/To be absolutely clear that is the mileage I get in the summer going back and forth from Ottawa to Toronto with the cruise control on. Escape: 1.8T (see Fusion) “But, but, but, turbo was supposed to give me 406mpg and save the planet? I think it comes down to what BBALL40DTW said – the rest of the Ford lineup has at least one EB motor that is too just small for the car. You mean an N.A. All the touch points still felt fine. Nevertheless nothing can beat electric motor – and there enters Tesla. If I needed a third row, that is absolutely the vehicle and powertrain I’d be looking for. What's the difference between a rental car and a mass market motor? But it made the EPA thugs and enviro weenies happy, and those are the only groups who mattered. Retail sales have been steadily dropping, since customers would rather take home an Escape or Edge than a Fusion. Mid-size was a Malibu or Plymouth Satellite that seated 5-6. Got over 45 MPG no matter what I did. In all, I had 188 total system horsepower available at my right foot. Nope. I do hope there have been some inroads into the feel of the car when driving. Similar mileage and specs. So sick of hearing people accuse Ford’s designers of ripping off Aston Martin. Required fields are marked *, (function( timeout ) { Malibu/200 vs any Japanese midsize). The R32 vaporlocked, wouldn’t start, and liked to stall. Storage space wasn’t an issue. The 285ish HP version of the 3.5L would be a perfectly fine engine in this Fusion. I do believe the 2 litre will give it more than enough power. However, that’s going away, as well. Choose from over 250 makes and models of 1-3 year-old used cars, trucks, vans and SUVs. Ugh, I remember driving one that had the blue swaths everywhere. I’m in that minority with you. Most of the S60/80s which I’m exposed to are the much earlier P2s with miles, the FWDs barely crack 16 in the trip computer (which I imagine is nearly exclusively city driving). You’ll have to read yet another sentence about the Aston Martin-style front grille, a paragraph about the EcoBoost engine, a passage about what the interior space is like, another sentence about the Aston martin-style front grille, and a remark on how the good SYNC voice activation is. But here we are, more exotic technologies without much benefit. What does the BSFC map look like on these? Other than that, I was remarkably pleased at how solid and composed the car was after 45,000 miles in a rental fleet. Once they intro-ed the BIG Taurus, the MKS became just another Taurus with better stuff. At some point in time, you’re putting more advanced and maintenance-intensive componantry into the hands of the masses who are used to 170k-mile Ecotec Malibus and 4-cylinder Sonatas banging into 2nd gear and burping around on 3 cylinders with a cute fortune cookie message scotch-taped over the perpetually-illuminated CHECK ENGINE light. No idea why. Private owner take care of a CEL? update just kind of ruined it. timeout Would it be a find farewell or simply good riddance? I am running about in Saab 2T (big T) with 210HP and a good dollup of torque. 5 out of 5 stars. Fourthed. A private owner is probably going to take care of that. Like every other vehicle in the marketplace. So i do not understand, that some 12 or so years later we still have (if true) relibility issues with Ecoboost engines, surely these should have been ironed out in the previous decade? I had a 2012 Fusion in Vegas as a rental. I am a HUGE fan of the 2016 Ford Edge Titanium, so I was pretty excited to drive the 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid Titanium. That and I wanted to avoid a potentially awkward conversation at the rental counter if did found out I really did drive 100 mph without my seatbelt on with the radio turned to 11. Whatever those buttons along the bottom of the console are. I don’t know how the little motor would have handled mountains since the whole frickin’ place is flat. but the passenger seat, which was manual, was no where near as comfortable. Frankly, the only thing I didn’t like about it was the front passenger seat. The Fords I’m used to, those are + and – mean volume. Compare to Mazda, which manages to give the new 6 the long, low profile (at least in visual effect) of a Jaguar without so obviously trying too hard; or Honda, which simply let the Accord be the Accord, and ended up with a thoroughly polished, upscale shape that doesn’t apologize for not being something else. Ford needs to get away from this complicated Ecoboost nonsense. I drove it up the mountains towards Mount Charleston and stopped to have dinner at a nice restaurant on the treeline. Those were the engines prior to Skyactiv and not exactly known as economy champs. I also get a lot of stop and go traffic, mostly on the way back home and still manage to get 27.5 mpg which I thought is not good enough since it should not turn on turbo very often. I think some Zeta/Zetec (Ford design) 1.8/2.0L engines were also rebranded as Duratec and remained up to 2004, though. We rent out the sedan because it is the most practical of the different body styles. They updated the