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2008 Ford Fusion Sedan

4dr Sdn I4 SEL FWD

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  • $20,150 original MSRP
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2008 Ford Fusion Sedan

Benefits of Driving a 2008 Ford Fusion Sedan

In the competitive midsize sedan segment, Ford's 2008 Fusion has a lot to offer. Its distinctive styling sets it apart from the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, and Chevrolet Malibu, and it beats them on price, too. The engines and platform it shares with the MAZDA6 give it some real performance as well, and the available all-wheel drive isn't found on most other cars in the class.

What's new for 2008?

The Ford Fusion has a few important changes for 2008; chief among them is standard anti-lock braking across the model range. Changes in options and available equipment include the addition of a Sport Appearance Package, which features 18-inch aluminum wheels, a firmer suspension, and contrasting interior stitching. Also new is voice-activated navigation, a back-up parking sensor, and keyless entry on SEL models. Ford's SYNC system, which integrates wireless devices and music players with the car, debuts for 2008 as an option on all but the SEL styles, where it is standard. Pricing has increased marginally across the range by about a few hundred dollars.

Model Strengths

  • Comfortable, roomy sedan
  • available AWD
  • crisp looks and athletic handling
  • ample standard features across three trim levels
  • competitively priced.

Model Review

The Fusion has been a modest hit, and Ford continues to refine the car that won the 2006 J.D. Power award for Automotive Performance, Execution, and Layout.

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DALLAS, Tex. -- Driving down Oak Lawn Avenue through a trendy commercial district of Dallas with its multi-lane congestion and multiple stoplights impeding our forward progress, linear movement seems like only an incidental concern while encased in the velvet comforts of Fusion, Ford's fine mid-size luxury sedan.

Its ride quality feels so smooth, the comforts stack so deep and the quiet factor resonates so keenly that steering and braking and other physical acts of automotive propulsion diminish as simply so many rote distractions.

But that's the Ford car magic working on Fusion, which in Ford's current lineup of sedans sandwiches in size between a smaller Focus series and the larger Taurus.

Riding on a front-wheel-drive (FWD) platform which traces in root form to a mid-size Mazda sedan, Fusion for 2008 wears expressive sheetmetal outside and comes with a passenger compartment large enough to carry five comfortably.

Body styling borrows cues from Ford's 427 concept car, particularly at the rounded nose with Fusion's bold three-bar grille and the oversized and multi-element projector-beam headlamps.

The body shows bulging fenders over large wheels in muscular pose with a sweeping face and raked windshield which imply swift movement even when parked.

A crisp character line etched into the leading edge of each flank fender stretches rearward above wheel arches and rises gradually to the tail deck. And a high beltline pitched parallel to the character line gains a chrome trim piece along the bottom edge of cabin windows.

It's a tall package too, due to the bowed roof.

Doors run deep to make cabin entry and exit easy and seats are elevated so passengers sit in a higher position than in other sedans of comparable size. Inside, Fusion seems generous in scale with notable space for heads and legs.

The layout is familiar -- two bucket seats in front flanking a multi-level console and a sculptured bench for three in back with seatbacks divided and foldable. However, the design of the cabin is uncluttered and clean, and the materials and craftsmanship seem to be a cut above competitor models in this price and size class.

Essentially, the cabin for Fusion was designed around the body sizes of intended occupants, with more than adequate room allowed for long legs and broad shoulders. It's this attention to personal space that makes the car feel like a larger vehicle than the linear dimensions categorize it, and this perceived spaciousness means you don't mind spending time strapped inside the cabin.

Fusion presents three different interior environments depending on the trim level -- Charcoal Black, Medium Light Stone and Charcoal Black, or Dark Stone and Camel. The instrument panel comes in grained plastic, an applique simulating carbon fiber, or premium wood veneer.

Instruments in the panel consist of easy-to-read round analog gauges ringed in satin-finished bezels and faced in black with white lettering and vivid red needles. Fod lists three tiers of trim for Fusion with a price-leader base model S plus mainstream SE and top-level SEL.

The FWD orientation is standard but Ford adds optional all-wheel-drive (AWD) traction with a V6 engine upgrade. Standard equipment on the base Fusion ranges from 16-inch steel wheels and P205/60R16 all-season tires to power controls for windows and door locks plus air conditioning, a steering wheel that tilts and telescopes, and a stereo audio package with AM/FM/CD/MP3 deck and four speakers.

