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    Thread: Just test drove a Fusion 1.6/auto. WOW.

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      10-12-2012 05:17 AM #51
      Quote Originally Posted by warren_s View Post
      The platform was developed in Germany. The exterior designer is from Oklahoma and did the work on this car in Detroit.
      "With a design team lead by Ford of Europe designer Chris Hamilton based in Detroit for the design and global launch phase"

      a little confusing, but who cares. The car looks good anyways

      I actually assumed, that this was a 100% german Mondeo and US would not even get it.
      Little I knew

    2. 10-12-2012 07:23 AM #52
      Quote Originally Posted by 2.0TJett View Post
      Just wait until the Transmission goes out at 28,000 miles like on my 2011 Ford Fusion.
      About as retarded as someone making statements about an MKV Volkswagen based on their experiences with an MKIV.
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      10-12-2012 07:38 AM #53
      Panel gaps look pretty horrendous all-around.
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      10-12-2012 07:45 AM #54
      Quote Originally Posted by Vanilla_Coke View Post
      Kind of sucks you have to special order the MT, I imagine not a single dealer will have one on the lot to piss around with

      It should be interesting to see how it and the Mazada 6 compare in the real world.. both are pretty unique.

      In the real world, very few people will even know that the Mazda6 even exists, while the Ford will run with the big dogs of the segment.

    5. 10-12-2012 07:49 AM #55
      Quote Originally Posted by mhjett View Post
      Panel gaps look pretty horrendous all-around.
      Better than any vw i have seen including my own.

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      10-12-2012 07:53 AM #56
      Quote Originally Posted by Impeccable View Post
      What company ??my local enterprise doesn't have any
      I had one reserved, and when I got there, I had a ****ing Dodge Avenger waiting for me.

    7. 10-12-2012 08:03 AM #57
      Quote Originally Posted by whitejeep1989 View Post
      In the real world, very few people will even know that the Mazda6 even exists, while the Ford will run with the big dogs of the segment.
      It probably will, but it still doesn't give real world feedback as to how it drives.
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      10-12-2012 08:05 AM #58
      Would still take a Camry/Accord for the reliability.
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      10-12-2012 08:28 AM #59
      Excellent to hear it drives as well as it looks.

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      10-12-2012 08:38 AM #60
      Quote Originally Posted by whitejeep1989 View Post
      In the real world, very few people will even know that the Mazda6 even exists, while the Ford will run with the big dogs of the segment.
      As long as there are rental companies around, people will know the Mazda exists.

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      10-12-2012 08:49 AM #61
      Quote Originally Posted by VWFSIB6 View Post
      yeah that's cool & all .... but ... this....

      Is no worse than a 15-year-old Golf/Jetta interior.

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      10-12-2012 08:55 AM #62
      Quote Originally Posted by xdre View Post
      Is no worse than a 15-year-old Golf/Jetta interior.
      Except there's less room. The Jetta kills the Contour on space.

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      10-12-2012 08:58 AM #63
      Quote Originally Posted by julz88 View Post
      As long as there are rental companies around, people will know the Mazda exists.
      Where?

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      10-12-2012 01:25 PM #64
      Just came back from test driving the 1.6 as well, SEL with navigation.

      First thoughts:

      Exterior looks really, really good in person (white)
      The doors feel INCREDIBLY solid, opening and closing. Really heavy thud to them.
      Cloth seats were nicer than I expected.
      My ford touch, as well as the display by the odometer were great, I had no issues with them. Mu only complaint was the speedo was a little smaller than I'd like, but that's obviously to fit the two screens.

      The A/C controls, or w/e the buttons are under the navigation are annoying at first use.

      I wanted to drive either the hybrid, or the 270HP or w/e the big turbo engine is, but all they had was the 1.6L, and honestly I came away pretty surprised. It has more than enough pep for a daily driver. If it was my ONLY car I'd want something more powerful, but I have a weekend toy for that.

