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Reviewed by Marty Padgett
Editorial Director, The Car Connection
BASE INVOICE
$18,594
BASE MSRP
$19,850
Quick Take
The 2011 Ford Fusion comes in a few finely developed flavors; Sport, Hybrid and base are a few of the best tastes. Read more »
Decision Guide
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A gargantuan love-it-or-hate-it three-bar chrome grille sits out front

Motor Trend »

Substantial without being too flashy, though there's an awful lot of chrome up there

Jalopnik »

Ford's SmartGauge instrument cluster... can display a dizzying array of information

Automobile »

Considerably improved interior and exterior styling

Car and Driver »

...the interior is filled with nice materials. It may not be that snazzy to look at, but everything just feels nicer than the stuff they've been putting in the Camry and Accord.

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Pricing and Specifications by Style
$19,850 $29,000
MSRP $19,850
INVOICE $18,594 Browse used listings in your area
4-Door Sedan FWD S
Gas Mileage 22 mpg City/32 mpg Hwy
Engine Gas I4, 2.5L
EPA Class Mid-Size Sedan
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity 5
Passenger Doors 4
Body Style 4dr Car
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The Basics:

The Ford Fusion has it all figured out. It's setting sales records even as it hits middle ago, and it's picked up not a little bit of the green sheen that Toyota and Honda have layered on even their least fuel-frugal four-doors.

The Fusion does it with a canny mix of American style and global-think green-ness. There's no mistaking its brash chrome-barred grille as anything but pure Detroit--even while its downsized and hybridized four-cylinder engine turns in faultless city fuel economy on a par with Honda's hybrids.

The four-door Fusion sits at the smaller end of the American family-sedan spectrum, which means it's a bit less spacious than vehicles like the Malibu and Accord. It's a keeper anyway, since the seats are ample and well-shaped.

The smallness helps the Fusion feel more alive than either of those larger sedans, anyhow. Its electric power steering is tuned for fun along with fuel economy, and it rides with the carefully judged responses of a more expensive vehicle.

There's a flavor of Fusion for most any tastes, but the base four-cylinder car is a pretty faultless commuter choice. The Sport brings with it the better of the two optional V-6s. The Fusion Hybrid? It's nearly in a class of its own, though Hyundai's competitive, and quite sexy, Sonata also offers a Hybrid that turns in 40-mpg fuel economy (highway, instead of city, in this case).

 

Likes:

  • Stands out in a bland crowd
  • High levels of fit and finish
  • Hybrid's soaring city fuel economy
  • Fine ride-and-handling blend

Dislikes:

  • Grille of your dreams, or not?
  • Smaller inside than truly large family sedans
  • Fusion Sport wants, needs paddles for shifting
  • Smaller V-6 is a groaner
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