• Feb 26, 2010
2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid – Click above for high-res image gallery

Each year that Consumer Reports offers up its annual list of Top American Picks, it seems less and less a consolation bracket and more like a reasonable set of choices. To wit, if you wanted the very best family-sized SUV (Chevrolet Traverse) or fullsize pickup truck (Chevrolet Silverado), Consumer Reports will tell you that you're best off choosing American, regardless of which list its from.

Further, CR has found the Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan twins have proven to be more reliable than a Honda Accord or Toyota Camry. Blasphemy, you say? To borrow a marketing phrase from the Blue Oval itself, Drive One and find out for yourself. We have, and we found out that it's a great car. Apparently, it's also reliable. Not surprisingly, the Fusion managed to earn two more awards in its hybrid guise, including CR's Best Overall Car.

All told, seven of the 10 awards handed out by CR went to Ford – an impressive performance. Two Top Picks were filled by vehicles from General Motors while Chrysler didn't have a single model on the list, which isn't particularly surprising since the Dodge Ram is the only model from the Pentastar that CR even recommends. Click here to check out the rest of the winners from CR.



[Source: Consumer Reports]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I would think that the Chevrolet Traverse is more of a "family hauler" rather than a family SUV.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's all about the sliding doors. Or lack thereof?
      • 4 Years Ago
      With the Record numbers=Millions upon Millions of DEFECTIVE,DANGEROUS,and UNSAFE Nip-made toyotas,the "MYTH" of Nip quality has finally be exposed as a PR generation LIE !! The TRUTH is out ,and any LOGICAL person can see with the latest CR Quality and Reliability Reports that AMERICAN OWNED FORD MOTOR COMPANY produces the HIGHEST QUALITY,BEST PERFORMING,MOST RELIABLE and CONVENIENT,BEST FUEL ECONOMY,BEST ENGINEERED , BEAUTIFULLY STYLED, AWARD-WINNING-WORLD-CLASS VEHICLES at very reasonable prices ! DRIVE ONE,BUY AMERICAN OWNED,and keep YOUR hard earned Money HOME to help OUR PEOPLE,ECONOMY,COMMUNITIES,and WAY OF LIFE !! Don't buy Japanese owned and built vehicles and send your money to greedy Asians-who hate Americans and send us DANGEROUS and DEFECTIVE Products continually--and they don't really care about America -So BUY the BEST--AMERICAN OWNED and produced like the Awesome new FORD FUSION HYBRID !
        • 4 Years Ago
        The fact that anyone uprated this moron's drivel makes me sad for America.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Don't get me wrong, Ford has done great things- avoided bankruptcy in 2006/2009, refreshed and replaced old product with very nice offerings, and has even managed a small profit...

      BUT they're also massively levereged with nearly 17 billion of unsecured debt lingering out there, most of which comes due in 2011/soon after.

      This will be difficult to manage if sales stay flat and buyers don't take the bait, and/or their hit by another credit crunch...I do trust Mullally to see them through but they took a gamble and thus far are reaping rewards. As a GM somewhat-loyalist and a Ford shareholder, I wish them success but they're not out of the woods by any stretch in spite of all the recent good news!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Another thing to consider is the sustainability of Mullaly's signature practice of outsourcing more of the systems development, manufacturing and pre-assembly to suppliers. While this can reduce cost, it can also run into potential production, systems integration (see 787) and quality issues due to a lack of direct control of operations. It does, however, speed up production and lets them make more cars with fewer employees.

        Outsourcing can reduce the risk of investing in the development/manpower, but it can also limit potential rewards and lead to a company becoming dependant on other organizations. Due to Ford's limited resources (they have had more liabilities than assets since before Mullaly took over), it is probably a good move for right now. However, it might not be so great a decade from now.
      • 4 Years Ago
      well, if the A student did a project but the D student takes the credit for the hard work of the A student, how would you consider that a fair proposition?

      Ford basically used Mazda for all of their modern Ford vehices. that fact is undeniable. Therefore, I can't give the credit to Ford by publishing a car that MAZDA basically built for them! The Cruze is basically a DAEWOO for god's sakes. and GM will publish that car as a Chevy.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Oh boy, you morons who keep rehashing the same tired "The Fusion is really all Japanese!!1111" rant need to pull your heads out of your asses. The Ford Fusion is *related* to the Mazda 6, but not even close to identical. The platform they shared was really designed in-house by Ford, with input from Mazda engineers, to use for their individually designed mid-size cars. It has some basis in the Mondeo sedan that Ford sells in Europe.

