2012 Ford Fusion User Reviews
- $13,541 - $19,869
- No trim specified for this review
- Fuel economy, SYNC, road noise, trunk space, features
- Transmission shifting, stiff ride (see review)
Purchased As New
I bought this car new in October 2011, and with almost 22,000 miles on it as of today I think I can finally make a decent review on it. The car is black, with the 2.4 liter engine, sun & sync group (202A) and the monochrome appearance package, with the SelectShift Transmission (SST).
Those packages alone make the car look very unique and I constantly get people turning their heads to look at my car. The monochrome matches the front grille to the body paint which for black is apparently rare in itself from what I've research (only seen 2 cars since I've owned this one to have the same appearance package on a black body). This also give me the spoiler, sunroof, auto-dimming rear mirror, leather wrapped steering wheel, shift #$%$, and custom door and seat cloth finishes/patterns. Just remember, black cars are hard to keep clean.
Comfort is pretty good. The drivers seat is power with manual lumbar support while the passenger seat is all manual. Have gone on a 7 hour road trip and felt pretty comfortable in doing so due to the ability to adjust. My only minor gripe is the ceiling clearance..due in part that I have a sunroof which drops it down a little. The powered seat allows you to lower it a bit to gain half an inch or so.
Armrests on the door and console in my model are place perfectly and are soft (leather). The back seats offer very generous room and in the middle has a drop down cup holder. The seats in the back split 1-2, meaning the back right seat drops can be separately from the center and back left seat..but both can drop down together giving you AWESOME trunk space. I'm able to fit two hockey bags + more in there.
Performance wise I'm getting great gas mileage in this car. On average with strictly city driving I get about 19-21 mpg dependent on the time of the year, combined I get roughly 22-26 mpg and on the one long 7 hour trip I've done that was probably 25% city and 75% I got almost 32 mpg...eager to test it on my 550 mile trip in a few weesk. Bet I can hit 34-36 mpg. This tank is 17.5 gallons so with the gas prices in the mid to upper $3 range I'd expect $40-$50 per fill up if you let it get to just under the 1/4th tank mark.
The 2.5 liter engine I have puts out 175 HP at 6,000 RPM and you can feel it if you floor it at any point. However, the 6F35 transmission at least on my model has been having some trouble with hard shifting. Personally, since about 700 miles I've had issues with the RPM pausing from 3rd to 4th gear, total RPM drop down when getting on the highway (throttle depressed about 80%) and hard shift from 2nd to 1st or 1st to 2nd.
I've been able to negate this a bit by using SST mode but I'm unable to shift down coming to a stop light or stop sign due to how rough the shift is into 2nd and 1st. I have driven a manual car before so I know the shift limits and what not to do...so now I just let it shift on its own on down from 3rd gear. I've taken it in again at 5k miles for them to tell me there is nothing wrong with it.
There are quite a few people saying how stiff the ride is and it makes me wonder what packages they have on it. If you have the monochrome or luxury package on the SE it is a "sport-tuned" suspension and it rides a little rougher. This isn't an issue for me but may be for some people. I also have the 18" P225/45 V-rated tires which may also contribute to the ride. I've driven other Fusions without the tuned suspension had it has felt more forgiving.
Overall, this is a GREAT car! No major issues yet outside of the regular scheduled maintenance. Just hope that the transmission doesn't go in the future. Most of the Fusions come pretty load with standard features and a few of the add-on packages are a decent value for what you get..great bang for the buck! I'd definitely buy another one if something ever happened to the one I have now.
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