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#5678 of 5819 Ford Fusion SE Rental
Aug 27, 2010 (9:43 am)
Just got done with a 5-day rental of a Ford Fusion SE from Thrifty. I own a 2006 Hyundai Sonata GLS-V6 and would like to replace it somewhat soon so was glad to have the opportunity to try the Fusion for several days.
I am not sure if this was a 4 or 6 cylinder version. I presumed a 4 because itís a rental and because of the engine sound and rpm response. (I should have popped the hood.) I also donít know if it was a 2010 or earlier but it had 26,000 miles so I figure it could be either. My best guess is that it was a 2010 4-cylinder. (Does anyone know if Ford sells 6 cylinders to rental companies?)
Overall impression was very positive. The exterior and interior both looked great. The engine was powerful and made a nice sound. The ergonomics were fine for me. Didnít really use the steering wheel controls. The suspension was firm. I thought I liked a softer suspension but this one was great in all driving. At home I would have bottomed out on dips that the Fusion took in stride. The transmission shifted nicely at all speeds. The steering was perfectly fine for me and I have none of the dissatisfaction that others above have mentioned.
One complaint was the head rest position. There have been posts on this above.
Another complaint was the gas mileage. I did at least 50% of my miles on the highway but only averaged just under 17 mpg. That doesnít seem right at all, especially for a 4 cylinder. I was a little heavy on the pedal but not so much as to warrant such poor performance. There are many posts above exclaiming great gas mileage so perhaps mine was an anomaly.
This rental was a great opportunity, as I will now definitely include the Fusion on my short list when ready to make my next purchase.
#5679 of 5819 Re: Ford Fusion SE Rental [osaka75]
Aug 27, 2010 (10:45 am)
Did you reset the avg mpg? If not then it won't change much if it's been driven a lot of miles since the last reset.
#5680 of 5819 Re: Ford Fusion SE Rental [osaka75]
Aug 27, 2010 (11:15 am)
Wouldn't it have had "V6" on the back if it were one?
#5681 of 5819 Re: Ford Fusion SE Rental [osaka75]
Aug 27, 2010 (4:54 pm)
the 6 has exhaust pipes on each side, the 4 has 2 on the right side.
if the headlight were sort of horizontal, it an '09 or earlier. the headlights on the 2010 are more horizontal. hope this helps.
#5682 of 5819 Re: Ford Fusion SE Rental [explorerx4]
Aug 27, 2010 (5:14 pm)
You had a dyslexic moment! If the headlights were vertical, than '09 or earlier. Happens to us all, but just wanted to make it clear.
#5683 of 5819 Re: Ford Fusion SE Rental [xmech]
Aug 28, 2010 (5:17 am)
yes, i meant to write vertical!
#5684 of 5819 Re: Ford Fusion SE Rental [osaka75]
Aug 28, 2010 (7:34 am)
The SE usually is a 4 banger, but can option with the 6. If the engine was noisy, then its a 4, the 6 is a pretty quiet engine until you romp on it. 4's and 6's each have their own sound, so the only way to tell is go to a dealer now and test drive both, and see if you remember what which one sounded like what you drove. In any case, glad to see you liked how the car drove, they are a far cry above the others in the driving department. For those of us who like to "drive", its a good car, those who like to be a passenger behind the wheel, they can keep their mushy Camry!
As far as MPG, its a rental and unless you disconnect the battery for a couple hours to reset the computer and drive it several hundred miles in your own style, you will never get an accurate reading. I rented a Prius once in San Jose, and owned the Prius and Camry Hybrid, so I'm very good at obtaining above EPA on them. After resetting the displays to 0, and driving it a week, the best I could get was 45mpg, far below what I would normally get in one. Too many drivers with too many different driving habits, and most tend to abuse the car since it isn't theirs.
#5685 of 5819 Re: Ford Fusion SE Rental [osaka75]
Aug 29, 2010 (12:56 pm)
Yes, they do sell the V-6 to rental companies. I have a 2008 SEL V-6 that was a Hertz vehicle.
#5686 of 5819 2010 Milan passenger seat to table conversion
Aug 30, 2010 (6:47 pm)
One nice feature of the 2010 Milan is that the passenger seatback folds forward flat as can be (and level). It essentially converts to a flat table like surface. When I have no passengers, I fold it and move it as far forward as I can and it presents a surface for whatever. It also takes the seatback and headrest out of sight lines and opens the interior of the car up visually, making it seem quite large and uncluttered. Try it, you may like it. All the seats in the Milan fold forward (except driver's of course). This is a welcome feature in a mid-sizer. I must say I continue to be impressed with the engineering of the car. 2500 miles and 33 mpg mostly residential driving, about 20% highway. I selected it from the mid-sized herd because of it's quietness and my previous very good experience with a Mercury Sable. So far no complaints at all. In fact I keep discovering nice little touches that speak to the integrated engineering of the whole car. As for the "sync" system I have no cell phone so it is unavailable to me. My first experience with Sirius is that it is nice but I usually listen to local stations and am not a great traveler so I doubt that I will choose to renew the contract when it expires. One surprise is that the 17" wheels are steel with plastic covers. As for handling, it is better than my previous Sable in high speed turns and braking.
#5687 of 5819 Re: 2010 Milan passenger seat to table conversion [pod]
Aug 31, 2010 (4:08 pm)
My '07 Fusion SEL also has the fold flat passenger seat. I think it was only available in SEL trim.