IDK if the mega dollared Acura or Infinity really are much better than the Fusion as far as reliability.
Definitely not the Infinity, I dont think Nissan has had the best track record with recent cars and high mileage and I see more new Hondas and Acuras for sale now needing new trannys than ever before. Times are changing and thats my .02 about it.
I love the sound of my engine. I'm the kind of guy that HAS to be able to hear my engine just to help me diagnose any current or future issues that I might have with the vehicle. The dampening is perfect in the Fusion IMO, lets you hear what you need to hear, and is plenty quiet for me the rest of the time. I just hit 7k, and nothing unusual for me. But if you're experiencing noise that is abnormal, then keep your eyes and ears peeled, it could be something that needs attention. As that tends to be possible.
Oh, and people don't buy new cars just because their old ones die. That does happen for a lot of people, but some people just like new cars!
I know I'll prolly buy my next car as soon as the 2.5Ls are out and about(just as long as it has a clutch and stickshift.)