2008 Ford Fusion S 2.3L I4 from North America


A worthy rival for Camry, Accord, and Altima


Stereo head unit backlight did not activate with headlights on. Defective when delivered, fixed under warranty.

General Comments:

The Fusion is by far Ford's most competitive family sedan since the original Taurus back in the mid 80's. I have been assigned one as a company car, and am responsible for upkeep.

Though passing and merging in any four cylinder family sedan could never be described as effortless, the 2.3 liter inline four provides ample power for any circumstances I have encountered -- and does so with minimal harsh or thrashy sounds. A V-6 is optional.

My vehicle is equipped with the optional 5-speed automatic transmission. I have never really used an automatic transmission that I actually like, but drivers accustomed to automatics will have no complaints. Shifts are smooth and, despite being a 5-speed auto mated to a four cylinder, it rarely hunts for gears. My only complaint is the lack of an overdrive button to facilitate up or down hill driving. The only option other than Drive is Low, or 1st gear -- far too low for use on long highway inclines. A 5-speed manual comes standard, and would be my preferred choice.

In 20,000 miles, I have had no visits to the service department, other than a minor defect with the radio faceplate lighting that was fixed under warranty.

The exterior styling is, in my opinion, quite pleasing. The lines are modern and subtle, though I have mixed feeling about the clear-lens taillights. At first I thought they looked like a cheap aftermarket bolt-on, but they are fairly subtle-- and the majority of the lens is filled by the red section. My vehicle has standard 16-inch steel wheels with full covers wearing "T" speed-rated 205/60/16 tires. The original equipment Continental ContiProContact tire is one of the more quiet and comfortable OEM tires in my experience, and provides reasonably responsive road feel and secure handling in dry and wet conditions.

The interior of the Fusion really shines. Fit and finish, even in my base model, is excellent... not just good for an American car, but on par with recent Japanese makes. Plastic dash surfaces are soft to the touch, and is finished with a foamy feel Chrome doorhandles are a nice touch. No Tupperwear-style hard plastic here of years-past.

Ergonomics are excellent, with the radio taking center position in the dash. Large rotary dials control HVAC, and are easy to use and well placed. The gauge cluster's lack of a PRNDL display was bothersome at first, though I soon became accustomed to selection by feel.

The seats are comfortable, very supportive and finished in a soft fabric. The manual height adjustment is by far the easiest I have used. Two large cupholders sit between the front seats, and the door pocket has a space to fit water bottles or larger containers. An irk to those who smoke is the lack of built in ashtray. I bought the smokers pack for a pricey $60, and it requires the sacrifice of one cupholder. This, however is common in many new vehicles with smoking becoming more taboo in society, but I prefer it to littering my butts.

Headroom and kneeroom is spacious in front and back. The back seat is quite comfortable for two, and the center armrest offers two cupholders. Three adults can fit in back, though would not be comfortable on long drives.

Overall, the Ford Fusion is a very capable, comfortable, and refined offering from Ford, and it my opinion, it's great to see a US automaker finally catching up to the competition.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th September, 2009

20th Oct 2009, 15:56

I agree that the Fusion is competitive with the standard bearers in its class (Camry, Accord). I also believe it is a great looking automobile. Until recently the Fusion would've been at or near the top of my list of my choice of family cars.

I wish you good luck with yours.

21st Oct 2009, 16:15

"Until recently the Fusion would've been at or near the top of my list of my choice of family cars."

Same here. Fusion seems to be a nice vehicle. But the "Fusion Guy" on one of the other threads ruined it for me. Because of him, a Ford Fusion is a vehicle I will never own.

22nd Oct 2009, 11:38

16:15 That is exactly why I will never buy a Fusion or any other Ford - the "Fusion Guy".

We were leaning towards a new Ford until I started reading his comments. I drive a domestic, but I disagree with just about everything he says. The "Patriotism" thing really is way off base.

26th Oct 2009, 15:34

So you are going to let some poster on here decide which car you are going to drive?

27th Oct 2009, 16:30

"So you are going to let some poster on here decide which car you are going to drive?"

When he calls me and members of my family unpatriotic for driving an imported car, then I don't want to support him. Funny actually, because I currently own and drive a domestic vehicle anyways.

2008 Ford Fusion SE 4 cylinder from North America


I LOVE this car more than any I've owned!


The left trunk air pressure pump stopped working, but was replaced under warranty. Trunk works fine now.

General Comments:

I absolutely LOVE this car! It is great for our family of four (which includes 2 car seats for young children.) It was also my college graduation gift for 1 year because my husband paid the payments for that last year.

We have not had any problems and we have had it for about a year now. It rides very smoothly, steer great, handles bumps with ease, and is comfy on long trips.

I love the style and look, inside and out. I have received numerous compliments on the car's appearance and ride/handling for those who drive it (my family).

The stereo and 6 disc CD changer is convenient and easy to manipulate while driving without your eyes off the road. There are hardly any blind spots.

The car has a sporty appearance including a spoiler, redfire metallic paint, nice front end and grille and sleek design. All the commercials you typically see on the TV or hear on the radio are true!

However, the gas mileage isn't as great as we thought it would be in town. It gets about 20 mpg, but that's still better than what our 2004 Dodge Intrepid had. On highway, it will get about 29 to 30 or more mpg.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd May, 2009

27th May 2009, 20:19

We have the exact same car as you, right down to the paint color. We love ours too. I was surprised, however, to see that you are only getting 20 mpg in town. Our driving is about 50/50 town and highway and we constantly average between 27.7 and 28.5. Ours now has 22,000+ miles with not one single complaint.