transmission programming in 2010 for improved fuel economy. Even if you bought your car for $2500 on Craigslist, you realized it was a SAAB. Very quiet going down the road and comfy seats. My issue right now with Ford is that they announced that the MyFordTouch system is so bad that they are dumping it – at the end of this year. -Ergonomics: Sync works pretty much flawlessly, and the combination of steering wheel controls and physical buttons just works for me. If you do find a Ford Fusion – and it is in good shape and within your budget – there should be shame buying one. I do agree though, that for a car this large, the 1.6 is bit of a stretch. And yes, that was an appearance package on the Sport. }. I don’t hate the smaller ecoboost engines, I just think the are getting one size two small for each Ford product. My first reaction back in 2013 was a mixed bag. True Altima is a lighter/cheaper car but still should expect Duratec 2.5 to manage better fuel economy that 2.0 ecoboost which is pretty powerful engine comparable with V6 and nudges to drive fast and irresponsibly. When the 2005 Mustang came out, they always seemed to use a fish eye lens, to suggest they didn’t stop design work before finishing the back half. Prior gen Fusion & MKZ with the V6 are better. Furthermore, the rental company activated the MyKey system, presumably to prevent me from driving 100 mph without my seatbelt fastened and with the radio turned to full-blast. While the design was definitely a stand-out in the crowd, I had a few reservations about the vehicle. However, one of the solid sellers for Ford was the Fusion Hybrid. Its a Fusion, not a 17 year-old’s 17 year-old Integra. WTF are you talking about TMA!? We can easily say that some car lines do not deserve to get eliminated from a manufacturer’s lineup. SUMMARY: If the family wagon were to meet it’s demise, I’d put the Fusion on the short list of cars to look for on the “used” lots. If it were not for the dead 3.0 followed by the 3.5, I think it would have been a better car to upgrade and improve upon. But the grill really, really does look like an Aston. Ya..well I have greater issues than all of you as I am the ONLY fella that liked the FiveHundred! But this much is true: the new Fusion's headlight switch wouldn't seem out of place on an EASY-BAKE oven. It actually did perform adequately at altitude, but not as good as the Super Duty diesel I had. It was kind of like a TDI – keep the RPM’s low and let the torque pull you up to the desired speed – a little slow perhaps, but not a problem with a little patience. Also, we have a BMW X1 in the family and despite being much smaller, weighs about the same as the Saab (i know, go figure) and it to has a 2T, though 240 not 210HP. Well done Ford. I am an idiot that way. Ugh, what were they thinking with that center stack? I ultimately bought a CRV, but the Escape actually had a much more usable low end than the CRV. Meanwhile, I’m sure running the Carfax or Autocheck wouldn’t have turned up much, similar to my Focus experience. Post 2007, I can’t think of a time where the Lincoln copy isn’t a buy over the Ford equivalent on the block. Despite its small size, the cabin is relatively quiet—but the rear seat is very cramped. Time after time on trips to my old home town. In ten years’ time, I think the Fusion’s looks still will be considered relatively modern. Which isn’t saying good things about the Fusion. In the winter, using winter tires, winter blend gas and doing the same trip, I get around 28 MPG. Ford decided to eliminate all of their car lines – except for the Mustang. Like most cars, the Fusion has its high points, but in a crowded class, it lands somewhere in the middle of U.S. News’ midsize car rankings. But it doesn’t work that way. My GTI and GLI didn’t bite me. ); I don’t drive really fast…I simply hate a slog off the line. Dunno. I’m in the small but vocal minority that prefer the old car’s chisled traditionally-attractive appearance and the V6 option. All I could actually see in the light were the + and – buttons. Hi Marcelo. Our rental also had a sunroof, which was reasonably quiet at highway speeds, and definitely quiet in town speeds. Not a lot. The car had 6,000 miles and I rarely took it over 75mph. Yes, I know. Then again, we have seen the proliferation of the SUV in the past few years and how one of them supplant a sale of a sedan. I’ve seen many turbocharged CX-7s go through the lanes with ‘BAD TURBO’ announcements; I can’t wait to see how $18k-MSRP budget cars hold up to fourth-hand abuse. Don’t turn a knob to reduce volume, just hit the button over and over again. Complete unapologetic Camry clone in ride and handling, but with dire interior plastics and slouchy unsupportive front seats. This rental car review is centered on getting what I consider the last Fusion I will ever take the wheel. Big airy greenhouse, low beltline, open cabin, unapologetic exterior styling that is stately because it isn’t trying to be a swoopy four door coupe. The Ford 2.5 in contrast is held back to 170 hp and 22/34 mileage ratings to try and make the 1.5 “look” better. Ford