Vehicle Overview

Introduced for the 2006 model year as a replacement for the Taurus midsize sedan (which has since been re-introduced), the Fusion has done well for Ford; an all-wheel-drive option was added last year, and a hybrid version is expected to be available later this year as a 2009 model ... unless it's delayed, which is always a possibility with a new hybrid. The four-cylinder and V-6 engines remain, as do the five-speed manual and automatic transmissions — for the four-cylinder only — and six-speed automatic for the V-6. The Fusion has a history of excellent reliability.

What's new for 2008 are a number of safety, convenience and entertainment options, in addition to five new paint colors and an optional Sport Appearance Package.

Buyers have a choice of S, SE and SEL trim levels, and it bears noting that the closely related Mercury Milan and Lincoln MKZ could be considered higher trim levels, the latter of which has a larger, 3.5-liter V-6.

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