Replacing its 1.6-liter EcoBoost in the Fusion, Ford is offering a slightly smaller 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine for the 2014 model year.
According to EPA tests, the car is officially rated to return 23 mpg in the city and 36 on the highway. Despite losing a fraction of the old engine’s displacement, output and fuel economy remain almost exactly the same. THe smaller engine makes 178 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque. That’s a loss of seven lb-ft, but otherwise the two are the same.
It’s true for fuel economy, too. The smaller engine is meant to be the mid-size sedan’s highest volume seller and offers the same fuel consumption as its slightly larger sibling. But the 1.5-liter engine’s entrance doesn’t signal an immediate exit for the 1.6 either. Customers that choose a manual Fusion SE will find the six-speed stick mated to the 1.6-liter version.
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