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I was searching around and forund this site. I am thinking about trading my 02 Explorer 4.0L in on a 06 Fusion 2.3L and I was wondering how well they performed. I am wanting something that gets better gas milage so I thought the Fusion would be a good choice and I like the look the car as well. What are your thoughts?
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I love mine, I am averaging 29MPG. I drive 130 miles a day. :shock:
I have the V6 and it is great, I love little cars that have enough power to get out of there own way.
It's nice and relaxing when you are in the car for at least four hours a day. (Traffic Sucks!)
 

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I would prefer the V6 -- but that's me. I haven't driven the I4, but I love the car in general!
 

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I traded a 2004 Sport Trac to my Fusion V6 in November. I had to change jobs and started driving 80 miles per day and $2,80 - $3.00 gas was killing me. I love this car. I consistently get 26 mpg from the V6. It rides much quieter and smoother than the Sport Trac did. I just can't haul any stuff in the back that you would put in a truck bed.
 

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I find the power of the 4 cylinder to be quite sufficient.  I have the manual trans in mine and I love it.  It likes higher rpm's and while it can seem a little poochy below 3000rpm, working the engine through the gears unleashes its potential and the acceleration in the upper rpm range is quite impressive for a 4 cylinder mid-sized sedan.  On the hwy I record anywhere between 30 and 36mpg depending upon how fast I am going.  75mph and above will yield around 30mpg in my car, 70 and below between 32 and 36.  I would suggest taking one for a test drive.  If you are going with the auto, the V6 might be a good choice.  You don't loose much in terms of efficiency by going with the V6.      
 

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Trunk space is great, lots of room as is the case with most fwd cars in this class. Handling and ride is very competent and impressive. Ford put a very nice suspension setup on these cars - very little lean in the corners while offering a nice ride even on our Michigan roads.

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I also have a 2004 sport trac. I would trade it but i need something 4wd. How is the handeling and trunk storage
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I think that the handling is awesome! The car has lots of back seat room, and a sizable trunk. The rear seats fold flat with the flip of a switch for hauling big stuff. The only thing a little tight is the headroom--I'm 6 ft tall. I had owned nothing but trucks and SUVs since about 1990, and had forgotten how much fun a sporty car can be to drive. I looked at the 4 cylinder with the manual, but liked the power and the dual exhausts out the back of the V6, and the mpg isn't much worse. I wasn't impressed with a 4 cylinder with the 5 speed auto--I'd go for either the manual trans. or the V6 with the 6 speed auto.
 

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I'm 6'5" and I fit in it just fine. Granted I don't have the sunroof, so that helps with headroom. It helps when you lower the seat all the way down. It does make it a little harder to get into, though.

I have a Fusion SE 4 cyl AUTO. Have had it almost 2 weeks now.
 
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