From Ford press: In the hotly contested mid-size car market, the Ford Fusion stands out for its distinctive design, award-winning quality, impressive list of safety features, state-of-the-art technologies and segment-leading value.
For the 2009 model, Ford has enhanced the value and appeal of the Fusion with more standard equipment and new options - as it has every year since its launch. For 2009, ambient lighting, Sirius® Satellite Radio, a five-speed automatic transmission and traction control join Fusion's lengthy list of standard features. A new, optional Blue Suede Package adds even more flair to Fusion's unique personality, and available AdvanceTrac® electronic stability control enhances the car's performance and safety.
Fusion offers a choice of Ford's 2.3-liter, Duratec 23 inline 4-cylinder or 3.0-liter, Duratec 30 V-6 engine. Both feature aluminum construction, dual-overhead cams, four valves per cylinder, intake variable cam timing and electronic throttle control to deliver smooth, spirited performance along with good fuel economy and emissions ratings. The 4-cylinder engine delivers 160 hp and can be paired with a five-speed manual or a five-speed automatic transmission. The latter is standard equipment with I-4 SEL. When mated to the automatic transmission, the Duratec 23 is rated as a Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle (PZEV) in states adopting California emission standards.
For added performance, step up to the 221-horsepower, 3.0-liter V-6, which is mated to an advanced six-speed-automatic transmission. Fusion was the first car in its class to offer such a sophisticated automatic. Fully independent front- and rear-suspension systems give Fusion smooth, confident handling in both front- and all-wheel drive configurations. Standard ABS provides even more peace of mind for drivers.
Available all-wheel drive - a feature Fusion introduced to the mid-size sedan segment - contributes to responsive handling for improved driver confidence.