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2007 Ford Fusion

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2007 Ford Fusion Review

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To compete in today's midsize sedan arena a car needs to stand out, in both style and performance. The Ford Fusion is just such a car—a 180-degree turnabout from the lackluster Ford Taurus it replaces and a major homerun for Ford. Although designed here in the U.S., the Fusion borrows much of its chassis and drivetrain from its Japanese cousin, the Mazda Mazda6. It is the merging of American styling and Japanese hardware that makes the Fusion such a terrific value, offering superior handling, good fuel economy and low emissions (rated as a Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle or PZEV in California). However, almost certainly due to an anticipated lack of much market demand, Ford didn't see fit to place a manual transmission in the V6-powered models, essentially cutting short the Fusion's potential as a bona fide driving enthusiast's car.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're looking for a five-passenger sedan that doesn't dissolve into obscurity when left in a parking lot, check out the Fusion. It offers more distinctive styling than the Honda Accord or Toyota Camry, yet it's priced closer to the Civic and Corolla.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you're looking for a sedan with higher fuel economy figures or more resale value, the Accord and Camry are better choices.

What's Significant About This Car?

Front side-impact airbags and side-curtain airbags become standard, as does an auxiliary audio input jack. The SE model receives a fold-down passenger seat, 16-inch wheels, fog lamps and a six-disc CD/MP3 player, while an all-wheel-drive option is made available on the V6 SE and SEL trim levels.

Driving the Fusion

Driving Impressions With a chassis that offers what Ford claims is class-leading torsional rigidity, the Fusion is a solid performer. Its sophisticated short- and long-arm front suspension, which offers geometry that's superior...

to the nearly-ubiquitous MacPherson strut arrangement, helps the Fusion deliver handling that rivals a European sports sedan. That feeling is enhanced by the power rack-and-pinion steering that is mounted to a front sub-frame to minimize vibration and noise. Even the four-cylinder-equipped Fusion has more-than-adequate power, but we recommend the 3.0-liter V6, because there is very little fuel economy penalty for its greater power and superior drivability.

Serious Size
One of the reasons for the Fusion's immediate popularity is that it provides a lot of interior room and cargo space for the money.

Euro-style handling
Despite Ford Motor Company's significant operations in Europe, the Fusion has Mazda underpinnings, but the chassis and suspension capture the European feel for which its engineers were aiming.

2007 Ford Fusion Details
Interior

The Ford Fusion's interior continues the "bold American" theme of the exterior with an added twist—freedom of choice. While most other cars in the class offer just two or three color choices for the same basic interior, Fusion offers three different interior themes (the S trim offers two), including Charcoal Black with oatmeal-colored stitching. The round analog instruments are easy to read, and the steering wheel includes integrated cruise control switches as standard equipment. Headroom, legroom and shoulder room are all very representative of the segment as a whole, while the trunk space—at 15.8 cubic feet—is substantially larger than many competitors, including the Accord.

Exterior

The Fusion's exterior design began with the dynamic exterior of the Ford 427 concept car, including the three-bar grille and trapezoidal, multi-element projector-beam headlamps. In the current production idiom the wheels are pulled out to the corners of the car but, unlike conventional practice these days, the shape features some fairly sharp edges and a "box-on-wedge" profile. Even on its base 16-inch wheels the Fusion looks properly grounded, but it looks even better with the P225/50R17 tires on the alloy wheels with the five split-spoke design, and the front end has an artful appearance that features a well-integrated, nearly flush bumper below the chrome grille.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The base S model features front side-impact airbags, side-curtain airbags, power door locks with keyless remote entry, power mirrors and power windows with "one-touch-down" function for the driver's side, 16-inch wheels, AM/FM stereo with single MP3-compatible CD player, air conditioning and rear-seat armrest with built-in cup holders. The base 2.3-liter engine can be paired with a five-speed manual transmission or the optional five-speed automatic. Also standard are niceties like halogen headlamps, tilt/telescopic steering wheel and cruise control. The SE adds aluminum wheels, fog lamps, six-disc CD changer, power driver's seat and steering wheel-mounted audio controls. The SEL adds 17-inch wheels, automatic climate control and heated mirrors.

