2006 Ford Fusion Impressions.
I just got to drive the new Fusion, and I came out pretty impressed.
The car I drove was a 3.0Liter V6, automatic with 16 inch wheels. An SE model.
The 1st thing I noticed was how much nicer the interior was than what I saw in pictures. Sure, it isn’t futuristic, but still, very modern and well finished. Soft plastics are almost everywhere. Everything feels very nice and solid to the touch.
One thing though… Make sure you skip whatever they call “carbon fiber finish”. It comes with a horrible finish on the dash. Some weird painted plastic than wants to look like metal. I usually don’t say this often, but.. Go for the fake wood (or “piano black”) and the leather steering wheel. The standard wheel has a cheap rental car feel and look to it.
The V6, of course, feels very similar than the one in the Mazda 6. (same engine). The car is roomier than the Mazda. The rear seat has plenty of room.
The steering has a pretty good feel, maybe a bit heavy for some, but so much better than the Nissan Altima. It doesn’t have that strange “Nintendo” feel that many new cars have…
It is quiet, but not the quietest. The V6 is very smooth, but nothing like the Nissan V6. But the whole car felt more solid than the Maxima I was driving a few weeks ago.
The transmission was great and very quick to downshift on the freeway. (something the automotive press has actually been complaining about, so maybe they changed it in production cars…).
This is one very nice mid.sized sedan. It also looks fantastic! But it still doesn’t have that “special” feeling I had when I drove the Mazda 6. The Mazda felt like it was fitting like a glove. Something got lost in the Ford. It just isn’t special anymore.
Very nice, but not much personality….
I also sat in the all new Lincoln Zephyr.
It does look very different than the Ford. Even if it shares doors and roof. The interior is also new.
It has an almost strange retro 70’s look to it. But in a good way. Although the dash sits pretty high and might be intimidating to shorter drivers.
The fit and finish was very nice on the small Lincoln. They could have used a bit less fake aluminum trim. It is everywhere. And it’s just painted plastic. But Lexus also uses painted plastic…
A super well equipped car for under $30 000.
It’ll be interesting to see how it does. I was pretty impressed.
But then again, I don’t really care about brands. If it’s a good car, I don’t care who makes it.
Most buyers are not like that. Especially when they spend over $30000.
And Lincoln’s image is pretty much crap against Lexus, Acura or Infiniti…