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Older Pre-2013 Ford Fusion Overview And Best Price Strategies
Introduced with the 2006 model year (first generation: 2006 - 2012), we find the Fusion a strong entry in the midsize sedan category for those looking for an older model. It's got attractive styling, responsive driving dynamics and plenty of legroom.
This is the most competitive sedan Ford had in this segment since the Taurus and it experienced similar success until it was discontinued in 2020, along with many others, when it ran into a significant overall consumer decline in demand for sedans.
You see, it's got good genes. Beneath its edgy styling is the stretched chassis first developed for the Mazda6, which lent its cousin a sporty personality that's not typical of traditional family sedans.
This production run is available in three models: S, SE and SEL. One of the pluses of the Fusion is that even the base S trim has an impressive list of standard features, including full power accessories, cruise control, air-conditioning, a CD/MP3 player with auxiliary input jack for MP3 players, keyless entry, antilock brakes, air-conditioning, 16-inch wheels and a 60/40-split-folding rear seat.
Opting for an SE adds a 6-way power driver seat, steering wheel audio controls, foglights, 16-inch alloy wheels, a fold-down front-passenger seat and an upgraded 6-speaker audio system with a CD changer, while the top-of-the-line SEL adds automatic climate control, 17-inch alloys, heated external mirrors with puddle lamps, a compass, a keyless-entry keypad, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, automatic headlights and unique interior trim accents.
And both the SE and SEL can be found with either the 4-cylinder engine that comes in the S or a robust 221-horsepower Duratec V6 paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.
The interior build quality is solid and well insulated from outside noise and also offers very comfortable and supportive seating. Some of these Fusions can also be found with Ford's Sync system (2008 and newer models) which provides voice activation capabilities for cell phones, MP3 players and PDAs.
The 160 horsepower 4-cylinder engine can be described as "athletic" or "peppy" and gets 24 mpg on the highway and 32 in the city with the automatic transmission. And there's plenty of acceleration in the V6 without too much of a reduction in mpg (21 city, 29 hwy).
An important upgrade for the Fusion took place in 2007 when front seat airbags, side curtain airbags and an auxiliary audio jack were added as standard features. 2007 also saw the addition of available options such as navigation, satellite radio and all-wheel drive, while more standard equipment was added to the SE and SEL models. Because of these enhancements, we think it's a good idea to stick with 2007 and newer Fusions as prospective purchases.
In 2008, antilock brakes became standard on all Fusions and additional optional equipment was also made available. Some used Fusions (2008 and newer) can also be found with the optional Sport Appearance package that includes 18-inch wheels, a sport-tuned suspension and special trim.
For the 2009 Fusion, stability control was added as an available option while traction control became standard. Also in 2009, and harder to find, are Ford Fusion models outfitted with the Blue Suede package, featuring black and blue faux-suede seats.
The Fusion got a significant refresh for the 2010 model year that was carried through 2012. The four-cylinder engine was enlarged to 2.5-liters from 2.3 while improving gas mileage performance at the same time. Transmission speeds were increased from five to six and the 3.0-liter V6 also was given a power boost. In addition, both the interior and exterior received a styling refresh, and a sportier new model, called the Sport, was added with a 3.5-liter V6.
There are four available models from this run: S, SE, Sport and SEL. Highlights of the standard features for the S include 16-inch alloy wheels, full power accessories, air-conditioning, and an audio system with a CD player and an auxiliary audio jack. Moving up to the Fusion SE adds an 8-way power driver seat, foglights, automatic headlights, 17-inch alloy wheels and an upgraded stereo system with satellite radio.
Choosing the new Sport model adds sport-tuned suspension and steering, 18-inch alloy wheels, leather upholstery, dual power front seats, the Ford's Sync system and unique styling cues, while the top-level SEL comes with the leather interior, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated seats, a numerical keyless entry pad and puddle lights.
Some of these models can also be found with options such as navigation, remote start, a rearview camera, a sunroof, a blind spot detection system and reverse park assist.
Fusion shoppers for this generation should note that for the 2011 model year, some additional standard features were added, including Ford's MyKey system (allows parents to set speed and stereo volume limits for teen drivers), a manual-shift feature for the 6-speed automatic transmission and blind-spot mirrors for all models, while upper trims added standard HD radio, one-touch up/down front windows and additional front-seat power adjustments.
There were no significant changes for the 2012 model.
Overall, these Fusions impress with a well-balanced combination of capable road manners with a smooth, comfortable ride quality. Inside, while not as large as the Honda Accord or Mazda6, cabin space is still quite generous and there's ample legroom. There's also plenty of features and the materials quality is solid.
All in all, we think an older Fusion is among the segment leaders and makes a solid choice as a used midsize sedan purchase. And we can make a number of suggestions to help you save when buying one.
How To Get The Best Price
There are actually several different ways to buy an older used Fusion at the lowest price, and even at wholesale. You can click on the links to each of the following methods to get the specific instructions.
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