...Safety: Antilock disc brakes, front-seat side airbags and side-curtain airbags are standard on all Fusions. Traction control is optional on front-wheel-drive V6 models, but stability control is not available at all. A reverse parking sensor is optional. In National Highway Transportation Safety Administration frontal-impact crash tests, early-release 2008 Ford Fusions earned four stars (out of five) for driver and front-passenger protection. Later models earned five stars. In side-impact testing, all 2008s earned five stars for front-occupant protection and four stars for rear occupants. In...
...Seat-mounted side-impact airbags for the front seats and side curtain airbags designed to protect front and rear occupants in a side impact are standard. Antilock braking is now standard on all Fusions, as is a tire pressure monitoring system. The lack of an electronic stability system in the Fusion is a glaring omission, as the feature is being incorporated into other cars across the market, including competing models — and more affordable ones to boot. Driving Impressions The Fusion is a credible four-door sedan that's priced reasonably, has appealing fuel economy and delivers satisfying...
...which includes a black chrome grille, a unique spoiler, color-keyed fog lamps, a sport-tuned suspension, red seat inserts, and red stitching on the seats, steering wheel, and console.Other options for 2008 include a color-configurable ambient interior lighting system, which enables drivers to customize the color of the lighting in the front and rear footwells.Ford offers the 2008 Fusion in S, SE, and SEL trim packages, with either a 160-horsepower, 2.3-liter inline-four-cyclinder engine or a 221-horsepower, 3.0-liter V6. The four-cylinder engine links to either a standard five-speed manual...
...The Fusion's redemption comes in its cargo space, which is easily one of the best you'll find in a family car. The trunk boasts a low lift-over height and a healthy 15.8 cubic feet of volume, and the 60/40-split rear seats fold with release handles at the lip of the trunk. The seatbacks are spring-loaded, too, so they fall forward without you needing to pull them down from the backseat or push something against them from the trunk. If you have fragile cargo — say, a lamp — the Fusion can be a godsend. Roominess Compared Passenger volume (cu. ft.) Cargo volume (cu. ft.) Honda Accord 106.0...
...But there's a downside: You have to look down at the instrument panel. That's not bothersome with the main instrument cluster, but the center stack is another matter. We would have sacrificed the storage bin atop the dashboard to move the navigation screen - and with it the audio and climate controls - higher. Our driving experience came in weather conditions that ranged from warm to cold, and snow to rain. The Fusion handled all with aplomb with the exception of the wipers icing up during a heavy snow squall. We averaged 19.1 miles per gallon, a bit less than we would prefer, but...
...And that the base 2.3-liter, 160-horsepower four-cylinder engine is Mazda-sourced, too -- it's smooth and reasonably powerful, and is happy with regular gasoline. The EPA-rated mileage is good, not great, at 20 mpg city, 28 mpg highway. The five-speed automatic transmission, at $875, is the test car's only option. It replaces a five-speed manual. Inside, the instrument cluster is nicely designed and easy to read, and controls are where they should be. The cloth-covered front bucket seats are a little on the thin side, but comfortable enough. Rear seat room isn't bad, and the 15.8-cubic-foot...
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