The 2011 Ford Fusion's Total Car Score is above average, reflecting positive reviews from the media and Ford’s continued investment in the Fusion over the past few years.
Last year the Fusion received substantial updates that included a new Sport model, updated interior materials, a more aggressive exterior design and an all-new Hybrid model. New features for 2011 include MyKey (allowing parents to set limits on speed and audio volume levels when their children drive), Blind Spot mirrors and HD radio on premium models.
High tech features like Ford’s SYNC infotainment system and Cross Traffic alert (helpful when backing out of a parking space) speak to the Fusion’s cutting-edge position within the segment.
More than one automotive publication noted its button-heavy/busy center stack controls and somewhat numb electric steering, but all agree the Fusion offers confident handling, a roomy interior and a comfortable ride. An all-new Ford Fusion is due in two years.
The 2011 Ford Fusion is a four-door, five-passenger sedan available in four trim levels.
The base S model comes with cloth upholstery, an AM/FM/CD/MP3 sound system and 16-inch alloy wheels. SE models receive an upgraded sound system, power driver’s seat, automatic headlights and 17-inch wheels.
The Sport model upgrades the rolling stock to 18-inch wheels and tires and adds Ford’s SYNC system and powered front seats. The top-line SEL is outfitted with keyless entry, automatic climate control, leather-trimmed seats and satellite radio.
The Fusion’s base engine, available in S, SE and SEL models, is a 2.5-liter inline-4 that produces 175 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque. S and SE versions get a standard six-speed manual transmission; a six-speed automatic is available on S and SE models and standard on SEL versions.
A 3.0-liter V6 making 240 horsepower and 223 lb-ft of torque is available on SE and SEL models, while the Sport is outfitted with a 3.5-liter V6 that produces 263 horsepower and 249 lb-ft. Both V6s are hooked to six-speed automatics, and all-wheel drive is optional on Sport or V6 SEL models.
Fuel economy in the 2012 Ford Fusion ranges from 23 mpg city, 33 mpg highway and 26 mpg combined for a four-cylinder, manual transmission model to 17/24/19 for an AWD Sport model.
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