2006 Ford Fusion
There are 15 user reviews for the I4 SEL trim shown below
- Torquey and smooth I-4 engine, beautiful exterior design, nice interior, fun to drive!
- Needs an extra gear on the manual 5 speed
I-4 SEL with 5 speed manual.
Ok, first with the good. This car idles as smoothly as most V6 engines thanks to it's twin counter-rotating shafts in the engine. At idle, it is eerily smooth and silent save for some injector noise that is evident when the stereo is off. Great torque above 1800rpm. It is a joy to shift through the gears while allowing the torque to pull you forward. 40mph in 5th gear is no problem while cruising. I am averaging 26mpg to and from work (50% stop-and-go, 50% highway driving). The best part about this car is that it is actually FUN to drive! This engine has a very linear response from 2000rpm to 6800rpm and is not peaky at all. I love driving this car more than I would a similar car with 100 more horsepower and an auto transmission. It feels so liberating to finally have a nice, roomy, great looking sedan with a quality 4 cylinder and manual transmission. The clutch feel is great, the shifter is a bit rubbery but certainly acceptable.
Cons: Needs and extra gear. This car revs at 3000rpm at 70mph and 3400rpm at 80mph. With the torque and power of this engine, a 6th gear - overdrive feature would be great in the manual trans. Plus, at 3000+ rpm the engine makes itself known that it is a 4 cylinder (noise). I would love to see a "sport" option with direct fuel injection, variable valve timing on the exhaust cams, and a 6 speed manual standard. It is just silly to rev as high as a mid 90's Dodge Neon on the highway. I also do not expect much more than 30mpg on the highway due to the high rpm's. The 5 speed auto trans keeps the rpm's much lower in overdrive due to its more conservative final drive ratio.
In summary, this is the car I have been waiting for! There has been nothing, and I mean nothing, out there that has impressed me as much as this car with its styling, driving dynamics, 4 cylinder options, and genuine feel. It just makes driving a joy again!
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