3rd Jun 2007, 06:24
No, the Fusion is no threat whatsoever to the Camry or Accord. The only place the word 'Fusion' even gets mentioned often is on this site. Ford doesn't know how to build an engine that runs nearly as smoothly or efficiently as Toyota or Honda. People know this; they know it's still just another low grade-mediocre at best Ford car. Hopefully, it won't turn out to be a complete disaster like the Contour, and about 20 other examples I could name. I've only seen about 6 or 8 Fusions on the highway since the day I first heard about them; meanwhile every other car on the road seems to be a Camry, Corolla, Accord, or Civic. The Fusion is irrelevant.
3rd Jun 2007, 11:17
Motor Trend backs up your claim too... they say that the Fusion never took any sales or did any harm to the Camry or Accord and even the Sonata. Funny it is that I have only heard good things about the Fusion beating other cars on this site, but no where else do I hear that.
5th Jun 2007, 19:54
I don't think Ford could build a hammer that didn't have to go to the garage under warranty at least once a month. I think I'll stick with Toyota.
21st Jun 2007, 09:12
The Camry was $3,000 more than the Fusion and it was $1,000 more than Buick Allure. This price difference isn't going to affect buying decision. Neither will the resale value of the car. You just have to love the feel and drive of the car. If you're Camry isn't driving like the one in the show room then it has a problem and you have to fight to get it fixed. This is true for ALL Cars and ALL Dealerships.
You can complain that Toyota didn't give you good service, I can share many horror stories about all the car dealers, but that won't get us anywhere. Next time a dealer gives you a hard time, fight harder to get what you deserve! Good luck with the Taurus.
21st Jun 2007, 21:43
It seems that a manufacturer will sell more cars that are very plain, cheap and people are running scared over fuel costs. If they manufacturer only offers plain, basic appliances like Toasters... does more sales mean anything? I would rather not be herded with the masses over fuel costs, plain vehicles and thus drive domestics that are sporty, fun to drive, convertible top and loaded with features. One of the benefits of being in a free country. I like having a car that is exciting and not just another cookie cutter vehicle trying to get the highest mpg fuel sticker on the window. I'll drive less and have a better car.
21st Jun 2007, 22:48
I agree on the mustang GT. I owned a Chevrolet Caprice 1995 and understand that could almost whip the butter out of the Mustang. It was pretty darn close to beating out that Fox platform.
24th Jun 2007, 16:44
Since the import nuts were using profanity in trying to smear my fantastic new Ford Fusion (that I traded this piece of total crap for) my Fusion review comments were shut down. I thought I'd add a comment here.
I've had my Fusion now for over 4 months, and it is flawless. We just got back from a 2600 mile vacation trip in it. It got 29mpg (better than my Camry ever got), and has yet to have any problems.
By this time I'd had the Camry in half a dozen times for all sorts of problems.
I've taken the Fusion in for one oil change, and it was done in 20 minutes, and the service people were super prompt and efficient. It took half a day for an oil change in my Camry, and came back with dirt on the carpet.
Two other friends of ours have bought new Fusions, and one traded a 2003 Camry V-6 in on his. He says the Fusion is twice as fast and twice as smooth. Of course he had driven mine and knew what an awesome car it is.
Import fans can rant all they want; the Fusion is a better car.
24th Aug 2007, 18:43
I haven't met anyone with any problems with their new Camrys, if ever really.
As far as the Fusion and all those bashing Toyota "cuz it ain't American", well it might strike you as rather ironic that the Fusion is built on a Mazda platform, using a Mazda designed engine assembled in Mexico, with get this - An Indian made crank. There is hardly anything American about it.
The Fusion isn't a competitor for the Camry. I'd maybe place it in the same group as say- a Kia or Hyundai Sontata, but definitely not the Camry. It's a cheap, entry level sedan. That's it.
18th Oct 2007, 15:26
Original reviewer. Since the import fans got my Fusion review cut off I thought I'd update it here. After half a year it is perfect in every way. I just read that it is the highest rated car consumer reports ever had. I agree. My V-6 Fusion is faster, smoother, much better built and much prettier than my dog of a Camry. I used to be embaraased by 4-cylinder GM compacts blowing the doors off my old v-6 Camry. Now I blow the doors off V-6 Camrys with no problem.
A friend sent me an article showing that in tests by both Motor trend and Car and driver people picked the Fusion hands down over the Camry and accord. I guess Americans really are wising up about what really good cars really are. I'll never own another import as long as there are even good used fords around. My old Taurus with 100,000 miles on it was better thn my Camry was brand new. Of course I kind of miss some of the service people at the Toyota place. I had to take my Camry in so often I was on a first name basis with all the mechanics.
18th Oct 2007, 18:51
15:26 Nice story. The V-6 Camry has a faster 0-60 time than the Fusion. It is the faster car. Did the Camry know you were racing it? If so, you'd have seen only tail lights.
20th Oct 2007, 19:19
I'm sorry your Fusion review got shut down because of import owner abuse, and I appreciate your updating it for us here.
I know the V-6 Fusion is much faster than the 2006 and earlier V-6 Camrys, as I've driven both. The new V-6 Camry is almost as fast as the V-6 Fusion, but not predicted to be anywhere near as reliable as the Fusion.
As a Ford owner, mechanic and car enthusiast, I appreciate you writing an honest review of your Camry and Fusion (and Taurus) experiences. It mirrors exactly the experience I have seen. My 4-cylinder GM compact will blow the doors off ANY unmodified 2006 or earlier Camry. I've done it so many times I have lost count.
Ad hype and false stories to the contrary, the 2006 and earlier Camry really was one VERY slow car, and not nearly as reliable as the old Taurus (if you import owners doubt that just compare the reviews of the 2003-2006 Taurus with the 2003-2006 Camry).
21st Oct 2007, 08:40
19:19 The new Camry is faster than the new Fusion. I think it's pretty funny that a Ford car enthusiast would have chosen to race a Toyota family car several times! Toyota doesn't even try to make sporty cars, and they're still faster than the equivalent Fords. Go ahead, buy a Toyota, it's OK, nobody will get mad. You're allowed to trade your Ford in for a good car.