2006 Ford Fusion - Road Test Specs

2006 Ford Fusion Sedan

(2.3L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)
Vehicle
Model year2006
MakeFord
ModelFusion
StyleSEL
Base MSRP$21,710
As-tested MSRP$25,260
Drivetrain
Drive typeFWD
Engine typeV6
Displacement (cc/cu-in)3.0
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)221@6250
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)205@4800
Transmission type6-speed automatic
Chassis
Suspension, frontIndependent w/ stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent w/ stabilizer bar
Steering typePower-assist rack and pinion
Tire brandMichelin
Tire modelPilot HX
Tire size, front225/50R17
Tire size, rear225/50R17
Brakes, front4-wheel disc brakes
Track Test Results
0-45 mph (sec.)5.2
0-60 mph (sec.)8.0
0-75 mph (sec.)11.6
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)15.80@89.16
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)31.33
60-0 mph (ft.)124.03
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)61.4
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)40
Sound level @ idle (dB)44.4
@ Full throttle (dB)75.4
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)70.1
Test Driver Ratings & Comments
Acceleration commentsWhile Ford's 3.0 V6 is a bit sluggish in the larger, heavier 500 sedan, it is a good match for the Fusion. The motor offers a nice balance of refinement and character, and 15-second quarter mile runs are respectable for a car in this class. Upshifts occur at 6,100 rpm, and the shifts are crisp and well-timed. We achieved our best time doing a "street start" with the traction control turned off.
Braking ratingGood
Braking commentsThe Fusion exhibits slight ABS noise and vibration under hard stops, with minimal nose dive. The vehicle tracks straight, and pedal feel is progressive and controllable. Overall a competent performance, but nothing remarkable.
Handling ratingGood
Handling commentsLike most Ford products, the Fusion has excellent steering feel and good overall body roll control for a family car. We wish it would allow you to hold gears for more power when exiting the cones, but the basic shifter only has detents for "Drive" and "Low", and Low won't hold a gear once the tach winds up. That's unfortunate, though it's likely most target buyers will never notice.
Testing Conditions
Elevation (ft.)180
Temperature (°F)73
Wind (mph, direction)2 mph SE
Fuel Consumption
EPA fuel economy (mpg)21 City 29 Highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)N/A
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)17.5
Dimensions & Capacities
Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3280
Length (in.)190.2
Width (in.)72.2
Height (in.)57.2
Wheelbase (in.)107.4
Legroom, front (in.)42.3
Legroom, rear (in.)37
Headroom, front (in.)38.7
Headroom, rear (in.)37.8
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)15.8 cu. Ft.
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)15.8 cu. Ft.
Warranty
Bumper-to-bumper3 years / 36,000 miles
Powertrain3 years / 36,000 miles
Corrosion5 years / unlimited mileage
Roadside assistance3 years / 36,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNot Available
Safety
Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsOptional
Head airbagsOptional
Antilock brakesOptional
Electronic brake enhancementsNot Available
Traction controlOptional
Stability controlNot Available
Rollover protectionNot Available
Emergency assistance systemNot Available
NHTSA crash test, driverNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot Tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot Tested

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