Ford Fusion Review

Ford Fusion Review
Advantages

Available four-wheel drive system; voluptuous interior; good fuel economy from Hybrid version; engaging handling; plethora of high tech features; comfortable ride.

Disadvantages

Price premium of Hybrid; so-so fuel economy and power from midgrade V6 engine; button-heavy climate and audio controls.

Introduction

2012 Ford Fusion is an attractive, purposeful, well rounded and one of the top picks for a midsize family sedan. The attractiveness of midsize Ford Fusion attests to its dynamic bold design from power-dome hood to familiar Ford 3-bar chrome grille, which complements the aggressive shape of the hood. When you see a Ginger Ale Metallic Fusion, it is a Fusion Hybrid. Road and Leaf Hybrid badge and 15-spoke 17-inch painted aluminum wheels are unique features which say this is a very special Ford Fusion. Quad beam projector halogen headlamps are designed and engineered for focusing more of the light beam in front of the vehicle, offering excellent range of visibility and brightness for both high and low beam functions. They do more than illuminate your way at night. Chrome rings on headlamps and special black bezels help combine into the 3-bar chrome grille, emphasizing the bold, dynamic styling of Ford Fusion. Foglamps come standard on Fusion SEL, SE, Hybrid and Sport.

An electric generator propelled by ground-breaking NiMH (nickel metal hydride) battery and the 2.5L Atkinson cycle inline-four gasoline engine. The fused energy of these two sources supplies the power for 2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid. The full hybrid, Fusion can start off from complete stop and travel at light to normal acceleration up to 47mph on electric power alone, with no fuel required. The inline-four-cylinder gasoline engine kicks in extra power when required, such as in merging or passing conditions, and offers the main source of power above 47 miles per hour. Both electric motor and gas engine fuse for delivering maximum 191 horsepower. The standard Easy Fuel capless fuel filler has an incorporated spring loaded flapper door which allows you to simply insert fuel nozzle to fill up. No screw cap is required. And because Easy Fuel automatically seals after the fuel nozzle is removed, fewer evaporative emissions are released into the environment.

The 2012 Ford Fusion brings alive the next-gen of more expressive vehicles from the company and is the 1st saloon to provide hybrid, plug-in hybrid and gasoline versions – each likely to offer engaging driving experience and top fuel economy. Featuring fresh face and sleek silhouette, the Fusion is the latest in series of models from Ford, following the 2012 Focus and 2011 Fiesta subcompact small cars, designed and engineered for satisfying customers everywhere seeking helpful technologies, game-changing looks and leading fuel efficiency. The all new Fusion provides an unprecedented portfolio of driver convenience and assistance technologies based on cameras, radar and sensors, which enable the vehicle to respond and see. Choice of a chrome grille or body-color grille (body-color grille for Monochrome Appearance Package and chrome grille for Appearance Package). Available on Ford Fusion SEL and SE in Kona Blue Metallic, Tuxedo Black, Sterling Gray Metallic, Red Candy Metallic Tinted Clearcoart and Ingot Silver exterior colors; Charcoal Black interior only.

Ford Fusion Review

One of the most prominent examples is the front-end architecture of 2012 Ford Fusion, as the same car must face seemingly and simultaneous conflictive standards across regions. Its front end is equipped to meet head-on and offset barrier standards for North America while still meeting the requirements to European standards for pedestrian protection. The Ford Fusion is basically a midsize vehicle developed and designed by Ford Motor Company since 2006. The 2010 Fusion was awarded Motor Trend Car of the Year, while its hybrid version won 2010 North American Car of the Year Award. The Fusion is developed at Hermosillo Stamping & Assembly plant of Ford in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, where the now discontinued and similar Lincoln MKZ and Mercury Milan were also built. All 3 models use CD3 platform, which is, in fact, current GG chassis of Mazda as used for Mazda6. The company has used every evolution of Mazda G platform since 1983.

