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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 880 Ratings for the 2006 - 2009 models.

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

Worst Car I've Ever Owned Brake Failure problems..

By on Monday, January 18, 2016

I owned and sold this car
Reason: Transmission Fell Apart

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
1/10

Cons: "Brake failure, Transmission problems, etc"

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

"This was the Worst Car I've Ever Owned it had numerous Brake Failure problems ford kept telling me there was nothing wrong & refused to have an expert look at it after the brake failure caused an accident, it was literally one problem after the next, then one day the transmission literally fell apart... I have a kia & I will never buy another ford ever again! Ford has a horrible engine & awful customer service! If you're thinking of buying a ford take my advice & stay away!"

2 people out of 7 found this review helpful

My 2nd Fusion. Solid solid vehicle

By on Tuesday, November 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 79,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Reliable, reliable, & reliable."

Cons: "Brakes wear fast, not great in snow."

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

"We bought a brand new Fusion in 2006. Best car I've ever owned. In 5 yrs the ONLY mechanical issues I had were a blown turn signal bulb and after 4 yrs of yanking on passenger door handle, it gave out. But, not the vehicles fault. My wife continually abused that power lock. Anyway, we were in a crash that totaled it. A dump truck towing a back hoe hit us from behind. The car did EXACTLY what it was supposed to do......crumple. Although injured, I was 100% impressed with the cars crash handling. I believe the crumple technology saved my life, and my wife's. So, we felt compelled to buy another. A fully loaded 2009 Fusion. It has performed as well as the 06. Outside of scheduled maintenance, the vehicle has been rock solid. Zero major errors. With 79,000 miles she's only had issues with the rear license plate light & the one tire pressure sensor gauge. Tires wear faster than any car I ever owned. But, you can't go wrong with this vehicle."

11 people out of 13 found this review helpful

8 years and no problems at all.

By on Wednesday, November 04, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 69,000

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
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Reliable"

Cons: "Short turn radius is bad."

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

"This is the first car I ever owned that had NO issues. Bought it new. It needed a battery after 5 years, front brakes after 60,000, rears at around 66,000. It has no rust, runs great, and I would keep it for another two years if we weren't giving it to our daughter for my grandson. My only complaint, as if I need one, is it's short turn radius. Lets just say , if you are looking for a parking spot in Walmart's lot and you see one, you better plan ahead."

9 people out of 13 found this review helpful

Really good car, 3rd gear may need to be replaced

By on Monday, November 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 153,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
Not Rated
Styling
Not Rated
Comfort
Not Rated

Pros: "Very roomy, comfy ride, can be a little peppy (V6)"

Cons: "May need some servicing in the transmission"

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

"This is a really good car, gets me where I need to go, but may need some servicing under the hood, but it is overall, a really good car, has plenty of room all over, lots of trunk space, gets about 22 or 23 mpg city, and about 24 mpg highway. It rides really well, interior is very well kept up, has a clean title, has some service records that can be provided, even from its recent oil change and tire rotation. Photos will be provided soon."

8 people out of 9 found this review helpful

This Vehicle Is A Gem I Would Buy Another

By on Tuesday, October 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 140,000

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: "Fun Vehicle To Own"

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

"I particularly Enjoy It's Highway Performance.It Hugs The Road. Secondly,I Enjoy The Bluetooth It'S Very Convenient To Have A Phone With Hands Free Access. If I Were To Purchase Another, I Would Buy The Same Year,Make & Model. The Paint Is Black With Silver Sparkles In It. I Get Lots Of Compliments From Others On It's Beauty.I Get Great Gas Mileage From This Vehicle.After Purchasing This Car I Found That There Was A Demand For This Particular Model, And I Base This On How Many Offers I Received Repeatedly On A Weekly Bases.And Of Course I Decline Any Offer Made."

8 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Orig Clutch, still tight after 149000!!! Amazing

By on Saturday, October 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 149,289

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
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "economical, reliable, best sound system"

Cons: "after 149k, driver seat uncomfortable"

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

"I bought my Fusion new, I sold cars and I am a service writer for a different make - I LOVE MY FUSION. I would love to have a new car every 3 years, but that just isn't practical. I have put on 2 brake pad replacements and one set of rotors, 3 sets of tires, done oil changes and had some other minor repairs. I am hard on cars - this Fusion has rescued homeless dogs, helped me move into my new home and has never broken down. My only complaint is the battery has been replaced more than my brakes has. Last year I had a car accident in it and the value held well enough I kept my car. My goal is to pass my car onto children so they can take it to the track and learn how to drive a manual transmission too. I have packed everything from coffee tables to dog crates filled with abandoned kittens or dogs in the back seat, but mostly it is just me driving. I never have pick up problems getting on and off the highway, no visibility problems for this 5foot driver! After 149k, I still love my car!"

5 people out of 7 found this review helpful

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