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2008 Ford Fusion

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2008 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 2008 Ford Fusion is just such a car—a 180-degree turnabout from the lackluster midsize Ford products of the past 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. The merging of American styling and Japanese hardware makes the Fusion a terrific value, offering superior handling, good fuel economy and low emissions (rated as a Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle, or PZEV, in California). Almost certainly due to an anticipated lack of much market demand, however, 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 2008 Ford 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?

Anti-lock brakes (ABS) and a tire pressure monitor become standard on all models, while the SEL trim receives Ford's keyless entry keypad system. New options include Reverse Sensing System, a Sport Appearance package and Ford's Sync hands-free audio and communications system.

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 subframe 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.

2008 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 Piano Black with contrasting 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, anti-lock brakes (ABS) 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, keyless keypad entry 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. 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, as well as SIRIUS Satellite Radio, DVD navigation and a rear spoiler. Shortly after the 2008 model launch, Ford's Sync audio and communication system (developed in conjunction with Microsoft) and ambient lighting will be offered.

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: 20/29 (manual), 20/28 (automatic)

3.0-liter V6
221 horsepower @ 6250 rpm
205 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/26 (FWD), 17/25 (AWD)

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2008 Ford Fusion Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.0
Out of 10

Based on 852 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

very average

By on Wednesday, January 07, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 100,000

10 2.0
overall rating 2 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
2/10
Value
2/10
Reliability
2/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Got it cheap"

Cons: "Poor design"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2

"Too many service issues. Lost Air conditioning (bad switch) and they wanted $900 for repairs. Said they would have to take the dash board out to get at it and wish the engineers and designers would make a car that was easier to repair. Happened at the 50,000 mile mark."

6 people out of 9 found this review helpful

I LOVE MY FUSION

By on Tuesday, January 06, 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
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Great car to have"

Cons: "no cons :)"

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

MAMA'S BABY <3

"I bought my 2009 SEL ford fusion fresh out the lot after loosing my 2006 Fusion in an accident :( . This car has been the most reliable transportation. I have close to 70,000 miles on it and have not had any issues with it. All I have had to change on this baby are the brakes just recently and an A/C hose that I broke while driving a little out of line. For the driving I put it through at times, this car has done me good...."

MAMA'S BABY <3

great reliable car, 145,000 miles,

By on Wednesday, December 31, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 145,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "fuel economy, looks, fun with the 5 speed"

Cons: "not a very fast car some engine noise in the cabin"

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

"I bought the car with 90,000 miles on it as a commuter car about two years ago. I haven't had any major issues with it. I replaced the clutch pedal assy, a left front hub and bearing and I have done the brakes on it twice. the car treats me well and I treat it well. it is on the same platform as the mazda 6. I love this car. not the quickest car with the 2.3L 4cylinder (160 HP) but I do get between 24 and 27 mpg in stop and go traveling 80 miles per day."

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Love this car!!!! Want a little bigger car inside

By on Saturday, November 01, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 73,000

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
9/10

Pros: "Marvelous car-- great gas mileage -- no complaints"

Cons: "Need more passenger room--front seat"

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

"Really love this car. So far has been very very dependable. Gets great gas mileage. Perfect for me but have very large family member and need a little more space inside. Need larger car to carry wheelchair for family member. Would not even consider getting rid of this car except for reason stated above and the fact that it is getting more miles on it than I like to have. Would recommend a Ford Fusion any day of the week."

9 people out of 19 found this review helpful

Love this car

By on Sunday, September 21, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 125,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Body styling, interior, easy to drive"

Cons: "This one had a heater core go bad (RARE)"

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

"Love the car, always have. Bought it brand new on the showroom floor. I may keep it and sell the new one I bought instead. I do NOT like the NEW Fusion body style at all. They ruined the aesthetics of the car. This original body style is by far the best, and it's the only reason I didn't buy a new Fusion when it hit 100k miles. Now it's got 125k on it and I got nervous so I bought another car, but I think I should just keep this one."

10 people out of 18 found this review helpful

The worst car I have ever owned

By on Wednesday, September 10, 2014

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

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
7/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Nice interior, roomy"

Cons: "Engine problems, stereo problems,"

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

"Bought this car a few years ago to drive to work just a few miles away. I wanted to drive it to make sure it would be a good fit for my son who would be driving soon. I have had nothing but trouble with the engine and transmission since I bought it. I have put over $5000 worth of work into it and still having problems with it. I am trading it in on something else that is more dependable for my son. Will never buy another one!"

10 people out of 22 found this review helpful

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