2009 Ford Fusion SEL AWD

Zenlea, what's wrong with the old Taurus?! Automobile Magazine once included that car in an epic best-cars-in-the-world test, and it fared quite well ... Oh yeah, you're right: that was back in 1989, and FoMoCo went on to pretty much ride that model into the ground. In today's unstable economy, however, there's no time for that, so I'm anxious to see how the updated Fusion will fare against its extremely stiff competition, both domestic and imported.

As Phil and David noted, the current/outgoing Fusion is a good starting point. The interior is much nicer than that of the base Escape that I drove recently, even if it is still lacking a bit in the details. That said, the Fusion is a perfectly decent car that's comfortable, handles pretty well, and rides OK. I like the styling, too, even though it hasn't been universally adored. All-wheel drive is a nice option to have, although I'd probably save the money and the weight and buy a good set of winter tires instead. In my mind, however, the '09 Fusion comes up a bit short of the Chevy Malibu and the Honda Accord. But we'll see what the 2010 edition truly brings, once we drive it...

Rusty Blackwell, Copy Editor

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