Ford Fusion Interior
The 2008 Ford Fusion has a comfortable and stylish interior that's also somewhat sporty and luxurious. The Washington Post calls it "a perfect blend of downtown and uptown, casual and formal."
The five-passenger cabin is "sober and well ordered," according to the Los Angeles Times, "with lots of soft touch materials and textures giving the car a friendly feeling." Our own 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."
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 Washington Post, "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," 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 "Comfortable and supportive," and Consumer Guide noting the "ample leg and head room for six-footers" and "fine outward visibility." And when looking at the long-drive comfort of the front seats, New Car Test Drive calls them, "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."
Reviewers find that rear-seat room is accommodating, though there are limitations when transporting the claimed car capacity of five. The Los Angeles Times 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 Cars.com notes, "Backseat space isn't quite as ample as hoped in a midsize sedan; some passengers' knees touch the front seatback, and the center rear position is no pleasure." Other reviewers also suggest a fifth passenger might find the middle seat itself a bit uncomfortable. 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."
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."
On the other hand, Cars.com also notes how Fusion might improve the visibility of its gauges. "A feature unique to Ford in 2008 is an ambient-lighting option that will be offered later in the year: It gives drivers a choice of lighting color for the footwells and cupholder accent lights," the review reads.
The concerns over the dash controls were 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." Some new options in 2007 include satellite radio and a DVD-based navigation system, which Consumer Guide finds "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."
The Fusion has an optional DVD-based navigation system with a 6.5-inch LCD screen, turn-by-turn directions and voice-prompted guidance. But an in-dash system might be outside of your price range -- check out our GPS reviews for information on the best portable navigation units.
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."
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