Ford's midsize sedan is a quiet winner
For starters, the consensus over at AutoWeek -- among editorial assistant James Wong, senior Web reporter Greg Migliore and Executive Editor Wes Raynal -- was that the Fusion's chassis (the same basic platform as the sporty Mazda6) delivers a soft ride that can nonetheless feel sporty when put to the test. The low- to mid-20-grand price tag is obviously attractive, and the interior layout worked for everyone -- with one exception: Apparently the cloth pattern on the seats is some sort of cross between '80s fashion textiles and bad wallpaper.
Likewise on MSN Autos: Tom Wilson gave the Fusion a 9.4 out of 10 rating for much the same reasons: bang-for-buck chassis, sporty trim, smart interior controls. The Fusion Hybrid scored even better with Wilson, with a 9.6 out of 10 rating.
So, there you have it: Despite flying pretty low on the radar (at least in my neck of the woods), the Fusion is one of the better-reviewed rides in all of Ford's fleet. I do love discovering the sleepers.
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