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2010 Ford Fusion vs. Honda Accord and Toyota Camry

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  • xmechxmech Posts: 90
    Not to mention the price of those truts! I replaced them once on my Grand Cherokee, then when they went bad again, they got replaced with a 2x4...
  • petras2petras2 Posts: 104
    I also experience a surge/touchy throttle on my 2010 camry when the engine is cold and the rpms are higher than normal at idle..as the engine warms up, idle engine rpm drops and the surge is no longer a problem..it is a bit disconcerting the first few times you drive it until you get used to it..
  • acdiiacdii Posts: 753
    Was yours a Hybrid? Mine was fully warmed up, well it should have been after 5 miles at 60 MPH. :P The Hybrid motor shuts down when you come to a stop, normally once you hit about 20 MPH and slowing the motor drops offline, but in my case it revved up instead.

    Now a Prius had a stuck throttle, although I am skeptical that the dude just got caught speeding and used it as an excuse.
  • petras2petras2 Posts: 104
    no, mine is a 4cyl le version..yea, I'm also a bit suspicious of that runaway prius claim..not to say that it really couldn't/didn't happen but with toyota's recent bad publicity and very "deep pockets", it wouldn't surprise me if there are not at least a few folks out there making bogus acceleration claims to make a quick buck...
  • xmechxmech Posts: 90
    I don't think the guy was using it as an excuse. The officer said when he saw the car the brake lights were on and he could smell the brakes!
  • acdiiacdii Posts: 753
    More information came out after I posted, and sure enough, this looks legit. Burning up brakes is very hard to do, you need both feet pushing down on the brake to do that, so unless the guy has 3 feet, it does look like his ran away with him. There are three ways to get the car into neutral, first move the shift lever to the right and hold for a few seconds, or push the park button while in motion, there is a failsafe that prevents the park pawl from engaging at anytime when the speed is above 3 MPH, so it puts it in neutral, the 3rd is to press and hold the power button for 3-5 seconds. If he did the first two and nothing happens, that is a genuine software glitch!
  • hackattack5hackattack5 Posts: 315
    edited March 2010
    "bogus acceleration claims to make a quick buck"

    Did you see the guy on the news? He looked to me like he was shaken up. How is he going to make a buck? The first thing the court will ask is what is your loss? I have never seen so many people defend a company over a recall than this Toyota deal, what the heck is going on? Are people brain washed?
  • acdiiacdii Posts: 753
    The reports also state the cop who helped him saw him lift out of the seat trying to apply the brakes. Is the cop in on it too? So far everything is pointing to a software problem on this one, if anything the NTSB will find the cause.
  • "With the improvement in the 2010 model year, Ford narrowed the gap with leading Asian automakers, including Toyota."

    Fusion is a Japanese car. Built on Mazda’s GG chassis with a Mazda engine, it is a Mazda 6 that is re-branded to fooling American in thinking it is an American made car. In fact the Mazda 6 is more American built then the Fusion. While Mazda6 sold in the USA are assembled in Flat Rock, Michigan, the Fusions are assembled in Mexico with only 20% of the parts coming from USA/Canada. Japanese Cars sold in the USA like Camrys and Accords had more USA/Canada parts then the Fusion and assembled in the USA.
  • dissmember: Here are the real facts:
    So US manufacturers assemble some cars in Mexico. Well so do Toyota, VW, Nissan, Honda, BMW, and Mercedes Benz. And even with some US-based manufacturers assembling cars in Mexico, the vast majority are still built in the USA. By the the domestic content of a Mexican-built Ford Fusion is still 30% versus the Japanese built Toyota Prius at 0%.

    And GM alone employs more Americans than all foreign automakers combined; 40 percent of GM’s worldwide workforce is in the United States, compared to only 11 percent of Toyota’s.

