2011 Ford Fusion SE

Matt Tierney

If I were in the market for a new car at this moment, a Fusion with exactly these specifications would be at the top of my realistic list, probably alongside a stick-shift Hyundai Elantra Touring and a Suzuki Kizashi. This Fusion has a surprisingly nice manual gearbox, a peppy and fuel-efficient four-cylinder, an excellent ride-and-handling balance, comfortable seats, stylish looks inside and out, and enough room for my growing family. The fact that you can add Sync and a sunroof to the stick-shift SE (which already comes with cool wheels and fog lights) and keep the price around $24,000 is impressive indeed.

The gaps around the dash-top storage bin are irregular, and (as in most front-drivers) it's easy to induce a bit torque-steer in wet conditions, but overall I have a very hard time coming up with negative comments about the Fusion SE.

Rusty Blackwell, Copy Editor

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Isnt the car pictured a Fusion Sport and not the SE?
Based on the success of the Fusion, I wonder if any other manfacturer will downsize their midsize car. The Fusion is much smaller than the other cars in its class, yet it sells well and you auto journalist love it. More importantly, will Ford keep the next Fusion this size?

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