SHARP TURNS – Ford goes above and beyond

2013-10-25T00:00:00Z SHARP TURNS – Ford goes above and beyondMATT SHARP nwitimes.com
October 25, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Inside and out, the new Ford Fusion is luxurious and practical. This 4-door sedan comes in many different model choices like the Fusion S, the Hybrid, the Titanium, and the Energi. Each model has its very own special feature that makes it stand out above the rest.

With the Fusion’s athletic lines and sleek silhouette, it has speed even when it’s sitting in your driveway. It starts out with the bold, hexagonal grille that gives the Fusion a distinctive look. On either side of the grille of course are the low-profile laser-cut projector headlamps. All of those models all come with different standard or available wheels; there are nine different styles to choose from. Complementing its contemporary design, the LED tail lamps glow and tend to illuminate faster than conventional tail lamps. They will also last longer to ensure you rarely have to worry about changing the bulbs. On the Titanium models, the tail lamps are full-circle to add a sporty look.

The ambient lighting continues on the interior as well, once you open the door seven color choices establishes the mood. It will illuminate the front and rear foot wells, front center console bin, and door handle pockets. The seats help add to the comfort and mood; on the SE and SE hybrid models it comes standard with cloth seating. On the SE Luxury models, it comes with leather-trimmed, heated seats. Also on the Titanium models there is sport-stitched, leather-trimmed, heated seats with three memory settings for the driver. With the heated front seats comes with a heated steering wheel that can be turned on or off by the touch of a button.

To help keep eyes on the road and stay connected to the world, Ford put Sync with MyFord Touch inside the Fusion. Sync runs through the touch screen at the top of the center stack in the middle of the vehicle. It allows hands-free calling, voice-controlled music browsing, automated text message relay, and can be used for emergency situations to dial 911. The technology doesn’t stop there; it goes on to continue to keep you safe with BLIS. BLIS stands for blind spot information system to help make driving more convenient. If a car is in your blind spot then the system alerts you with an indicator light in the appropriate side view mirror. BLIS can help you with changing lanes, along with the Lane-Keeping System to help keep you in your lane. There is a camera mounted behind the windshield that watches the road lane markings to determine the vehicle position and detect a lane departure or not. If you happen to go outside of your lane with out your turn signal on, the car will warn you through a series of steering wheel vibrations, which mimic a rumble strip.

The Ford Fusion offers three gasoline engines and two hybrid powerplants. In addition to the standard 2.5L Duratec I-4 engine, there are three available EcoBoost engines – 1.5L, 1.6L and 2.0L – that offer an excellent combination of power and efficiency. The 1.6L EcoBoost engine comes with a manual transmission. The 1.5L engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission and can be equipped with available Auto Start-Stop, which shuts off the engine when you come to a stop and seamlessly restarts it when you release the brake.

The price range for the Fusion obviously fluctuates for the different models. The standard SE starts at about $24,000. The Hybrids come in at a little under $27,000, and the Titanium models get up to a little over $40,000.

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