Last post on Mar 07, 2009 at 1:57 PM
You are in the Ford Fusion/Mercury Milan
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Ford Fusion, Hyundai Sonata, Car Comparisons, Sedan
May 13, 2007 (11:48 am)
Did this thread die?
#22 of 29 Re: 2007 Fusion SE vs 2007 Sonata GLS [luvmbooty]
Nov 01, 2007 (2:44 pm)
I will give you my thoughts.I tell you i have been researching what to buy for like 4 months. I made the wrong decision before and i was stuck with what i bought. I bought a 2003 Ford F-150 4x4 FX4 with a 5.4L engine. 3 weeks after i bought this truck gas skyrocketed from $1.46 a gallon to like $2.20 a gallon...and it only went up from there. Not only did the truck suck like nothing else i had but it also was relatively slow. At first i didn't even look at hyundai because of the old past and people having the brand recognization that they were junk. I then drove one.....and well all i can say is WOW. I thought the performance was just awesome. The engine was very refined and i thought the transmission did a wonderful job. What didn't i like? The so so styling. Nothing jumps out at you really about the exterior styling. Also the interior dash was a little generic looking to me. I mean it wasn't horrible but not great either but wow was this thing fun to drive...i was quite suprised. Of course i was driving a V6 Limited and if i get a sonata this is what i will be getting. I also drive a FWD Fusion with a V6 and pretty much loaded. Ok exterior styling was to my liking. Not great but not to dang bad. Interior styling was a little bland but i would give it interior styling the edge to the fusion. Then i drove it and although steering and everything like that was very precise i didn't like the results when i tried to merge on the interstate and got up to speed with this thing. The V6 didn't seem refined at all. It was noisy and shifts were harsh. Eventhough i liked the styling better i probably would opt for a sonata over this because of the fun factor. Now these are the only cars i'm looking/looked at:
Infiniti G35 (decided no because local nissan dealership won't work on them and closest dealer is 90 miles away).
BMW 3 Series - Seemed to have gone WAY up in price since i had one 6 years ago
MazdaSpeed3 - Loved it only two slight dislikes are sunroof is not an option and the have leather bulstered seats but not full leather seats with heat. I might be a little concerned with reliability of a turbo unit too (a lot more pressure happening at the engine level).
Altima 3.5SE - Loved it when i drove it but ive herad a lot of reliability problems with nissans lately. Just look at what engine problems the 4cyl had in 06.
Camry - First of all, one of the highest MSRP for a loaded one of the bunch. A loaded camry (se or XLE) without navigation is over $30k. Also you have the transmission problems toyota has been having.
08 Accord Coupe - It seems like most reviews don't like the V6 engine. They say its too refined..(whatever that means). Also read a review that said you can't really noticed that big a diffrence between the 4cyl because the VCM sucks all the fun out of the engine. Definatly bad!!!! If the VCM is at fault you could possibly get a coupe with a manual which takes out vcm but no one has said convincely that this is the problem with the V6 and i can almost guarantee you its going to be hard to find a manual transmission coupe at a dealer since this will be a low production vehicle compared to the others (most people want the sedan..and most want a automatic).
So far i think my hightest candidates are the altima, sonata, and the MazdaSpeed3 but i could always change my mind.
My main factors i want are in order by:
1) Fun to drive factor
4) Descent Gas Mileage (i'm not expecting 40 on the interstate but i don't want low 20s either).
I want to buy a car that i will keep long term. I made a mistake when i sold my last car for my truck (BMW 330ci). It might have not been the fastest car on the road but it was the best handling/fun to drive car that ive ever had by far.
#23 of 29 I know this
Mar 08, 2008 (3:11 pm)
I know this is an old discussion that's probably died. However, I just wanted to comment on the last poster's statement that the V6 in the Fusion was "unrefined", and that it's noisy and the shifts were hard. I've never experienced hard shifts in the car, and I'm a person with a lead foot that usually floors it. Speaking of that, I love the unexpected roar the engine lets out when accelerating hard.
#24 of 29 Re: I know this [dojomax]
Mar 28, 2008 (11:10 am)
That's just it. The roar and vibration of the Fusion's engine at full throttle makes it seem like you are driving a farm tractor in comparison to the smooth as silk V6 of the Sonata. Yes, I've driven both. While you may wonder what I am talking about if you drive the Fusion every day jump in a Sonata and you'll be amazed at the difference.
#25 of 29 Re: I know this [saabturboid]
Mar 28, 2008 (4:53 pm)
one of the main reasons i bought a fusion is because it has awd.
my wife drives an escape, so i already knew the engine isn't one of the smoothest out there. the fusion version seem quieter, and i don't care about reving it up.
i'm trying to figure out how to get the best mileage out of it.
Sep 19, 2008 (6:26 am)
I looked at both with my trade in Hundai was a much better deal.
Sep 22, 2008 (7:43 am)
It must've been on sale because your Hyundai didn't come with a "y".
#28 of 29 2009 model year comparision for Fusion and Sonata
Mar 07, 2009 (9:58 am)
For those who have test driven these 2 cars (2009 i4 a5) could you let me know your experience, what you liked and didn't like, and how you made your final decision.
#29 of 29 Re: 2009 model year comparision for Fusion and Sonata 
Mar 07, 2009 (1:57 pm)
I looked at both thoroughly last fall. Drove a Fusion SEL V6 over to a Hyundai Dealership about 2 miles down the road. Had a salesman pull a Sonata Limited V6 out so I could look over both side by side. I must point out that initially I was pretty certain I'd buy a Sonata since I owned a 2003 which I've since given to my daughter. I immediately noticed that the Fusion's leather which was black seemed to be a better quality leather. The seat seemed more comfortable to me as well. I had already test driven the Sonata back in late July so I went ahead and drove the Fusion. About a week later I again called Ford to arrange a more thorough test drive of a loaded Fusion SEL V6 and also contacted Hyundai that I was planning to drive both one after the other on the same route. It was a mix of expressway, stop and go, and two lane road that I drove on. I first drove the Fusion about 15 to 20 miles then went directly to Hyundai and drove a loaded Sonata Limited V6. The Fusion was very quiet and smooth. The engine has a growl when accelerating that I love (I'll never understand people that claim it's harsh sounding). The engine sounded like an engine should sound. The first thing I noticed about the Sonata was the suspension noise. Not good and very intrusive. I also noticed that even though the Sonata had a supposedly better sound system the Fusion's Audiophile system was much better. Overall that test drive of both convinced me to buy the Fusion which I took home 3 days later. Bought a Ink blue Fusion SEL V6 with black leather which came with the Moon & tune package, heated seats, rear spoiler, and the reverse parking sensors. I've owned it for a little over 4 months and have about 5400 miles on it and have no regrets. In fact, I think it looks better than the new 2010 design.