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2011 Ford Fusion

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2011 Ford Fusion Review

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Now in its sixth year as Ford's point player in the ultra-competitive mid-size sedan segment, the Fusion arrives for 2011 fresh from last year's major makeover ready to do battle against the likes of the Chevrolet Malibu, Honda Accord, Nissan Altima and Toyota Camry. Although much of the basic platform engineering on this front-drive/all-wheel drive four-door remains shared with its former Mazda stable mate, the MAZDA6, both its exterior and interior have be transformed to reflect a more youthful and contemporary flavor. The final piece in the 2011 mix is the Fusion Hybrid variant (reviewed separately) that complements the conventional lineup, which includes S, SE, SEL and a high-performance Sport model.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you need the practicality of a well-appointed, well-engineered and crisp-handling family-sized four-door that also offers a choice of fuel-efficient four-or six-cylinder engines and available all-wheel drive, the 2011 Ford Fusion merits serious consideration for a spot in your garage.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Even this latest and greatest Fusion may not be enough to convince hard-core Accord and Camry owners that it's time to head down to their local Ford dealers. Those who prioritize interior space would likely prefer the Chevy Malibu or the latest-generation Accord, which has grown sufficiently to now qualify as an EPA "large car."

What's New for 2011

HD Radio is now available, as are rain-sensing wipers, "MyKey" programmable vehicle key and two new equipment groups: Luxury and Comfort. Integrated blind-spot mirrors are now standard on Fusions not equipped with the Blind Spot Information System (BLIS).

Driving the Fusion
Driving Impressions

With increased power and torque plus advanced six-speed transmissions, even four-cylinder 2011 Ford Fusion models have plenty in hand to cope with all normal city/highway traffic demands. Those willing to...

... forego a bit of fuel economy will find the Fusion even more appealing when equipped with the 3.0-liter V6, while the 3.5-liter makes the Sport variant downright quick. Buyers can opt for front- or all-wheel drive with either engine. All but the Sport trim use Ford's Electric Power Assist Steering (EPAS) that improves feedback and helps boost fuel economy. This new EPAS hardware also cuts nearly a foot out of the Fusion's turning circle to ease maneuvering in tight confines. Numerous refinements and suspension geometry tweaks carryover from last year, imparting a more precise feel with better roll control across the lineup. Complementing those dynamic improvements are decreased ambient noise levels in the Fusion's hushed cabin.

Impressive Powertrain Combinations
Advanced engines and transmissions make all conventional Fusion models more engaging to drive. Both the four-cylinder and V6 engines offer outstanding comparative mpg and drink regular unleaded (and/or E85 in the case of the 3.0-liter). Ford's newest six-speed automatic employs a manual-style SelectShift gate and can be paired with either V6 engine.

SYNC Voice-Activated Communications
Standard in the Fusion SEL/Sport and available in S/SE models, the SYNC package is arguably the most useful and user-friendly multi-purpose input/output system on the market today. For 2011, it's been upgraded to include a new 911 Assist capability, Traffic, Directions and Information, Vehicle Health Report diagnostics, and can integrate with the optional on-board navigation system.

2011 Ford Fusion Details
Interior

Where the original Fusion's interior was a bit hard edged and lacking in sophistication, the 2011 model demonstrates a much more elegant approach. Ford made the Fusion's passenger compartment more inviting by adding richer character and more user-friendly elements to all models in the range. Soft-touch surfaces and metallic accents dominate this well-appointed, well-isolated realm, which is highlighted by a recently restyled dash fitted with highly-legible 3D-look instrumentation and a more logically arrayed center stack. Enhanced bolstering on the front buckets provides greater support and comfort while the rear quarters have sufficient head and leg room to comfortably accommodate two adults or carry three for shorter distances. A 60/40 split-folding seatback adds even more utility to the Fusion's already spacious 16.5 cubic-foot trunk.

