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2010 Ford Fusion SEL V6
Ford offers not one, but two V-6 engines for the Fusion. We try the entry-level version.
BY MARK GILLIES, PHOTOGRAPHY BY JORDAN BROWN, PATRICK M. HOEY, AND THE MANUFACTURER
June 2009

Mid-size sedans and V-6 engines generally don’t make a lot of sense to the staff here at Car and Driver. Whether they’re built by domestic or import automakers, these cars tend to retail for about $30,000 when fully optioned and often don’t provide enough performance over that of the far cheaper four-cylinder versions while returning palpably worse gas mileage.
Ford, for reasons known only to itself, offers two V-6 engines in the freshened 2010 Fusion: a carry-over 3.0-liter that makes 240 hp and 222 lb-ft of torque, up from 221 hp and 205 lb-ft, and a newly available 3.5-liter unit in the Sport model that provides 263 hp and 249 lb-ft. Both V-6s are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with manumatic shifting.
Running the Numbers
There are three V-6 Fusion models: the $23,760 SE and the $26,465 SEL, both with the 3.0-liter engine, and the $26,550 Sport, with the 3.5. Our SEL came loaded with heated, leather-trimmed seats; a leather-wrapped steering wheel with cruise and audio controls; power heated mirrors; the Select-Shift manumatic transmission; dual-zone climate control; the Sync voice-activated infotainment system; and auto headlamps. By the time navigation, a 12-speaker stereo, blind-spot monitoring, and a rear-view backup camera were added, the total sticker was $31,705. A $945 incentive dropped the price to $30,760, but that’s still a lot of dough for a mid-size family sedan.

 

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That was the most biased and agonizing read I have had to go through so far on the Fusion.
I am yet so see anything closely brutal on that site about Toyota.
The first enthusiasts I have come across that would take a 4 banger over Fords venerable V6’s…
Plus show me one vehicle that offers as much technology as the Fusion at $30K?
 

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...Ford, for reasons known only to itself, offers two V-6 engines in the freshened 2010 Fusion: a carry-over 3.0-liter that makes 240 hp and 222 lb-ft of torque, up from 221 hp and 205 lb-ft, and a newly available 3.5-liter unit in the Sport model that provides 263 hp and 249 lb-ft. Both V-6s are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with manumatic shifting...
IF the 3.0v6 was carry-over it'd make 221hp iirc

WHY doesn't anyone talk about the PIP (Power/Performance Improvement Program/Package) anymore? including Ford??

I really want to know if the CTA (Cam Torque Actuated) technology is the main part of PIP or not -&- in my (typically) confused state, I'm not even sure if/when it's going to be used in more production engines yet
 

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What a piece of **** this C&D article is!
C&D ,please, go to the bank and change your Toyota's monthly pay check.....
 

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I didn't see where this article was all that biased. The fact is, even with the technology the Fusion has available, good brakes are much more important. 203 feet to stop from 60mph is pretty sad. Ford definitely needs to improve the brakes on this car.
 

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I didn't see where this article was all that biased. The fact is, even with the technology the Fusion has available, good brakes are much more important. 203 feet to stop from 70mph is pretty sad. Ford definitely needs to improve the brakes on this car.
fixed it for you
 

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Ok my bad, but 203 feet from 70mph is still pretty sad so you still didn't fix it. Especially when some of those other cars were beating it by 20 feet or more. And $30K for a car thats assembled in Mexico with non union labor, that doesn't stop worth a crap, is way over priced and overrated.
 

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Ok my bad, but 203 feet from 70mph is still pretty sad so you still didn't fix it. Especially when some of those other cars were beating it by 20 feet or more. And $30K for a car thats assembled in Mexico with non union labor, that doesn't stop worth a crap, is way over priced and overrated.
Ok, buy a Toyota. :rolleyes:
 

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I think I just got sticker shock, but I think most people do not look much at the technology in the car, than they do with price. If you were to show a Fusion at 30k then a Taurus at 30k, there are going to be differences, but you get a lot more car for 30k in the Taurus.
 

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Ok my bad, but 203 feet from 70mph is still pretty sad so you still didn't fix it. Especially when some of those other cars were beating it by 20 feet or more.
True...some examples...

