OK I didn't look but from your post it seemed like that the 18" aren't even an option if they do 17" standard that's fine as long 18" are still an option.
They arent an option on the HyTi, which is where HB headed. I definitely would have ordered it with 17" given the choice.
The Cluster update is also a good change, but they eliminated Dark Side and Sunset, both awesome looking colors.
Ok, there seems to be some confusion so here it goes:
MY2013 & MY2014 FFHs
SE - standard 17 inch wheels, optional 18 inch wheels
Ti - standard 18 inch wheels (different spoke pattern from SE optional 18 inch wheels)
17 inch wheels - Michelin tires
18 inch wheels - Goodyear tires
Summary - 3 different rims & 2 different tire options
SE - standard 17 inch wheels, optional 17 inch wheels with different spoke pattern
Ti - standard 17 inch wheels with different spoke pattern, same wheels available on the SE as an option
Summary - only 2 different rims and all cars will have the same tire
When I posted this I wasn't realizing that Texasota hadn't posted the whole PDF Order Guide so that everyone could see it. I was thinking that everyone could download it from the Forum and read it like I did lol I have used up my storage here & can't attach it here, but I'll try to post it on BOF and post a link here.
You don't get to personally choose the EPA rules. The window sticker labels are based on the take-rates of optional content. If too many people buy the 18in tires, it will force Ford to lower the 47mpg rating on all Fusions, even the ones that still come with 17in tires.
I'd guess that you're correct about this. It seems that a lot of ppl have chosen the 18 inch rims on the FFH SE and that Ford has sold more HyTis than they anticipated. The initailly expected the Ti to be 5% of all FFHs IIRC from the 2013 Order Guide. Since the EPA rules require testing of the most common wheel/tire combo, Ford was getting close to having to test the FFH with the 18 inch wheels & Goodyear tires which would lower the EPA rating.
Larryh & I are planning to do some experiments to test rolling resistance & try to ascertain how much of an impact the larger tires have on gas mileage. The anecdotal evidence seems to indicate that it's about a 3-5% hit on the highway and a higher impact in the city.