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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
Car and Driver
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.
Between four-cylinder, Hybrid, and V-6 models, and spanning base, S, SE, SEL, and Sport trims, the 2012 Ford Fusion covers a broad swath of the family-car segment.
All models have standard climate control; power windows, locks and mirrors; a tilt/telescoping wheel; an AM/FM/CD player with an auxiliary audio jack; and split-folding rear seats.
SEL and Hybrid models get standard leather upholstery; Bluetooth; SYNC; and 17-inch wheels. Options include HD Radio; Sony audio; a sunroof; a navigation system with real-time traffic information; 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.
If you opt for the 2012 Fusion Hybrid, you'll also get enhanced graphics and displays for fuel economy, battery usage, and the SmartGauge system that trains drivers to cruise more efficiently.
The Ford Fusion isn't yet offered with the MyFord Touch system, which several Ford models (including the smaller Focus) now get; it eplaces the buttons and switches for climate and audio controls with an LCD touchscreen and voice-activation controls--to results that you might either love or hate.
The 2012 Ford Fusion is well equipped in most of its trims, but it doesn't yet offer the convenience (and controversy) that is MyFord Touch.