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in 2011 Affordable Midsize Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $11,606 - $16,687
Original MSRP: $19,850 - $29,000
MPG: 22 City / 32 Hwy
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2011 Ford Fusion Interior

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Reviewers are impressed with the 2011 Ford Fusion’s interior. Soft-touch materials are now found throughout, the dash is driver-oriented, seating is comfortable and roomy and the cabin has a rich air. 

  • "Interior design is understated, blending soft-touch surfaces with available rich-feeling leather upholstery." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Whereas the previous Fusion's cabin felt distinctly dated, the new one compares favorably with rival layouts, featuring an attractive design and improved ergonomics. The available Sync system works great." -- Edmunds
  • "Restyled interior considerably ramps-up cabin elegance and high-quality feel." -- Motor Trend
  • "I drove the old and new models back-to-back over 600 miles of total driving, however, and can attest that they are worlds apart. The materials that make up the doors and dashboard are still the same shape, but the top of the dashboard has a new finish to it that makes it feel not quite as cheap." -- Cars.com
  • "Our SE model also had aluminum-look trim on the center stack, which looks far more attractive than any metal finish plastic or fake wood we've seen." -- Autoblog
  • "Most improvements focus on climbing the scale of perceived quality, with liberal use of soft materials at touch points all around and low-gloss plastics (except for the piano-black gearshift surround on the Fusion Sport). The electroluminescent instrument cluster is arguably its nicest element: clear, legible, and distinctly upscale with red needles climbing over white script on a conelike, blue and black 3-D background." -- Car and Driver

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Seating

Overall, the automotive press is pleased with the 2011 Ford Fusion’s seating arrangements. Taller passengers will have adequate headroom and good foot space. The seats are supportive and offer good outward visibility. Drivers get a tilt and telescoping steering wheel that makes it easy to find a comfortable driving position.

  • "The seats are supportive, a bit larger than the class norm, and relatively high-set to contribute to fine outward visibility. All Fusions include a tilt and telescopic steering wheel, a driver-comfort plus." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The bigger changes are to the seats, which are much more comfortable now, especially for long trips. They offer more support and the cloth is high-quality and looks like it'll hold up well over time. The SE model has all power adjustments except for lumbar support, which can be adjusted using a knob." -- Cars.com
  • "The front seats offer solid comfort and lateral support. The rear seating provides plenty of legroom for adults, but with the optional sunroof, headroom does shrink." -- Autoblog
  • "A pair of adults will be content in back (especially given the new model's rear seat headrests) and storage space is adequate." -- Edmunds
  • "The only thing we find truly controversial is the contrasting interior color combos on the Fusion Sport models, which feature bright blue or red leather inserts on the seats and matching rubber-like trim on the dash. The good news is that when you actually sit inside, you can't see the bright leather. ... You can also opt for an all-black interior, which would be our choice." -- Car and Driver

Interior Features

The Ford Fusion has had an advantage over many competitors since Ford first introduced its SYNC system, which allows drivers to control most climate and entertainment functions as well as Bluetooth-enabled cell phones and MP3 players with voice commands. All 2011 Ford Fusions comes with MyKey, a program aimed at helping young people drive safely. MyKey limits speeds to 80mph, limits radio volume to 45 percent, provides low fuel warnings and chimes when seat belts aren’t buckled. The Sport trim adds extra features such as 911 assist.

In addition to great standard and optional features, the 2011 Ford Fusion’s interior quality makes the Fusion a step above the competition. With a base price of $19,695, many reviewers say buyers will feel they get more than what they paid for.

  • "The Fusion does dip into Ford's more recent bag of tricks for its customizable ambient/cupholder lighting system that some of us love and some of us dismiss as mere auto fluff. What's not auto fluff is Ford's latest-gen SYNC infotainment system, which includes things like fuel-price search capability and real-time traffic." -- Car and Driver
  • "Where the original Fusion's interior was a bit hard edged and lacking in sophistication, the 2011 model demonstrates a much more elegant approach. Ford made the Fusion's passenger compartment more inviting by adding richer character and more user-friendly elements to all models in the range." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Backlit gauges are easy to read. Dash has plenty of small buttons that take time to sort out. Climate controls are mounted low on the dashboard and demand a look away from the road to operate." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The center stack is a bit button-happy, but it's a significant ergonomic and aesthetic improvement over its dated predecessor." -- Edmunds
  • "Ford's SYNC infotainment system worked well, with easy connection of phones and other devices partnered with reliable voice activation." -- Autoblog

Cargo

At 16.5 cubic feet, the Ford Fusion's trunk volume matches those found on some full-size sedans. When folded, the 60/40 split-folding rear seats increase cargo capacity. The 2010 Mercury Milan matches the Fusion’s cargo capacity, and because the Mercury line is discontinued, shoppers should be able to get a very good deal on the Milan, which starts at $21,860 -- about $2,000 above the Ford Fusion. As a bonus, the Milan has the same power plant as the Ford Fusion, and produces enough juice to satisfy daily commuters, and has good fuel economy -- 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.

  • "The trunk has a usefully cubic shape, but insufficient height for big boxes. The lid supports are non-intrusive struts. Interior storage is decent." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The 16.5-cubic-foot trunk is one of the largest around, and the split-folding rear seat enables larger items to be carried inside the car." -- Edmunds

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