The 2009 Ford Fusion gets stability control as an option this year, while traction control becomes standard on all V6 models. Other new standard equipment includes ambient lighting and 5-speed automatic on the SEL, and satellite radio on all except the base model. Ford Fusion standard features provide front-wheel drive and a 2.3L 4-cylinder engine that produces 160 hp and 156 lb-ft of torque with a 5-speed manual, and a 5-speed automatic is optional. Fuel economy with the automatic transmission is rated at 20 mpg city/28 mpg hwy and 23 mpg combined. A 3.0L V6 engine with 221 hp and 205 lb-ft is optional on the SE and SEL, and comes with a 6-speed automatic. With front-wheel drive, the Fusion V6 returns 18 mpg city/26 mpg hwy and 21 mpg combined, while all-wheel-drive reduces those numbers by 1 mpg. The 5-passenger mid-size Ford Fusion comes standard with safety features, such as antilock disc brakes, front-seat side airbags and side-curtain airbags. Not to be overlooked is the snazzy Blue Suede package with black interior trim and blue suede accents which is an option.Read more Read less
For 2009 the Fusion sedan is carried over without major changes, though there are a number of minor changes to standard equipment and options. Traction control is now a standard feature on V-6 models, and stability control is now optional. Satellite radio is now standard on SE and SEL models, and ambient lighting is standard on the SEL. A new eight-speaker Audiophile sound system with a six-disc changer, audio input jack, MP3 and satellite-radio compatibility is now optional on the SE and SEL models. A Sport Appearance Package is new for 2009. Also new this year is the Blue Suede Package, optional on any front-wheel-drive SE or SEL model, which adds Charcoal Black interior trim, Alcantara blue suede inserts, blue stitching, special appliques, painted aluminum wheels and ambient lighting.
Crisp handling; good ride quality; bold styling; affordable price; top-technology Sync interface
Ford's affordable mid-size sedan is more fun to drive and handles better than most in its class while maintaining a good ride and decent back seat space. Some will also appreciate how its styling takes a different direction out of a field where many of the models look too similar on the outside. It's also priced a bit lower and has a generous amount of standard equipment in any of its trims. Fuel economy is good with the four-cylinder engine. What's more, Ford's voice-activated Sync calling and audio device is currently one of the most versatile and user-friendly interfaces on the market.