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2011 Ford Fusion Comfort & Quality

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Comfort & Quality

It doesn't sport the largest interior, by the numbers. However, the 2011 Ford Fusion arranges its interior space better than most family sedans, with plenty of storage and good level of fit and finish.

In the driver's seat, the Fusion benefits from a slightly lower driving position than you'll find in the new Hyundai Sonata, for example. The front passengers have plenty of leg room, if the center console spreads a bit wide against inboard knees. The telescoping steering wheel and well-shaped seats make it simple to find a good driving position, while still leaving enough leg room for adults in the back.

Improved quality and a quieter ride make the 2010 Ford Fusion even more appealing to consumers looking for upscale quality at bargain prices.

The back doors open wide, to ease entry and exit. The Fusion does have a bit less rear-seat leg room than the sedans at the large end of the spectrum, like the Honda Accord. But the Fusion's space isn't cramped, and the seat cushions don't sit too low and tilt enough to ensure back-seat comfort. Fitting a third adult across, though, is an exercise in cramping.

Trunk space is also on the compact end of the four-door scale, at under 12 cubic feet, but the space is regular in shape, and the load floor is low. The Fusion's cabin storage amounts to a small bin in the center console, a deeper glove box, and pockets in the doors.

The Fusion Hybrid has large battery packs mounted in the rear, so it doesn't have the fold-down rear bench seat of other models, and trunk room is reduced slightly.

When it was refreshed for the 2010 model year, the Fusion's interior gained better-quality plastics and more sound deadening. The fit and finish of the cabin is among the best in an ever-improving class, though it's a bit plainer and more restrained than, for example, in the Chrysler 200. Even with the four-cylinder at full growl, the Fusion's cabin remains a fairly quiet place to operate.

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