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Ford Fusion/Mercury Milan



  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,666
    So how - exactly - do you think they should fix the buttons so you can operate them with your gloves? There aren't many options.
  • lazzolazzo Posts: 8
    Raised, contoured buttons located at different locations. Problem solved.
    I just test drove a 2010 Camry XLE and an SE. I had no problems with the buttons on these cars.
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,666
    Sounds like your search is over then.
  • How nice is to come back home and drive car with hydraulic steering again! I probably will pass any car with electric steering in my next car purchase.

    Another thing I realized that I do not like in Fusion is how front seats are positioned - they are moved closer to the center of car than in other cars. First you seat too close to passenger and it makes center console narrower and forces to place most controls too low in center stack. Driver also has to compete with front passenger for space on center arm-rest which is too narrow compared to other midsize sedans. It also creates empty space between front door panel and front seat. It might be good for fat drivers, but I am rather slim and do not feel comfortable when on the left there is an empty space and on the right I have to compete with front passenger for space.

    Gauges are too bright and cheap looking. Doors do close with that assuring "thump" muted sound like in almost any other car today. It is difficult to open doors - they feel to heavy. Trunk lid is also is difficult to open and close. Both doors and trunk lid require too much effort to operate. In my Sable I can do all these seemingly basic operation without much effort and noise. I understand that Taurus/Sable are more luxurious cars but still Ford could make Fusion/Milan feel more expensive as GM did it with Malibu and Aura.
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,614
    if you turn the heat on you don't need gloves, but i understand that the steering wheel buttons don't work as a feature for you.
    i agree that the fusion seating is not as wide apart as the old taurus and the trunk is an annoyance to close.
    maybe because i am left handed, i never noticed the extra distance to the arm rest on the left.
    i had one of the last original design taurus's as a loaner(05/06?).
    it was a sorry de-evolution compared to our 96 SHO.
  • tim156tim156 Posts: 308
    I let my blind friend drive my Fusion to see if he could read the braille buttons and he said they're not braille, there just small raised dots to indicate the top and third button down. Also, he said he didn't have any problem using the steering mounted control buttons. He also said their well lit at night and easy to read and use.
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    He also said their well lit at night and easy to read and use...

    I let my blind friend drive my Fusion to see if he could read the braille buttons...

    This is a joke, right?
  • You are kidding. How blind person can drive a car. Does he have a license?
  • jeffyscottjeffyscott Posts: 3,855
    I've not driven the new fusion with electric steering, so I don't know what it is like on that car. But, electric steering can be just fine. VW's version of electric steering on the Jetta is very good, imo. The VW system even allows for it to be adjusted...if you like it to feel heavier or lighter, the dealer can change the setting.
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,614
    i didn't mean real 'braille', just that each button has a unique pattern of raise nubs you can use to figure out which button your finger is on.
  • tim156tim156 Posts: 308
    I knew what you meant. I was joking and responding to posts that criticize the position and use of the steering mounted buttons. I laugh at the things people find to be critical of for a particular car. I love my 2010 Fusion. I've never had an issue setting or using the cruise or adjusting the radio volume. The only problem I have, and it's because I need to read the instructions again, is making phone calls using the steering buttons. More than once I've re dialed the last number by mistake when trying to make a new call. The car is solid, quiet, has enough front seat room for me and back seat room for my friends. It has plenty of pep and I get great mileage with the 2.5L auto.
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,614
    ok, you got me (and maybe some others). :)
    i know you have been posting on various forums for quite while.
  • acdiiacdii Posts: 753
    Hmm I have a 2010 Sport, my info buttons are still on the dash, that picture though was of the hybrid, so maybe they moved them on that model. Those buttons are also meant to be used only while parked, not while driving. OTOH placement of some of the controls are a bit too low, but so far the only ones I use are the TC and the recirc. I rarely touch the Climate controls since they are dual zone auto. I prefer the steering controls over the Camry since I drove one for 34K miles, I have a pretty good knowledge of the controls, and the Cruise on the Camry sucks, it is under the steering wheel, not at your thumb. The one in the Fusion is so easy to use, bottom button in, turns it on, press either set button to set it, press the top one to resume, doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure it out. Want to speed up, tap the second button down, want to slow down, tap the third button down, and it works even with gloves on! Sure beats, having to reach around at the bottom of the steering wheel, press a button to turn it on, and fiddle with the switch to set, resume, or speedup/slow down. Half the time I went to resume I turned the darn thing off. For the phone use, the sync works great. Press the voice button, say use phone, say redial and boom it dials. Want to call a new number, just say dial then the number and it dials. My Iphone never really worked well in the Camry, but works great in the Fusion. After 2 months and 4200 miles, my only complaint is, why the hell did I ever buy a Camry.
  • acdii: I am glad to see you are happy with your Fusion. I have an 08 Accord that I bought because of its bullet proof Rep well guess what it is not bullet proof not even close. I hate it so bad that I am headed to Ford to test drive a fusion.
  • acdiiacdii Posts: 753
    Good luck, hope you like it, I sure do. I like mine so much, I don't care if I only get 23 MPG in daily driving and 31 highway. :)
  • baggs32baggs32 Posts: 3,210
    Hmm I have a 2010 Sport, my info buttons are still on the dash, that picture though was of the hybrid, so maybe they moved them on that model.

    They were moved to the steering wheel for 2010 JOB2 models. Sounds like you have a 2010 JOB1 model.
  • samnoesamnoe Posts: 731
    Wow. One of the major car magazines named the Fusion CAT OF THE YEAR for 2009.

    Way to go, Ford.
  • It's the 2010 Fusion that is the Motor Trend car of the year..not the 2009.
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,614
    not CAT either. ;)
  • acdiiacdii Posts: 753
    They did a cross country type comparison with hybrids and other high MPG cars, the Audi and VW TDI, Prius, Insight, Fusion and Smart.

    I was a bit disappointed in their results on the Fusion, they must not be driving it correctly, it only scored a 32.9 combined, which is far below the 39 EPA. Reason I say they aren't driving it correctly is two fold, first I can get 31 MPG highway in my Fusion Sport with the 3.5L V6, second I drove a Toyota Camry Hybrid for 16 months and 34,000 miles and got 38 MPG consistently, the Fusion has a much finer throttle and can stay in EV up to 47 MPH, the Toy only 40, and I always had it cruising at 40MPH on battery. They should let me drive it for a while and see what it can really get. Think they would go for it? :D
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