Ford revealed most of the specifications surrounding the 2014 Ford Fusion’s turbocharged 1.5-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder back in June, with the exception of fuel economy numbers. The mystery is no more: despite a federal government shutdown, the EPA’s fueleconomy.gov website recently posted finalized ratings for the 2014 Fusion equipped with the new 1.5 EcoBoost.
Five months ago, Joe Bakaj, Ford’s vice president of powertrain engineering, suggested the new 1.5-liter EcoBoost should deliver similar power as the 1.6-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder, while delivering improved fuel economy. Weeks later, Ford announced the Fusion-grade EcoBoost 1.5 is rated at 178 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque, which isn’t far off from the 178 hp and 184 lb-ft of the EcoBoost 1.6L.
Unfortunately, the 2014 Ford Fusion with the 1.5L EcoBoost just missed delivering on that second pledge. According to the EPA, a front-wheel drive 2014 Fusion SE equipped with the new 1.5-liter EcoBoost and a six-speed automatic returns 23 mpg on the agency’s city test cycle, and 36 mpg on the highway. That 23/36 rating meets, not exceeds, the rating given to a comparably-equipped 2013 Fusion using the 1.6-liter EcoBoost I-4.
The lone instance where the new 1.5-liter EcoBoost doesn’t trump a 2013 Fusion 1.6L EcoBoost is when the 1.6-liter was bundled with an optional engine start/stop system. The $295 option bumped the 1.6-liter’s EPA ratings up to 24/37 mpg city/highway.
Start/stop is available on all 2014 Ford Fusion SE models equipped with the new 1.5-liter EcoBoost, but EPA figures for an engine fitted with the system have yet to be published.
As we’ve previously reported, the new 1.5-liter EcoBoost, which shares much of its construction with Ford’s 1.0-liter three-cylinder EcoBoost engine, was initially launched in order to meet tax requirements in other markets, notably China. Here, the 1.5-liter is intended to serve as the Fusion’s volume engine, but it won’t immediately replace the 1.6-liter outright in the U.S. Fusion lineup. Order a 2014 Fusion SE with a six-speed manual transmission, and the 1.6-liter EcoBoost is packed underhood.
2014 Ford Fusion SE models equipped with either the 1.5-liter EcoBoost and six-speed automatic or the 1.6-liter EcoBoost and six-speed manual transmission carry a base price of $25,445, including $796 in destination fees. Both prices are roughly $35 more than comparable 2013 Fusion SE models.