The finalized fuel economy ratings for the 2014 Ford Fusion’s turbocharged 1.5-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder have been released and can be seen at the EPA’s fueleconomy.gov website. Joe Bakaj, Ford’s vice president of powertrain engineering, said about five months ago that the new 1.5-liter EcoBoost is expected to offer the same power as the 1.6-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder, while offering better fuel economy.
Several weeks later, Ford released details about the Fusion-grade EcoBoost 1.5, which has a rating of 178 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque. This isn’t much different from the output of the EcoBoost 1.6L of 178 hp and 184 lb-ft. Sad to say, Ford failed to deliver its second promise on the 2014 Ford Fusion with the 1.5L EcoBoost.
The EPA said that a front-wheel drive 2014 Fusion SE powered by the new 1.5-liter EcoBoost and a six-speed automatic offers 23 mpg on the agency’s city test cycle, and 36 mpg on the highway. That 23/36 rating is capable of meeting but not surpassing the rating for the comparably-equipped 2013 Fusion that uses the 1.6-liter EcoBoost I-4.
The only case that the new 1.5-liter EcoBoost isn’t better than a 2013 Fusion 1.6L EcoBoost is when the 1.6-liter was bundled with an optional engine start/stop system. The option, which costs $295, raised the 1.6-liter’s EPA ratings up to 24/37 mpg city/highway.
All 2014 Ford Fusion SE models that have the new 1.5-liter EcoBoost have start/stop; however, EPA figures for an engine that has this system haven’t been announced yet.
In a previous report, we learned that the new 1.5-liter EcoBoost, which is very similar to Ford’s 1.0-liter three-cylinder EcoBoost engine, was initially launched so that the company can comply with tax requirements in other markets, specifically in China.
The 1.5-liter is meant to function as the Fusion’s volume engine, but it won’t instantly replace the 1.6-liter in the U.S. Fusion lineup. Those who order a 2014 Fusion SE with a six-speed manual transmission will be pleased to know that it comes with a 1.6-liter EcoBoost.