Over the years, the Ford Fusion has received various recognitions for its innovative design and impressive gas mileage. Tagged as one of the best-selling mid-size cars of all time, this vehicle comes in several models such as the next-generation and plug-in hybrids. However, although it has several outstanding awards, it still has drawbacks that all car owners should be familiar with in case they want to purchase a Fusion.
In terms of safety, the Fusion, particularly the hybrid models, encountered some safety issues in its braking system. These issues were brought to Ford's attention when a senior engineer reported in Consumer Reports that even though the hybrid's brake pedal was pressed more than necessary, the vehicle did not decrease its speed at all.
To deal with this recurring problem, a Technical Service Bulletin (TSB) for a software update was issued by Ford concerning Fusion hybrids manufactured on or before October of 2009.
If there's one system in the Ford Fusion that is very susceptible to malfunctions, then it's the transmission. In fact, both manual and automatic transmissions are affected by various problems. Unfortunately, since the problems can vary from rough gear changes to sudden car shakes, most dealers cannot solve them. What's more, unusually high revolutions per minute (RPM) caused by the lower gears have also been reported.
As a solution, Ford has issued several recalls over the years for various transmission components such as the PCM calibration device and crankshaft pulley. Though these recalls somehow solved some transmission problems, many car owners are still reporting complex malfunctions nowadays.
Some car experts reported other issues regarding the comfort and interior design of the Fusion. In fact, Motor Trend cited that because of the lower rear-seat cushion and uncomfortably low front-center armrest, a Fusion owner may experience discomfort if he or she is not used to the set-up.
Another issue with the Fusion, particularly with the 2010 Ford Fusion Sport, was noted by Car and Driver because of the mismatched interior colors. Because the inserts on the seats and rubber dash were only available in blue or red, these components could possibly clash with some of the Fusion Sport's available exterior paint jobs.