Consumer Reviews Summary
51 of 57 (89%) customers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.
2012 Ford Fusion Overview
The 2012 Ford Fusion represents Ford’s entrant into the midsize sedan fray and it holds its own quite well, thanks to a few technical features that will endear it to car shoppers (especially those with children of driving age).
For 2012, changes to the Fusion are minor (the SE trim gets the automatic transmission standard now). It retains the bold, oversized three-bar grille that you see popping up on many Ford models of late, but the rest of the car features more muted styling. The Sport trim of the Fusion adds on most of the exciting exterior bits including a rear spoiler, 18-inch wheels, and chrome exhaust pipes.
Under the hood are three distinct engine options. A 175-horsepower, 2.5-liter I-4 is the standard mill and comes mated to a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. SE and SEL trims are available with an optional 240-horsepower, 3.0-liter V-6 that is also flex fuel capable. The Sport trim gets its own 263-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6. Both V-6’s only come with the six-speed automatic. The Fusion is available with optional all-wheel drive, making it one of the few non-luxury midsize sedans to offer it.
Fuel economy estimates are class competitive, ranging from 17-23 mpg in the city and 25-33 mpg on the highway depending on engine/drivetrain choices. If fuel efficiency is even more of a priority for you, then the Fusion Hybrid might fit the bill (covered separately on this site).
Inside, the 2012 Fusion comes with power windows and locks, air conditioning, and a 60/40 split folding rear seat as standard equipment. There is also a plethora of optional equipment, meaning the Fusion runs the spectrum from budget commuter to plush cruiser. Leather upholstery, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth® connectivity, and a navigation system with eight-inch screen are all available, as is Ford’s SYNC multimedia system. SYNC allows you to make calls, operate the navigation system, and play music all using voice commands. The Fusion also delivers when it comes to cargo space, with a cavernous 16.2 feet in the trunk.
Of interest to parents with teenagers, is the MyKey system which is standard on all models of the Fusion. MyKey allows parents to change car settings to help their teens drive more safely, including limits on speed and how loud the stereo will play.
Other safety features include six airbags, four-wheel-disc antilock brakes, and an electronic stability system all standard. Further safety technologies like a rearview camera and a blind spot warning system are optional.
The 2012 Ford Fusion features a base price lower than much of the competition and a few killer technology features that are sure to turn the heads of many shoppers in the midsize market.