2008 Ford Fusion Pricing, Specs & Reviews

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$18,135-$24,750
$16,943-$22,716
18 /CITY / 27 /HWY
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What Changed for 2008:

  • Ford Sync communications and entertainment system now offered

  • Optional Sport Appearance package adds firmer suspension, interior and exterior trim, and 18-inch wheels

  • Anti-lock brakes (ABS) now standard on all models

  • Tire-pressure monitor becomes standard equipment

  • Rear park assist becomes optional

  • Available navigation system adds voice activation

  • Keypad entry becomes standard on SEL models

  • Ambient lighting added as an option
Overview
Ford introduced the Fusion, a midsize 4-door sedan, for the 2006 model year to replace the Taurus and compete against the likes of the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry and Nissan Altima. The full-size Five Hundred has since taken on the Taurus name. Based on the Mazda6, the Fusion also shares its architecture with the Mercury Milan and the Lincoln MKZ. Front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive (FWD and AWD) are offered. Front-drive models come with 4-cylinder or V-6 power, while AWD Fusions are only available with the V-6 engine. Fusion has seating for 5, and has 15.8 cubic feet of cargo volume in the trunk, but storage space can be expanded thanks to folding rear seats and an available fold-flat front passenger seat.

Model Lineup
The 2008 Ford Fusion comes in three trim levels: S, SE and SEL. All offer FWD, and SE and SEL are available with AWD. The S comes with cloth upholstery; 4-way manually adjustable driver's seat; 60/40 split folding rear seat; air conditioning; tilt/telescoping steering wheel; power locks, windows and mirrors; remote keyless entry; 4-speaker AM/FM/CD stereo with auxiliary input jack; theft-deterrent system; and P205/60R16 tires on steel wheels. The SE adds a 6-way power driver's seat with manual lumbar adjustment; fold-flat front passenger seat; steering wheel audio controls; fog lamps, 6-disc CD changer; two additional speakers; trip computer; and aluminum wheels. The SEL gets automatic headlights; automatic climate control; leather wrapped steering wheel; heated outside mirrors; keypad entry; auto-dimming rearview mirror; and P225/50R17 tires on aluminum wheels.

Options start with two new offerings for 2008: Ford Sync communications and entertainment system and a Sport Appearance package. Offered for 2WD V-6 engine models, the Sport package includes sport suspension; black chrome grille; rear lip spoiler; P225/45R18 tires on aluminum wheels; dual chrome exhaust tips; a brushed aluminum radio surround; red seat inserts; and red stitching on the seats, steering wheel and center console. Other options include leather upholstery; a DVD-based navigation system that adds voice-activation for 2008; Sirius satellite radio; heated front seats; sunroof; and an Audiophile stereo with 6-disc CD changer and 8 speakers. Also offered is Ford's ambient lighting, which illuminates the front cupholders and front and rear footwells in one of seven colors.

Powertrain
The 2008 Ford Fusion is based on the same CD3 platform that underpins the Mercury Milan, Lincoln MKZ and Mazda6. All those models except the MKZ also share the Fusion's engines. The base engine is a 2.3-liter 4-cylinder that makes 160 hp at 6250 rpm and 156 lb.-ft. of torque at 4250 rpm. Optional is Ford's Duratec 3.0-liter V-6 engine that produces 221 hp at 6250 rpm and 205 lb.-ft. of torque at 4800 rpm. The 4-cylinder comes standard with a 5-speed manual transmission, and a 5-speed automatic transmission is optional. The V-6 comes only with a 6-speed automatic. Ford also sells a PZEV (partial zero-emission vehicle) version featuring the 4-cylinder/automatic powertrain combination for California buyers. Front-wheel drive is offered with both engines, and the V-6 is available with all-wheel drive (AWD). EPA fuel economy ratings are 20 mpg city/29 mpg highway for the 4-cylinder engine with the manual transmission; 20 mpg city/28 mpg highway for the 4-cylinder engine with the 5-speed automatic transmission; 18 mpg city/26 mpg highway for the V-6 engine with FWD; and 17 mpg city/25 mpg highway for the V-6 with AWD. A hybrid version of the Fusion is in the works. It will most likely be released in 2008 as a 2009 model.

