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Ford Fusion Aging Gracefully

Check the manual: Ford’s midsize still offers shift-for-yourself fun.

by on Sep.22, 2011

Believe it or not, the Ford Fusion is available with a six-speed manual transmission.

A lot of folks might be surprised to find out that this car exists.

Manual transmissions are growing increasingly rare and in fact, the reasons to buy them are diminishing. In the old days, traditional manual transmissions were more efficient than regular automatic transmissions. But the new breed of automated manual transmissions even eliminates the benefit of efficiency. Even the Fusion’s regular six-speed auto beats this Fusion SE’s highway fuel economy number.

Manual transmissions generally do enjoy one distinction: They’re cheaper to build. Choosing to shift for yourself will save you $895 over the cost of an automatic Fusion.

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But beyond that, there is still a dedicated bunch of drivers who enjoy rowing their own gears. And as long as the rest of the world continues to prefer the three-pedal arrangement, they’ll still be offered here.

So, it’s true, you can get a Ford Fusion with a six-speed manual transmission. No, you can’t get the rorty Sport with its powerful 265-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 with shift-it-yourself gears, and in fact, not even with the regular 3.0-liter V-6 that is also an option.