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Ford Fusion

Vehicle research for the 2012 Ford Fusion

The Good

This is one of the most flexible, customizable vehicles in its class. Drivers can opt for all-wheel drive, various powertrains and hybrid efficiency. The 2012 Ford Fusion also has excellent styling and vehicle ergonomics.

The Bad

Rear seating room leaves much to be desired. Interior materials are not of very high quality. The standard 3.0 L V6 engine doesn’t offer a whole lot of power, considering its size and potential.

The Bottom Line

This is one of the top options in its class. The Fusion is a very affordable midsize sedan, and its pros far outweigh its cons.

Price

For the 2012 Ford Fusion, six different trim packages are available, and there is a considerable price spread between the base S front-wheel drive model and the top-end Sport package.

MSRP: $20,705 to $29,175

Average paid: $20,345 to $27,285

Performance

Acceleration and power

The Ford Fusion S base model comes with an inline-4 engine that produces a maximum of 175 horsepower, propelling the vehicle from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 8.9 seconds. While those are respectable totals, the base model suffers from slightly inadequate torque production, which can make it feel sluggish and unresponsive when driving at high speeds.

If you want an engine with more kick, you can upgrade to a Sport package. The strongest available engine is a 3.5 L V6, which puts out 263 horsepower and goes 0 to 60 in just 6.8 seconds.

Handling and braking

Ford Fusion reviews are virtually unanimous in their praise of the car’s handling and driving dynamics. It offers a smooth, jitter-free ride and it is both highly responsive and extremely agile. While you will experience the best performance and handling from the all-wheel drive Sport model, the front-wheel drive base-model S package also performs admirably and will leave you wanting for little under normal driving conditions.

Interior

Seating

One of the big knocks against the Ford Fusion is the somewhat tawdry feel of its seating material. While the seats themselves are reasonably comfortable and well-designed, the standard cloth upholstery feels like it could be significantly improved upon. Also, while the vehicle specifications indicate standard seating for five passengers, adults may well find the rear seats a little cramped.

Features

An LCD dashboard display is standard on all models, as are power door locks, power windows, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel and an anti-theft system. Entertainment features include an AM/FM stereo with CD and MP3 player, four speakers and an auxiliary audio input jack. A wide range of optional interior features are available, depending on which trim package you select.

Seat adjustment is manual, unless you upgrade to power seats. The driver’s seat is four-way adjustable, while the front passenger seat is two-way adjustable.

Cargo space

The 2012 Ford Fusion offers a generously sized trunk, which measures in with a capacity of 16.5 cubic feet. This is about average for vehicles in its class. Towing capacity specifications were not made available by Ford, but these will depend on which powertrain option you select.

Safety

The 2012 Ford Fusion offers a long list of standard safety features, including Ford’s AdvanceTrac electronic stability control system, which is bolstered with brake-actuated traction control. There are also front and rear side curtain airbags, dual front airbags and side-impact airbags to reduce the possibility of injury after a crash.

Other standard safety features include crash severity sensors, an accident alert system, child safety rear door locks and a LATCH anchor and tether system for the rear child seat. Ford also includes its MyKey system, which allows you to limit the top speed, limit the stereo volume, receive early alerts when the fuel tank is starting to run out and more.

Specifications

A manual transmission was an option on many of the 2011 Ford Fusion models, but in 2012, you can only get a stick shift on the base S trim package. The specifications given below (and this entire article) apply to the Ford Fusion S front-wheel drive sedan; there are many different options available with the Sport packages, including heftier powertrains and all-wheel drive.

There is also a Ford Fusion hybrid model which offers improved fuel efficiency. The Ford Fusion mileage specs for the hybrid model are 41 city/36 highway, which lead its class.

  • Transmission: 6-speed automatic (manual transmission available on S model only)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel drive (all-wheel drive available)
  • Engine Type: Inline-4 (V6 available)
  • Engine Size: 2.5 L – 3.5 L
  • Horsepower: 175 (2.5 L inline-4)
  • MPG, City: 22 MPG
  • MPG, Highway: 32 MPG
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