Ford Fusion Interior
Most critics praise the 2007 Ford Fusion's interior for its comfort and style, as well as its somewhat sporty and luxurious nature. Thecalls it "a perfect blend of downtown and uptown, casual and formal."
The five-passenger cabin is "sober and well ordered," according to the U.S. News reviewer Rick Newman calls the interior of the Fusion "middlebrow but attractive, pleasant and comfortable" and "a match, or better, to the comforts offered by competitors." The Fusion's interior also provides plenty of space for passengers and their belongings, which Kelley Blue Book calls "a lot of interior room and cargo space for the money.", "with lots of soft touch materials and textures giving the car a friendly feeling."
The five-passenger cabin is seen as comfortable, but most test drivers note that the Fusion's seating is more appropriate for four passengers. Among its class, however, the Ford is reviewed as very competitive in terms of space, materials, and fit/finish. "From a driver's viewpoint," writes the BusinessWeek writes, "In the front and back, the seats look plush and well-made even at a distance." After sliding into the front seat, says Motor Trend, "Standard tilt/telescope steering and seat-height adjustment mean that any driver can quickly tailor an ideal driving position." The majority of other test drivers agree, with Road and Track calling the seats "[c]omfortable and supportive," and Consumer Guide noting the "ample leg and head room for six-footers" and "fine outward visibility." New Car Test Drive calls the front seats "slightly soft, yet supportive enough for long drives" and The Auto Channel says they provide "a high degree of comfort and support," and that the "front buckets are more bolstered than common for a family sedan.", "the front cabin is an ergonomic delight, with everything where it is supposed to be, everything in reach." Noting that "Ford seems clued to" the fact that "seats often make a first impression,"
Reviewers find that rear-seat room is accommodating, though there are limitations when transporting the claimed car capacity of five. The MSN states, "The hard center of the rear seat is best left to a fold-down armrest that contains dual cupholders." And lastly, About.com has a complaint about visibility from the rear seat, finding "the rear seat cushions to be a bit too close to the floor, making it difficult for passengers to see the road ahead."reports, "Though it initially appears snug, the back seat actually turns out to be pretty comfortable, even with the driver's seat all the way back," but the notes, "Rear-seat room is a little tight if you plan on hauling three adults back there regularly, but it's no penalty box." Some reviewers suggest that a fifth passenger might find the middle seat itself a bit uncomfortable.
While much of the Fusion interior is widely liked, many critics find issue with the dash controls, particular the radio and climate controls. Edmunds calls the instruments "a bit too small for comfortable reading," adding that "there's no display for the automatic transmission, forcing the driver to look down at the console to confirm gear selection." Cars.com reports a similar experience, noting, "Curious-looking gauges aren't the easiest to read at a glance, and the fuel and temperature gauges are tiny." MSN chimes in its own observation: "The audio and climate control systems have small, nearly flush buttons."
The concerns over the dash controls are not limited to the appearance and size of buttons, either. Consumer Guide observes, "Audio and climate systems rely on too many buttons" that "take time to sort out." MarketWatch adds, "The ventilation controls are too low and require the driver to take too much attention off the road to adjust them."
Standard on the Fusion is a stereo with an auxiliary jack for MP3 players. Automobile.com notes, "The radio worked easily enough; although to be honest it was your standard Ford fare, which is to say that while everything was clearly labeled and easy to use, it wasn't the prettiest part of the car." New options for 2007 include satellite radio and a DVD-based navigation system. Consumer Guide finds the navigation system "easy to program," but dislikes the "sloppy incorporation of audio controls," which "complicates what should be simple adjustments."
A nice feature on the Fusion is the covered bin on the dash for small items. Thenotes the compartment can be used "to keep things such as cell phone and maps out of sight and in place so they don't bounce around the cabin."
For its size, reviewers say the Fusion does a good job of hauling cargo. The 15.8-cubic-foot trunk "has a low liftover for ease of loading and external hydraulic struts to prevent crushed luggage," explains The Auto Channel. MarketWatch deems trunk space "more than enough to haul home a good load from the market." And while Consumer Guide likes the trunk's "usefully cubic shape," it finds that there is "insufficient height for big boxes, and budget-grade felt-type liner" that "looks and feels cheap."
The rear seat in the Fusion has a 60/40 split fold-down feature that, unlike many of the cars in this class, actually folds flat, allowing for easier loading of larger cargo. About.com observes that the trunk alone (with seatbacks up) is large enough to carry "at least four PGA bags as well as soft-sided weekend bags for yourself and each of your three golfing buddies."