Gone but certainly not forgotten, the Ford Fusion still represents a fantastic value on the used vehicle market, even if we can no longer buy a new one. The sedan continues to earn praise from a number of organizations, including being named one of the best five-year-old, 10-year-old, and used hybrids for the money by iSeeCars, while Consumer Reports also previously named the Ford Fusion as one of the best used cars for teens that cost less than $20k. Now, that trend continues, as the 2014 and 2016 Ford Fusion have once again made the cut as one of the best cars for teenagers.
Purchasing a vehicle for a teen is a trickier proposition since most parents must balance cost and safety, particularly since teens are, on average, the riskiest drivers on the road and experience crash rates far higher than other age groups. That’s precisely why Consumer Reports teams up with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) to come up with a list of vehicles that are reliable, safe, and affordable.
In that regard, the 2014 and 2016 Ford Fusion made the cut thanks to an average list price of $10,300, while those vehicles also come equipped with a bevy of safety features including electronic stability control. To make this particular list, vehicles must also have above-average reliability scores based on CR‘s member surveys, average or better scores on emergency handling tests, dry braking distances of less than 145 feet from 60 miles-per-hour, good ratings in four IIHS crashworthiness tests – moderate-overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraints – and four or five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, if rated.
“In compiling these lists, we found that some of the same models that were on last year’s lists are no less expensive and some are actually more expensive now, even though they’re a year older, due to the tumultuous market,” said Jennifer Stockburger, director of operations at Consumer Reports Auto Test Center. “As the same amount of money may not be going as far, it’s even more important to make it a safe and reliable choice.”
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For teens only? Besides the Mustang, I would pay much more for this car than for any brand new boring and cookie cutter SUV or crossover Ford produces today. Besides the Mustang, this was the last real serious automobile produced by Ford.
Ford committed a grave error in abandoning the midsize sedan market to the foreign brands. The only domestic sedan that is still produced is the Chevy Malibu. The Ford Mondeo is still being produced and was supposed to be its replacement. So please bring the Mondeo to the U.S.
I bought a low mile 2017 Fusion Sport back in the fall of 2019. This car has been a pleasure to own and drive so far. It does everything and is probably the best sleeper on the road ever built.
I added a Livernois Motor sport tune and it gets down the road in a hurry.
Why complain? It’s never going to happen. Ford gave up on sedans so get over it. Move on and buy what you want from a whoever offers what you want. period.