I've owned this car two weeks. After driving Japanese cars for the last 12 years, I decided to give the American cars another look due to increased reliability. I drove the Camry, Accord, Altima, and ...
I've owned this car two weeks. After driving Japanese cars for the last 12 years, I decided to give the American cars another look due to increased reliability. I drove the Camry, Accord, Altima, and Fusion. Based on my tastes these four cars fit my interest. I also drove a few used cars in a similar price range due to being a year or two old (Maxima, Lexus, Challenger). Each test drive I found myself comparing against the Fusion.
2013 seems to be the year of technology for cars. Large screens, better voice control, better integration with phones and technology. The Fusion fits well in this category with the technology package or the Titanium model. It still has a few quirks, but the MyTouch system is impressive, and something that you'll want to use day to day.
Overall the Fusion has HOT exterior appearance. It's a head turner. The only vehicle in the same stratusphere is the Sonata. Build quality appears to be top notch. LED tail lights are SUPER bright. HID headlights provide great visability. Lights on the underside of the side mirrors for curtesy lighting are a nice touch. My only exterior complaint is the lack of a locking fuel door.
The interior of the Fusion with the technology and luxury package is amazing. Touch screen controls, voice commands, touch buttons are all great features. The seats are comfortable and provide a nice amount of configurability. The driver seat tips upward a bit too much, but with a softer cushion it doesn't cause too many issues. The blue green interior lighting is easy on the eyes. The audio system sounds nice, but requires a bit of volume to hear bass. The only missing feature in my Fusion is the lack of a keyless ignition. You can get that feature in the Titanium model, but with competitors offering it in all models, it's something Ford should have added.
My fuel economy has been hitting about 29 MPG with 90% highway, 10% surface streets. I'd like to see a bit better fuel economy in this type of driving. According to the manual, fuel economy should improve, but I'm not sure if it will reach the 32 to 34 MPG I was hoping to see. I've been primarily using cruise control and driving fairly gingerly. My prior Honda Accord achieved 30 to 32 MPG with a lower claimed MPG rating.
If the looks work for you, and your interested in a mid size sedan... make sure you look at the Fusion. It may surprise you. I know it did me.