A review of one of America’s best-selling cars - the 2011 Ford Fusion
My test subject was a 2011 Ford Fusion SE, equipped with a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine sending power to the front wheels via a 6-speed manual transmission and while I have driven and enjoyed a new 4-cylinder Fusion with an automatic transmission; the manual transmission really brings the fuel-friendly engine to life. My 2011 Fusion test car was also equipped with the rapid spec 202A which includes a power moonroof, Sync voice activated systems and an auto-adjusting rear view mirror, as well as the appearance package which adds V-rated performance tires wrapped around 18” aluminum rims, sport tuned suspension, leather items inside like the steering wheel and shift boot and a low-profile rear spoiler.
In the end, my 2011 Ford Fusion SE test car carried a price of $24,085 which includes a 3-year 36,000 mile bumper to bumper warranty and a 5-year 60,000 mile drivetrain warranty. For comparison, when I configured a similarly-equipped Toyota Camry, I got a starting price around $27,000 for a Camry XLE with the 4-cylinder engine, 6-speed manual transmission and no additional options.
As soon as I took delivery of my 2011 Fusion sedan, I was impressed by the look of the car with the appearance package. The 18” aluminum wheels and rear spoiler make more of a difference than you would expect and although the Fusion SE is only one step above base model, this sporty mid-sized sedan doesn’t have that “ready for rental” look that many modern sedans exhibit. While there is a sport package that adds improved aerodynamics and more power, the Fusion SE has more style and attitude than many of the vehicles in the segment with enough color-coded items to give it a sporty look and just enough chrome to add a touch of class – all without breaking the bank.
Inside the 2011 Fusion
When I climbed in to my 2011 Ford Fusion SE, I was surprised at how much “stuff” you get for the money. The only “regular” feature that my test car didn’t have was leather surfaces but the low-cost SE trimline includes an 8-way power driver’s seat with lumbar adjustment accompanied by a manually controlled passenger seat and a 60-40 rear bench. The rear seating area provides plenty of room for adult passengers without crushing the front riders against the dash, with the bench seats wearing a similar sporty theme as the front buckets.