Car and Driver felt that all the controls, include the steering-wheel audio buttons, were "intuitively laid out, but unremarkable in their appearance." FamilyCar complemented the "soft touch surfaces on the dash and door panels." But Cars.com complained that the controls in an SE version were subpar: "the manual climate controls felt flimsy and imprecise compared to the ones in the base-model Camry and Accord."
There was a wide range in the ratings on the seats in this Ford. Cars.com added that the seats "seem narrow and stiff"--but Edmunds.com called them "well-shaped and supportive, even for taller folk." BusinessWeek agreed, saying its test car's seats were "top-notch, both good-looking and comfortable." And the New York Times noted that the front passenger seat can fold forward, "making it possible to haul extra-long items."
ConsumerGuide explains that it likes the seats because they're a "bit larger than class norm, and relatively high-set to contribute to fine outward visibility."
In back, the rear-seat passengers are "treated well," Autobytel says, with good room and comfortable cushions and easy access. And though it didn't like the seats, Cars.com (along with Edmunds) admired the 2008 Ford Fusion's big, big trunk, "easily one of the best you'll find in a family car."
In our test car, a four-cylinder with red leather inserts on its seats, the seats felt flat but supportive enough for a long ride. The truly impressive aspect was in legroom: a six-footer in the driver seat can still play chauffeur for a six-footer sitting behind them. The Fusion's rear-seat room is all the more impressive when much larger cars like the Chevrolet Malibu offer little more usable space.