With the introduction of the 2007 models produced by Ford, the 2007 Ford Fusion reaches only in its second year of production, so most changes concern the features included in the car. As with the previous year, Ford offers three models of the Fusion, including the S, SE, and SEL. The base S model has a smaller engine and a manual transmission, while the SE and SEL models come equipped with a V-6 engine and an automatic transmission. This midsize sedan uses the same platform as the Mazda MAZDA6 and has a similar architecture and build to the Mercury Milan and Lincoln MKZ.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 2.3-liter four-cylinder, 3.0-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed manual, five-speed automatic, six-speed automatic
Models: Ford Fusion S, Ford Fusion SE, Ford Fusion SEL
Very little changes with the launch of the 2007 Ford Fusion. In fact, the only significant changes concern the features. All models gain front side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, and an MP3 player input jack as standard features. Alloy wheels, fog lamps, a folding front-passenger seat, and a CD changer join the list of features for the SE model. The top-of-the-line SEL model gets heated side mirrors, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, and automatic headlights. Added options include Sirius satellite radio, a DVD navigation system, and all-wheel drive for models with the V-6 engine.
The Ford Fusion shows off a unique style that makes it stand out from the rest of the sedans in its class. The 2007 Ford Fusion offers a sporty feel not unlike the MAZDA6, but the Fusion is bigger. Even though they use the same platform, the 2007 Ford Fusion has a longer wheelbase and overall length when compared to the MAZDA6. This, in turn, leads to increased head and legroom in the cabin. The grille, geometric headlights, and exterior trim finish provide the details to give this sedan its dynamic look.
The dashboard design of the Fusion looks sleek, and gauges in all models feature satin-finished bezels. While the design looks good, some find the instruments small and difficult to read. Also, it lacks a display for the automatic transmission so that drivers have to look at the steering wheel to determine the gear selection.
Upgrading to the SEL adds leather upholstery with contrasting stitching. Both the cloth and leather is of good quality, and seating feels comfortable in both the front and rear seats. Some think the plastics used throughout the interior come of a lower quality than expected.
Within the cabin, adults and children enjoy plenty of space in the rear seat. Storage areas within the interior remain limited, but the amount of space in the trunk more than makes up for this. The trunk seems large to begin with, but the split-folding rear seats increase cargo space even more. The SE and SEL models also have front-passenger folding seats to allow for the transportation of longer items.
Performance & Handling
Ford offers two engines for the 2007 Fusion. The base model comes equipped with a 2.3-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces 160 horsepower. It pairs with a standard five-speed manual transmission, but a five-speed automatic transmission remains available as an option. The SE and SEL both use a three-liter V-6 coupled with a six-speed automatic transmission with a manual shift gate. This powertrain arrangement provides 221 horsepower to these models. For all models, front drive comes standard, but all-wheel drive provides an option for models with a V-6 engine.
The ride in the 2007 Ford Fusion feels firm but comfortable. The independent suspension deals with most bumps more than adequately. Steering seems responsive, and it has good handling. On the highway, both engines provide adequate power but could do with more when accelerating from a stop.
While all models come equipped with four-wheel disc brakes, anti-lock braking costs extra. Front-drive V-6 models offer traction control as an option, but stability control remains unavailable for all models. Front side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags come standard on all models.
EPA Fuel Economy
Ford Fusion S automatic: 24/32 mpg city/highway
Ford Fusion SE: 21/29 mpg city/highway
Ford Fusion SEL: 21/29 mpg city/highway
- Good fuel economy
- Smooth and comfortable ride
- Distinctive design
- Roomy interior
You Won't Like
- Anti-lock braking costs more
- No stability control
Well-rounded midsize sedan with plenty to offer.
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