A carry-over from 2007, the Fusion is a four-door five-passenger family sedan offered in three trim levels – the S, SE and SEL. All models come standard with a 2.3-liter 16 valve inline four cylinder that produces 160 horsepower with a four-speed automatic transmission or a 3.0-liter Duratec 24-valve V6 that produces 221 horsepower linked to a six-speed automatic. The Fusion can be ordered in either front or all-wheel-drive.Read more Read less
The Ford Fusion has a few important changes for 2008; chief among them is standard anti-lock braking across the model range. Changes in options and available equipment include the addition of a Sport Appearance Package, which features 18-inch aluminum wheels, a firmer suspension, and contrasting interior stitching. Also new is voice-activated navigation, a back-up parking sensor, and keyless entry on SEL models. Ford's SYNC system, which integrates wireless devices and music players with the car, debuts for 2008 as an option on all but the SEL styles, where it is standard. Pricing has increased marginally across the range by about a few hundred dollars.
Comfortable, roomy sedan; available AWD; crisp looks and athletic handling; ample standard features across three trim levels; competitively priced.
In the competitive midsize sedan segment, Ford's 2008 Fusion has a lot to offer. Its distinctive styling sets it apart from the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, and Chevrolet Malibu, and it beats them on price, too. The engines and platform it shares with the Mazda6 give it some real performance as well, and the available all-wheel drive isn't found on most other cars in the class.