Safety
Standard safety features on the 2008 Ford Fusion include dual-stage front air bags; seat-mounted, torso-protecting front side air bags; head-protecting side curtain air bags; a tire-pressure monitor; and, for 2008, anti-lock brakes. Traction control is standard on AWD models and optional on SE and SEL FWD models. Rear park assist is optional. In tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Ford Fusion earned 4-star ratings for the driver and front passenger for front impacts, a 5-star rating for the driver and a 4-star rating for rear passengers in side impacts, and a 4-star rating for rollover resistance.

Technology
Developed with Microsoft, Ford Sync provides a hands-free link to cell phones and MP3 players through a series of voice commands. It recognizes your cell phone's phonebook. It can read incoming text messages through the stereo system and allows occupants to respond with one of 15 predetermined messages. When an MP3 player is plugged in, Sync charges it and has access to the complete playlist. Occupants can tell Sync to play a specific song, artist, or genre of music. Sync will also stream songs wirelessly from a source like a phone/MP3 player enabled with Bluetooth technology.

What Changed for 2008:

  • Ford Sync communications and entertainment system now offered

  • Optional Sport Appearance package adds firmer suspension, interior and exterior trim, and 18-inch wheels

  • Anti-lock brakes (ABS) now standard on all models

  • Tire-pressure monitor becomes standard equipment

  • Rear park assist becomes optional

  • Available navigation system adds voice activation

  • Keypad entry becomes standard on SEL models

  • Ambient lighting added as an option
Overview
Ford introduced the Fusion, a midsize 4-door sedan, for the 2006 model year to replace the Taurus and compete against the likes of the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry and Nissan Altima. The full-size Five Hundred has since taken on the Taurus name. Based on the Mazda6, the Fusion also shares its architecture with the Mercury Milan and the Lincoln MKZ. Front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive (FWD and AWD) are offered. Front-drive models come with 4-cylinder or V-6 power, while AWD Fusions are only available with the V-6 engine. Fusion has seating for 5, and has 15.8 cubic feet of cargo volume in the trunk, but storage space can be expanded thanks to folding rear seats and an available fold-flat front passenger seat.

Model Lineup
The 2008 Ford Fusion comes in three trim levels: S, SE and SEL. All offer FWD, and SE and SEL are available with AWD. The S comes with cloth upholstery; 4-way manually adjustable driver's seat; 60/40 split folding rear seat; air conditioning; tilt/telescoping steering wheel; power locks, windows and mirrors; remote keyless entry; 4-speaker AM/FM/CD stereo with auxiliary input jack; theft-deterrent system; and P205/60R16 tires on steel wheels. The SE adds a 6-way power driver's seat with manual lumbar adjustment; fold-flat front passenger seat; steering wheel audio controls; fog lamps, 6-disc CD changer; two additional speakers; trip computer; and aluminum wheels. The SEL gets automatic headlights; automatic climate control; leather wrapped steering wheel; heated outside mirrors; keypad entry; auto-dimming rearview mirror; and P225/50R17 tires on aluminum wheels.

Options start with two new offerings for 2008: Ford Sync communications and entertainment system and a Sport Appearance package. Offered for 2WD V-6 engine models, the Sport package includes sport suspension; black chrome grille; rear lip spoiler; P225/45R18 tires on aluminum wheels; dual chrome exhaust tips; a brushed aluminum radio surround; red seat inserts; and red stitching on the seats, steering wheel and center console. Other options include leather upholstery; a DVD-based navigation system that adds voice-activation for 2008; Sirius satellite radio; heated front seats; sunroof; and an Audiophile stereo with 6-disc CD changer and 8 speakers. Also offered is Ford's ambient lighting, which illuminates the front cupholders and front and rear footwells in one of seven colors.

