder 

  • Power: 175-horsepower

  • Transmission: 6-speed shiftable automatic

  • EPA fuel economy: 23/mpg city, 34/mpg highway




  • Sharp handling

  • Well-designed interior with high-quality materials

  • Abundance of available advanced safety equipment

  • Optional all-wheel drive 

  • Adaptive cruise control




  • Standard tech interface can be difficult to use

  • Weak acceleration from base engine

  • Real-world fuel economy doesn’t always match EPA estimates




  • Integrates with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

  • Easy-to-use voice commands

  • 4.2-inch infotainment screen in base models


Safety features


  • Pedestrian detection

  • Parking assist for parallel and perpendicular parking

  • Lane departure intervention

  • Frontal collision warning

  • Rotary-style transmission




  • Generous storage space in cabin and trunk 

  • Easily adjustable driving position


Trim levels:


  • S-Bluetooth connectivity, 16-inch wheels, power front seats and satellite radio. 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine

  • SE–17-inch wheels, LED daytime running lights, exterior keypad entry, eight-way power driver seat, six-way power passenger seat, rear heat ducts, rear center fold-down armrest and six-speaker sound system with satellite radio.

  • Titanium-18-inch wheels, remote ignition, LED tail lights, rear spoiler, ambient interior lighting, sport front seats, eight-way power adjustment for the passenger seat, premium 12-speaker Sony sound system and HD radio.

  • Platinum–unique grille insert, upgraded leather trim and power-adjustable steering wheel.

  • V6 Sport-19-inch wheels, quad exhaust tips, nine-speaker audio system.


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