Optional Equipment

As an alternative to the standard four-cylinder engine, a 221-horsepower 3.0-liter V6 is a key item on the option list, and it is backed by a six-speed automatic transmission. Anti-lock brakes (ABS), leather seats, a moonroof and all-wheel drive (V6 only) are also among the available options. A pair of premium audio systems is offered—both feature six-disc CD changers and MP3 capability. Shortly after the model launch, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, DVD navigation and a rear spoiler will be offered, but only on the SE and SEL trim levels.

Under the Hood

The standard 2.3-liter in-line four-cylinder engine delivers good drivability and more-than-acceptable acceleration. It is a good choice if you want to keep the initial outlay low or you must have a manual transmission. For most buyers, though, we recommend the 221-horsepower 3.0-liter V6. It's matched with a six-speed automatic that helps contribute to its laudable fuel economy.

2.3-liter in-line 4
160 horsepower @ 6250 rpm
156 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4250 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/31 (manual), 24/32 (automatic)

3.0-liter V6
221 horsepower @ 6250 rpm
205 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/28

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2007 Ford Fusion Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.0
Out of 10

Based on 839 Ratings for the 2006 - 2009 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.1/10
    Quality
    9.1/10
  • Reliability
    9.3/10
    Performance
    9.0/10
  • Comfort
    9.2/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

Ford Fusion

By on Monday, June 30, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 53,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
Not Rated
Styling
Not Rated
Comfort
Not Rated

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"Fast car. Mileage is currently over 34mpg via country roads, small highways. Paint is defective, very strange pattern only on the driver's side door. Ford would not compensate me for this defect."

4 people out of 7 found this review helpful

In many ways this has been a great car

By on Monday, June 30, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 50,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Excellent value"

Cons: "Wish the gear selection indicator was also on dash"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Driver's seat is exceptionally comfortable for me. Sport tuned suspension makes it more fun to drive than most vehicles. Power train, steering and suspension are excellent. Body is average quality but this car has been extremely reliable and a joy to drive."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Superior Quality

By on Monday, June 16, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 120,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Sporty, Good quality and workmanship"

Cons: "The 4 cyl is a bit underpowered."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"The car is solid at 120,000 miles and 7 years of age. Original shocks and struts holding up well. No unusual tire wear. Other than oil changes and coolant flush, little unplanned maintenance. Replaced battery at 5 years and 104,000 miles. Bad thermostat triggered check engine light at 112,000 miles, but no adverse drivability or cooling issues. The car is like a little tank. Doors close with a solid thunk. No wind noise at 70 mph. 4 cylinder engine could be quieter, produces steady drone at interstate cruising speeds. Suspension is European in stiffness and handling. This car performs better at 120,000 miles, than new cars did 20 years ago."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Very reliable.

By on Thursday, May 29, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 90,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Good looking car; great paint job; great engine"

Cons: "MPG drops from ave of 29 on road to 26 in town"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

Nice sporting looking car isn't it.

"Milage is over-the-road, work related. Drive is very smooth; good pick-up & responce when needed. Average 27-31 MPG on the road; 25-27 MPG in town. Never a mechanical difficulty. Oil changed every 3-5,000 miles. Blue tooth capabilities is great. Quality scored only 9/10 as front window was repaired due to road damage from stones."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Nice sporting looking car isn't it.

love this car!!

By on Monday, May 26, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 126,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "great price, fun to drive and dependable"

Cons: "nothing!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

this winter/spring here in Michigan 2014

"After my hubbys 2000 s10 died on him we went looking for a new vehicle. On our way to the imlay city ford dealership they have a side lot that they keep a few cars on to get your attention. We stopped and saw this beauty. A red 2008 fusion se. Test drove it and I told my hubby I was in love and we had to take it home. Had it for almost 3years and I don't regret my decision to get this car. The only work we have had to do is this year. New tires new brakes and bail joint and struts thats it and general maintenance since the car had original struts and bail joints. If you are looking for a good used car and a family one at that, then get this car you will love it. Drives great, looks sharp and has lots of room and cup holders:)"

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

this winter/spring here in Michigan 2014

Great Car

By on Monday, May 26, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 150,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "great price, great gas mileage"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I love my 2007 Ford Fusion. This car is perfect for us being a family of 3. We do travel a lot from San Antonio to Houston and we have never experienced any problems with the car. The only thing we have had to replace were the door handles on both doors. Also the A/C and Heater has given us a few problems as far as going in and out. Other than those 2 minor details, this car had been great!"

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