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2009 Ford Fusion

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2009 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 2009 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 previous generation 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 2009 Ford Fusion. It offers distinctive styling in line with the Chevrolet Malibu and Honda Accord, yet its priced closer to the smaller Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla.

You May Not Like This Car If...

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

What's New for 2009

More content marks the major changes to the 2009 Ford Fusion with SEL trims getting standard ambient multi-color lighting and SIRIUS Satellite Radio. Ford's AdvanceTrac electronic stability control is made optional on all trims, while cars without the SYNC audio system receive an auxiliary audio input jack.

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.
Favorite Features

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.

2009 Ford Fusion Details
2009 Ford Fusion photo 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 a variety of different interior themes, including Piano Black with contrasting stitching and a cool Blue Suede Package that adds blue Alcantera inserts to the seats and door panels. 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 with SIRIUS Satellite Radio, power driver's seat and steering wheel-mounted audio controls. The SEL adds 17-inch wheels, automatic climate control, SYNC audio, 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. Also on the options list is Ford's SYNC system and a voice-activated DVD navigation unit, remote start, an Audiophile eight-speaker sound system, AdvanceTrac stability control, the Blue Suede Package, 18-inch wheels, all-wheel drive and a rear spoiler.

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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2009 Ford Fusion Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.0
Out of 10

Based on 820 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

Solid, comfortable car. Great value. Peppy.

By on Tuesday, March 25, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 54,000

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
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

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

"More comfortable than my BMW 530i. Very peppy with the V-6. 18 mpg around town and 28 mpg on the hwy. a pleasure to drive. love the heated seats.It also is holding its value well."

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Great Car

By on Sunday, March 16, 2014

I don't own this car

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 for a used model and fun to drive"

Cons: "No Power seats"

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

"I had wanted to get one of these cars when I first saw them around town. I lost my car about a year ago, and needed another one. The Dealer was very correct in his appraisal of the car and making me feel that it was a good decision. The car drives nice and is very comfortable. It gets good gas mileage and is fun to drive. This car may not look the part, but it does have some power. From a complete stop, it can go from 0 to 60 in very little time. I cannot measure it, but I know what it can do. Shifting is tight and smooth. Very well put together car. I am gonna hate having to give it up."

Best used car I ever bought~!

By on Saturday, March 08, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 73,100

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: "Sporty look, easy to drive, good gas mileage"

Cons: "New tires cost a bundle, because of size & width"

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

"I bought this car from a local dealer, used in 2010. It had 31,000 miles on it and almost out of warranty. I had zero problems, other than a small oil leak, when I first purchased it. The oil leak was fixed under the warranty. I just put my first set of tires on it in 2012, with 59,000 miles. This year I replaced the battery, because it wouldn't start on a day when the outside temperature was 15 below zero. I literally have only put gas in the car and changes the oil. I have never changed the breaks. I love this car and highly recommend it to anyone."

This car owes me nothing.

By on Saturday, March 08, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "good mileage on gas and comfortable"

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

"Other than tires, oil change and a recent battery, nothing but excellent performance and good looking."

Great, Comfortable ride!

By on Tuesday, February 25, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 154,750

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
9/10

Pros: "great stock speakers, fun to drive, comfortable!"

Cons: "front suspension gets squeaky (see above)"

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

"When I bought my fusion, it had just over 132,000 miles. I figured it would have rattles an squeaks but it was so quite and comfortable when going down the interstate. It had a few scratches and dings but I fixed them so it looks like almost new, and has over 154,000 miles currently. I've put more that 22,000 miles on it in less than a year and it still runs like a champion. Mine has the 3.0L V6 engine, and I get anywhere from 24 city to 31 on the highway. that's amazing for a V6! It's now 7 years old and my only complaint is the squeaky suspension in the front. It's a common problem but it's just starting with 154k, what do you expect? LOVE THIS CAR. I am going to keep it till she dies (never thought I would say that!)or I finally want a new '14 Ford Fusion"

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

dud

By on Wednesday, February 19, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 104,223

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
4/10
Reliability
3/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
6/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3

"alot a problems since day one throttle sensor, coil pack problems shakes and goes blug blug blug at the stop signs cost a lot of money to fix this just really unhappy."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

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