2008 Ford Fusion Review
You know the old saying, "Better late than never?" That applies today as I'm going to review my 2008 Ford Fusion. When I was looking for a car back in the winter of 2008, many cars came to mind. The Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, and the Acura TL. During my search, however, none of them felt quite as comfortable as the 2008 Ford Fusion. What the car lacks in the power department, it makes up for in comfort. The 2.3L 4-cylinder produces 160hp, which isn't much power for a vehicle of that size. For those looking for power, this isn't the car for you. If you're looking for fuel economy, however, it's definitely superb in that department. The Fusion averages 10.1 L/100KM (city) 6.9 L/100KM (highway). The engine is a bit noisy under hard acceleration. The main thing that attracted me to the vehicle - other than the price, of course - was the chrome grille. The clear, chrome headlights stood out against the competition. The Fusion is definitely unique. The Fusion offers a variety of different trim levels. With the SE, standard features include power windows, power mirrors, power driver's seat, fog lights, and heat mirrors. Ford also offers a Sport Appearance Package ($1,200) which includes 18-inch alloy wheels, rear spoiler, power moonroof and overhead console. This appearance package makes the base model Fusion look much sportier for a reasonable cost. Ford also offers the Microsoft SYNC system, which allows you to select music by a hands-free, voice-activated system, that also allows you to make phone calls. The standard six-speaker audio system can be upgraded with a 8-speaker Audiophile system that includes a 6-disc CD changer. Other options to consider are the remote engine start and rear park assist. The Fusion's instrument panel is attractive. Between the gauges is a green display with driver-selectable information such as fuel consumption, kilometers to empty, average speed, clock, and trip odometer. The steering wheel also includes controls for the audio system and cruise control. The driver's visibility is great. The turning diameter is quite wide, making turnarounds difficult. Despite that, the Fusion is an easy car to drive, and the ride is quite comfortable. I've been on a couple long road trips with the vehicle and had no complaints from the passengers. The Fusion is a standard family car that comes at a great price. Sure, it isn't as sporty as the Honda Accord or Nissan Altima, but it's a great car nonetheless. Overall I think the Fusion stacks up well against the competition. With a base price of $19, 000, it's a lot of car at a reasonable price.