19 Ford Fusion Sport
I expect the rear door handles not being touch activated to bother me... I say that as I have driven two Fusions over the past 6 years and use it. As you were saying other Ford cars don't have it in the back doors.... The Explorer I got 10 months ago for my family doesn't have it and it drives me nuts. I am just so used to just opening the doors, no questions asked. I may have to ask my local dealer about it and see if I can buy them. Be funny if the wires were still there, just not the handles. I will wait a few months to try to see if I can get used to it first. This is a very dumb problem to have. Lol. I will still buy the car. It's about a 250 mile drive each way and taking Friday off of work to pick it up. If I remember to take a picture of my current Fusion and 2019 FFS next to each other at the dealership, I will post it in the new users channel to introduce myself.Your welcome BlueDust.
Removing the intelligent access handles on the rear does seem like a cost saving measure, though from what I've read not many if any other Fords have that on the rear doors. For the 120v power, you can buy an inexpensive 12VDC to 120VAC adapter to plug into the 12VDC plug that is still there and get the same power output. I agree that the USB port in the console would be nicer as you stated but they must have had a reason to move it (probably some "research" group). If you look at the front right corner of the console storage compartment there a little passageway for a cord to pass under the lid when closed, so you can plug a cord into one of the front USB ports and run the cable into the storage compartment to hide electronic devices from view.
Not sure if the 2018 is better per se. Small changes are always made from year to year. The only functional differences are the rear access handles, 110VAC outlet, and no summer tire option (which very few people probably bought anyway). I've driven both years and they are essentially same, and I actually prefer the rear styling of the 2019. As I said in a previous post, I think the Soundscreen acoustic glass in the front doors makes very little if any difference in quietness of the cabin. I think they should have put it in all four doors instead of just the front two anyway, plus the sunroof. The Soundscreen windshield I'm sure does the most good of any of the glass for noise absorption, which it still has for 2019. And the 2019 is actually a better value as the price is almost $2100 less than the 2018 when equipped the same (fully loaded). Unfortunately for people who want the more affordable sports sedan without all the bells and whistles, for 2019 they are out of luck.
Oh and thanks again for the differences between FFS model years. I have spent hours Google it and asking dealers who couldn't tell me anything. Seriously, thank you.