I own a 2006 Fusion (which has been perfect) and recently test drove a new 2010 hybrid. I found the seats and interior very comfortable, just as my 2006 is. In fact, I was much more impressed with it than with my family's Lincoln or my friends Lexus. These are some of the best cars ever built.
The Ford Fusion does seem to be a nice car. But it would be nice if it were actually made here in the U.S. and not Mexico. And no matter which way you cut it, it's still too little, too late.
People really seem to have a terrible time understanding the economics of buying from U.S. car companies. U.S. auto makers are responsible for 90% of ALL auto-related jobs in the U.S. while Japanese car makers employ only about 10%. REGARDLESS of where the cars are actually assembled, buying a Japanese car hurts 90% of our auto-related jobs while helping only 10%. If people really are determined to destroy U.S. jobs and way of life, it would be just as simple to make direct cash contributions to anti-American organizations.
Also, J.D. Powers two highest rated cars for long-term reliability are a GM and a Ford. Consumer Reports ranks the reliability of the Fusion higher than both Camry and Accord. Our local Ford dealer can't get enough Fusions or Focuses to keep ANY on the lot for test drives and their used car lot has a whole row of late model (2006-2007) Accords, Acuras, Camrys and Altimas. That certainly doesn't look like "too little too late". It looks much more like the cars are selling faster than they can be stocked.
You really need to stop labeling people, I personally think that your vicious attacks on import owners especially your implying that they are out to destroy America should be stopped.
Personally, if I were running this web site, such comments would be banned.
Nobody, I mean nobody, should judge another based on the vehicle that they drive.
That so called "unpatriotic" American who happens to drive an import may just be a veteran, the parent of a soldier overseas, or a military widow.
I drive a domestic car, my next door neighbors drives an import. I assure you that they are every bit as patriotic as you believe that you are.
Can we have a dialogue about cars, and stop insulting the vehicle owners?
This was a great website until you turned it into your own political soapbox.
To comment 21:20:
Then where do the profits go from the sales of these cars BESIDES the overpaid big wigs at Ford? Also, I have not seen any Hondas or Toyotas at my local Ford dealer. I have however, seen multiple Fords and Chevys sitting in the lot at my local Honda dealer. When you buy an American car, yes you're supporting Americans. The Americans you're supporting though are already quite wealthy, simply because they aren't paying American autoworkers to build their cars.
The Fusion is a nice car, but it's a last ditch effort on Ford's part to bring their name back from death row. For years they based sales on SUV's and built poor quality cars. Honda and Toyota were smart to stick with building smaller vehicles, because now that gas prices are up, so are the sales of small vehicles.
Yes and the Fusion is based on the Mazda 6, and NO Ford does not own Mazda, nor does it have a controlling interest in Mazda. So Fusion owners what you have is a very nice car that is based on a Mazda and built in Mexico.
You can stick your head in the sand and call Toyota and Honda owners names if you would like, but your car is no more "American" than their American built Accords & Camrys.
Yes Ford is an "American Company", however all of those Toyota & Honda dealers are owned by Americans too, and they are built & serviced by Americans.
By the way Mr. Fusion Fan, just where was that cell phone of yours built, and where were the parts made? Not only that, but WHERE was the SYNC system in your Fusion made?
People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones!
Before you call me names and say that I believe all of that "ad hype" or call me disloyal and suggest I cheer for the destruction of my country - Let me assure you that I do not - I am an American who has made sacrifices for my country and I own & drive a domestic car.
I keep seeing these kinds of comments and wondering why people seem to think that everything we own has to come from Japan. My cell phones (both) were made by American companies, as were all three of my TV sets, all three of my computers, all my home appliances, my heating and A/C systems, my lawn mowers (both), and my digital camera. It is not hard to find virtually anything made by an American company if you care enough about your country to spend a little time looking. It goes without saying that all 4 of our vehicles are also American made.
So they stick an "American" name on a product manufactured in China and you consider it domestic?
Are you really serious???
I think this comment from the Camry site deserves notice. It's about the CNN show that pointed out how little buying a Japanese car actually helps our own economy.
"12:42 is absolutely correct. Just check out the article on CNN that states almost exactly the same thing, that buying from Ford or GM really does do more for the US economy because of all the ancillary functions located in the US. They go on to say that buying a Toyota made in Kentucky is really only a short term help to a handful of workers in that assembly line, unlike the long-term larger benefits of buying from Ford or GM."
O.K. Mr. American Made: did you actually look at the "made in what country" label or imprint or did you just go by the brand names of the products you use?
I think that "Mr. American Made" is far too busy accusing his fellow Americans of plotting the downfall of the US by buying Toyotas & Hondas, so he doesn't have the time to ACTUALLY look at where those "American" electronic products are made -
The contempt that he holds for one of our strongest allies (Japan) is misplaced.
Nope. If you bother to look you can find products made on American soil by Americans. The computer I'm typing this on was built by an American company employing American workers not 5 miles from my home. It cost half as much as a Japanese computer and has a warranty 3 times as long. It's sad that people actually stoop to make fun of supporting American industries.
I really don't think anybody is "making fun" of supporting American industries. But the fact is the American companies are the ones that made the choice to outsource their manufacturing jobs to other countries where the rate of pay is much lower. It is not the American public who is responsible for the laying off of American workers, it is the companies themselves.