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8.0
/ 10
On Quality
BASE INVOICE
$16,943
BASE MSRP
$18,135
On Quality
It's slightly smaller than some four-doors, but the 2008 Ford Fusion is adult-sized and nicely finished inside.
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intuitively laid out [controls], but unremarkable in their appearance
Car and Driver

easily one of the best [trunks] you'll find in a family car
Edmunds

top-notch, both good-looking and comfortable
Business Week



Most reviewers admired the amount of room in the 2008 Ford Fusion's cabin and its construction quality. Toward the smaller end of today's crop of family sedans, the Fusion nonetheless is comfortable for adults even in the rear seat, and has a quality feel about it, though some textures and shapes could be improved in the Ford.

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.

Conclusion

It's slightly smaller than some four-doors, but the 2008 Ford Fusion is adult-sized and nicely finished inside.

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