• Oct 26th 2006 at 1:34PM
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Ford announced today that its Fusion mid-size sedan equipped with all-wheel drive will have a base MSRP of $23,430 when it goes on sale at dealers this week. The upper level SEL model will base for $24,525. That base price comes in below its stable mate, the Mercury Milan AWD, which begins at $24,315. Ford is also touting that the Fusion AWD costs less than the Toyota Camry LE V6 ($23,960) and Honda Accord SE V6 ($23,945), essentially making the case that customers can get a Fusion with all-wheel drive for free at the same price as front-wheel driven competitors. While we won't dispute Ford on the facts, there's also the fact that the Camry's 3.5-liter V6 produces 268 horsepower and the Accord's 3.0-liter V6 produces 244 horsepower, compared with the Fusion's 3.0-liter V6 that produces only 221 horsepower. Couple the Fusion's less powerful engine with more weight and drivetrain components to turn, and we expect the Fusion AWD's performance will be near the back of the pack compared to its FWD competitors. It is still the case that this is a great price for an all-wheel drive mid-size sedan, especially after comparing the Fusion AWD's price to, say, a Subaru Legacy. While you can score a Legacy with AWD starting at $20,795 sans delivery charges, that model is powered by a significantly weaker 175-hp, 2.5-liter boxer four-cylinder. If you want comparable power in the Legacy, you'll have to step up to the 2.5 GT Limited model that adds a turbo to produce 243 hp but starts at $28,295. So it seems like Ford has deftly filled a vacant niche for an inexpensive, V6-powered AWD sedan that, along with the Fusion's impecable quality to date, should translate into even more Fusion sales for the Blue Oval.

Ford's press release can be found after the jump.

[Source: Ford]


2007 Fusion AWD starting at $23,430

The first Fusion all-wheel drive (AWD) models arrive at dealers this week as the most affordable, V-6 powered AWD sedans on the market. Fusion SE AWD models start at $23,430, including destination and delivery, while Fusion SEL AWD models start at $24,525.

By comparison, the Toyota Camry LE V-6 starts at $23,960 including destination, and the Honda Accord SE V-6 starts at $23,945 with destination. However, the Accord and Camry are not available with AWD, at any price.

"For the same money as an Accord or Camry, we're offering a Fusion with all-wheel-drive for free," says Giombetti. "The addition of all-wheel drive will be a huge advantage for Fusion, and shows that Ford is intent on leading – not following – this segment."

Ford expects sales of vehicles equipped with AWD to double from 25 percent of the total U.S. market in 2003 to 50 percent by 2012. That increase will be largely driven by consumers who want to retain the confidence of four-wheel traction as they migrate from their current SUVs and trucks into new sedans and crossover vehicles.

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      • 8 Years Ago
      I wish I knew the '07 would be all-wheel drive 'cause I would've waited. There is no comparison to the Fusion and Camry. The 2006 XLE that I owned felt weightless in the front end. It felt "tinny" and light. The Fusion SEL is heavy and secure. Plus add all the things you get compaired to the Camry for THOUSANDS less.

      Don't wait... buy a Fusion, or the (Fusion based) Edge because you won't be sorry.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Am i crazy or is this finaly a half decent car coming out of Detroit in a long long long time. This is the kind of cars that will bring Detroit back, not YET ANOTHER SUV like we saw on the main page coming from Saturn. Fusion is new, cool, hip, so far quality is good. This is the first step to making money.
      • 8 Years Ago
      With the addition of the Fusion AWD, Ford is now the #1 player in the 4x4/AWD market. Consider, aside from the Focus, Mustang, Crown Vic/Grand Marq/Town Car, EVERY Ford, Mercury and Lincoln car and truck is available w/ AWD or 4wd. Who else can say that, especially at Ford's volumes? GM? Toyota? Honda? Nissan?

      The Fusion AWD is very nice, but good luck finding one at the base price. Early ones are all SEL's with leather+options, meaning real stickers of $27-29k. Of course, at $29,910, a Fusion has everything including navi. What does a Camry top out at again??
      • 8 Years Ago
      From what i read 3.5 litre will be available 2008 think it was in autoweek,the car connection,and edmunds.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm pretty sure this car will be available with the 3.5 litre(263h.p.) engine, like the Lincoln MKZ, next year.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I think the performance comparison with the Subaru Legacy 2.5i is going to be closer than the author thinks. The 5MT Legacy 2.5i Special Edition that's price-comparable with the FWD Fusion only weighs 25 lb more than the FWD Fusion SEL V6. Add the weight of the AWD hardware onto the Fusion and you'll have a heavier car to soak up some of the V6's performance, plus the likelihood of more trips to the dealer to fix the drivetrain than you'd expect in the Subaru.
      • 8 Years Ago

      Haldex does NOT make Subaru's system... they make their own... it the 90/10 is rarely 90/10. Any time there is throttle or braking inputs it changes the split. 1st, and 2nd gear are automatically 50/50

      and no the video is not propoganda. I was there. 2000 people drove with the same results over a 2 month period. A 3rd party handled the event. Tire pressures were set at factory specifications.
      • 8 Years Ago
      But they are haldex.
      Haldex works for what it does, say accelerating uphill and going around a corner, and give mobility to people who don't know what summer & winter tires are.
      A front wheel drive car [with an open differential] would do nothing but spin the inner tire for the duration of the lateral acceleration. The haldex car would power the rear axle and have greater forward ability where the front drive is traction limited
      So either get less lateral weight transfer and/or get better tires for the front drive car as a start, and then move on to getting a torque sensitive differential or speed sensitive differential.

      Subaru has a haldex type system, they have had that for a while, ~15 years or so [Subaru SVX]
      • 8 Years Ago
      In reply to Michael Kareshs review of the MKZ, I thought it was funny you said you were lost in the names of the new lincolns. MKZ MKX MKS, have you taken a look at mercedes or Lexus lately. They have many variations of letters for models, so your arguement of being confused holds no water in my opinion.

      The AWD drive is great, Im really hoping to see a SVT version of the fusion with the AWD. They already have the engine, its the Mazda speed 6 engine. Now just add some suspension tweeks, bigger brakes, and a 6 speed manual.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The argument about HP when compared to the imports probably doesn't come into play as much with the majority of consumers buying mid-size sedans. I believe most ppl would forsake 20hp (especially when torque numbers are more comparable except for toyo 3.5) for AWD and potentially lower payments.

      However, if it hurts mpg by more than 5 miles, there will be some negative impact.

      And BillC is correct. The 3.5 will not show up in the Fusion/Milan anytime soon (if at all). I think you may see a turbo 4 possibly in the future.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This is a great deal and I never thot I would ever say this but this might be the first Ford I have ever considered. AWD for $24k? That's without negotiating and that makes it the deal of the year. The HP argument is not argument, its petty.
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