Good, could be better
Before buying Fusion I tested 2 other cars: Camry and Altima. I intended also a Sonata but we have no dealer in town.
Camry: style, I felt a bit bald, very similar with Honda and Hyundai. Brakes soft and transmission only with 4 gears. Not impressive. Did not convince me.
Altima: gearbox is outstanding in manual mode. Very punchy. Big problems with brakes: model '07 had no ABS. At 40 miles/h I put long rubber on road with a terrible noise. I was sliding with front wheels completely blocked for 20 yards. I rejected the car, was dangerous. I ordered a 2008, came with ABS and +1000 $ more expensive. Brakes still put rubber in front, back brakes very soft. I was in doubt. Finally the dealer was not was I expected and I went to Ford.
I tested a Fusion 2.3 liters used, without ABS very balanced car, very good brakes. Another used, 3 liters engine and leather good and very quick. I ordered my car: 2.3 liters, automatic gearbox, ABS, basic trim. Brakes too much on front wheels and plunging a bit, engine noise high (tappets), also the exhaust noisy in front.
Came from another state on wheels, 28 miles/gal not bad for a new engine. In town takes a lot of gas, I think if I reach 20 m/g I am happy. I have 1000 miles now, we will see.
Sound system amazing, is the best of the whole car.
Now about this model, because is a bit of confusion here: this car in designed by Ford Europe and named Mondeo there. Was originally built in Germany starting in 2000, and assembled in Belgium. Is a European model and I would smile to the comment of one reader that he has to wait another 5 years to buy an American car. Sorry man, this is European. Anyway, the model was built till 2007 and was discontinued. Another Mondeo is there, looks like Peugeot 407, personally I dislike.
This car has been designed on computer and was a high rigidity platform. I drove the European model and quality is far superior, very well bolted together. This southern neighbor's make is a bit soft.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 17th August, 2008