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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 871 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

good reliable car

By on Friday, July 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 106,000

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
10/10

Pros: "good ride , good on gas even the v-6"

Cons: "just the water leak"

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

"has been a very good car , the only issue started this while on vacation in florid , the A/C stopped draining properly and the floor on the passenger side front and back was soaked , came home and found the leak , just don't know what to do to stop it , cleaned the drain tube and it seems to be working as it should"

Best vehicle I've owned

By on Monday, July 06, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 205,000

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

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

"Bought new with 15 miles. Now 205,000 miles and still can manage around 30mpg. No problems, just routine maintenance and it is still going strong."

5 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Zero problems! Great pickup.

By on Wednesday, June 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 70,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"I have had this car for 4 years and it has not let me down. Completely reliable. I hope my next car is as good!"

7 people out of 15 found this review helpful

Best car we ever owned, well maintained

By on Wednesday, June 03, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 215,500

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
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Very reliable car-good cond. for miles."

Cons: "No traction control, no anti-lock brakes on S mod."

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

"We have owned this Fusion since 2006/ 16000 miles. Well maintained. Used as a commuter car home to work avg. 82 miles a day. Rebuilt transmission @ 125,000 miles. Oil changes ever 5,000 miles. Michelin tires w/ good tread. Some rust on hood - many older Fusions have rust there -can be cosmetically repaired. No Accidents! Very clean interior, NON-Smoker. Only rated 9 out of 10 overall due to listed CONS."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Excellent mileage on highway to & from work.

By on Tuesday, June 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 96,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"This car had minimum problems other than regular updates as necessary, i.e. new tires, battery, oil changes, air conditioning repair, transmission flush, etc. Was efficient and cost savings when driving to and from work every day. Only had to fill up once a week. Drove approximately 300 miles in a work week. Enjoy it."

1 person out of 5 found this review helpful

good vehicle harsh ride goodhard to get in & out

By on Saturday, May 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 42,250

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
Not Rated

Pros: "lots of zip for a 4 cyl"

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

"good vehicle but the ride is a little harsh & they did not make it easy for a big or senior person to get in or out only problem has been the battery replaced under waranty"

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

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