I really like it. Especially the 2.0 Ecoboost...it's really got some pep under the hood. It's not on level with a V6 in others these days (it feels like a V6 maybe 5-6 years ago), but it's not bad at all.
Apparently these things are selling like hotcakes; they can't keep them on the lot long enough. I can see why. It's one of the sexiest car designs I've seen on something under $60,000 in a long, long time.
I was concerned with testing out what will probably be the volume-seller 1.6 Ecoboost though, and finally found one on the lot. The car is worlds above the old 2012 Fusion in terms of the interior and quality it seems to be built with - much like GM has done in recent years (like with the Cruze). The seats are nice, the dash is well-laid out. Lots of storage pockets and things everywhere. The trunk is HUGE, and there are nice rear air vents in the back seat.
The 1.6 engine has a brief moment of lag taking off from a stop, but after that you don't notice that it's turbocharged. It's a bit noisy and thrashy though when pushed; I feel like this engine was better isolated noise-wise in the Escape I drove not too long ago. Part of this is that the transmission likes to let it rev to 4000+ RPM pretty easily to compensate for its small size. The 2.0 seemed to like to stay under 3000 RPM when it could. But either engine has pretty good pep for driving around town, and even with the air conditioner running, neither felt strained.
The road manners are FANTASTIC - we have absolutely terrible roads around here, and this car rides as well as the Cruze and better than the 2012 Camry and Malibu in the same class. Handling? Amazing. It's a big, heavy car, and you can tell that to an extent, but it grips the road phenomenally around exit ramps and such.
I don't like the Sync/Nav system in Fords - never have. But I think it could be gotten used to. It's certainly better than it used to be.
Overall, for around $25K, I think I'd be inclined to buy this over the Accord, Sonata, Altima, or Malibu. Plus I mean...****. It looks great.