Chevrolet Impala vs. Ford Fusion
dispencer1 Member Posts: 489
edited April 2014 in Chevrolet
A friend of mine in Chicago just ordered a Fusion. He keeps his cars 10 years and is definately not a car buff. His son works for a Ford dealership so he got the employee price which is probably why he switched from GM to Ford. I looked at the Mercury Milan the other day and compared to my Impala the interior looked cheap. I drove a Milan a few months ago and was concerned because there was a momentary lag when you accelerated. Has anyone driven a 2LT or LS and then a Fusion or Milan? What are the differences? I considered a Fusion before I bought my Impala but thought the Impala looked better inside.
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The Fusion would seem to be a direct competitor to the Malibu, the (awful) Cirrus and Stratus, as well as a whole spate of Japanese mid-size cars. I don't think the Fusion interior should be as nice as the Impala class car. That it is not is akin to complaining that the Audi A4 interior is not as nice as the A6's.
My experience with the Fusion was on smooth LA roads. So the car is very comfortable on the ride department, IMO.
CR sometimes speak from both sides of their mouth: They traditionally hate the soft, cushing Buick ride (except if it is a Toyota's sloppiness, then it is another story : "comfortable but predictable at limits" ) and like the German's VW Passat rougher ride (but better handling). But now in the Impala case, they prefer more compliant and soft ride? May be on that day, CR the tester just had a bad back.
It amazed me to see quite a few Chrysler 300C in LA 's high rent neighborhoods. These are places where every family seems to own a Bimmer or a Merc.
GM still has a way to go yet in the stlying department. They has done a wonderful job on interior design. Now if they could make the Impala exterior just as exciting as the 300C, then GM fortune will turn around. Stop copying the Japanese or even European stylings. Nothing wrong with American design (just look at the 300).