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I bought the 2011 SEL with all the bells and whistles. Moon & Tune, Nav System, BLIS, Rapid 302A, Auto start, premium leather package. I have put over 5000 miles and my average gas milage that is mostly hwy is 25.5 MPG. Performance with the 3.0 engine feels just right.
The Ford Fusion is an amazing vehicle, the steering, handling, and overall build quality is wonderful. We traded in our 2007 Audi A4, and could not be happier! The audi had constant "check engine lights" and was poorly constructed.
So far, we're very pleased with our Bordeaux Reserve Red Metallic Fusion with the Light Stone Leather interior. Color in and out is stunning. 175hp 4cyl powerplant is more than adequate for my daily needs, and it's very rev-happy. Passing power is like a V6. Mileage is 28+ before break-in. Very cool. 6-speed auto shifts confidently and seamlessly. Ambient Lighting and electroluminescent guages are sweet; make the interior look like a Tron Cycle. Sony stereo is very nice- bass-y enough and clear. The Fusion handles like a Focus and is the quietest car I have ever owned. All in all, we are very pleased and look forward to spending the next 10 years or so in its cabin.
I bought this car in March 2011. The car was first into the shop 6 months after I bought it for shifting problems. They replaced the universal trans assembly. Then I get a postcard to come in to the shop for the lug nuts being recalled. So then I take it back. I tell them that it after starting it if it has been sitting for a while that I have to press on the accelerator pretty hard just for it to start moving. They told me this was due to the fluids needing to warm up! The car is not even a year old! So then I call a different Ford dealer for their opinion and was told that is completely false. I took it back and now they tell me it's normal! Put in a formal complaint with Ford Corp
Rapid 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)
Naturally aspirated, port-injected V6
DOHC, four valves per cylinder, variable intake-valve timing
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
263 @ 6,250
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
249 @ 4,500
Six-speed automatic with console shifter and Manual-mode gate
There'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.
Very 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.
Skid 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.