At its debut, the Ford Fusion was nothing less than a landmark car for the company. With the Fusion, Ford once again had a strong midsize sedan contender, something it hadn't seen since the first Taurus of the mid-1980s. Savvy consumers have taken notice of the Fusion's spacious cabin, responsive driving dynamics, solid build quality and attractive styling.
In addition to its family-friendly features, the Ford Fusion provides a sporty, involving drive -- a rare quality in this segment and one that most folks can appreciate. Any Ford Fusion should be an attractive choice for anybody wanting a comfortable, well-equipped family hauler.
The current Ford Fusion remains one of the top picks in the midsize sedan segment. There are four trim levels – Ford Fusion S, Ford Fusion SE, Ford Fusion Sport and Ford Fusion SEL -- while engine offerings consist of the base 2.5-liter four (175 horsepower), optional 3.0-liter V6 (240 hp) and, standard on the Sport, 3.5-liter V6 (263 hp). A six-speed manual transmission can be had on the 2.5, while optional for that engine and standard on the others is a six-speed automatic. Front-wheel drive is standard across the board with the exception of the SEL V6, which has all-wheel drive. The latter is optional on the Ford Fusion Sport.
You’ll remain impressed with the Ford Fusion's combination of responsive performance and well-balanced handling and ride dynamics. Inside there's plenty of room, quality materials and handy features. The Sync system is a great feature, allowing easy hands-free operation of cell phones and portable MP3 players. While not the largest car in its class, the Fusion's generous interior dimensions prove that a family sedan need not be large.
Included standard front seat airbags, side curtain airbags and an auxiliary audio jack. Options like navigation, satellite radio and all-wheel drive were added to the options sheet, along with more standard equipment on the SE and SEL models.