Reviews read by TheCarConnection.com are impressed by the amount of cargo space that Ford manages to cram into the 2009 Ford Fusion, which also sports a higher-than-average level of build quality. Materials aren't entirely up to par, but they’re still mostly pleasing to look at.
The seating area in the Ford Fusion proves an area of contention among reviewers, with a very even split among those who approve and those who don't. One characteristic that's not debatable is that the Ford Fusion offers seating for five, although Cars.com says "no spot feels especially spacious." However, Edmunds raves that the seats are "well-shaped and supportive, even for taller folk." MyRide.com takes the latter opinion, stating that "the front seats manage to be slightly soft, yet supportive enough for long drives." They also approve of the rear seats, which they note feature "a decent amount of leg room with nicely shaped front seatbacks that allow for plenty of foot space," although MyRide.com points out that "head and leg room measurements don't put the Fusion at the top of its class."
Despite the minor controversy brewing over passenger space, there's little disagreement when it comes to cargo room. Cars.com reports that "trunk capacity is 15.8 cubic feet, which bests the Fusion's competition." Edmunds adds that "an unexpected measure of utility is provided by the Fusion's 15.8-cubic-foot trunk," which Cars.com says is "easily one of the best you'll find in a family car." Interior storage isn't neglected either, with MyRide.com reviewers finding that the "convenient storage bin on top of the dashboard features a large clamshell lid and it's big enough to hold a phone or small camera as well as maps and the like."
Overall quality proves to be a mixed bag, with fit and finish rated highly and materials somewhat less so. Edmunds reports that "although the upholstery is neatly tailored and build quality is above average, the interior's materials are hit or miss." However, Automobile Magazine points out this is still an "improved interior," one that features "Ford's new eight-inch navigation screen and the much-improved interface." Cars.com summarizes the interior feel by noting that the "wraparound dashboard is soft to the touch but finished in a grainy texture that looks inferior to some of the more common materials you'll find in this class."
While not every review offers impressions of build quality, the high degree of fit and finish can be inferred from what reviewers have to say about cabin noise levels. ConsumerGuide is impressed in this regard, remarking that "wind rush is well controlled, but tire thrum is heard over grooves and coarse pavement." Edmunds has no reservations, claiming that "wind and road noise are muted at highway speeds."