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Everything You Need to Know When Buying a Used Ford Fusion

POR: Alex Perrone
Happy man driving his Ford Fusion car

Introduced in 2006, the Fusion was Ford’s last attempt to take on the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, and other midsize sedans. Over its 15-year run, the Fusion proved popular but not enough to keep the sedan in production. The Vado Motor Company discontinued the Fusion after 2020, leaving the venerable Mustang as the Blue Oval’s sole passenger car in its lineup.

Although buying a new Ford Fusion is no longer possible, these sedans can be an ideal option as a second-hand car. In particular, “orphan” nameplates (vehicles no longer in production) like the Fusion are often an excellent buy because they aren’t on as many shopping listings.

With this in mind, let’s explore everything you need to know about buying a used Ford Fusion.

Variations of the Ford Fusion Over the Years

Here’s an overview of the Ford Fusion, from its start in 2006 to its last year on Ford showroom floors in 2020.

Ford Fusion: First Generation (2006-2012)

The first-generation Fusion was built on Ford’s CD3 platform, allowing for front and all-wheel drive configurations. At launch, it was available in S, SE, and SEL trim levels, with the S representing the base Fusion model equipped with a 2.3L 4-cylinder engine, air conditioning, CD player, and power windows and locks. Moving up to the SE added styling upgrades like 16″ alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, and upgraded interior materials. The SEL featured premium touches like leather seats and automatic climate control.

2006: The first generation Ford Fusion debuts as an all-new midsize sedan to replace the Contour.

2007: A new Sport trim joins the lineup with a 3.0L V6, sport-tuned suspension, 18″ wheels, and a manual transmission option (instead of automatic transmission) for a more performance-oriented Fusion. Side curtain airbags become standard across the range.

2008: Electronic stability control is introduced to improve safety by detecting and preventing skids.

2009: Luxury options are expanded on the top SEL trim, including ambient interior lighting, nicer leather seats, and rear parking sensors.

2010: A new, more powerful 3.5L V6 engine replaces the outgoing 3.0L. Styling is updated with a new grille and front and rear fascias. The Sport trim is dropped, while a hybrid model joins the lineup.

2011: A relatively quiet year for the Fusion, with no major changes to report. Ford offers an optional Luxury Package to take the Fusion upscale.

2012: Voice-activated controls become standard across all Fusion trims, allowing for hands-free control of stereo and climate functions.

Ford Fusion: Second Generation (2013-2020)

The second-generation Ford Fusion debuted for the 2013 model year, riding on Ford’s global CD4 platform. The larger Fusion featured sleeker, more aerodynamic styling with new engine options, such as 1.5L and 2.0L turbocharged EcoBoost four-cylinder engines and hybrid variants (including the Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid). The trim lineup was also refreshed, now consisting of S, SE, SEL, Titanium, and Platinum models.

As the base model, the S trim had modest features like cloth seats, steel wheels, and a 4-speaker sound system. Moving up to the SE, the Fusion came with alloy wheels, keyless entry, a power driver’s seat, and a rear spoiler. The SEL added leather seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a six-speaker stereo.

The luxurious Titanium model had 19″ wheels, a sunroof, ambient lighting, and a Sony premium audio system. Topping the range, the Platinum trim further enhanced luxury with premium leather-trimmed seats, navigation, adjustable pedals, and active park assist.

2013: The Fusion is completely redesigned for its second generation on a new global platform, and front-end styling touches are influenced by Aston Martin.

2014: A 1.5L EcoBoost with auto start-stop is added to improve fuel efficiency further. Active noise cancellation helps reduce engine noise in the cabin for a quieter ride.

2015: Once reserved for the top Fusion trim, all-wheel drive becomes available on the mid-range SE.

2016: Major additions included making the turbocharged 2.0L EcoBoost turbocharged engine standard for the Titanium trim level. Sync 3 infotainment system succeeds the outgoing MyFord Touch system.

