I got this car in May. I thought I'd buy Camry again, but got this Fusion w/automatic trans. It was cheaper than Camry and frankly fit me - a big guy - like a glove. So far, smart move.
It has some dumb little design annoyances, but the conveniences outweigh them.
It's as economical and reliable as a Camry, offering more space in leg room, overhead, front area storage, back seat seating, and a huge trunk.
The handling on turns is like a race car, yet the turning radius getting into a parking space is poor; always an extra maneuver for a tight spot.
Even this no frills model has AUX plug inside console box for iPod. It has all the features I wanted. Great AC for me in FL.
Like I said above, cornering is just awesome, better than son's Scion tC.
Lots of varied and generous storage.
I get 25-27mpg in mixed city-highway driving. Once at 5th gear, it sails along with very low RPMs. Highway runs about 30+mpg - great car if you do mostly highway driving.
Solid and consistent with no mechanical issues in my 12k miles; now car has almost 50k.
At 6'5" 250lbs 55yo, I'm very comfy. I really like this car.
Yes, 4 cyl is underpowered, especially compared to Camry, but I've adapted. I'm sure 6cyl is better but don't make it a requirement. You'll do fine with 4cyl.
Yes, it's a bit loud; engine noise and at high speeds. Not that it's a real problem, but you will wish you could get a bit more volume from the stereo sometimes.
Yes, it's got a weird left handedness and other quirky designs. I'm used to headlights and wiper control on the column sticks. Not here; only one column stick w/wipers only, plus push forward hi-beams. Headlight dial is on lower left dash. I'm always turning on wipers when I want lights.
The complaints are minor. Ford Fusion is aces on the major items.