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.