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Reprising their roles as options would be a navigation system and Ford's Sync voice-activated interface for cell phones
Fusion dips into Ford's more recent bag of tricks for its customizable ambient/cupholder lighting system
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Cars equipped with the navigation screen get an upgrade to a huge eight inch touch screen with optional Sirius Travelink
The fact that you can add Sync and a sunroof to the stick-shift SE (which already comes with cool wheels and fog lights) and keep the price around $24,000 is impressive indeed.
Even though the Fusion hasn't adopted the MyFord Touch infotainment system yet, it still maintains the most capable, most accessible technology in the segment.
The 2011 Ford Fusion lineup spans a broad swath of the family-car segment. There's an inexpensive base version, a Sport model, and a top-line trim with all the goodies--even a Hybrid edition.
Base features on the Fusion include air conditioning; power windows, locks and mirrors; a tilt/telescoping wheel; an AM/FM/CD player with an auxiliary audio jack; and split-folding rear seats. A choice of manual or automatic transmissions, four- or six-cylinder engines, and front- or all-wheel drive is spread across the five model lines.
At the top of the range in terms of features are the Fusion SEL and the Fusion Hybrid, which both have leather seating; Ford's Bluetooth-enabled SYNC controller; a SecurityCode keyless-entry pad; and 17-inch wheels.
Options on the Fusion include a rearview camera with output displayed either in the rearview mirror or in the optional navigation system; Sirius Travel Link real-time information, from traffic to weather to sports scores; HD Radio; a moonroof; and a high-wattage Sony audio system.
The Fusion Hybrid also incorporates graphics and displays for fuel economy, battery usage and the SmartGauge system that trains drivers to cruise more efficiently.
Neither version has yet upgraded to the new MyFord Touch system, which replaces the buttons and switches for climate and audio controls with an LCD touchscreen and voice-activation controls. The system isn't universally admired, but it's an unmistakable calling card that has lifted the high-tech appeal of vehicles like the 2011 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX crossovers.
The 2011 Fusion hasn't adopted the newest on-screen features found in other Fords, but it's smartly decked out with SYNC and other features.