Powertrain
The 2008 Ford Fusion is based on the same CD3 platform that underpins the Mercury Milan, Lincoln MKZ and Mazda6. All those models except the MKZ also share the Fusion's engines. The base engine is a 2.3-liter 4-cylinder that makes 160 hp at 6250 rpm and 156 lb.-ft. of torque at 4250 rpm. Optional is Ford's Duratec 3.0-liter V-6 engine that produces 221 hp at 6250 rpm and 205 lb.-ft. of torque at 4800 rpm. The 4-cylinder comes standard with a 5-speed manual transmission, and a 5-speed automatic transmission is optional. The V-6 comes only with a 6-speed automatic. Ford also sells a PZEV (partial zero-emission vehicle) version featuring the 4-cylinder/automatic powertrain combination for California buyers. Front-wheel drive is offered with both engines, and the V-6 is available with all-wheel drive (AWD). EPA fuel economy ratings are 20 mpg city/29 mpg highway for the 4-cylinder engine with the manual transmission; 20 mpg city/28 mpg highway for the 4-cylinder engine with the 5-speed automatic transmission; 18 mpg city/26 mpg highway for the V-6 engine with FWD; and 17 mpg city/25 mpg highway for the V-6 with AWD. A hybrid version of the Fusion is in the works. It will most likely be released in 2008 as a 2009 model.

Safety
Standard safety features on the 2008 Ford Fusion include dual-stage front air bags; seat-mounted, torso-protecting front side air bags; head-protecting side curtain air bags; a tire-pressure monitor; and, for 2008, anti-lock brakes. Traction control is standard on AWD models and optional on SE and SEL FWD models. Rear park assist is optional. In tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Ford Fusion earned 4-star ratings for the driver and front passenger for front impacts, a 5-star rating for the driver and a 4-star rating for rear passengers in side impacts, and a 4-star rating for rollover resistance.