      I'm going to have to wait till Canada gets the Hybrid and Focus ST (which I also want to look at) before making my choice. Honestly Ford is killing it right now. This is an amazing package, which is the best looking car in the segment, just above the Optima SX IMO.

      Smooth and poised on the road. It felt like I was driving an entry level BMW than a domestic sedan.

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      10-12-2012 01:58 PM #65
      I dig the exterior styling all around until the transition to the decklid. I thought car companies were over trying to blend the roof line into the trunk. I prefer the outgoing one just because of this. Hell, I prefer the cleaner simpler lines of the outgoing one period.

      That being said, I'd still rock one.
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      10-12-2012 02:07 PM #66
      Grrr.... I'm kind of annoyed that everyone has a local ford dealer with these in stock and the one by where I work still doesn't have any. I got the mustang serviced last week and asked one of the sales guys where either the new Fusion or Focus ST were and he didn't really have a firm idea of when they would receive either. All he said was "soon".

      But I did see a C-Max hybrid!

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      10-12-2012 02:25 PM #67
      How does the interior quality compare to the outgoing Fusion? Those felt like a bad mash-up of "old Detroit {*}," gawdy, and rental-car.

      {*} no intentional reference to

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      10-12-2012 02:42 PM #68
      Quote Originally Posted by Farnsworth View Post
      How does the interior quality compare to the outgoing Fusion? Those felt like a bad mash-up of "old Detroit {*}," gawdy, and rental-car.
      Night and day. I had a base 2011ish Fusion as a loaner last year and while the design was fine, the materials weren't that great. The new one blows the other one away. Everything looked and felt far more expensive than the outgoing model. The only areas that felt low-rent were the silver painted plastic pieces on either side of the center stack and the bottom half of the door panels. This is a high quality, no excuses interior.

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      10-12-2012 02:46 PM #69
      Quote Originally Posted by silverspeedbuggy View Post
      Night and day. I had a base 2011ish Fusion as a loaner last year and while the design was fine, the materials weren't that great. The new one blows the other one away. Everything looked and felt far more expensive than the outgoing model. The only areas that felt low-rent were the silver painted plastic pieces on either side of the center stack and the bottom half of the door panels. This is a high quality, no excuses interior.
      Awesome Might have to look into one when the CC's lease is up.

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      10-12-2012 02:49 PM #70
      Quote Originally Posted by silverspeedbuggy View Post
      Night and day. I had a base 2011ish Fusion as a loaner last year and while the design was fine, the materials weren't that great. The new one blows the other one away. Everything looked and felt far more expensive than the outgoing model. The only areas that felt low-rent were the silver painted plastic pieces on either side of the center stack and the bottom half of the door panels. This is a high quality, no excuses interior.
      To build on this more, this car is so much better than the old Fusion it's like Ford skipped a platform/iteration. It feels, looks, and drives so much better it seems like they leapfrogged a (nonexistent) Fusion platform. Almost like there was MK1, then the reworked/restyled MK1.5 version (with the razor blade grille), and this is the MKIII. It's like there was a MKII Fusion that we somehow never saw and they jumped right to a MKIII. (Not sure if I'm making much sense here)

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      10-12-2012 03:34 PM #71
      Quote Originally Posted by 200HP4dr View Post
      Except there's less room. The Jetta kills the Contour on space.

      Chris
      No, it doesn't. I had a '99 Contour SVT and my roommate had a '99 Jetta GLI, and they were quite comparable on interior space, and the Contour's interior held up better (and the SVT's seats were more comfortable). Of course, the SVT was also faster and handled better than the same price Jetta.
      I love cars, but the problem is they are like schroedinger's hobby. They're always in a quantum superstate of being both awesome and a huge waste of time and money... until observation momentarily forces them into one state or another.

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      10-12-2012 05:14 PM #72
      Chris, I think Chris was referring to the Mk III Jetta.

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