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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 864 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

One of the most satisified cars I've own.

By on Friday, May 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 49,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"This is my second Fusion and would recommend to anyone to buy. Do have a few friends that did and are totally satisfied with the car."

solid good running car!

By on Saturday, March 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 26,450

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "comfy interior, cushy ride, handles good."

Cons: "needs a little more headroom in the drivers door w"

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

"the only thing i dont like is the hight of the top of the door opening. i keep hitting my head when i get in.also sets low to the ground but this probably enables it to handle good."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Great value vehicle

By on Sunday, March 08, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 62,000

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
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

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

"Vehicle meets all my needs. I have the SE model with a lower set of options. Initial price, fuel economy, reliability, comfort and resale value have proven this to be a great value. Minimal costs to maintain over the 8 years of ownership."

7 people out of 12 found this review helpful

Terrible

By on Saturday, February 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 93,000

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
1/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
5/10

Cons: "no factory mp3"

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

"Would not recommend. Overall design and quality is very poor. Turn radius is also very under par. Not very good on gas. Gutless."

2 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Love this car

By on Thursday, February 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 65,000

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
9/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Really fun to drive Looks Great"

Cons: "Entry way"

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

"The only draw back to this car is getting in and out of it. I am a 6 ft. 200 lbs. but after I'm in it's nothing but fun. Looks good and runs great. It is also a well balanced vehicle."

3 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Great, reliable vehicle, excellent value!

By on Thursday, February 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 142,000

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
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Reliable and comfortable"

Cons: "No light in rear seat"

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

"I have owned my 2007 Fusion since it was new. It has been such a great car. It has made me a Ford fan. Other than brakes and tires, no surprise expenses or problems. Safety repairs are now being required.(at 142K not bad) I am hoping to drive this car over 200,000 miles."

6 people out of 7 found this review helpful

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