One of the most important facets of car ownership is being pleased about how a car looks. The Fusion is distinctive, bold. Even a nice-looking (to the owner) set of wheels needs to be reliable in order to be fully appreciated. The Ford trio -- Fusion, Milan, MKZ (Zephyr) -- has achieved some impressive marks from consumers and professional reviewers for the 06 models and the 07s should be even better. The fit and finish on our SEL AWD is as good or better than anything I have seen or owned. Outstanding.
The car's amenities are ample, stylish, functional and pleasing to the eye. The Fusion has enough innovativeness to have flare, but enough engineering to earn high marks in the common sense arena. Practical does not have to be dull.
The rice machines, as good as they once were, still have a sameness about them. It's hard to tell them apart. It's nice to be different in a positive way. I predict the Fusion will leave an even bigger plus mark in the automotive world than that established by the Taurus when it first arrived on the scene. Hopefully, FoMoCo will do justice to the Fusion name in the future rather than let it die on the vine like it did with the Taurus.
In short, my wife and I like everything about our new Fusion except the poor gas mileage we have experienced for the first 500, a horrific 13 mpg in-city. We will give this situation some time to improve, however.
The Fusion is a winner in every sense of the word, as is the Milan and MKZ. We hope this is the start of something really big for the FoMoCo, which is now an underdog in the U.S. automotive marketplace.
Boz, aka U R NEWS