The 2009 Ford Fusion debuted three years ago, marking the model’s best version ever. With the responsive steering leading to a refined ride, the Ford Fusion in the 2009 model year is among the most entertaining cars in the family-sized sedan segment. Insulation mutes wind noise during highway driving, and both of the automatic transmissions respond competently. The standard five-speed manual system proves quite good and pairs better with the four-cylinder option than the automatic does. Neither of the engines offer off-the-line grunt; however, both of them tend to get a bit noisy at a higher rpm.
Body style: four-door sedan
Engines: 2.3-liter Duratec 23 straight-four engine, 3.0-liter Duratec 30 V-6
Transmission: five-speed Mazda G5M manual (for the four-cylinder engine), five-speed Mazda FNR5 automatic (for the four-cylinder engine), six-speed Aisin TF-80 automatic (for the V-6 only)
Models: Ford Fusion S, Ford Fusion SE, Ford Fusion SEL
The stability control system has been made available as an option across all models of the 2009 Ford Fusion, while traction control comes standard in the V-6-powered variants. Other standard equipment includes the addition of ambient lighting in the SEL variant and satellite radio in every model except the basic Fusion. The four-cylinder SEL model comes equipped with a five-speed automatic transmission. The new Blue Suede Package has a special blue Alcantara package for the interior accents.
The exterior of the car has a metallic chrome finish. The S trim includes 16-inch steel wheels and keyless entry, while the SE adds fog lamps and 16-inch aluminum wheels. The Ford Fusion SEL uses 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, and heated mirrors.
Once inside the cabin of the 2009 Ford Fusion, the ergonomics are a potent but mixed bag. Most of the controls operate easily; however, the instruments are somewhat rudimentary. In addition, the automatic transmission system offers no display, which forces the driver to look down and confirm the gear selection. Depending upon the specific trim level, piano black and wood tones sprinkle across the interior. The SEL model offers a leather seating position with contrast stitching. It features an analog clock and steering wheel-mounted climate and audio controls. The Blue Suede and the Sport Appearance package can make the 2009 Ford Fusion snazzy enough.
The car comes in S, SE, and SEL trim levels. The S trim comes equipped with a four-cylinder engine and cruise control, full power accessories, air-conditioning, a tilt-telescoping steering wheel, 60/40-split rear seats, and a four-speaker CD system with an auxiliary audio input jack.
The SE variant has a five-speed automatic transmission, steering-mounted radio controls, a six-way power driver’s seat, an upgraded interior trim, and an on-dashboard six-CD changer.
The SEL version offers six-speed auto transmission, heated mirrors, keyless entry, automatic climate control, multicolor ambient lighting, upgraded upholstery and interior trim, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and the Sync communications and entertainment interface.
Performance & Handling
All models of the 2009 Ford Fusion come standard with front drive and a four-cylinder, 2.3-liter engine that generates 160 hp and 156 lb-ft of torque. While the five-speed manual transmission remains standard, the five-speed automatic is optional. The optional 3.0-liter V-6 engine is available on purchase of the SEL and SE variants. These models can also be equipped with all-wheel drive. The six-speed automatic comes standard with the all-wheel drive. This six-cylinder engine generates 205 lb-ft of torque and 221 hp, about 50 less horsepower than its nearest rival.
Side curtain and front-seat side airbags and anti-lock disc brakes provide standard safety equipment on all 2009 Ford Fusion models. While the traction control has been made a standard in every V-6 model, the stability control remains an option across all 2009 Ford Fusions. Many top-quality family-sized sedans incorporate the stability control as standard equipment. The reverse parking sensors are also optional.
EPA Fuel Economy
Ford Fusion with automatic transmission: 20/28 mpg city/highway
- Athletic handling
- Roomy interior
- Smooth ride
- Optional all-wheel drive
- Ford Sync electronics interface
- Reasonable pricing
You Won't Like
- Poor stability control
- Dated audio controls
- Poor engine power
Nifty Sync MP3 music system and sporty handling are great.
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