Is the 2020 Ford Fusion all-wheel drive?
Not so very long ago, cars were front or rear-wheel drive, and if you wanted a vehicle with all four of its wheels being powered you had to look at an SUV. Then that all changed as more and more manufacturers started offering all-wheel-drive as an option for some of their sedans, coupes, sports cars and hatchbacks, including Ford with the Fusion.
But now that crossovers, SUVs and pickups are so dominant in the current auto market, all-wheel-drive appears to be becoming harder to find in cars, especially the more affordable mass-market models. Ford hasn't abandoned all-wheel-drive with the Ford Fusion though, even though the 325-horsepower all-wheel-drive Fusion Sport has now been dropped from the company's sedan car lineup.
2020 Ford Fusion trim levels
The 2020 Ford Fusion is still one of the most versatile and diverse midsize sedan lineups available, with three different gas engines, two hybrid powertrains, and the continuing availability of all-wheel-drive. The 2020 Fusion lineup starts with the S and then goes to the SE, SEL, Titanium, Hybrid SE, Hybrid SEL, Hybrid Titanium and the Plug-In Hybrid Titanium.
In the most, simple terms, the Fusion is now available with a choice between four-cylinder gasoline engines and a couple of hybrid options, but the drivetrain story doesn’t stop there by any means. The base engine in the Fusion S is a 2.5-liter inline-four that produces 175 horsepower and 175 lb.-ft. of torque, while the SE and SEL trims are available with a 1.5-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder turbo that develops 181 horsepower and 185 lb.-ft. of torque.
If you want the additional capability of all-wheel-drive you'll need to go for a Fusion with the 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder turbo, and that also means you get the benefit of 245 horsepower and 275 lb.-ft. of torque. The rest of the range is exclusively front-wheel-drive, and that includes the two hybrids.
Performance and handling
The way the Fusion drives and handles has always been a very strong point of this particular midsize sedan, and the 2020 versions are no exception. Every version of the current Fusion handles extremely well thanks to the sharp steering and taut suspension, and the brakes are particularly strong when the hybrid versions of the Fusion are compared to rival hybrids.
Of course, if you want the best performance and the most driving fun in a Fusion, the 2.0-liter EcoBoost models with all-wheel-drive is definitely the way to go. A lot of people tend to associate all-wheel-drive with extra traction and capability on wet, icy or snow-covered roads, which is obviously a good reason for choosing it. However, until you've thrown a Fusion with all-wheel-drive into bends and corners in the dry you've not fully experienced what all-wheel-drive is properly capable of.
For more details about the 2020 Ford Fusion and to arrange a test drive to experience what a great car it is with or without all-wheel-drive, get in touch with us at Southern California Ford Dealers today, the number one choice Ford dealers in Southern California.