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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.

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Ford Fusion Named Motor Trend Car of the Year

Will it take North American Car of the Year, as well?

by on Nov.17, 2009

The 2010 Ford Fusion was named Motor Trend's Car of the Year.  Can it also grab the crown in the upcoming North American Car of the Year?

The 2010 Ford Fusion was named Motor Trend's Car of the Year. Can it also grab the crown in the upcoming North American Car of the Year?

In a surprising move, Motor Trend magazine has named the Ford Fusion its Car of the Year, a decision that’s bound to give even more momentum to the first domestic midsize car in years giving serious challenge to import mainstays like the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord.

The Fusion beat out a field of several dozen strong contenders, noted the magazine’s editor, Angus MacKenzie, including the new Chevrolet Camaro, which many expected to take the coveted annual award.

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The 2010 Fusion, said Ford President Mark Fields, during a ceremony at the company’s suburban Detroit headquarters, has “really done a lot for our image, and it’s done a lot for our sales and market share.”

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