In over 26,000 miles, my overall fuel average is 27.7 mpg, 1/4 heavy city, 3/4 highway at 45 mph with 5 or 6 cars stopping in front of me to make turns. 2-lane road. This will be very nice when gas goes back to $4/gal.
I know the sticker says like 31 mpg, but no car really gets what the sticker says unless you drive like Grandma and keep the A/C off.
No fluid leaks.
No rattles, or loose door/interior trim pieces.
At 350lbs, I tend to destroy the driver's door arm rest and seat within 1-year. This car's parts are still like new.
My wife fell in love with my Fusion, so she has went out and got a new Mercury Milan, which is the same thing, but a bit nicer interior. She got the Premier with the V-6, and her mpg, with the same driving, is only 22.1 mpg, and she is 200 pounds lighter.
Large trunk, great foot room in all foot wells, Not too big of a car, but still feels safe.
The car will stop on a dime, and cut up and down the roads at Yellowstone National park like a sports car.
Engine is fairly quiet for a 4 cyl, transmission shifts as smooth as a $50,000 car. The transmission must skip gears because it seems to go into 6th gear without shifting 5 times, just like silk, you can't really tell which gear it is in.
Not the typical loudness of most 4 cyl. engines when stopped at lights. The car is very quiet, much like a big Lincoln or Cadillac, except when you take off, then you can hear the little engine rev up, but I'd still get the 4 cyl. if I had to do it over again, due to the mpg over the other two V-6 engines.
With the A/C on, when the compressor kicks on, it is not as power hogging as some 4 cyl. engines. I don't really have to reach over and turn the A/C off if taking off up a big hill with bigger cars on my back end.
The headlights are bright for a car, and seem to shine as far as a van or truck's lights. Some cars, even when new, seem to shine only about 50-feet in front of the car, even on bright.
Insurance is the same on this car as it was on a 2004 Pontiac Montana.
The ride is smooth and rubbery over small road cracks, rail road tracks, and even on loose gravel roads, but the cars always seems to hold a tight grip to the surface, even on snow and rain. Mine is only FWD, but will still do quite well in up to 6-inches of snow; anything above 6 inches, or ice, we just stay home.
All the controls seem to be just in the right place, the brake and gas controls are not right beside each other like in other 4 cyl. cars. My foot has never once pushed on the gas as I was pushing on the brake. And I wear huge size 13-work boots.
Buying this car was the best automotive investment that I have made since I got my high school car for $200 in 1985, and drove it 50,000 miles with just a few oil changes and fuel.
This car feels as if it will hold up for 150- 200,000 miles, and we intend to put them to the test. Our old mini-van's transmission died at only 94,000 miles, then again at 130,000, but this could have been a faulty rebuild. Head gaskets went at 144,000, and that is why we traded it for this Fusion.
The bottom line:
Excellent fuel mpg
Excellent safety scores
Good looks, comfort, room, trunk, driving dynamic
Excellent projected resale value
The car looks, feels, and drives like a much nicer car in terms of dollars
If this one got stolen, I'd get another one the next day.