Critically, negative comments are few and far between. The electric power-steering rig that points the wheels offers a good feeling of resistance, and turns back to center exiting a turn. Travis is also a member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada. For starters, the Focus has an all-new 160-hp 2. Ford announced to discontinue the Fusion in April 2018. The base model has a raw deal compared to the hybrid one as the platinum model can cause envy.
Safety features include 6 airbags, as well as Ford's AdvanceTrac traction control system with electronic stability control, which applies the brakes and adjusts engine power when it detects wheel slippage. The raked grilled in the front, the stylish arc just before the B-pillar, and the rounded back-end — high fives all around. This rating applies to vehicles other than the specific model and body style tested. It may not be the extrovert like the Kia Optima or Hyundai Sonata, but the Fusion still has a spring in its styling step, six years down the road. While the standard four-cylinder and V-6 models have a roomy 16-cubic-foot trunk, Hybrid models make do with a smaller 12 cubic feet the price of fitting in an additional battery pack. Gas mileage tops out at 25 mpg highway; adding all-wheel drive to the six-cylinder cars drops mileage by a mile per gallon in most cases. Little else of significance has changed.
Owners may contact Ford Customer service at 1-866-436-7332. . The fifth revision of the Fusion will last for another year as it expects to get software and soft-tooled part spiff-up in 2019. For the 2007 model year, approximately 77% of Fusion sales were retail as opposed to fleet. There is an odd softness to it that's unlike other cars. Passenger — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.
Our car also has a voice-activated navigation and 8. Also, side airbags became standard beginning with 2007 models optional in 2006 models. Overall, this setup did more than an adequate job my tester had the SelectShift trans. Ford has confirmed the Fusion will live on through at least the 2020 model year in North America. Leave some of the gizmos even will probably lose weight a bit.
Test and development of localized versions was undertaken in both North America and Europe, resulting in different engine choices, automatic gearboxes, suspension settings and tires. With its cabin somewhat more hunkered back, and front fenders bowing out from some front angles, there's more than a hint of sport sedan. There's an optional all-wheel-drive system for V-6 models, but gas mileage suffers a bit. There are metallic accents on the center console, doors and steering wheel. All were previously available as cost options. I bought this car with 15,600 miles and had it about a year now.
Its engine and suspension are tuned for efficient everyday driving. The Fusion came along in 2006 and it's been a steadily growing sales success ever since, posting some of its best numbers this year even as Ford prepares a replacement for the 2013 model year. And easy enough to induce that condition with 380 lb-ft of torque. Archived from on August 18, 2009. Put into tricky corners, the Focus softly leans outward, stabilizer bars holding it from getting out of sorts but not entirely keeping out the roll. If you opt for the 2012 Fusion Hybrid, you'll also get enhanced graphics and displays for fuel economy, battery usage, and the SmartGauge system that trains drivers to cruise more efficiently. In other words, the roof must withstand a force of at least 4 times the vehicle's weight before the plate crushes the roof by 5 inches.
A large maw in front, resembling Mitsubishi's jet-fighter grille, looks like it could take in enough air to inflate a thousand bouncy castles. A good rating requires a strength-to-weight ratio of at least 4. Class competitors, including perennial bestseller Honda Civic, as well as the Hyundai Elantra, Mazda3 and Toyota Corolla all have better sales numbers so far this year, but the Focus is holding its own. Ford went smaller than ever before, at least in the U. This rating applies to vehicles other than the specific model and body style tested. Base cars get a 175-horsepower, 2. Several colors were removed and some others added.
Sales in Europe and Asia, as Ford Mondeo, are expected to begin in 2015, along with South Africa, where the Fusion name will be used. The Car Design Yearbook 4. Exterior features include foglights, dual chrome exhaust tips, automatic headlights and heated power exterior mirrors, while a Reverse Sensing System, power moonroof and 390-watt Sony Premium sound system are among the optional features. The Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan were introduced in the 2006 model year. The new Focus also ups the game inside. Press the button S in the middle of a new shifter operated to sharpen reflexes Sport. Price could very well be the biggest story for the Focus Price could very well be the biggest story for the Focus.
By the numbers, the Fusion doesn't have the biggest interior of its kind, but it's arranged very well, to make the best use of the space. None of this changes the performance measured on track, but it made the car the more entertaining. Injury measures Driver — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity. For a marginal rating, it is 2. Call this new Focus a mild hatchback. In Europe and other international markets, the engine range is similar, but the 2. So, the users can opt for cloth seats or quilted leather seats depending on their choice.
It also isn't prone to creeping; the car initially stands still when the shifter drops into Drive. Remedy Ford will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the Powertrain Control Module. Automatic parallel parking is a nifty trick. Show full review Vehicle Overview Ford used the previous Fusion to usher in its new three-bar grille, which has been a hit with buyers. Yet from the side, the Fusion's pretty traditional, almost plain.