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"Consumer Guide® Road Test Ratings
Acceleration

No opportunity to test Fusion or Milan with 4-cyl and automatic transmission. With manual transmission, 4-cyl Fusions are adequate at best and feel slower than our test car's 9.2 sec 0-60-mph time. Balky shift linkage complicates gear changes."


This car is a bit slower than I thought, 9.2 seconds to 60, almost 2 seconds slower than some of the V6 auto times I've seen published and probably not much quicker than my F150! Too bad they didn't post a 1/4 mile time...mid 17's? To me it feels quicker than the time suggests.
 

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In the 'Guide de l'auto' the 0-100km/h (62mph) is 8.2 for the 4cyl but they don't mention the transmission used.

It sometimes feels that fast but I've also found a few times while really flooring it that the car felt slow or quickly out of breath.
 

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The 4 banger is a dog. For everyday driving, it's great. It's when you want to get on it is when it has problems. Just today I was coming back from a job, going up a twisty hill I decide to have some fun. It fells like the engine goes flat when it has to really work. I think my 4x4 Ranger went up that hill at the same speed if not a little faster. I can't complain too much, I'm at a steady 30.5MPG.
 

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That time is not surprising. It is an average car, with an average motor that aimed to meet the needs of an average person.

The 5spd - 4cyl combo does it job well, I just wish it had one more gear.

The same site has the accord coupe with the 4 cyl - 5spd combo listed at 7.9 seconds @ 3056 lbs.

This site has the Fusion listed with a weight of 3101 lbs.

I guess this must be why the VTEC kicks ass :lol:
 

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I have the 4-cyl auto, it is adequate and it gets the job done. To me its not slow but it isn't fast either. I got it for the gas mileage anyways, it doesn't need to be fast thats what my motorcycle is for.
 

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the vtec sucks

the altima 4 cylinder is where its at

even the camry 4 cylinder feels faster than the accord
 

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I'll second that Altima comment. The rental 2.5 Altima that I had a few years back was damn quick for a 4 speed auto. I'm sure it would wax my Fuse.


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the vtec sucks

the altima 4 cylinder is where its at

even the camry 4 cylinder feels faster than the accord
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My father has a 2004 Altima 2.5s and the throttle is more responsive and it feels quicker and more responsive but all in all it's about the same.
 

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The Altima 2.5 uses DFI and that may contribute to the quicker, more responsive feeling. Plus, an extra 15hp and 20ft-lbs of torque can't hurt! Ford - I want DFI and 6 speeds in my Fusion! Build it and I will come! Ummm....LOL!

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My father has a 2004 Altima 2.5s and the throttle is more responsive and it feels quicker and more responsive but all in all it's about the same.
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[quote author=Metallicat link=topic=46648.msg719882#msg719882 date=1147619856]
probably not much quicker than my F150!  Too bad they didn't post a 1/4 mile time...mid 17's?  To me it feels quicker than the time suggests.     

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Trucks should beat cars, thats a given. And quarter mile time is 16.3 on an automatic.
 

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I would not expect my 5500 lb, 235 hp F150 to beat many Fusions!  LOL!  I am sure my 2.3 could clean house on my F150 - you just have to rev the Fusion more to get any power out of it - at least with the 2.3.  Even the new F's with 300 hp barely break into the high 16's.  They're HEAVY!  A good running Duramax or PSTROKE...now that is a different story.  The Frontier 5.6 and 5.7 Dodge trucks could probably also give a V6 Fuse a good run for the money.  But I bet the Fusion V6 takes them all in the 1/4 mile!       

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[quote author=Metallicat link=topic=46648.msg719882#msg719882 date=1147619856]
probably not much quicker than my F150!  Too bad they didn't post a 1/4 mile time...mid 17's?  To me it feels quicker than the time suggests.     

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Trucks should beat cars, thats a given. And quarter mile time is 16.3 on an automatic.
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Back in the early 1980s, when I started driving, 9.2 was considered quick.

The Nissan does not have direct injection. It does, howevere, have nearly 10% more displacement. I've also noticed that the VVT Ford/Mazda 2.3 tends to feel slower than it is. I drove a Fusion with this combo, didn't do it for me. My previous car was a 1996 Ford Contour SE V6 MTX. Loved that car.
 

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[quote author=ppdiaporama link=topic=46648.msg722186#msg722186 date=1147742849]
My father has a 2004 Altima 2.5s and the throttle is more responsive and it feels quicker and more responsive but all in all it's about the same.
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It's NOT even CLOSE to the same.....the Altima 4 banger is about 175 HP MUCH peppier than the Fusion.
 

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Some guy on the Blueovalnews Fusion board posted a 1/4 mile time of 17.44 with his 4 cylinder auto, taken from a local track.  He didn't post any other stats about the run, but even if his reaction was slow we're still only talking low 17's with the auto which backs up the 9.2 0-60 time from Consumer Guide.  With our recent 50 degree night-time air in the Detroit area, I swear my manual I-4 feels like a mid-16's car...but I am running premium with a performance tune so that helps a lot.  Lots of wheel spin tonight  ;) 
 

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I'm the guy who took it to the track  :lol:.  My friend and I took our cars to the local drag strip.  His V6 SEL ran a best of [email protected] mph and my I4 SEL auto ran a [email protected] mph.  Reaction time does NOT affect your et at the track.  The time starts when your tires cross the light beam.

As stated above, I don't think anyone buys the 4 cyl to win races.  It's great on gas and not to bad once your moving.  Very slow from a stop.
 

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The Dodge Neon (132hp version) ran a 16.2 (MotorTrend) back in 2000 with the 5 speed manual. Maybe I could be so lucky ;) I know, the Neons are lightweights.
 

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[quote author=captainhook link=topic=46648.msg721178#msg721178 date=1147710771]
That time is not surprising. It is an average car, with an average motor that aimed to meet the needs of an average person.

The 5spd - 4cyl combo does it job well, I just wish it had one more gear.

The same site has the accord coupe with the 4 cyl - 5spd combo listed at 7.9 seconds @ 3056 lbs.

This site has the Fusion listed with a weight of 3101 lbs.

I guess this must be why the VTEC kicks ass :lol:

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Hmmm....

The V-6 Accord equipped with the Auto is only a few tenths off of that. Not to discredit you, but those numbers look fishy.
 
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