2011 Ford Fusion - Dearborn to Disney - 1
 2011 Ford Fusion - Dearborn to Disney - 1
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On Friday, December 17, automotive expert, Brian Moody and his wife packed up the luggage, two kids, snacks and booster seats for a chilly, three day, 1,100 mile trip starting at Ford’s World Headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan and ending at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Follow the Moody family as they put things like seat comfort, rear seat space, fuel economy and even the navigation system to the ultimate test.

Day 1:

Our ultimate family road test of the 2011 Ford Fusion has changed a little, we wanted a Ford Fusion Hybrid but when we tried to find one, it was virtually impossible. Hertz has a Green Collection where they rent different types of hybrids and the Fusion is one of them. Of all the Green Collection rental locations we called – and there were many, the Fusion Hybrids were all sold out. Some locations had maybe a Prius or Altima hybrid available but no Fusion Hybrids. That speaks volumes about the popularity of all hybrid vehicles, especially the Fusion Hybrid.

Now that we’ve hit the road, it’s clear why the Fusion is so popular no matter which version. After 7 hours of straight driving from Dearborn, Michigan to Knoxville Tennessee it’s clear the Fusion is a very comfortable family car. It’s one thing for adults to not complain but we have two kids along for the trip – an 8 year old boy and a 4 year old girl. Neither has said anything about being too cramped or uncomfortable. Rear seat legroom specs can only tell you so much, not getting your seat kicked by a kid in the back seat speaks volumes more than any spec or stat.

The Fusion is also remarkably quiet inside even at highway speeds. The quiet highway ride of the Ford Fusion also means we can bust out the portable DVD player and the rear seat passengers can hear the movie without having to crank up the volume to earsplitting levels. On a side note, once you cross into Ohio from Michigan, the roads get a lot smoother – not sure why.

Big thumbs up for the Fusion’s trunk space – our luggage for a family of four taking a week long trip through a variety of climates fits easily with room to spare.

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Brian Moody has been an automotive writer and presenter for more than 10 years. He has contributed to such media outlets as CNBC, Fox Business, the Today show, Speed TV, Edmunds.com and KTLA in Los Angeles. He currently covers the automotive industry and reviews new cars for the nationally syndicated Car Concerns radio show.

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