Exterior

The Fusion received a major refresh last year, beginning with design tweaks that impart a sportier look and improved aerodynamics. Everything ahead of the A-pillar was redone, from the prominent power bulge on its hood and smartly flared fenders to bolder fascia/lamp/grille treatments that impart a lower, wider look. Complementing the revamp, new underbody shields help channel air aft more efficiently, while its rear quarters gained added distinction with reshaped taillamps, a redrawn decklid and a lower-fascia "diffuser" panel with dual exhausts. Fusion S trims get V-rated all-season 205/60 tires on 16-inch aluminum wheels, SE/SEL models step that up to 225/50 rubber on 17-inch steel (SE) or alloy (SEL) wheels while the Sport wears 225/45s on 18-inch alloys.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Regardless of trim/powertrain choices, all Fusions are very well equipped. Even the Fusion S boasts power windows/locks/mirrors, air conditioning, keyless remote entry, six-speed manual transmission, cruise control, tilt/telescoping steering column, AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system and a 60/40 split/folding rear seat plus AdvanceTrac stability/traction control, anti-lock brakes and front/front-side/side-curtain airbags. The SE steps up with items like SIRIUS Satellite Radio, an enhanced sound system, power driver's seat, redundant steering wheel controls and fog lamps, while the SEL brings dual-zone auto climate control, leather-trimmed full-power seats and SYNC voice-activated communications. Beyond more power and a dedicated suspension/wheel/tire package, the Sport adds special exterior/interior trim and 911 assist to its SYNC system.

Optional Equipment

Fusion S extras are limited to a six-speed automatic transmission, remote start, and floormats, while SE buyers can opt for the automatic transmission, a 3.0-liter V6 with SportShift automatic transmission, electrochromic mirrors, SYNC with 911 Assist (with or without a sunroof), rear spoiler, a monochrome appearance package and the Reverse Sensing System. The SEL offers the 3.0-liter V6, Driver's Vision Package (Rear-View Camera plus Blind-Spot Info System with Cross-Traffic Alert) and the Luxury Package (illuminated door sills, unique leather heated front seats, chrome door pulls and mirror caps.) SEL/Sport trims allow voice-activated Navigation, a Moon & Tune Package (moonroof plus 12-speaker/390-watt Sony premium audio), and all-wheel drive. Only Sport buyers can choose a convenience-oriented Rapid Spec which adds the Moon & Tune, Comfort Package (dual-zone climate control, heated seats, four-way power passenger seat, puddle lamps and driver's keypad) and the Driver's Vision Package. A Sport Appearance Package that includes a tauter suspension is available for the SE/SEL.

Under the Hood

2010's significant powertrain upgrades carry over for 2011, bringing technology that elevates the pony count, fuel economy and driving experience in all Ford Fusion models. The 2.5-liter Duratec in-line four-cylinder makes 175 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque, whether mated to the standard six-speed manual transmission or the optional six-speed automatic. Available in SE/SEL trims and paired with a mandatory 6-speed automatic transmission that adds a manual-style SelectShift feature is a 3.0-liter Flex-Fuel V6 that develops 240 horsepower and 223 pound-feet of torque. The Sport level brings a potent 3.5-liter V6 rated at 263 horsepower, 249 pound-feet of torque and is paired with the 6-speed SelectShift automatic. The SEL/Sport models also offer optional on-demand all-wheel drive.

2.5-liter in-line 4
175 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
172 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/29 (manual), 22/30 (automatic), 23/33 (SelectShift automatic)

3.0-liter V6 (Flex-Fuel)
240 horsepower @ 6550 rpm
223 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4300 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/28 (gasoline, FWD), 13/20 ( E85, FWD), 18/26 (gasoline, AWD), 13/18 (E85, AWD)

3.5-liter V6
263 horsepower @ 6250 rpm
249 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/27 (FWD, automatic), 17/24 (AWD, automatic)

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2011 Ford Fusion Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.0
Out of 10

Based on 461 Ratings for the 2010 - 2012 models.

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

Great car

By on Friday, July 15, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 22,400

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
9/10

Pros: "Good car at a good price."

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

"Has been a great car. I have done nothing but regular maintenance. (change oil, replace battery) I love the satellite radio & the Sync feature. V6 engine has plenty of power."

