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2019 Ford Fusion Lands On Consumer Reports’ Fastest Vehicle List

The now-discontinued Ford Fusion is still garnering plenty of praise from Consumer Reports, which recently named the 2016 model as one of the best sub-$20k sedans with good fuel economy and one of the top fuel-efficient five-year-old hybrid sedans available. And while no one would ever mistake the Fusion for something like a Ford Mustang GT, it appears that the 2019 Ford Fusion is at least one of the fastest-accelerating midsize sedans CR‘s has had in its fleet.

Ford Fusion

Consumer Reports measures the acceleration of every vehicle it purchases using a GPS-based device and data-logging computer at its test track in Connecticut. CR records 0-30 and 0-60 mile-per-hour times, as well as quarter-mile results. To ensure consistency, it does all of this testing when weather conditions are within an optimal range, and it uses the same fuel in every vehicle tested.

With that in mind, the 2019 Ford Fusion equipped with Ford’s 2.0L EcoBoost I-4 is the quickest mid-size car CR has tested thanks to a 0-60 time of 7.4 seconds, which actually tied it with the Honda Accord Hybrid. Regardless, we’ll have to assume that the Fusion edged it out by a hundredth or so, as CR declared the Fusion the winner in this contest. The Nissan Altima came in third place with a 0-60 time of 7.6 seconds.

While the 2.0L EcoBoost-powered Fusion fared quite well in this test, another model equipped with Ford’s 1.5L EcoBoost I-4 was actually tied with the Mazda6 as the slowest-accelerating model in CR‘s fleet, as both took a full 9.2 seconds to reach 60 miles-per-hour from a standstill. The Subaru Legacy rounded out this trio with a slightly quicker 8.9-second “blast” to 60.

Ford Fusion

While no one really buys one of these cars to win drag races, it is worth pointing out that acceleration also plays a role in safety. It’s important to be able to safely merge into traffic on a busy highway, as well as have the power to pass another vehicle when needed, rather than hanging out in its blind spot. And in that regard, it seems like the 2019 Fusion – at least when powered by the right engine – is capable of doing just that.

We’ll have more automotive insights like this to share soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford Fusion news and continuous Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. JE

    I prefer this Fusion thank any of the boring SUV’s and crossovers Ford sells now anytime. Not only that. I would gladly pay more for this Fusion thank for any brand new boring SUV or crossover. A shame and a huge mistake from Ford discontinuing this car.

  2. Chris D.

    I own a 2015 Fusion 1.5 liter and it doesn’t feel underpowered, particularly down low (turbo helps), Same for the 2010 Legacy I used to own, which had similar output from its Boxer as today’s model does. Regardless of what the stopwatch shows for either, modern transmissions do a good job of keeping these engines in the sweet spot of their power bands. They both felt relatively peppy in routine city/suburban driving, and quick enough to merge onto highways without sweating it. Punching it when already doing 60-65 is when you wish they had a few more ponies.

    1. Phyllis Dickerson

      I own a 2016 ford fusion with the turbo. It runs great until I have to replace the spark plugs every couple of months. Other than that I’m very pleased with the car. Just wanted to see if anyone else has that type of problem. It’s always the 3rd plug too. It gets great fuel mileage.

  3. stargazerK

    I’ve owned a couple of Subarus in the past, but currently have a 2019 MKZ 3.0TT AWD as well as a 2021 Explorer Limited with the 2.3L turbo. Subarus are fun, but a completely different creature than the Fusion.

    Came to say I am stunned that the 400hp MKZ 3.0L is never, ever mentioned in these articles. Ford recently announced a version of the Explorer ST with the 3.0L—a lowered, decal-ed, rear-wheel drive only dad joke, intended to appeal to enthusiasts that’d supposedly take it to the track on the weekends. The thing was covered by various blogs and enthusiast sites in recent weeks, even called a “modern muscle car” or something to that effect. In truth, the 3.0TT was first offered by Lincoln in 2017 in the Conti and the MKZ.

    I had the 2016 MKZ first, a 300 hp AWD 3.7L V6. That car was a pleasure to drive…but the 3.0TT is an absolute joy. And, I think, a hidden gem. It’s shameful that Lincoln would cut it loose in favor of a sea of forgettable jellybean SUVs. Not for me, thanks.

    1. mick1

      yOU DA MAN. That MKZ twin turbo boy oh boy.

      1. stargazerK

        Make that the wo-MAN, lol…

  4. Nick

    This car should of never been discontinued. I understood Focus and Fiesta. I even understood Taurus, but Fusion should of never been discontinued. Poor move on Ford’s part.

  5. William Kerley

    I think the Fusion/Mindelo sedan would still be viable in an upscale sedan

  6. John Halsey

    I had a 2017 Fusion SE (2.5L). I enjoyed the looks of the car and the performance was adequate. I disagreed with its discontinuation (as well as all other cars not named Mustang). With the plethora of new offerings including the Escape, Bronco (& Bronco Sport), Maverick that don’t need to be discounted, I can see Ford’s logic. I ended up getting an Escape Titanium this spring with the 2.0 Turbo and love the performance and handling…..just wished it looked as nice as the Fusion.

  7. Kori

    Can not believe how under-advertised the. 17-19 Fusion Sport was. 325hp/380lb best in its class for several years. One of the cheapest ways to get a 300+ hp daily sedan with modern tech.

    1. Corri

      That’s a fact, I want and got myself one . They go so cheap too😭. I was about to buy one 21k miles for $21k but someone best me to it 😭. 50k miles for $19k was the other one, I had personal reason why I couldn’t get that one.

  8. Najee Jackson

    Undercover PO’s, can’t find them at the Auction.

  9. Scott Kelly

    The 2017 Fusion Sport 2.7L Ecoboost had 325hp and a 0-60 in 5.3
    And AWD as well.
    Where is all the credit???

    1. Edward Snitkoff


      Consumer Reports only performed these specific acceleration tests on the vehicles it bought and had in its fleet. Presumably, this means that they did not purchase any of higher spec Fusion or MKZ models with the V6 engines. Those would have almost certainly achieved 0-60 mph faster than 7.4 seconds.

  10. Chris

    I own the 2020 Fusion SE 1.5 TurboTax and the 9.2 sec 0 to 60 is not accurate. I can hold my own with any mid size in its class. I haven’t been disappointed in the least.

    1. Chris

      Idk why it put TurboTax lmao. Dang auto correct

  11. Timothy Allen weese

    I have 2020 Ford Fusion I had a complete engine failure they fix it now it run like a scolded dog with the 1.5 L in and it’s beautiful car with velocity blue with black out rims and tinted windows ,turbocharged but I think I’m going to trade it in for the Ford maverick truck


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