Ford Fusion (2002 – 2012) Review

Ford Fusion (2002 – 2012) At A Glance


+Versatile interior. Easy to get in and out of. Reasonably sized load area with no lip. Four-star crash test rating, economical TDCI diesels.

-Rear hatch must be opened remotely. Not a looker. Patchy build quality. Doesn't handle as well as a Fiesta. Feels dated.

Insurance Groups are between 9–14
On average it achieves 91% of the official MPG figure

Real MPG average for a Ford Fusion (2002 – 2012)


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Average performance


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27–71 mpg

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I'm thinking of buying a used Ford Fusion, is this a good choice?

"Hi. I want to buy a good automatic hatchback car for my regular commute to work (driving mainly on the highways and occasional trips to the supermarket and to visit to other European countries). Budget is under £5,000. I've found a 2009 Ford Fusion with 42,500 miles, will this be a good purchase at present since I have heard that Ford discontinued the Fusion in 2022. "
Ford produced the Fusion from 2002 to 2012, so this model has been discontinued for some time. However, there is no reason to avoid purchasing one because it has been off sale for some time, as manufacturers frequently replace and update their model ranges. If you have decided that a Fusion is the car for you then this seems like a good example as it has quite low mileage for its age. However condition and service history are equally important, and we would suggest buying a car with a comprehensive service history whenever possible.
Answered by David Ross

Can you recommend a Ford Fusion replacement?

"My trusty and much loved Ford Fusion, as of this morning, is no more so I’m now looking for something similar as a replacement. Whilst annual mileage will be low (around 7,000) and mostly used locally for short distances in a rural location (narrow roads/hills) every couple of months I make a 500-mile round trip to look after grandchildren and disabled son. It will also be used as a second car for my husband (6’4” with dodgy knees!). I therefore need headroom plus decent space in the back and a boot that can accommodate the odd bike/scooter plus shopping etc. As I’m in my senior years I appreciate comfort, good visibility, reliability and easy handling. Air con is a welcome luxury. I have always tended to go for older cars with lower mileage and my budget is around £4,000. "
I think your best bet will be a Honda Jazz. It has an excellent reputation for reliability and the elevated driving position will be similar to that of your Ford Fusion. The Jazz also has a 'magic seats' system that lets you fold and flip the rear seats to accommodate things like a bike.
Answered by Dan Powell

I heard two loud bangs in the rear of my 2005 Ford Fusion and now it keeps losing power - what could this be?

"I own a 2005 Ford Fusion 1.4 manual petrol. It keeps losing power in second gear, accompanied by a burning smell. I heard two loud bangs in the rear of car as well."
Possibly a stuffed catalytic converter. The ceramic matrix inside it has probably broken up.
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What should I replace my Ford Fusion with?

"What should I replace my Ford Fusion with?"
The logical Ford is a B-Max. But you could consider a Peugeot 2008 or a Renault Captur.
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