Jalopnik Reviews: 2007 Ford Fusion SE, Part 3

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Why you should buy this car: Handling, handling, handling, five-speed manual and handling. And while I find the appearance of the Fusion only half-baked, I know there are those out there who think it snazzy looking. The low price and relatively large size are a rarity in today's autodom. A similarly equipped Accord LX costs $2,000 more. The back seats are for real people. Even driving like a rev-happy dummy, the mileage was consistently better than advertised. The Fusion SE really is an outstanding value.

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Why you shouldn't buy this car: Where's the beef? 9.3 seconds to get to sixty is not good. While the handling is top shelf, you'll never get going fast enough to exploit the chassis through quick, back-to-back turns. The upmarket SEL's V6 is an old dog. The engine from the Mazdaspeed6 is not an option. Neither is the wagon. It looks like a safety razor. The taillights look like they came off an Accord owned by a 17-year-old Korean kid. The interior makes Honda chuckle with schadenfreude and an Accord is worth the extra $2000. You are a big UAW booster and don't like that the Accord is built here, while the Fusion is hecho en Mexico.

Suitability Parameters:
· Speed Merchants: No
· Fashion Victims: Yes
· Treehuggers: Yes
· Mack Daddies: No
· Tuner Crowd: No
· Hairdressers: No
· Penny Pinchers: Yes
· Euro Snobs: No
· Working Stiffs: No
· Technogeeks: No
· Poseurs: No
· Soccer Moms: No
· Nascar Dads: No
· Golfing Grandparents: Yes

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Vitals:
· Manufacturer: Ford
· Model tested: Fusion I4 SE
· Model year: 2007
· Price as Tested: $20,460
· Engine: 2.3L 16V I4
· Horsepower: 160 hp @ 6250 rpm
· Torque: 156lbs. ft. @ 4250
· Redline: 6500 rpm
· Wheels and Tires: 17" aluminum painted wheels; P225/50R17 V Rated tires
· Drive type: Front-wheel drive
· 0 - 60: 9.3 seconds
· 1/4 mile: (don't ask)
· Fuel economy city/highway: 23/31
· NHTSA crash test rating front/side/rollover: 4/4/4

Related:
Jalopnik Reviews: 2007 Ford Fusion SE, Part 1, Part 2 [internal]

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DISCUSSION

I am always amazed at the focus on price, even if it is an effective transaction price, of auto reviews. I know it's not really your thing, but still, the overwhelming reason not to buy this rental-mental is resale. The thing will sell $2000 under a similarly aged Accord in a couple years after the purchase.

Also, dramatically underpowered, great handling car that more useful than it looks from the outside - hey! The product development guys nailed the 'European design' of this one. Too bad they have didn't take the next step and do what most companies do and amp up the base model's power (or even get ahead of the curve and put in a 40 MPG oil burner).