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Honesty, I think it's that Ford answered a question that nobody asked. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE that Ford did it.

At it's core it's a Midsize Sedan that competes with Mazda6, Malibu, Accord, Camry, Altima and Sonata/Optima. None of those cars have a dedicated sport model like the FS. The Accord 2.0T and new Mazda6 Turbo are kind of Sporty, they still are bringing a knife to a gunfight.

So, midsize shippers are probably not looking for it. Yet, in the space where it's spec's DO line-up (3 Series, A4/S4, Q50 and Lexus IS), it probably wouldn't be cross-shopped by those premium brand shoppers either. 1. they probably aren't thinking "FORD" and 2. if they were considering a Ford product, it would be the MKZ, as it would be a premium to premium brand comparison.

Sadly, it will probably by like the Contour SVT where it is more sought after when it's gone.
Really confused as to how a Fusion Sport (V6 twin turbo) can be in the same conversation as a Malibu, Camry or Accord unless you’re literally only talking about the physical size of the sedan. No way comparable.
 

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Really confused as to how a Fusion Sport (V6 twin turbo) can be in the same conversation as a Malibu, Camry or Accord unless you’re literally only talking about the physical size of the sedan. No way comparable.
You joined the forum just to ask why a cheap midsize sedan gets compared to other cheap midsize sedans? What would you compare it to, a Bentley?
 

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You joined the forum just to ask why a cheap midsize sedan gets compared to other cheap midsize sedans? What would you compare it to, a Bentley?
Yeah but remember basic math from elementary school, when they were teaching about comparing values:

Ford > Toyota
(Ford is always greater than Toyota)

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Yeah but remember basic math from elementary school, when they were teaching about comparing values:

Ford > Toyota
(Ford is always greater than Toyota)

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In terms of reliability problems then yes.

Otherwise Toyota/Lexus is the go to for least problems from a brand portfolio. They may have boring products with relatively outdated technology but that's why they're more reliable in general. The Crown Vic hasn't made significant changes from 1979 to 2010s other than chassis tweaks in 1998 and 2003 and powertrain updates but people felt it was boring. The market wants new shiny objects every 1-3 years so Ford does that and you also end up with new bugs that Ford doesn't seem to want to really fix. They just release something new with new problems.
 

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In terms of reliability problems then yes.

Otherwise Toyota/Lexus is the go to for least problems from a brand portfolio. They may have boring products with relatively outdated technology but that's why they're more reliable in general. The Crown Vic hasn't made significant changes from 1979 to 2010s other than chassis tweaks in 1998 and 2003 and powertrain updates but people felt it was boring. The market wants new shiny objects every 1-3 years so Ford does that and you also end up with new bugs that Ford doesn't seem to want to really fix. They just release something new with new problems.
That's a problem of the (apparent) interests of the manufacturer not being aligned with the best interests of the customer. The manufacturer has an interest in selling you a new vehicle every few years (every year if they could). The customer has an interest in paying as little as possible, and making it last as long as they decide they want it to last (which may be only a few years, but for some of us is a lot longer). Somewhere in there the difference between those is the problem.
 
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That's a problem of the (apparent) interests of the manufacturer not being aligned with the best interests of the customer. The manufacturer has an interest in selling you a new vehicle every few years (every year if they could). The customer has an interest in paying as little as possible, and making it last as long as they decide they want it to last (which may be only a few years, but for some of us is a lot longer). Somewhere in there the difference between those is the problem.
And that yin and yan was a factor in the manufacturers getting into the financing business. They can sell/lease you a new car every two years, profit on the car, profit on the financing, enslave you in a spiraling residual value versus intrinsic value vortex, and give the consumer what they want, but not what’s actually good for them. Everybody is happy, except people like me (and many others on this forum) who buy a car outright, take care of it like an investment, then drive it until the wheels fall off before buying a new one.
 
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