2012 Ford Fusion Augusta GA
Ford offers the 2012 Fusion with very little changed, which is fine given the car’s success and list of features and options, which includes standard electronic stability control on all models. The top-selling SE model gets the six-speed automatic as standard equipment, along with 17-inch alloy wheels. Three new exterior colors are on offer: Black, Cinnamon and Red Candy Tinted Clearcoat Metallic. Ford expects the 2012 Fusion to be named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, an honor the 2011 model earned. Standard electronic stability control and “Good” ratings in the institute’s crash tests are required to earn the Top Safety Pick. Ford made changes to reduce road and wind noise, including mirrors designed to deflect wind downward.
Under the Hood
The Ford Fusion is available with four different drive trains: A 2.5 liter I-4, a 3.0 liter V-6, a 3.5 liter V-6 as well as a hybrid version. The 2.5 liter engine delivers 175 horsepower and 172 lb.-ft. of torque with an estimated 23 mpg city and 33 mpg highway when mated to the optional 6-speed automatic transmission, a 6-speed manual is standard. The 3.0 liter engine kicks the horsepower output up to 240 and produces 222 lb.-ft. of torque, and that peak horsepower can top out at 250 when E85 ethanol is used. Fusion Sport comes hits the road with a 3.5 liter V-6 with 263 horsepower and 249 lb.-ft. of torque. Except for the I-4 model, all Fusions come standard with a 6-speed automatic transmission and FWD. All-wheel drive is available on the SEL and Sport models with their respective V-6 engines.
The Fusion is equipped with Electronic Power Steering Assist (EPAS) with pull-drift compensation which provides excellent road feel while keeping the Fusion light and maneuverable in tight spaces like parking lots. Pull-drift compensation helps the driver stay in his own lane during heavy crosswinds by automatically providing steering input to counter whatever may cause you to unintentionally veer from your intended path. When EPAS isn't enough, the Fusion is also available with a blind spot warning system and blind spot mirrors are standard on Fusion models that do not have the blind spot detection warning system.
Tech and Safty
Other goodies to enhance performance and increase safety include available rain-sensing windshield wipers, standard stability and traction control, tire-pressure monitoring and an SOS crash alert system that sets the lights flashing and the horn honking in the event you do have an accident. A rearview camera system is available in SEL, Sport and Hybrid models. Other features include available Ford MyKey which allows parents to issue younger drivers a special key that restricts maximum speed and volume levels to keep neophytes behind the wheel focused and making good choices. Rounding out the Ford Fusion is SYNC, keeping the driver connected to traffic, weather, navigation and more. SYNC is available on the SE and above models.