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You'll Like The 2009 Ford Fusion If...

If you’re looking for a five-passenger sedan that doesn’t dissolve into obscurity when left in a parking lot, check out the 2009 Ford Fusion. It offers distinctive styling in line with the Chevrolet Malibu and Honda Accord, yet its priced closer to the smaller Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla.

You May Not Like The 2009 Ford Fusion If...

If you’re looking for a sedan with higher fuel economy figures, a hybrid model or more resale value, the Accord and Camry are better choices.

What's New

More content marks the major changes to the 2009 Ford Fusion with SEL trims getting standard ambient multi-color lighting and SIRIUS Satellite Radio. Ford’s AdvanceTrac electronic stability control is made optional on all trims, while cars without the SYNC audio system receive an auxiliary audio input jack.

Interior Features

The Ford Fusion’s interior continues the "bold American" theme of the exterior with an added twist – freedom of choice. While most other cars in the class offer just two or three color choices for the same basic interior, Fusion offers a variety of different interior themes, including Piano Black with contrasting stitching and a cool Blue Suede Package that adds blue Alcantera inserts to the seats and door panels. The round analog instruments are easy to read, and the steering wheel includes integrated cruise control switches as standard equipment. Headroom, legroom and shoulder room are all very representative of the segment as a whole, while the trunk space – at 15.8 cubic feet – is substantially larger than many competitors, including the Accord.

Exterior Features

The Fusion’s exterior design began with the dynamic exterior of the Ford 427 concept car, including the three-bar grille and trapezoidal, multi-element projector-beam headlamps. In the current production idiom the wheels are pulled out to the corners of the car but, unlike conventional practice these days, the shape features some fairly sharp edges and a "box-on-wedge" profile. Even on its base 16-inch wheels the Fusion looks properly grounded, but it looks even better with the P225/50R17 tires on the alloy wheels with the five split-spoke design, and the front end has an artful appearance that features a well-integrated, nearly flush bumper below the chrome grille.

Driving Impressions

With a chassis that offers what Ford claims is class-leading torsional rigidity, the Fusion is a solid performer. Its sophisticated short- and long-arm front suspension, which offers geometry that’s superior to the nearly-ubiquitous MacPherson strut arrangement, helps the Fusion deliver handling that rivals a European sports sedan. That feeling is enhanced by the power rack-and-pinion steering that is mounted to a front subframe to minimize vibration and noise. Even the four-cylinder-equipped Fusion has more-than-adequate power, but we recommend the 3.0-liter V6, because there is very little fuel economy penalty for its greater power and superior drivability.

Pricing Notes

The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for a 2009 Ford Fusion runs from around $19,500 for the base S sedan to a high of about $31,500 for a fully-loaded SEL V6 all-wheel drive model. A look at the Fair Purchase Price shows the typical transaction price being paid for a Fusion in your area, so be sure to arm yourself with this figure before you begin negotiating. Although a great initial bargain, the Fusion’s only downside is its average resale value. While the Ford Fusion should perform as well as its domestic competitors, top Japanese-brand models will return higher resale values over time.

Notable Equipment

The base S model features front side-impact airbags, side-curtain airbags, power door locks with keyless remote entry, power mirrors and power windows with "one-touch-down" function for the driver’s side, 16-inch wheels, AM/FM stereo with single MP3-compatible CD player, air conditioning, anti-lock brakes (ABS) and rear-seat armrest with built-in cup holders. The base 2.3-liter engine can be paired with a five-speed manual transmission or the optional five-speed automatic. Also standard are niceties like halogen headlamps, tilt/telescopic steering wheel and cruise control. The SE adds aluminum wheels, fog lamps, six-disc CD changer with SIRIUS Satellite Radio, power driver’s seat and steering wheel-mounted audio controls. The SEL adds 17-inch wheels, automatic climate control, SYNC audio, keyless keypad entry and heated mirrors.

Notable Options

As an alternative to the standard four-cylinder engine, a 221-horsepower 3.0-liter V6 is a key item on the option list, and it is backed by a six-speed automatic transmission. Leather seats, a moonroof and all-wheel drive (V6 only) are also among the available options. Also on the options list is Ford’s SYNC system and a voice-activated DVD navigation unit, remote start, an Audiophile eight-speaker sound system, AdvanceTrac stability control, the Blue Suede Package, 18-inch wheels, all-wheel drive and a rear spoiler.

