Even as the mid-size Ford Fusion sedan prepares to exit the market in 2020, the Blue Oval has invested in carrying out a modest update for the 2019 model year, with the primary goals of adding active safety equipment, and reducing manufacturing complexity by slashing some of the more sparsely-equipped orderable combinations. But with the changes in both standard and optional equipment will come changes to MSRPs, and CarsDirect has found that the entire range – from the base Ford Fusion S up to the top-of-the-line V6 Sport – will cost more to start than their outgoing 2018 equivalents.
The Ford Fusion S and SE models will see the most modest increases – MSRP growths of $645 and $650, respectively, according to CarsDirect. That means a base MSRP of $23,735 for the S, and $25,015 for the SE. The Hybrid model has lost its base “S” trim, the Hybrid SE now being the lowest-priced offering at $28,450 – up $1,235 from the 2018 SE. Changes to the PHEV Ford Fusion Energi are even more drastic, the premium Titanium trim now the only one available, with a base price of $37,490 – $2,215 more than the prior model year.
Finally, the biggest price increases have hit the regular petrol Ford Fusion Titanium – now $3,870 more expensive to start at $35,235 – and the Fusion V6 Sport, which has seen its starting price swell by a staggering $6,190 to $40,910.
As Ford went about paring down its Ford Fusion range, the company paid special close attention to what trims and options were hot sellers, and what configurations were duds. In theory, then, what’s left in the lineup ought to please the vast majority of typical Ford Fusion customers, while at the same time saving the automaker some money on production. Some of those savings will be passed right along to the consumer, even if a cursory glance at the starting MSRPs doesn’t suggest as much.
For instance, CarsDirect reports that the 2019 Ford Fusion Titanium, with its $35,235 starting price, ships with so much equipment – a moonroof, adaptive cruise, 19-inch wheels, etc. – that a similarly-outfitted 2018 Fusion would cost nearly $2,000 more. Likewise, the 2019 Fusion V6 Sport comes with $43,000-worth of equipment.
For more information on the refreshed 2019 Ford Fusion, read our coverage of what’s new here.