2009 Mazda 6s...165 ft 70-0

2009 VW Routan...178 ft 70-0

The VW is no where competitive with the Fusion, since it is a rather large minivan, but still beat the Fusion by over 20 ft.

I am loving the new Fusion, but 203 ft 70-0 is pretty pathetic.
 

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True...some examples...

2009 Mazda 6s...165 ft 70-0

2009 VW Routan...178 ft 70-0

The VW is no where competitive with the Fusion, since it is a rather large minivan, but still beat the Fusion by over 20 ft.

I am loving the new Fusion, but 203 ft 70-0 is pretty pathetic.
Ok, Ok, Ok, Ok, nothing in this life is perfect! I'm sure Ford will attack the "brakes problem " soon. The weak point of the new spectacular Taurus are the brakes, too. The BMW has the "i drive" problem, Mercedes-Benz the quality assembly problems, Toyota and VW has the "price-value rate" problem, etc, etc....
 

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the fusion does 60-0 in 127 ft
the accord does 60-0 in 124 ft
the camry does 60-0 in 127 ft
the altima does 60-0 in 126 ft
the malibu does 60-0 in 126 ft
big difference
 

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Ok, buy a Toyota. :rolleyes:
I'll pass. I'm a Ford fan too, but that doesn't always mean that I agree with every decision they make. They're a lot of us Ford fans who feel that the company is moving in the wrong direction on some things. Good to see you handle criticism well falcon lover. By the way, at least if I did buy a Toyota, some of that money would be going into the pockets of American workers! Ford really needs to re-think where they place their plants if they want to call themselves an American car company. :p
 

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If you buy that Toyota a lot more than some of your money will be going to Japan. You can be sure that Ford didnt choose to build Fusions in Mexico just to piss you off ... the reality is that they were forced to build it there to compete against the non-union workers at Japanese Toyota plants in the U.S.
Well i never said that Ford did it to piss me off. All I'm saying is that to me the money you pay for a Toyota, that goes to the American workers, benefits the country more than that money going to Mexican workers and the rich boys in Detroit. Granted, some of that money goes to Japan, which I don't like, so it's kind damned if you do, and damned if you don't. As far as the union goes, Ford could have built that Fusion plant in a right to work state, like Toyota and Nissan did, and have avoided some of the union problems.
 

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I'll pass. I'm a Ford fan too, but that doesn't always mean that I agree with every decision they make. They're a lot of us Ford fans who feel that the company is moving in the wrong direction on some things. Good to see you handle criticism well falcon lover. By the way, at least if I did buy a Toyota, some of that money would be going into the pockets of American workers! Ford really needs to re-think where they place their plants if they want to call themselves an American car company. :p
If you buy that Toyota a lot more than some of your money will be going to Japan. You can be sure that Ford didnt choose to build Fusions in Mexico just to piss you off ... the reality is that they were forced to build it there to compete against the non-union workers at Japanese Toyota plants in the U.S.
For the average person thinking like FordRacing88 does, there is a solution: Buy a Malibu that is assembled in Kansas City. For someone like myself who prefers a manual transmission, as I have stated repeatedly, this is a dilemma with no solution. As mid-size sedans go, as I have stated repeatedly, I prefer the Fusion because I can get that manual transaxle. However, I have no desire to buy a new car that is made in Mexico. I buy used cars made wherever (currently Germany), but the one new car I have ever owned was built in the United States. Somehow, Ford managed to afford to build Escorts in America.

However, I think that there were some valid points to take home in the article. First is that perhaps it does no good to continue offering the 3.0 V6 as it doesn't offer enough of an edge over the 4 cylinder motor. Those braking numbers do indicate a need for some work. I've driven V6 Accords and Camrys, but since I have never driven a V6 Fusion, I can't tell you whether I think their referencing the Toyota and Honda motors is a good call or not.

It is also true that a large percentage of mid-size sedans, if not the majority, are sold with the four cylinder engine, and the reasons they listed for preferring the Fusion SE do make sense.
 

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That was the most biased and agonizing read I have had to go through so far on the Fusion.
I am yet so see anything closely brutal on that site about Toyota.
The first enthusiasts I have come across that would take a 4 banger over Fords venerable V6’s…
Plus show me one vehicle that offers as much technology as the Fusion at $30K?


Well said, and part of the reason I don't bother reading many reviews here any more.

Really, really bad.
 
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