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in 2012 Affordable Midsize Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $12,758 - $19,024
Original MSRP: $20,705 - $29,175
MPG: 22 City / 29 Hwy
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2012 Ford Fusion Interior

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Reviewers are impressed with the 2012 Ford Fusion’s interior, which features high-quality materials throughout. The dash is driver-oriented and seating is comfortable and roomy. The Fusion’s high-tech optional SYNC system earns praise for the way it easily connects audio and phone devices. A few reviewers note that the Fusion’s center console is button-heavy, which can make it difficult to decipher at times.

  • "Interior design is understated, blending soft-touch surfaces with available rich-feeling leather upholstery." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The spacious cabin is also filled with all the expected bells and whistles in this class, plus a few high-tech extras." -- Edmunds
  • "Regardless of trim/powertrain choices, all Fusions are very well equipped." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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
  • " 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

Seating

Overall, the automotive press is pleased with the 2012 Ford Fusion’s seats . Taller passengers will have adequate headroom. The seats are supportive and offer good outward visibility. Reviewers like the adult-friendly back seat with sufficient legroom.

Cloth seats are standard on the base model, and the SE trim offers an eight-way power adjustable driver seat. The SEL and Sport models come with a 10-way power adjustable driver seat and four-way power passenger seat. Leather-trimmed, heated seats are standard on the SEL trim and optional on the Sport model. The Sport model comes standard with leather-trimmed seats with colored inserts.

  • "The seats are supportive, a bit larger than the class norm, and relatively high-set to contribute to fine outward visibility." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The driver seat is especially friendly for tall drivers, the rear seat is roomy enough for a pair of adults and storage space is adequate." -- Edmunds
  • "Enhanced bolstering on the front buckets provides greater support and comfort while the rear quarters have sufficient head and leg room to comfortably accommodate two adults or carry three for shorter distances." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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

Interior Features

The Ford Fusion has had an advantage over many competitors since Ford first introduced its SYNC system, which allowed drivers to control most climate and entertainment functions as well as Bluetooth-enabled cell phones and MP3 players, with voice commands. All 2012 Ford Fusions come with MyKey, a program aimed at helping young people drive safely. MyKey can limit speeds to 80 mph, limits radio volume to 45 percent, provides low fuel warnings and chimes when seat belts aren’t buckled.

On the downside, the base 2012 Fusion doesn’t come with features that are becoming more common as standard equipment on competing vehicles. To get satellite radio, you have to upgrade to the SE trim. To get Bluetooth, you not only have to chose the SE trim, but you also have to add Ford’s optional SYNC system, which adds $395 to the SE’s price. You will get an auxiliary audio input jack on the base Fusion though. If you don’t want to pay extra for some of these features, the 2012 Volkswagen Passat and 2012 Hyundai Sonata offer Bluetooth standard.

The 2012 Ford Fusion’s controls are well-liked by most test drivers, but some say the center stack is button-heavy and climate controls are not in an ideal location.

  • "The available Sync system works great, integrating audio and Bluetooth functionality with voice-recognition technology to provide hands-free operation of cell phones and portable MP3 players. Its functionality improves with the optional navigation system and its touchscreen, which we've found easier to use than the newer MyFordTouch system found in the Edge, Explorer and Focus." -- Edmunds
  • "Climate controls are mounted low on the dashboard and demand a look away from the road to operate." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Soft-touch surfaces and metallic accents dominate this well-appointed, well-isolated realm, which is highlighted by a recently restyled dash fitted with highly-legible 3D-look instrumentation and a more logically arrayed center stack." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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
  • "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 is one of the biggest in its class. Among affordable midsize cars, the Hyundai Sonata has slightly less space at 16.4 cubic feet, while the Mazda6 has slightly more room at 16.6 cubic feet. When folded, the Fusion’s 60/40 split-folding rear seats increase cargo capacity. Reviewers like the roominess of the Fusion’s trunk, but think it would be more useful if it was a little deeper.

  • "The trunk has a usefully cubic shape, but insufficient height for big boxes." -- 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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