The 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid is a gasoline electric hybrid powered version of midsize Fusion saloon introduced in the year 2009 to United States market with initial sale price of US$27,270. EPA ratings for Ford Fusion Hybrid include 36 mpg highway and 41 mpg city. In city driving a full tank delivers 700 miles. This model gets superior EPA-estimated fuel economy unlike the Nissan Altima Hybrid, the Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid and Toyota Camry Hybrid, viewed as its rivals in midsize sedan class.

The all new 2012 Ford Fusion was revealed at 2012 North American International Auto Show and takes many styling cues from European Ford Evos concept revealed in 2011 at Frankfurt Auto Show and its predecessor Ford Mondeo. Like the most recent redesigns of the Fiesta and Focus before it, the new Fusion is set on an international platform which is shared with now similar Mondeo that will be marketed outside U.S. The new Fusion is 28 mm (1.1 in) longer 18 mm (0.7 in) wider and 31 mm (1.2 in) taller and features a 122 mm (4.8 in) bigger wheelbase unlike the outgoing model, based on Mazda-derived CD3 platform. At the front you will find MacPherson struts, whereas at the back, there is all-new multi-link rear suspension. In spite of bigger exterior dimensions, some aspects of interior have shrunk, including trunk that has fallen from 16.5 cu ft to 16.0 cu ft.

The 2012 Ford Fusion gained universal praise for well rounded nature, which includes engaging driving dynamics, well designed, spacious interior, comfortable ride and ample features. It all starts with the architecture, which provides the Fusion a wonderful balance between agile handling and comfortable ride. Its interior isn’t especially flashy, while its climate controls are mounted too low. The quality is strong in terms of construction and materials. Beneath the hood, it is a tad different from its competition. There are plenty of other models in the market such as Kia Optima and Hyundai Sonata; both of which provide available hybrid models, strong value, hard-to-beat engines and distinctive styling. Those interested in Fusion’s available four-wheel-drive ability would also be wise to check out the Suzuki Kizashi or Subaru Legacy, as neither one needs a thirstier 6-cylinder in order to get all-weather traction.

Variants, Body Types and Features

The 2012 Ford Fusion is a 5-passenger midsize saloon, which is offered in SE, S, Sport, SEL and Hybrid trims.

Standard features and equipments on base Fusion S include integrated blind-spot mirrors, 16-inch alloy wheels, air-conditioning, keyless entry, cruise control, full power accessories, a tilt and telescoping steering wheel, a four-way manual driver seat, a trip computer, a four-speaker sound system with an auxiliary audio jack and a CD player and a 60/40 split-folding rear seat.

Opting for Fusion SE will get you automatic headlamps, 17-inch alloy wheels, an eight-way power driver seat with manual lumbar adjustment, a six-speaker audio system with satellite radio and steering wheel controls and foglamps. Optional is Sync system of Ford that enables you to control iPods, Bluetooth phones and other media players via the car’s controls and voice commands. The Sun & Sync package combines Sync with an auto dimming rearview mirror and a sunroof.

The Fusion SEL comes with all the features of SE plus a security code keyless entry pad, different 17-inch wheels, automatic dual-zone climate control, heated mirrors, a four-way power passenger seat, power-adjustable driver seat lumbar, leather upholstery, heated front seats, Sync and ambient interior lighting. The Luxury package gets extra chrome exterior trim, unique wheels, contrasting stitching, upgraded leather upholstery, aluminum sport pedals and unique interior trim. The Fusion Hybrid is equipped similarly to SEL, with main differences being which the Hybrid has leather seating as an option and a specialized gauge cluster.

The Fusion Sport reverts back to standard equipment of SE but gets sport-tuned steering, a sport-tuned suspension, the top-of-the-line V6 engine, 18-inch wheels, a deck-lid spoiler, unique exterior and interior trim, power-adjustable driver lumbar, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and Sync. The Monochrome Appearance package is available on SEL and SE and includes a body colored grille, a sport tuned suspension, unique interior trim, special cloth upholstery and a rear spoiler. You can get this package with regular chrome grille.

