2011 Ford Fusion Sport Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2011 Ford Fusion - Road Test Specs

2011 Ford Fusion Sedan

(3.5L V6 6-speed Automatic)


Model year2011
StyleSport 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
Base MSRP$29,570
Options on test vehicleRapid Spec 402A ($4,230 -- includes Driver's Vision Package: BLIS [blind spot information system] with cross-traffic alert, rearview camera with display located in the rearview mirror, rain-sensing wipers; Moon & Tune Package: power moonroof, Sony sound system with CD player, 390 watts, MP3 CD capability and 12 speakers; reverse sensing system; Comfort Package: first row driver and passenger heated seats, four-way power passenger seat, ambient lighting, dual-zone automatic temperature control, heated mirrors with puddle lamps, SecuriCode keyless entry pad, universal garage door opener); Red Candy Metallic Tinted Clearcoat Paint ($395); California Emissions System ($0); Front License Plate Bracket ($0); Rapid Spec 402A Discount (-$1,135)
As-tested MSRP$33,060


Drive typeAll-wheel Drive
Engine typeNaturally aspirated, port-injected V6
Displacement (cc/cu-in)3,496/213
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, four valves per cylinder, variable intake-valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)10.3
Redline (rpm)6,500
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)263 @ 6,250
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)249 @ 4,500
Fuel type87 octane acceptable +89 octane for best performance
Transmission typeSix-speed automatic with console shifter and Manual-mode gate
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)1st = 4.58; 2nd = 2.96; 3rd = 1.91; 4th = 1.44; 5th = 1.00; 6th = 0.74; Final Drive = 3.59


Suspension, frontIndependent double wishbones, coil springs, twin-tube dampers, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent multilink, coil springs, twin-tube dampers, stabilizer bar
Steering typeElectric-assist, speed-proportional, rack-and-pinion power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)16.0
Tire brandGoodyear
Tire modelEagle RS-A
Tire typeAll-season front and rear
Tire size, frontP225/45R18 91V
Tire size, rearP225/45R18 91V
Wheel size18-by-7.5 inches front and rear
Wheel materialCast aluminum
Brakes, front11.8-inch one-piece ventilated cast-iron discs with single-piston sliding calipers
Brakes, rear11-inch one-piece solid cast-iron discs with single-piston sliding calipers

Track Test Results

Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)2.6
0-45 mph (sec.)4.7
0-60 mph (sec.)7.2
0-75 mph (sec.)10.7
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)15.3 @ 91.5
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)7.0
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)32
60-0 mph (ft.)128
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)65.4
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.81
Sound level @ idle (dB)44.3
@ Full throttle (dB)75.7
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)65.6

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsThere's very little I could do to alter how this car launched, as any front wheel chirp was followed by a big bog that I assumed is the result of power being sent to the rear. Each upshift occurred at redline. The shift delay in manual-shift mode made it too unpredictable to avoid hitting the rev limiter, so best run was in automatic.
Braking ratingGood
Braking commentsVery good brake feel; consistent, firm pedal. Little sign of brake fade and minimal dive. While the 60-0 distances are not particularly short, this is a good track performance nonetheless.
Handling ratingAverage
Handling commentsSkid pad: As understeer begins with traction control "on," the throttle closes. With TC off, the Fusion just understeers and won't respond or rotate with throttle manipulation. Steering weight is a bit much for this relatively low speed. Slalom: With TC off, the Fusion Sport turns in crisply and even begins to rotate nicely, but by the third and fourth cones, understeer builds and becomes the limiting factor. I tried the typical "lift to rotate" technique to encourage weight transfer to the front, but nondefeat stability control wouldn't allow it. With TC on, the understeer was less of a factor and the car actually went quicker by applying singular brakes. In both settings, however, the presumption that I could go to WOT to quell understeer (even at the exit) was snubbed by ESC and the car suffered from terminal understeer no matter what I tried.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)421
Temperature (°F)58.0
Relative humidity (%)43.81
Wind (mph, direction)4.7, tailwind

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)17 city/24 highway/19 combined
Edmunds observed (mpg)18.7
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)16.5

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,803
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,818
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)59.9/40.1
Length (in.)190.6
Width (in.)72.2
Height (in.)56.9
Wheelbase (in.)107.4
Track, front (in.)61.7
Track, rear (in.)61.3
Turning circle (ft.)37.5
Legroom, front (in.)42.3
Legroom, rear (in.)37.1
Headroom, front (in.)38.7
Headroom, rear (in.)37.8
Shoulder room, front (in.)57.4
Shoulder room, rear (in.)56.5
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)16.5


Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/60,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance5 years/60,000 miles


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsDual front
Head airbagsFront and rear
Antilock brakesFour-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsElectronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlTraction control
Stability controlStability control
Tire-pressure monitoring systemTire-pressure monitoring
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
IIHS offsetGood

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