should’ve stuck with that proven motor as the exclusive 4 cylinder option while going the route you suggested and offered the 3.5 V6 as an option. Going the ecoboost route cost a ton of money, didn’t net anywhere near real world fuel economy Ford claimed it would, and added complexity, maintenance expense and non-reliability to Ford’s Camry & Accord fighter. The CD3 Zephyr just happens to have the most advantageous disparity in resale vs its Ford counterpart. Again, not the only one. The absence of the Fusion in the marketplace may seem like a win for anyone who is bullish on sedans – namely Toyota, Nissan, Kia, and Hyundai. See – Sportage, Optima, Sedona, Santa Fe, Elantra, Rio. V6 actually makes more sense in some instances? And the new one isn’t just software, it’s new hardware too. The theory is a good one – miserly fuel economy when performance isn’t required, V6-esque performance when you need/want it. I actually get 26 hallway arriving in Atlanta for the nights. 10 It would have been interesting to hook it up to a scanguage to see what the issue was. Great Car Ford Fusion. Ride quality was better than I anticipated, as this 2019 Fusion Hybrid with over 27,000 miles on the clock exhibited a smooth ride that never disappointed me. a twin-turbocharged V6 for a performance model, Throwback Review: Another One Bites The Dust, V&R 10th Anniversary Stories: Hints from the 2011 NAIAS, On The Dial: It Used To Be Called "The Radio". But on the highway it’s thirsty, barely getting 30 MPG at a steady 70-75 MPH. What gives?”. For someone generally used to driving somewhat more ‘seasoned’ automobiles, the ride, handling, steering feel, and refinement were very impressive. It makes me sad because Ford has a good V6 available. A continuously variable transmission facilitates this power down. The guys decided to make the most of it, reviewing a Ford Fusion rental car for an overnight road trip back to Colorado.  =  The 3.7 was dialed back to 300 HP and the 2.3 EB is rated for 310 HP on premium gas of course otherwise it’s about 30 less which Ford never mentioned. What’s useless about it? Once I got it set the way I like it and synced to my phone, it’s been fine and I rarely use the buttons. I considered a Fusion, bet ended up with a Malibu 2LT with the N/A 2.5 – the Fusion required getting the EB for any trim above “poverty” level. If you do, it will be poverty spec’d to the max. IF they had introduced the MKS and left the Taurus as the FiveHundred or even the Fivehunded body…the MKS would have separated itself better. five I’ll have to ask him when he drives in again. Ford overdid the capacitive buttons and so forth. With a light foot and lots of cruise control, I never averaged better than 27 mpg on a 1,000 mile trip. My experience having driven over 100k on VW turbo diesels and Ford hybrids is that driving style has a huge impact on real world long term mileage. I guess FoMoCo wants me to pay an additional premium for that. No, the Zetecs were not fuel champs, but so very strong for the time, the small penalty was against the fuel misers of the time (not against anything on offer here). If you were to buy one brand new, 2020 Hybrid SE models start at $28,000. I was expecting something more in the 33-34 mpg range. Mine was an early 2006 model, so it didn’t have the extra 20 HP (150 compared to 170). I suppose you have all the CR dtata to back up what you say, however I can only go by my 3.5 ecoboosted MKS. You might not like the design or had an issue finding a comfortable place behind the wheel. Then the 2013 (?) I am glad that newer Fords have gone away with the center speedometer/two side TFT screen instrumentation binnacle design. I just rented a Nissan Altima from Hertz and I did not like it for long distance driving. I catch $hit every time that I point out the FACT that not a single ecoboost motor warrants a better rating than “worse than average” based on Consumer Reports Reliability Index, and, actually, most ecoboost motors snag the dreaded “much worse than average” reliability black dot (Hyundai experienced similar reliability woes with their turbocharged 2.0 liter, whereas their N/A 4 bangers are pretty much CamCord level reliable). The chassis, steering, and handling were brilliant and the car felt solid. This would be a nice buy if not for the useless back seat. I found the 1.6EB and 6A setup wholly inferior to a Camry 2.5 and 6A both in NVH, power, and fuel economy. What gives? Hills? While I had the car, the check engine light was illuminated and the transmission seemed to lazily drop a gear whenever I pressed harder on the accelerator. The interior is a pleasant place (even after the tremendous amount of use), with black leather seats and some wood and silver-painted trim. V6 becoming thing of the past fast regardless of common sense. And I also know many studied those engines through and through (assembling and disssambling them over and over with specialized people)trying to catch some of the know how.  +  I need power. For me, that’s a big reason to select a Lincoln over a Ford. Plus, the old car feel roomier inside and has much better visability, though I do appreciate the new Fusion’s low-cut trunk liftover. Back to the brakes at the moment, I also want to point out that pedal feel was fine and free from the typical hybrid "feedback" we used to get in years gone by. The biggest problem with this vehicle, as it is with any Ford/Lincoln product, is the ecoboost motor. SYNCing up to a MFT/MLT screen is heads and shoulders a simpler task, as are configuring presets, switching frequencies, etc. You can always reset fuel economy indicator and get one related your driving style. You can still get the 2.5L. It is just that they won’t make them anymore for our market. I have one with 2.0 Ecoboost and commute is 20% city/80 freeway. I got about 30mpg with the cruise set to 72 mph driving in cool fall weather. Even 28mpg consistently at high speed is excellent for an I6, IMO. I’m actually agreeing with DeadWeight. I just could not help but wonder how it would handle loaded like my MKS and driving over the mountains. May have been the right gamble from the corporate perspective; even Consumer Reports called out the 1.6 & 2.0 on being impossibly thirsty compared to the NA competitors, but the Fusion & Escape are still big sellers. It’s capacity for accelerating on to busy roads was fine. Edge: 2.0T – I’ve gotten better FE with the Edge 2.0T than the Fusion 2.0T. But it should be a choice not be dictated by government. The past Fusion, I liked the styling, but the turn radius was ridiculous and the space for driver tight. The Mexican-produced car has been keeping Ford’s fleet sales going. -Suspension: this thing rides and handles beautifully. IIRC, that was part of the appearance package on the Fusion Sport, which was a helluva sleeper with the 263hp 3.5l V6. I don’t remember ever getting 34 MPG either. What kind of high-roller, fancy pants neighborhood do people put gas in their car by the gallon instead of by the $ and then have money for the carwash on top of it?! Drawbacks: the 2.5, fine on the flats, was sluggish on New England uphills. Yes government and common sense cannot be used in the same sentence. Perhaps the larger boost in the 2015/16 will be better. That’s typical for my 5-cylinder Jetta. I get how the ’13 Fusion has curb appeal – it does. How does the Ford Fusion compare to the Toyota Corolla Sedan? Yet, I found I was in good shape this time around. It is a Sony unit. An in-law bought one during the time I had a 1996 Camry. But, if this really good-bye or good riddance? The hazard button was an untla sensitive capacitive touch button right below the touch screen and was right rear where my hand would rest while using MFT. I kind of thought it would struggle and use tons of fuel. My access to the SYNC 3 infotainment system was fine, while Apple CarPlay connectivity was quick and without disconnection. So this car will probably come to rest on the lot of my local rental car company dealership in at least 5,000 miles’ time. It reminded me the most of the e46 BMW I had at that time, even moreso than new BMWs. It has the sport/appearance package with foglights and 18″ wheels. Back in the day, full size meant a barge like a Buick LeSabre or Chevy Caprice. In a way, this made me nostalgic for the days of my yout. U.S. certification of a diesel would be nice too when MPG becomes a consideration again. Which his CEL light was on as well, and I noted the crappy shifting 6 speed as well, except his was on up shift….it would jerk into 2nd. You’d keep it closed on the interstate though. Based on used 10-12 Fusion prices, 28 Cars Later’s rule of buying an MKZ instead still applies. Ford Fusion Rental Sixt rent a car The Ford Fusion offers a satisfying driving experience with its seductive styling, surprising power and expert handling. This one has better steering and handling, plus seems a bit more spacious. Lincoln, FWIW, seems to at least have the right engines in the right cars because they’re USDM-exclusive and there needs to be some reason to pay a premium for a Lincoln. To adjust the volume, you turn the giant round dial. Okay the grill has a similar shape, but the Fusion looks nothing like a Aston Martin. Yes climate system is difficult to use, touch buttons get touched accidentally and it is difficult to hit the LCD when car is moving. From what I’ve read the new one looks to be fully competitive on a number of levels. Heck, my car has an hexagonal grille, but nobody ever said, “hey, Aston”. I rented it from Hertz. I think that 2.5 litre is more or less the same one Mazda used before they went all skyactive and stuff. The Mexican-produced car has been keeping Ford’s fleet sales going. Rolling the dice at a rental car counter requires a strong stomach. Other pleasant surprises included that from the driver’s seat, visibility was pretty good for a modern car. Its always been a solid SUV a very much a Korean TrailBlazer in a good way. The next generation was unremarkable from behind the wheel as well, but gained its own identity in the marketplace and had a far nicer interior. 1) WTF? Actually there is a huge volume knob in the center. TIME. 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