That something is the Sport, the top trim level and most powerful Fusion on sale for the 2019 model year. It’ll be discontinued as 2020 rolls in, leaving the scene along with the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 with 325 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque.
In the F-150, this engine is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission while the Fusion makes do with the six-speed SelectShift from eons ago. More to the point, the GM-Ford transmission with six forward ratios can trace its roots back to the year 2006.
The Fusion Sport, therefore, leaves the U.S. lineup after three model years without a bang. Cars Direct highlights “the Sport may remain a tough sell” because the retail price starts at $40,000 before discounts. To the point, you’re looking at $40,015 excluding destination charge for the only Fusion with a V6 under the hood.
Even at this price point, Ruby Red and Rich Copper add $395 while a set of splash guards add another $200 to the tally. A carpeted cargo mat? Ford is much obliged to sell you such an option for $75, and that’s peachy for a vehicle that’s supposed to be the top of the Fusion line.
These being said, the 2020 Ford Fusion won’t get better than the 2.0-liter EcoBoost that comes standard on the Titanium trim level.