2008 Ford Fusion SEL 3.0 V6 from North America
Great car if you feel comfortable with it in less than desirable weather
Rotors are starting to feel like they need to be machined.
Front driver speaker was rattling, but I upgraded them anyways.
This car has been rock solid since I have had it. I bought it and it felt new, and it still feels just like new. It has adequate acceleration, and yields respectable fuel economy, though not quite on par with other V6's in its class. I average about 25 mpg, and I drive fairly conservative with almost all being highway miles. The interior feels much more expensive than what you pay for. I test drove a 2009 Malibu before I bought this, and that interior was extremely cheap feeling in comparison; it was the LT1 trim so that could be why. Seats are very comfortable and you can easily drive long distances without feeling like you rear is going to break off.
I really enjoy the Sync system, since it is annoying to be holding onto a phone especially in traffic.
My only real complaint is the horrible handling in winter. I came from an AWD Subaru, so maybe I was babied, but this is seriously scary sometimes. I have never known a FWD car to fishtail on slippery surfaces as much as this car does (I've heard it has to do with the suspension). Also, it really struggles to get going too when there is a tiny amount of snow/slush on the roads, and I have new tires on. I really like this car, but I wouldn't get the FWD model again, especially since I live in an inclimate weather area.
No, it's not driver error either, since I have lived in snowy weather areas my entire life, and have gone through many other vehicles: 4x4, RWD, FWD, and AWD; this car just feels that unstable to me. I will be getting rid of it by next winter solely for this reason.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 4th January, 2011
5th Jan 2011, 05:19
Install some nice winter tires on all four wheels and these would solve your problem.
6th Jan 2011, 12:17
Original Reviewer here: I am not disputing that winter tires would help, I am simply stating that my experience with winter driving has been sub-par in comparison to other cars that are similar. When I'm going 35 mph on the interstate because it starts fishtailing, and Camry's and old Accords are flying by me, it makes me feel like tires aren't the single culprit. I like the car, just not this part of it.