It almost seems sad that the Fusion is being replaced in 2013 yet having one of its best-selling years to date. Since 2006, the Fusion has been getting a little bit better with every passing version. The 2012 Ford Fusion is certainly the crown jewel of the series, making a family four door into a pretty nice little ride. This car is, dare I say it….popular.
It is not hard to understand why so many people in this demographic like it. It is styled very cool with a nice look from front to back. The side view is a bit plain-Jane, but the rest of the car makes up for it. The inside of the Fusion blends function with form rather nicely, making the car very clean and sleek looking. Everything is where it should be, and it looks good sitting there.
Where the Fusion really shines, however, is the hybrid technology. The Fusion Hybrid rocks on every level combining the best of mileage and ecology with the technology of tomorrow. This Hybrid compares with all others in the class quite well and provides a wonderful mileage of 41 in the city in doing so. The engine feels quite powerful and you don’t feel nearly as limited as you might in other Hybrid models.
The standard version of the car also offers up plenty of choices such as manual or automatic, front or all-wheel drive, and four different engines to choose from. All of these options mix well to give the buyer a ton of options to sort through to find that perfect mix for them.
Another great thing about this car is the handling. The Fusion is blessed with something called electric power steering and you feel the difference. It is a full sized sedan for the family that feels like a little sports car in certain situations. On the sport models, you might even be fooled for a few minutes if you did not know you were in a Fusion.
The interior is roomy, but not like you might expect. I found the back seat a bit small for a car this size and the front feels almost too big in comparison. I wish they would have dedicated a bit more space to the back for the kids, because that is big in my house and many others. Rear seats also don’t fold down flat like others. That is another huge yuck from me. I use that feature often.
The Ford Fusion is pretty average when it comes to safety, with a disappointing three star front impact rating from NCAP. It does offer up curtain airbags and some other options like blind-spot monitoring and Bluetooth, but overall I wish they had scored a bit better.
The Fusion offers up the typical options when it comes to music, GPS, sunroof and wheels. Not much to talk about here as it is standard Ford fare. They do offer a pretty sweet HD Radio package though.
Though the Fusion is pretty solid and a great little car to ride in, I would not put it at the top of any want list. The issues with safety, cramped rear area and other small things make it just a bit outside my comfort zone for my kids. I am on the extreme side of caution there, however. Overall this car rates out nicely at 7 out of 10 stars from me.