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What updates should Ford make to the Fusion Sport?

  • Make a manual transmission available

    Votes: 12 35.3%
  • Have more interior color choices

    Votes: 20 58.8%
  • Remove rear chrome strip

    Votes: 9 26.5%
  • Have more wheel choices

    Votes: 14 41.2%

  • Total voters
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As my user name might suggest, I have a fondness for Ford sleepers. Ford cars that offer performance way beyond what they may seem. I already had Ford sleepers, a 98 SVT Contour and a 95 Ford Contour SE Sport V6 stick shift which had almost 250k miles with even the same clutch when got rid of it in 2013. One would really have to had one of these cars to realize why they should be considered sleepers.

I replaced those cars with a leased loaded 2013 Ford Fusion Titanium which I also really enjoyed. Even though
the lease was due to end in early July, I was prepared to extend it as long as possible and order the much anticipated Fusion Sport.The version that I was hoping would have been available back in 2013.

When the order bank opened for the Sport, I originally ordered it in Platinum white on 6/14, I changed the order color to Ruby red (with no regrets) a few days later. It is a 401A spec with nav, driver assist pkg, adaptive cruise with collision warning/active braking, and contoured all weather mats (similar to weather tech) The car arrived at the dealership on 7/27 and I took delivery the same day.

Even though I was always knowledgeable about the features of the car, it has greatly exceeded may expectations since I have one. I expected the car to be powerful, but I did not expect the acceleration to be so exhilarating, smooth and effortless with little or no turbo lag while having a nice exhaust note. I expected the handling to be great, but I did not expect the suspension to do that and also deliver such a very comfortable and luxurious ride due to its adaptable suspension with pot hole mitigation. I expected the Sport mode to give a more sporty tuned transmission shifting especially with the paddles, but even though it was in the literature I did not expect it to also have such a positive effect on the enhancing the 'sport' traits of the suspension, steering and amplifing the sound of the exhaust. I was not originally a fan of the only available grey Miko seats even though I previously sat in one at the NY Auto Show, and I expected it to have the same comfort level as my previous Titanium. However, after spending more time in the car, I am surprised that the Miko seats are more comfortable than my 2013 Titanium seats and the cabin even quieter than expected. The new exterior tweaks on the 2017 Fusions (especially the defining features of the Sport) are more esthetically pleasing in person than in the pictures. However, I still think the car would have been fine without the new chrome strip that extends from each taillight across the rear. The quad exhaust would have been enough. I easily got used to the rotary shift dial sooner than I thought, and the new Sync 3 is a nice upgrade to Sync 2 which BTW I had no problems with in my previous Fusion.

The Fusion Sport is Ford's newest best kept secret. For anyone who seeks a real drivers car, there is a high chance this car will meet or exceed the standard expected in cars with higher perceived prestige or cars that cost a lot more. I expect that when it gets more publicity due to actual driving comparison tests, the demand for it and awareness will spike.
 

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Nice wheels, that color looks great! Congrats on the new car. I have the exact same spec'd FuSpo and couldn't be happier. I've driven some nice sporty cars over the years, and aside from my 91' Mustang... the FuSpo surpasses them all.

Glad to see we have another satisfied sport owner.
 

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I've been driving either old trucks or little AWD cars like Subarus and Nissans since the 1984 SS Monte I had. It is such a pleasure to have this Sport. I am amazed at it's smooth ride, good handling and power. My only regret is panic buying one off the lot, and not getting the 401A and cold seats. I just couldn't wait the 6 weeks!!!
 

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My only other sleeper was my 93 Escort GT I had in high school. That was a surprising little thing that would do 130ish and completely melt the tires off the line. Many embarassed teens underestimated that car.

Then my '90 5.0 Lx was an anti-sleeper. It had a lopey cam, shorty headers, off road x-pipe, and Flowmaster 40s with stock intake. It looked fast with the cobra rims, and sounded absolutely SICK. However, since it had a cam and exhaust that favored high rpm, and the stock intake that favored low rpm, the thing was s. l. o. w...

I enjoy both schools. Sleepers are fun, but setting off car alarms at night is fun too. :p
 

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I partly chose Platinum White to "hide " the chrome. I think all of the chrome should be blacked out.

As far as manual transmissions go, they're done. Ferrari built their last manual in 2012. I drove 4- an 5-speeds for over thirty years and loved most of them, but today the only reason for their existence is nostalgia -- and that's a rapidly dwindling niche market.
 
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