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2013 Ford Fusion Pros and Cons at TrueDelta: Seas of buttons in a good overall package by sasolomon

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Introduction

The buttons in the (non-nav) Fusion SE really distract from the overall vehicle. Also, the awful uber-adjustable driver's seat takes away from the very positive driving experience. Looking at the price, appears to be a very good value in a competitive class (was a rental car for me and even with 9,000 miles, no signs of wear like some cars have).

Reviewed: 2013 Ford Fusion

4dr Sedan turbocharged 178hp 1.6L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Why the 2013 Ford Fusion?

Audio & nav systems

The bluetooth system did an excellent job connecting to my phone and the quality was excellent. However, I'll address the interface in the "cons" section.

Powertrain performance

Very sprightly, transmission smooth, did not feel isolated from the driver completely.

Ride smoothness

Very comfortable cruiser on the highway even with a full load of 5 adult men and bags. No erratic bouncing.

Rear seat room & comfort

Tons of legroom and passengers pleased with the accommodations.

Why Not the 2013 Ford Fusion?

Front seat support & comfort

The driver's seat was atrocious to get set - took forever (three drives over 2 days) with a zillion directions to move the seat - more adjustments does not mean more comfortable!!

Controls and instruments

Oh my, there are more buttons and controls than in a 727 (or at least last-gen Acura). Not at all intuitive where different functions are. I love buttons over touch screens, but this setup is overkill. It worked well once I figured it out - but had to keep working at it to understand.

Conclusion

Awful, awful adjustments to the drivers seat and the confusing sea of buttons on the dash and steering wheel (more buttons on the steering wheel than many cars have total).

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