    Chrysler employs about 83 workers for every 2,500 vehicles sold, Ford employs 80 and General Motors 71, according to the Washington-based Level Field Institute. By comparison, Toyota employs 33 American workers for every 2,500 cars sold.
  • Everyone: I started this thread in 2009 before the Fusion made car of the year. I did trade in my 2008 Accord and purchased the Fusion SEL 2.5L We have had the car 1 year 18,000 miles and it has been a wonderful car. No rattles,noises or shakes. we average 28 MPG which is 4 MPG better than the 4cly Accord that we owned. I took a lot of heat from the die hard Accord fans but it has been worth it.
    Cya
  • mtnman1mtnman1 Westerville, OhioPosts: 371
    I have to second your opinion about the Fusion. I purchased a 2009 Fusion SEL V6 in late October 2008. I have about 27,000 miles on it. It has been the best vehicle I have ever owned in my 54 years on this planet. I have commented to my wife frequently that this car has no rattles or squeeks and rides so smoothly. Everything from the seat comfort, Audiophile stereo system, auto climate control, to the great engine has been flawless. The car is as good as the first day I drove it off the lot. I have been running about 19 Mpg City and 26 to 27 Highway.
  • Last summer I rented Fusion for a week while vacationing in virginia. Overall I liked the car; it was I believe se 4 cyl automatic. It felt solid, handled well. For a week I averaged 26 MPG with about 70% hwy trying to maximize fuel economy. The MPG based on car display info. I expected a little better. The one think I did not care about was plastic aluminium like trim around edges of controls. Small think but looked quite cheap in the car. I looked into few options but in the end I bought certified 2007 accord lx sedan 5 speed manual with 34,500 on odometer for 14,100 PTD in Dallas area. I've been averaging about 32.7 MPG with about 85% hwy. My old 2000 accord lx manual as well is driven daily by my son. This one has close to 250,000 miles and gets about 28 MPG. Comparing 2010 Fusion to 2007 accord I would give a slight edge to accord but this is just my perception. Ford came a long way since ford tempo
  • acdiiacdii Posts: 753
    If you go according to the display for fuel MPG, you can get widely different readings. The only true method is hand calculating per tank, and average out over several tanks to get the correct FE. I have an 1999 F350 that according to the display gets 32 MPG. It really only gets half that. When I had Hybrids, I kept a little black book, marked down every tank, how many miles, and how many gallons, and after a year averaged it out, and it was not even close to the displays. My Fusion Sport reads 23 it gets 26, so I stopped using it.
  • yepmaybeyepmaybe Posts: 3
    your back brake pads are probably worn because of the new accord braking system, "EBD" electronic brake distribution, so while your nose diving each time you hit the brakes in your fusion, the accord comes to alot more comfortable of a stop..... just sayin
  • Say what you what you want but when the back brakes on my 08 Accord were wore out at 19,000 miles and my front brakes still had 80% left on them I would say that it was poor design and for Honda to say it was "normal wear" well they lost 1 customer for life. Oh by the way my Fusion does not nose dive "just saying"
  • acdiiacdii Posts: 753
    This is normal for the rears to wear out faster, first, they are smaller pads and second they do most of the stopping. Just about all cars with rear disks will apply more braking pressure to the rear of the car, especially in a FWD car, than to the front. The harder you brake the more the fronts will brake until they are doing the most work. It isnt just the Honda's that do that. My Fusions rear pads were worn long before the fronts were.
  • cannon3cannon3 Posts: 296
    For the Fusion out of these 3. I have a 2006 Fusion SEL V6, very first year. I now have over 72,000 trouble free, squeak free, rattle free miles. As far as improvements to the Fusion, Yes, Ford listened to consumers and made improvements. I test drove a 2010 Fusion SEL 2.5 and the improvements are noticible. Interior is improved, ergonomics improved, the newer car seemed a bit more quiet, handling also more confident with good feel. Break light moved to trunk area for better visibility. Head rests for back seat passengers, just to name a few more.
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,621
    Have to disagree on that my friend. The front brakes do most of the work in regular stopping - that's why so many vehicles came with disc fronts but drum rears or smaller rear discs. When you brake it shifts the weight to the front.

    This seems to be a recent development (rear brake wear) that has something to do with new parking brake designs and/or stability control.
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