There are plenty of options available on both Sport and SEL. The Moon & Tune package comes with a 12-speaker Sony surround sound audio system and a sunroof while the Driver’s Vision package gains a rearview camera, automatic wipers and a blind-spot warning system. A navigation system is optional and includes digital music storage, Sirius Travel Link (real-time weather, traffic and other information) and HD radio.

What’s Beneath the Hood of 2012 Ford Fusion?

Motivation for the 2012 Ford Fusion comes from a four-cylinder 2.5 liter engine, which is good for pulsating 175 horsepower with 172 pound feet of torque. The engine is mated to six-speed automatic transmission and accelerates from 0 to 60 miles per hour in the time range of 8.9 seconds. The rated fuel economy for this engine model is 33 mpg highway, 23 mpg city and 26 mpg in combined driving.

Optional on SEL and SE is a 3.0 liter V6 engine that generates 240 horsepower with 228 pound feet of torque. This powerplant is mated to front wheel drive system and goes from 0 to 60 mph in 7.3 seconds, providing the fuel economy of 20 mpg city, 28 mpg highway and 23 mpg in combined driving. The 2012 Ford Fusion Sport is powered by a 3.5 liter V6 engine, which is good for pumping out 263 horsepower with 249 pound feet of torque. It hit 60mph in 6.7 seconds with the fuel economy of 18 mpg city, 27 mpg highway and 21 mpg in combined driving.

The 2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid uses a four-cylinder gasoline 2.5 liter engine, which churns out 156 horsepower with 136 pound feet of torque. It is mated to electric generator, which helps pumps power output to 191 horsepower. Power is sent to front wheels via specialized continuously variable transmission and the result is acceleration to 60 miles per hour in 8.7 seconds. Fuel economy is EPA-estimated 41 mpg city, 36 mpg highway and 39 mpg combined.

Safety & Reliability

Standard safety features on 2012 Ford Fusion include antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, side curtain airbags and front side airbags. Also standard is MyKey of Ford that enables parents to set stereo volume and speed limits when their kids drive the car. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave Fusion the best possible rating of “Good” in side impact, roof strength and frontal-offset tests. In brake testing, the Fusion came to a stop in 130 feet from 60 mph, which is a bit longer than average for this class.

Special Features and Cockpit Design

The interior of 2012 Ford Fusion features solid build quality and soft-touch materials. Choose one of 7 colors in the Ambient Lighting feature for expressing your mood: Orange, Ice Blue, Red, Soft Blue, Blue, Green and Purple. You can also add colorful accents in front center console bin, front two cupholders and rear and front footwells. Ambient Lighting is standard on Fusion SEL and available on Sport model with Comfort Package. It is also standard in Hybrid version. The exclusive dual LCD SmartGauge with EcoGuide is a ground-breaking gauge cluster which offers real time information to help you get most efficiency from your Fusion Hybrid. SmartGauge with EcoGuide uses dual LCD screens on either side of center mounted speedometer.

A tutorial built into the screen allows you to choose one of 4 data screens for the level of information you want —Enlighten, Inform, Empower or Engage — and explains your options within each. Steering column mounted controls make it all easy. All levels can indicate fuel economy history; instant fuel economy; engine coolant temperature; odometer; time-elapsed fuel economy, miles to empty, trip data and fuel economy. Earth friendly seating fabric in Fusion Hybrid is made from 85% post-industrial materials; polyester fibers which would otherwise have ended up in landfills.

Driving Impressions

The 2012 Ford Fusion is one of the more engaging family saloons from driver’s perspective. It features a double-wishbone independent front suspension with stabilizer bar, a design commonly found on range topping luxury and sports cars. And the engineers of Ford made the best use of multilink independent rear suspension design flexibility for delivering excellent handling capability and ride quality. The V6 powered model with All-Wheel Drive enhances handling and traction on any surface where wheelslip can occur, such as snow, ice, gravel or mud. It distributes engine torque to the wheels with most traction and constantly monitors driving situations. For a driving enthusiast who demands handling agility and more power, there is the exciting Sport model in the Fusion lineup. Customized sport-tuned suspension components bring Fusion handling experience to an even higher level to match the power of 263-hp 3.5L 24-valve V6.

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