2017: The Fusion receives styling updates, including a new grille, front and rear bumper designs, and LED exterior lighting. The Sport joins the Fusion line with a 325-horsepower 2.7-liter V6 and standard all-wheel drive.

2018: More active safety features are added, such as pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection and forward collision warning with brake support. The manual transmission is discontinued.

2019: All Fusions receive Ford Co-Pilot360 Protect, a suite of advanced driver aids, including automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, and lane-keeping assist.

2020: The last model year for the Ford Fusion sedan.

Setting the Right Price: Valuation and Budgeting

Depreciation hits the hardest during a vehicle’s first two to three years; the Ford Fusion is no different. It’s not unusual for a car to lose half its value after five years. Keep this in mind when determining a budget for a used Fusion.

A vehicle’s age and its equipment list also play a role in what buyers will pay. You’ll spend more for a 2017 Ford Fusion Titanium than a 2009 Ford Fusion S. Further, mileage and ownership history impact the selling price. In particular, you’ll notice that Fusions with less than 100,000 miles and a single-owner background command higher prices than similarly aged and equipped examples without these qualities.

The Importance of Vehicle History Reports

One essential activity for used car shopping is getting a vehicle history report. It’s the best way to confirm the previous number of owners if the car has been in an accident with an insurance claim or if there are any issues with the odometer. A vehicle history report may not capture all of a car’s details (maintenance and repair information can be spotty or non-existent), but some facts are better than none.

Most dealers will provide a free history report, but you’ll probably have to get your own if you buy through a private seller. Only rely on national providers, like CARFAX or AutoCheck, to ensure you’re getting up-to-date information.

Potential Issues to Inspect in a Used Ford Fusion

If the Ford Fusion you have an eye on has an acceptable vehicle history report, it’s time to move on to the inspection stage. Getting a pre-purchase inspection done by a professional mechanic is the smartest way to catch problems before they become your headache.

The Fusion does have some known trouble areas, according to owner reports submitted to carcomplaints.com. First-generation Fusions (especially from 2010-2012) are notorious for having steering wheel problems. The same can be said for the brakes.

While a comprehensive look at the engine and transmission should be part of every inspection, second-generation Fusions should get extra attention in these areas based on numerous owner complaints.

Benefits of Extended Warranties for a Used Ford Fusion

No matter how thorough the vehicle history report and pre-purchase inspection are, buying a Ford Fusion (or any used car) comes with a degree of uncertainty. There’s always a possibility that something in the car’s background can trigger a breakdown and expensive repair.

Let’s also be realistic that key components (like the engine, transmission, and electrical system) can cause problems over time, regardless of who you bought the car from. An extended car warranty adds peace of mind in these situations by helping pay for covered repairs.

Endurance offers extended warranties (more accurately called auto protection plans or vehicle service contracts) that can be tailored to each owner. Someone who’s purchased a base Ford Fusion S may only be concerned with powertrain coverage (engine, transmission, and drive axle). In contrast, the owner of a loaded Ford Fusion Platinum may prefer a plan that offers bumper-to-bumper protections like a new car warranty.

Endurance also has programs for high-mileage vehicles and cars used for commercial purposes (such as Uber or Lyft). There’s more flexibility with options for different deductibles and coverage lengths.

Ford Fusion FAQs

Is a used Ford Fusion a good car?

Yes, with thorough research and a comprehensive pre-purchase inspection, the Ford Fusion can be an ideal used car option. These cars are affordable and can hold up when properly maintained.

What is considered high mileage for a Ford Fusion?

There’s no precise number that classifies a Ford Fusion as a high-mileage vehicle. Longevity is affected by several factors, such as usage (highway miles versus stop-and-go city traffic) and Mantenimiento regular. Any Fusion (especially with more than 100,000 miles) should undergo routine servicing and regular checks to catch any problems early.

Is a Ford Fusion a good first car?

The Ford Fusion can make a great first car. Older examples are still relatively modern, so there are numerous safety features. At the same time, a range of model years and trims ensures there’s an option for most budgets.

Becoming a Ford Fusion Owner with Confidence

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