Top trim Fusion SEL brings foglamps in the front fascia, 17-inch aluminum wheels capped by P225/50VR17 tires, electronic automatic climate controls in the cabin, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and six-disc CD/MP3 stereo. Fusion SEL options include heat elements in front buckets and leather upholstery, while a new Sport Appearance Package applies unique red seat inserts, a black-chrome grille up front, 18-inch machined-aluminum wheels, sport suspension tuning and a decklid spoiler.

And Ford Sync, the voice-activated controller for mastery over in-vehicle phones, media players and USB storage devices, is on the list of options for Fusion. Sync essentially works as an extension of a car's media player. Issues of personal safety are addressed with strong structural elements and energy-absorbing crush zones front and rear plus a variety of safety systems aboard.

All versions contain dual-stage frontal air bags for front riders with smart sensors in place to track the severity of a frontal crash along with the driver's seat position in proximity to the steering wheel and whether seat belts are being used. Side-impact air bags for front seats and curtain-style air bags for front and back rows are standard issue.

Gear promoting active safety includes a rack and pinion steering mechanism and standard four-wheel disc brakes tied to an anti-lock brake system (ABS) with electronic brake force distribution (EBD), a traction control system (TCS) and a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS). Ford builds two aluminum engines for Fusion -- a 2.3-liter four-cylinder plant in the entry-issue Fusion S or an optional dual-cam 3.0-liter V6 for Fusion SE and the SEL.

The base Duratec 23 in-line-four plant, rigged with intake variable cam timing (i-VCT) and electronic throttle control (ETC), produces 160 hp at 6250 rpm and torque tipping to 156 lb-ft at 4250 rpm. It links to the standard five-speed manual transmission or an optional five-speed automatic.

The Duratec 30 V6, also equipped with i-VCT and ETC, rises to 221 hp at 6250 rpm with 205 lb-ft of torque generated at 4800 rpm. With the V6, Ford adds a wide-ratio six-speed automatic transaxle to bolster performance and fuel economy scores.

The AWD device for Fusion, available with the V6 powertrain, is a sophisticated electronically-controlled system developed by Haldex, a Swedish pioneer in AWD mechanisms. It's always engaged and automatically splits the engine's torque between front and rear wheels to keep tires sticking securely to pavement, wet or dry.

Ford slants MSRP figures for Fusion at an unexpected low level beginning at $18,135 for Fusion S FWD.

Description: Mid-size luxury sedan

Model options: Fusion FWD, Fusion AWD

Trim options: Fusion S, Fusion SE, Fusion SEL

Wheelbase: 107.4 inches

Overall length: 190.2 inches

Engine size: DOHC 2.3-L I4, DOHC 3.0-L V6

Transmissions/speeds: I4: Manual/5, Auto/5, V6: Auto/6

Rear/front drive: FWD, AWD/Haldex

Steering: Power rack and pinion

Braking: Power 4-disc, ABS/EBD/TCS/TPMS

Air bags: 2 (front), 2 (side), 4 (side curtain)

EPA mileage est.: city/hwy. I4 FWD: 20/28 mpg, V6 FWD: 18/26 mpg, V6 AWD: 17/25 mpg

MSRP: $ 18,135: Fusion S FWD, $ 19,060: Fusion SE FWD, $ 23,660: Fusion SE V6 FWD, $ 20,150: Fusion SEL FWD, $ 24,750: Fusion SEL V6 FWD

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Std
Rear Head side Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Daytime Running Lights Opt
Fog Lamps Std
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Std
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std

Accident Prevention

Rear Parking Aid Opt
Handsfree Wireless Std

Security

Alarm Std
Anti-theft System Std
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2008 Ford Fusion Sedan

Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain 5 Years/60,000 Miles
Corrosion 5 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance 5 Years/60,000 Miles

Ford Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

Manufacturer's 7 years / 100,000 miles Powertrain Limited Warranty from original in-service date. 12-month/12,000-mile Comprehensive Limited Warranty. See dealer for details.. See dealer for details. Rental Reimbursement $30/day.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 6 model years or newer / less than 80,000 miles
Lease Term Certified Yes
Point Inspection 172
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $100

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