I bought my 09 SE Fusion w/Sport Appearance package (18" low profile tire/wheels) with 23k miles on it. It was a lease out of Michigan and driven by some woman I can tell.
It now has close to 70k on it, and it hasn't ever skipped a beat! I did get it stuck in the snow twice, so having FWD with no traction control can be a PITA, but other than that, the car is wonderful to drive. Handles corners beautifully, takes bumps just fine (even with the low profile tires). I'm personally 6'1" and I fit into it like a glove.
The dependability, gas mileage, and ride.
The sport seats with the suede inserts can be a little bit of a pain to keep clean from time to time, but overall very nice seats. The sound system suits me just fine, but i'm sure for some of the pop music loving crowd, the bass won't be enough to keep up. The 2.3L is a GREAT engine, but it can be a bit of a dog, especially if you're converting from a faster car. It does pretty good to get out of it's own way, but it is in no way shape or form a fast car. The gas mileage is great for a fairly large mid-size car though.
09 Ford Fusion SE 2.4, Auto
Bought new 9/13/08
Owned for 95k miles:
Water pump out (30k miles)
Power steering pump/fluid
Oil leak/valve cover
AC compressor issues
Transmission fluid burns up transmission after 85k miles (manual calls for fluid change @ 150k miles)
CD deck not ejecting discs
Trouble code renders car un-driveable after battery change (similar known issue with 2010 models which Ford refuses recall on)
2.3 lacks power
2.3 gets horrid MPG, much less than EPA estimates
Very little rear view visibility
No transmission mode indicator on dashboard
Constant "hissing" noise (vacuum leak) nobody could find
Excellent design, roomy interior, good interior build quality, and excellent ergonomics in interior
Never resurrect the Pinto engine again!
Use quality tranny fluid or change maintenance interval for fluid change to 50k miles.
Lower rear deck to promote better and needed rear view visibility.
Ford already buys transmissions from Nissan.
Perhaps Ford should start buying motors from Nissan.
A Nissan motor would have been a huge improvement to this car, as well as a Nissan transmission.
Use only regular metal jacket oil filters, not the cartridge type filters.
Improve the bottom underside panel that is not DIY friendly.
The spaces for the access doors to the old filter and oil drain plug warp too easily over time and the access doors will not fit properly.
Really like car great average cost family car, but looks and drives like a much higher priced car.
Happy with pretty well everything.
The windshield cowling does not lay down flat against windshield causing ice and snow to build up in winter. Checked all 2009 and some 2010 that I have seen in car lots etc. the same problem. Returned to dealer to be replaced 2 times same problem with new one, waiting for Ford to get back to dealer.
This car is a company car. the mpg is 28-29 combined. I can get 33 or 34mpg on a good day on the hwy. The little 4 cyl is peppy enuff for passing on two lane hwy's. Very solid car. The seats are very good for long trips. I have put 35,000 miles on it and have just had oil changes and tires rotated. Big enuff for 4 people to sit in total comfort.
I find that the 2009 fusion is a great car in the summer. I have a long drive to work and only have to put gas in my car once a week. With my other car I was putting gas in twice a week. It saves me money. But if you have winter driving the gas mileage is not so good and it does not handle very well in the snow. I like the car but would like to see it handle better in the winter.