2011 Ford Fusion - New Car Video Review
2011 Ford Fusion - Video Transcript
Vanessa: Hi, I’m Vanessa Lee
Dan: And I’m Dan Wilson
Vanessa: You’ve selected AutoTrader’s new car review on the 2011 Ford Fusion.
Vanessa: I’ve noticed that the average new car shopper has plenty of good choices when it comes to five passenger sedans, what sets the Fusion apart from the others?
Dan: Well, any new family sedan will deliver reliable transportation, but the Fusion is a sharp looking sedan that also feels a little sporty. Plus it has amazing technology features, several distinct engine choices all at an affordable price.
Vanessa: I agree, the chrome grille and pulled back headlights make the car look more expensive than it really is.
Dan: This is the Ford Fusion SEL. It comes standard with 17-inch aluminum wheels and dual exhaust tips but you can also step up to an appearance package with added features like 18-inch wheels and a rear spoiler.
Vanessa: What about those fog lights, do they cost extra or are they included in the SEL’s price?
Dan: Those are standard, in fact every model but the base four cylinder version has standard fog lights.
Vanessa: I like the Fusion’s exterior styling but I think most people care a little more about the interior because that’s where they really interact with a car…(natural reaction) this is nice!, I really like the blue lit gauges and the buttons on the steering wheel.
Dan: Ford calls that ice blue backlighting, that plus the ambient lighting give the Fusion’s cabin a very upscale feel. This Fusion is also equipped with one of Ford’s innovative high tech safety features: the Blind Spot Information System or BLIS. BLIS lets you know when a vehicle is in your blind spot or behind you when you’re backing out of a parking space. Other nice options are HD radio with Travel Link updates for traffic and weather, as well as Ford’s voice activated SYNC information and entertainment system. “Play…”
Vanessa: Many customers looking… Many customers looking for a mid-size sedan will probably be more interested in miles per gallon than horsepower… but, I’ve done my homework…and depending upon which engine you choose, the Fusion delivers healthy dose of both!
Dan: Yeah, the base 2.5-liter inline-4 makes 175 horsepower – it’s not overpowering but plenty adequate for day to day duties… and you’re rewarded with 23 miles per gallon in combined city and an impressive 33 miles per gallon out on the highway…great for long commutes or road trips!
Dan: SE and SEL models can come equipped with a 3-liter V6 with 240 horsepower. I’d recommend this setup as it provides solid acceleration when you need to merge on the highway and makes for a great blend of performance and fuel economy…Now if you’re looking for real performance, the 263 horsepower 3.5-liter V6 on the Sport model is the way to go. It also comes with a tighter sport suspension so the car feels a little sportier than your average family sedan. And if you live in an area with snowy winters, the Fusion SE and SEL models even offer all wheel drive!
Vanessa: I like the blend of horsepower and miles per gallon with the 3-liter V6. I can also see the how important the blind spot alert feature is. Traffic and weather updates are always valuable and Ford’s voice activated SYNC system for your iPod and phone make the Fusion safer and more fun at the same time. That sounds expensive, what it going to cost?
Dan: It’s actually very reasonable. You can get a nicely equipped base model for less than $20,000. On the other hand, even if you load your Fusion up with lots of options, you’re still talking around $30,000 but the even at that price, the Fusion offers a lot of car the money!
Dan: You know, there are plenty of mid-size sedans worthy of consideration, including the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. But few combine eye-catching design with class-leading technology the way the Ford Fusion does.
Vanessa: Well, there you have it! The 2011 Ford Fusion…stylish, roomy, lots of practical amenities and all at a good price! I’m Vanessa Lee.
Dan: …and I’m Dan Wilson.
Vanessa: Thanks for shopping at AutoTrader, the ultimate automotive marketplace.