2007 Ford Fusion Review

2007 Ford Fusion The Ford Fusion is Ford’s bold attempt to get back some of the market share it lost from the Camry, Accord, and Altima. Once upon a time, Ford was the go-to automaker for a solid midsize sedan ( remember the old Taurus? ). Since the Taurus stagnated, the triple threat from Japan has taken over the midsize sedan market. Ford is finally back in the game, with a real player – the 2007 Ford Fusion.

The first thing you’ll notice about the Fusion is the daring 3-bar grille that dominates the front of the car. It looks fantastic in black, and sorta ‘meh’ in other colors. If you’re buying a Fusion, try to stick with the black – it just looks amazing. In fact, a black Fusion is one of the best looking midsize sedans on the road today.

As far as performance, Ford falls a little short with both the 4 cylinder and the V6.. though notably so in the V6. There’s just a little 3.0 liter V6 under the hood, instead of the larger 3.5 liter found in the Camry and Altima. Horsepower is way down – to the tune of 40+ HP. The 4 banger is down just a little across the board – not a big setback there. The real surprise is the gas mileage – it’s very low compared to the competition. For instance – the Fusion 4 cylinder is rated at 23 mpg city, 31 mpg highway. Even the old-ish Accord gets a 24/34 rating. The newly redesigned Altima rocks it at 26/34 – all with an automatic transmission. That being said, the Fusion does offer refreshing styling, as well as an option AWD system, if you go with the V6. I don’t know if the Fusion is good enough to take over the Japanese Big Three, but it’ll sure make them stand up and take notice.

2007 Ford Fusion Specs

  • 160 HP 2.3 liter 4 cylinder engine
  • 221 HP 3.0 liter V6 engine available
  • AWD system available with V6 engine
  • Side and side-curtain airbags standard
  • EPA Says : 23 MPG city / 31 MPG highway ( 4 cylinder )
  • EPA Says : 20 MPG city / 28 MPG highway ( V6 )
  • 5 speed manual, or 6 speed automatic transmission

2007 Ford Fusion Reviews

Cars Everything reviews the 2007 Ford Fusion and writes – ‘The 221-hp V6 engine provides enough power, although the Fusion will not likely be mistaken for a sports sedan. The Fusion can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in about 8 seconds, a reasonable performance though not as quick as the V6 versions of the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry.’

MSN Autos reviews the 2007 Ford Fusion and writes – ‘There is some wind noise above 60 mph, but the upscale looking interior is generally pretty quiet. The front bucket seats are supportive and crisply styled gauges have a custom appearance. A tilt/telescopic steering wheel and a manual or automatic height-adjustable driver’s seat help provide a comfortable driving position for people of various sizes.’

Car and Driver reviews the 2007 Ford Fusion and writes – ‘Everything is just fine, but unremarkable. The steering wheel asks reasonable effort and provides decent feedback, but is a little too light and a touch numb. The clutch pedal is smooth, but also a tad uncommunicative and travel is as long as some of our commutes. The shifter isn’t bad, but it isn’t good enough to elevate it above what can be found in any competing car; and whoever decided it should be topped with a softball-sized knob must be a recent transfer from Ford’s commercial truck division.’

Automotive.com reviews the 2007 Ford Fusion and comments on the transmission- ‘The six-speed automatic transmission is very smooth. Shift into Drive and it works well. It’s one of the few six-speed automatics in this class. However, it does not offer a semi-manual shifter. Shifting from D to L only locks out fifth and sixth gears. (We wonder how many people actually use semi-manual shifters so this may not be an issue for you.) Also, there’s no indicator showing the driver what gear it’s in at any given moment and around town it’s difficult to tell by feel. (Again, you may not care.)’

Published on February 19, 2007 in Ford

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