Great except for some instrument design flaws

By on Tuesday, June 28, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 57,700

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Great styling, very dependable"

Cons: "Badly placed switches for signal/ headlights"

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

"I love my Fusion and am very happy with it. It is a very comfortable and great looking car with decent power and great handling. This is the last release year for this version of style and I much prefer it to the newer body style which I find cheapens the Fusion. A couple of things that I find incredibly annoying about this car, which I'm surprised have not been mentioned, but still a a pain are: - the signal light indicator stick which is located on the same stick as the wipers- if you touch it the wrong way, it activates the wipers. this happens all the time headlight switch- is located too close to the knees , i have switched on the lights many times by accident just getting in or out of the car."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Great car Great Mileage

By on Thursday, June 16, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 137,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "High Tech, High MPG"

Cons: "None so far"

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

"I bought the Fusion Hybrid when gas was around $3.50 per gallon and rising. I commute 25 miles one way 5 days per week. I have consistently achieved 39.7 mpg. The car was WAY ahead of it's time with technology at the time. Bluetooth and voice activated controls were cool and are just now being matched by other high end cars. Leather seats and interior still look good. When the car was new, I had to replace one of the front wheel bearings which was covered under warranty. After 3 years, I had to replace the 12 volt starting battery (not the hybrid battery). After 6 years, I did have to replace the throttle body which stuck closed. The dealer fixed it in less than 4 hours at a cost of $500. The car has NEVER had a brake job presumably because the regenerative brakes take most of the work off the pads. I have heard the hybrid battery may last beyond 200k and that is the only concern I have. So far it has been a really great car."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Two thumbs up!!

By on Sunday, May 29, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 22,000

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

Pros: "Drives well, great value, roomy"

Cons: "Fuel economy could be better"

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

"I only buy late model, gently used vehicles with low mileage. In May 2015, I purchased my 2012 Ford Fusion SEL with about 11,000 miles on it - beige interior and leather seats. (It must have been owned previously by a little old lady who kept it in mint condition.) I love all of the features - Bluetooth, dual automatic climate control, heated seats, power everything, automatic windows (the front ones roll UP automatically as well, which makes me happier than it probably should), etc. One year and 11,000 miles later, it is still in terrific condition for a 4 year old car. Despite the fact that the interior cabin is almost completely beige and I have two very small children, the interior still looks practically brand new - so I think that speaks highly of the quality of materials used for the interior. The car drives and handles very well and is quite comfortable. The backseat has plenty of room for passengers and the trunk space can't be beat. At least 50% of my driving is done on the highway so I had expected to see slightly better fuel economy, but the car's tracking system regularly indicates 23-24 MPG between fuel ups.... but I could have sprung for the Hybrid version. Maintenance is very easy and inexpensive - only have to change the oil (using synthetic) every 7,500-10,000 miles. All in all, I have absolutely ZERO complaints about this car and whole-heartedly recommend it!!"

Maybe the BEST mid size ever.

By on Saturday, April 2, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 61,000

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 handling, braking, COMFORT and reliable!"

Cons: "Doesn't look like a Anime creation...LOL"

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

Fresh bold aggressive style without the Anime 'melting' look of the competition. Looks NEW even five years later.

"Bought at 20K miles with extended warranties.. at 61K miles in three years and ZERO repairs. Amazingly taut suspension, flawless body/trim execution and super supportive and comfortable interior. V6 AWD SEL simply is a winning combo.NO Hyundai/Kia or Honda/Toyota held a candle in reliability or performance. ZERO recalls, 100K sealed coolant and a PERFECTLY matched seamless 6 speed that is silk to this engines throaty smooth redline revs. Wish I could buy one new. Find a well maintained model... this is a 150K mile keeper and enjoying every mile."

5 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Fresh bold aggressive style without the Anime 'melting' look of the competition. Looks NEW even five years later.

Reliable

By on Friday, January 29, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 67,000

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
7/10
Comfort
9/10

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

"Extended engine warranty.Extended bumper to bumper warranty. No accidents or dents. Very well taken care of. New tires within the past year. New breaks in the past 2 months. Has undergone timely service everytime as per factory recommendation."

6 people out of 9 found this review helpful

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