By Colin Bird on December 29, 2011
Lowell from Niagara Falls, N.Y., is a new owner of a 2012 Ford Fusion. After looking for a replacement for his 2001 Mercury Sable wagon, Lowell considered several Ford vehicles — including the Escape and Focus — but settled on the Fusion because of its quiet and comfortable ride. This reader holds out hope that Ford will build a proper station wagon one day, however. Continue reading the full review to find out more. Once you're done, write a review about your own car here.
“I originally planned to purchase a 2012 Ford Focus because I need a car that gets good gas mileage. I was skeptical of the quirky PowerShift automatic transmission and didn't like the radical 'tuner' design of the 2012 Focus, so I test-drove the Fusion instead. I really needed another station wagon to replace my 2001 Mercury Sable, but alas, Ford no longer makes a practical, economical wagon. (I asked about importing a European-spec Focus wagon, and the dealer laughed.)
“The Escape has dismal gas mileage and a poor safety rating, so I bought the Fusion. I am very pleased with my choice. My only complaint is that a car with a trunk doesn't hold nearly as much as the 'greenhouse' area of a wagon. However, I am enjoying a very comfortable, quiet ride and unexpectedly good gas mileage that matches our 2001 Ford Focus. The Fusion feels substantial and is easy to drive, although I won't be able to load it up at Home Depot like I did with the Sable wagon. Someday, station wagons just might return.”