Ford officials expressed their undeniable euphoria because 21 different Ford vehicles made it to the Consumer Reports’ list of recommended buys. Among the vehicles are Ford Fusion, Ford Five Hundred, and Mercury Milan. In addition, Fusion was made Consumer Reports cover.
Analysts in the auto industry expect that Fusion will follow the footsteps of Taurus without becoming what it eventually became. It can be recalled that Taurus was considered one of the bread and butter vehicles of Ford. In between 1986 and 1995, you cannot imagine the automaker will hit the market without the presence of Taurus. From 1992 to 1996, the vehicle was the best selling car in the United States.
Taurus came into the market and became an instant success. The vehicle was a milestone design for Ford. Ford Taurus car parts are meticulously planned and tested to come up with a very influential vehicle.
Taurus was redesigned in 1996. Unfortunately, said redesign ranked as one of the worst redesigns in the auto history. According to enthusiasts, the makeover was goofy, flaccid and ovoid while the original Taurus was sober, taut and straightforward. Eventually, Ford decided to end the production of Taurus in October this year.
Finally, Ford has come up with a vehicle that has potentials to be the next big thing in the industry. Fusion is the vehicle that can serve as a mighty rival for Camry, Altima, Accord, and other state-of-the-art vehicles in similar segment.
Fusion is built on Ford’s CD3 architecture. It measures 190.2 inches long, about 3.4 inches longer than Mazda6. Its 107.4-inch wheelbase is also longer by 2.1 inches. With regards to width, Fusion measures 72.2-inch-wide while Mazda is 2.1 inches broader.
In regard to the vehicle’s rivals, they are almost exactly Fusion’s size. Accord, for instance, measures 189.5 inches long, 71.5 inches wide, and rides on a 107.9-inch wheelbase. Compared to Taurus, Fusion is smaller.
Fusion is shipped out with 2 different ‘Duratec’ engines that are shared with the Mazda – base four and the V-6. the former is an all-aluminum 2.3-liter, DOHC four that produces 160 horsepower at 6500 rpm and 150 pound-feet of peak torque at 4000 rpm. The latter has DOHC heads, 24-valves, and generates 221 horsepower at 6250 rpm and 205 lb-ft of peak torque at 4800 rpm.