: Revisiting some old Ford Fusion discussions
12-28-10, 03:12 PM
When the first Ford Fusion came about, many of us thought they copied the design of the Cadillac STS. Some thought it was the CTS they copied (as you'll see in some of the discussions below) until they realized Cadillac had another car named STS and saw the light. :p
Anyway.. Ford's taken the high road with this car...
It's certainly come a long way...
12-28-10, 04:20 PM
The Mazda 6 is one of the best midsized sedans introduced within the last decade, so it would stand to reason the Fusion/Milan/MKZ would follow suit. However, the MKZ overall was a poor followup in context to the potential of the Lincoln LS. Of all the cars in that family, the MazdaSpeed 6 is probably still the best.
There needs to be an MS6-influenced Fusion SVT. Most of my favorite Fords are built on or powered by Mazda.
12-28-10, 04:52 PM
I don't know about being a ripoff, but regularly driving a 2007 SEL V6 Fusion as I have since it was new, I can say it does not feel like a CTS (Never actually driven an STS) in the slightest sense. Not knocking either car, I just don't see it in the all-around feel of the car (Interior, performance, handling and even the way the seats feel) though I do see many things about those same features/habits of the car that are indeed comparable (need to take the Fusion on a 700 mile trip for comparison :))
I like it though, because I can just burn the tires down and Ford replaces them. I also had to have them freebee the hanger for the driver's side tailpipe after some vandalism and then (after leaving courthouse against same vandals) the car's badges. One thing about new Fords is they offer great warranties on all that assorted crap, but I prefer my Fords eighty-years-old and chopped down to below my waist.
I know it's more thought of as the chick version, but I still think the first gen Milan got the better styling.
12-28-10, 08:45 PM
I don't think it looks like a CTS or STS... It's just a smallish mid size boring car... Close your eyes and poof...Camry...
12-28-10, 09:15 PM
Just to mention, I don't think ANYONE on the internet has ever stated the Fusion was similar to an STS in any way other than exterior appearance.. The driving experience between the two vehicles is as different as concrete and water.
12-29-10, 02:32 AM
I still see ZERO resemblance between any Cadillac and a Ford Fusion.
I really do like the Ford Fusion, in both the current and past generation. The interior feels "quality" in both generations, something I feel that is lacking from the current Camry and has slipped in the current Accord. For a boring sedan, I do prefer the Fusion over both the current Camry and current very ugly Accord.
However, in the current 20-25k commuter car category, I would definitely take a loaded Honda Civic Si or maybe a loaded Mazda 3 wagon over any of the bigger, stuffier, way more boring, way worse handling "mid-size" models. A more interesting car would definitely take precedence over rear seat room and ultimate trunk size IMO.
12-29-10, 12:38 PM
I drove a 4 cylinder powered Milan a few months ago and I wasn't too impressed to be honest. It didn't feel any better than my previous 2000 Camry and the engine sound quite strained to be honest. I do like the styling of both Milan and Fusion though and they are extremely competitive cars for the class. Out of all the midsize cars sold, I'd probably take an Accord because having driven one of the newest ones it reminded me how good Honda is at making a decently fun to drive car. Who cares if its bland? All the midsize cars with the exception of the Hyundai and Kia are boring and have no real style.
12-29-10, 01:10 PM
I really like the looks of the current Fusion.. The Malibu is kinda nice and I think the NEW one is going to be very impressive.. The Altima's a pretty good looking car.. The Camry is boring but it looks very "clean" to me - if anyone can understand what I mean. My least favorite of the popular mid-sizers is the Accord. The interior is nice but a little cheap.. The Hyundai and Kia are both very nice..
12-29-10, 02:17 PM
The problem I always had with the Fusion was that it was a complete disappointment in relation to the concept it was borne from. The Ford 427 concept was INTENDED to be a large, V8 powered, RWD car to possibly replace the Crown-Vic. By the time the Ford bean counters got done with the project, it had been downsized all the way into a meager family transport. To that end, I really don't see any resemblance whatsoever between the Fusion, Milan and any Cadillac at all.
Maybe it's my glasses, but other than having four tires and four doors, I'm not seeing the Ford/Cad resemblence.