2008 Ford Fusion

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2008 Ford Fusion Review

Note: This review was created when the 2008 Ford Fusion was new.

The Fusion is seen by most reviewers as a well-styled family car with a roomy, well-made interior, a pleasant ride and good road manners. Plus it is regarded as a strong value with a competitive initial price. But its engine power, even with the optional V6, performs below some others in its class.

9.0

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.1
Performance: 7.8
Interior: 7.9
Safety: 9.2
Reliability:
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Pros & Cons

  • Pleasant ride and European-style handling
  • Distinctive, eye-catching exterior
  • Well-designed, competitive and spacious interior
  • Generous trunk with 60/40 fold-flat rear seats standard
  • Competitive price within class
  • Instrumentation seen by many as small and hard to read

2008 Ford Fusion Overview

Most auto reviewers describe the 2008 Ford Fusion as well-styled, comfortable, and spacious for its class, with a competent ride and good road manners. Many reviews depict the Fusion as a good car that does not do any one thing great, but the consensus seems to say that Ford's sedan has begun to effectively compete with Japanese models from Honda, Nissan and Toyota.

The Fusion is a four-door, front-wheel drive sedan available in five trims. For 2008, the Fusion receives more safety features and interior options, as well as a new Sport Package. If you're shopping for an affordable midsize car, also consider the Honda Accord or the Toyota Camry.

  • "It looks great from the outside, good on the inside, and its performance is on par with the competition. … But aside from its looks, the Fusion offers no standout qualities that will bring Camry and Accord drivers into Ford showrooms." -- Car and Driver
  • "The 2008 Ford Fusion is an excellent choice among midsize sedans and should not be overlooked. It offers a comfortable ride, purposeful looks, capable handling and good value." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "It has a well-rounded adequacy about it, a wholesome middle-ness, a pleasant sense of expectations met." -- Los Angeles Times
  • "It's your basic, all-around reliable family transporter -- comfortable, rock-solid and economical. In short: Fusion is a winner." -- About.com
  • "Fusion is the first mid-size domestic car I can truly say I feel will compete with the Japanese leaders." -- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • "The Fusion, which slots between the Focus and the Five Hundred in the Ford lineup, will impress people who've driven only Detroit-made cars over the past 10 years, yet it leaves something to be desired for those whose eyes wander toward the Japanese brands." -- Motor Trend
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