Technology
Developed with Microsoft, Ford Sync provides a hands-free link to cell phones and MP3 players through a series of voice commands. It recognizes your cell phone's phonebook. It can read incoming text messages through the stereo system and allows occupants to respond with one of 15 predetermined messages. When an MP3 player is plugged in, Sync charges it and has access to the complete playlist. Occupants can tell Sync to play a specific song, artist, or genre of music. Sync will also stream songs wirelessly from a source like a phone/MP3 player enabled with Bluetooth technology.
Available Trims for the 2008 Ford Fusion
Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Name S (4dr Sdn I4 FWD) Transmission Automatic MSRP 18135.00 Engine 2.3L/140 City/Hwy MPG 20/28
Name SE (4dr Sdn I4 FWD) Transmission Automatic MSRP 19060.00 Engine 2.3L/140 City/Hwy MPG 20/28
Name SEL (4dr Sdn I4 FWD) Transmission Automatic MSRP 20150.00 Engine 2.3L/140 City/Hwy MPG 20/28
Name SE (4dr Sdn V6 FWD) Transmission Automatic MSRP 21810.00 Engine 3.0L/182 City/Hwy MPG 18/26
Name SE (4dr Sdn V6 AWD) Transmission Automatic MSRP 23660.00 Engine 3.0L/182 City/Hwy MPG 17/25
Name SEL (4dr Sdn V6 FWD) Transmission Automatic MSRP 22900.00 Engine 3.0L/182 City/Hwy MPG 18/26
Name SEL (4dr Sdn V6 AWD) Transmission Automatic MSRP 24750.00 Engine 3.0L/182 City/Hwy MPG 17/25
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INTERIOR
  • Front cloth bucket seats-inc: 4-way manual driver w/height adjustment, 2-way manual passenger
  • 60/40 split fold-flat rear seat
  • Center console-inc: armrest, (2) cupholders, two-tier storage
  • Front/rear carpeted floor mats
  • Tilt/telescopic steering column
  • Steering wheel w/cruise controls
  • Instrument panel storage bin
  • Instrumentation-inc: tachometer, lamp outage, low oil pressure, oil change, door ajar, low coolant, low washer fluid, fuel cap
  • Pwr windows w/driver one-touch down
  • Pwr door locks
  • Pwr remote trunk release
  • Remote keyless entry w/(2) key fob transmitters
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • SecuriLock passive anti-theft system
  • Perimeter anti-theft system
  • Delayed accessory pwr
  • Rear window defroster
  • AM/FM stereo CD/MP3 player-inc: iPod input jack, (4) speakers
  • Mast antenna
  • Air conditioning
  • Dash-top storage compartment
  • Non-locking glove box
  • (2) 12V pwr points
  • Rear seat armrest w/(2) cupholders
  • Day/night rearview mirror
  • Lighting-inc: dome, front map
  • (4) front/rear grab handles
  • Illuminated entry
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob
  • Sunvisors w/visor vanity mirrors
  • (2) coat hooks
  • Grocery bag hooks in trunk
  • Front cloth bucket seats-inc: 6-way pwr driver w/manual lumbar adjust, 2-way manual passenger
  • Fold-down fold-flat front passenger seat
  • Steering wheel w/audio/cruise controls
  • Message center w/trip computer
  • Premium AM/FM stereo w/6-disc in-dash CD changer/MP3 player w/(6) speakers
  • Front seatback map pockets
  • Sunvisors w/illuminated visor vanity mirrors
  • Front row center console
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel w/audio/cruise/SYNC controls
  • Analog clock
  • Outside temp display
  • Compass
  • SYNC voice activated communications & entertainment system-inc: Bluetooth capability, steering wheel controls, USB port, audio input jack
  • Air conditioning w/automatic temp control
  • Overhead console
  • Lighting-inc: front & rear dome, front map
  • Electrochromic rearview mirror w/microphone
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel w/audio/cruise controls
EXTERIOR
  • Body-color body-side moldings
  • Chrome front grille
  • Quad halogen headlamps w/integrated amber turn lamps
  • Black pwr mirrors
  • Solar tinted glass
  • Fixed interval speed-sensitive windshield wipers
  • Fog lamps
  • Body-color pwr mirrors
  • Bright body-side moldings
  • Auto headlamps
  • Body-color heated pwr mirrors w/puddle lamps
  • Keyless door entry pad
MECHANICAL
  • 2.3L 16V I4 Duratec engine
  • Engine block heater *STD on retail vehicles only in AK, MN, ND, SD, MT, WI & WY states. Optional on fleet vehicles in all states*
  • 5-speed manual transmission
  • Front wheel drive
  • Battery saver
  • Independent SLA front suspension w/rear-facing lower control arms
  • Independent multi-link rear suspension
  • Front & rear stabilizer bars
  • P205/60R16 all-season tires
  • 16" steel wheels w/deluxe wheel covers
  • Variable assist pwr rack & pinion steering
  • 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes
  • 16" x 6.5" aluminum wheels
  • P225/50VR17 all-season tires
  • 17" x 7" aluminum wheels w/exposed lug nuts
  • 3.0L 24V V6 Duratec engine
  • 6-speed automatic transmission
  • Quasi dual exhaust
  • Brake actuated traction control
  • All wheel drive
  • P205/60VR16 all-season tires
  • Quasi dual exhaust w/chrome tips
  • 17" x 7.5" aluminum wheels w/exposed lug nuts
PACKAGE
    SAFETY
    • 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes
    • Dual-stage front air bags w/occupant classification system
    • Dual front side-impact air bags
    • Front & rear side curtain air bags
    • Personal safety system-inc: safety belt pretensioners, load-limiting retractors driver seat position sensing, crash severity sensing
    • Belt-Minder for front safety belts
    • LATCH (lower anchors and tethers for children) system on rear outboard seat locations
    • Child safety rear door locks
    • Emergency glow-in-the-dark trunk release
    • Enhanced side intrusion protection system
    • Dual note horn
    • Brake actuated traction control
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