Favorite Features

Serious SizeOne of the reasons for the Fusion’s immediate popularity is that it provides a lot of interior room and cargo space for the money.Euro-style HandlingDespite Ford Motor Company’s significant operations in Europe, the Fusion has Mazda underpinnings, but the chassis and suspension capture the European feel for which its engineers were aiming.

Under the Hood

The standard 2.3-liter in-line four-cylinder engine delivers good drivability and more-than-acceptable acceleration. It is a good choice if you want to keep the initial outlay low or you must have a manual transmission. For most buyers, though, we recommend the 221-horsepower 3.0-liter V6. It’s matched with a six-speed automatic that helps contribute to its laudable fuel economy.2.3-liter in-line 4160 horsepower @ 6250 rpm156 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4250 rpmEPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/29 (manual), 20/28 (automatic)3.0-liter V6221 horsepower @ 6250 rpm205 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4800 rpmEPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/26 (FWD), 17/25 (AWD)

Editors' Notes

To compete in today’s midsize sedan arena a car needs to stand out, in both style and performance. The 2009 Ford Fusion is just such a car – a 180-degree turnabout from the lackluster midsize Ford products of the past and a major homerun for Ford. Although designed here in the U.S., the Fusion borrows much of its chassis and drivetrain from its Japanese cousin, the previous generation Mazda MAZDA6. The merging of American styling and Japanese hardware makes the Fusion a terrific value, offering superior handling, good fuel economy and low emissions (rated as a Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle, or PZEV, in California). Almost certainly due to an anticipated lack of much market demand, however, Ford didn’t see fit to place a manual transmission in the V6-powered models, essentially cutting short the Fusion’s potential as a bona fide driving enthusiast’s car.

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A comforting car that still has the power when you need it.

2009 Ford Fusion SE

In the decision to buy this car we had several qualities that came with the car that we were looking for. It came with seats that were lower back supporting. Very comfortable for everyday use as well as taking a long trip. Air conditioning, power locks, brakes, power windows. Other options that we liked were tinted rear view mirror, outside temperature indicator, mileage tracker that would track two different trips. How far you could go before having to fill up with gas. The v6 engine has the power when we needed it to go up hills and to pass other cars. The trunk space worked very well for packing for long trips. The headlights are bright enough to see far enough to spot animals that are in the road at night. As far as maintenance goes we have the oil changed every three thousand miles. The car does handle very well on the road, especially during the winter months. With living in the north and even when we were in the snow belt areas just traveling through. The back seats have enough leg room so that you don't feel cramped. There is also a center console in between the front seats that has a USB charging system built in. along with cup holders in the center console and door panels on both sides. In the back seats there is also a center console for drinks that has come in handy for back seat riders.

- David D

Overall Good Spacious Vehicle Abundant w/ Features

2009 Ford Fusion SEL

The only issues I've had are electrical and then there have been recalls. The electrical issues are related to the cigarette outlets and the steering wheel controls not working properly. Also driver seat heat went out. Otherwise the car is roomy, it's a good looking vehicle. The seats are comfortable and adjustable. My driver seat is automatic. I also have a sun/moon roof which I love. The back seat is spacious and the seats fold down to make an already spacious trunk even more so. There aren't really any real obstructions to your view which I like, as I've driven smaller cars where this felt like a safety issue. It doesn't get as good of gas mileage as I would like, but the SEL model is a V6 so that is expected. I love the handsfree Bluetooth and the SYNC feature. Also Sirius radio is available and it's great to have if you can afford it since the antenna in the 2009 Ford fusion doesn't seem to be the greatest. Overall a decent car, and I don't regret my decision to purchase this vehicle.

- Brittany S

The little car that could! Old Car that is still running!

2009 Ford Fusion Base

There are a lot of good qualities to my ford fusion. I like that it is medium size and low to the ground. I am short and it makes getting in and out of the car easier. I like that I can adjust the seats electronically. The seats are cushion and comfortable. I am not a fan of leather seats, especially in the summer time in Florida. The car runs smooth and easy to use. I bought this car 7 years ago used. It has lasted a very long time. I am just now starting to have problems with it. There is a leak in the power stealing. You need to fill it with fluid daily or it will not work. We are waiting to get it fixed. It also does not drive very quiet anymore since we have replaced the engine. I do not know if this is an issue with the car or mechanic error. The car also burns oil and can have an odor as a result. We are planning to buy a new car soon, however, I have been so happy with my fusion and it has lasted for a long time, that I am hesitant to get rid of it.

- Nicole S

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