        The 2003 Mazda 6 went on sale first, and the Fusion replaced the old version of the Taurus once it reached the end of its lifecycle in 2006. The 4-cyl Duratec engines were Ford/Mazda collaborations, and the V6 Duratec is all Ford, based on the Mondeo's 2.5L engine. Fusion's sit on their own platform that's wider, longer, stiffer, and tuned differently than the 6. Those cars are no more alike than if you were comparing a BMW 3-series to a MINI, or a Mercedes E-class to the Chrysler 300.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Mazda could be dead if Ford didn`t step up to save them. (FACT)
        • 4 Years Ago
        "The Ford Fusion is *related* to the Mazda 6, but not even close to identical. The platform they shared was really designed in-house by Ford, with input from Mazda engineers, to use for their individually designed mid-size cars. It has some basis in the Mondeo sedan that Ford sells in Europe."

        BS, you probably own FOrd Stock.


        The 2003 Mazda 6 went on sale first, and the Fusion replaced the old version of the Taurus once it reached the end of its lifecycle in 2006. The 4-cyl Duratec engines were Ford/Mazda collaborations, and the V6 Duratec is all Ford, based on the Mondeo's 2.5L engine. Fusion's sit on their own platform that's wider, longer, stiffer, and tuned differently than the 6. Those cars are no more alike than if you were comparing a BMW 3-series to a MINI, or a Mercedes E-class to the Chrysler 300."

        And a little modificationa and suddenly Fords aren't Mazda's? Give me a break. Research the Ford Mazda relationship. Mazda 6 architecture.
        I mean the Ford Taurus only a few years ago was utter crap.
        Now Fords make world class cars? Give a break>.
        • 4 Years Ago
        WhoFan,

        And if Mazda was gone, so would FORD. Ford needed Mazda much more than Mazda needed FORD> Just because Ford has the American dumbed down market to feast off of doesn't mean that Mazda isn't a superior Manufacturer. ANd I ain't even Japaenese. I see thing the way I see things. If and apple is red, the apple is red. I am not going to call a red apple purple. WHich is what you guys are doing, which is delusional bordering psychopathic.

        But I do question whether you have a 'rooting' interest in FORD, since FORD stock was really cheap a year ago.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why is there even an "American Top Picks" list from CR? Is this like a best of the rest since American cars are not usually mentioned in the overall Top Picks issue?
      • 4 Years Ago
      You guys made a mistake in the heading, Fusion is not an American car, its Mexican.

      Just like Camaro and Challenger are Canadian.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @HACKMAN: I'm not a Toyota fanboy, but a realist, so my defence of Toyota being the mainstream automaker with the least safety complaints may have startled your stuck-in-fantasy-world mind. What I said was absolutely true, so I'm not sure why I'm being called an idiot when you agreed with what I said- it's a global economy. Some of Toyota's newest cars are designed in the US and Ford's new best cars have many major foreign parts, and ironically people have said recent Toyotas are now garbage.

        Heck, the Tundra is completely designed and made in the USA and was one of Toyota's major attempts to use American resources. I'm glad you think it's a turd. I think it's a piece of crap considering how it's one of the reasons Toyota's reputation is being damaged in the US. That'll teach them to send design jobs here. It's amusing that you don't care about design jobs going overseas considering that they tend to be much more highly paid than manufacturing ones and don't produce as much pollution. There goes your money to another country, just in another form- a cleaner design job for other countries. Well, at least your Ford will have a badge that inspires your patriotic mind.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Jeez
        "edit: Fusion is actually half Japanese considering all its Japanese components. Ironically, all of Ford's best vehicles have some major foreign components, except for it's well-protected-from-competition-by-high-tariffs pickup trucks."

        Right, Toyota is awesome because its not American, even though it has a massive supply base from US and many other countries, that it shares with GM / Ford / etc....

        Fords on the other hand all suck, unless they are built buy the japs. In that case, only the cars that are built with the japs, are good...

        How bout this... ALL CARS are international...Any Major car brand that exists uses parts from all over the world, and many use the same suppliers. So to say Ford is crap because its American, is simply ignorant.

        Congrats, you basis your entire concept of how good a car is, simply on the country the company first started in.

        Get over it, just because American car companies are getting better, doesn't mean you need to be a hypocrite
        • 4 Years Ago
        it may have been a while since I was in school. Isn't "America" a continent, not a country? What's next Sea Urchin, the great country of Africa?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Fusion is actually half Japanese considering all its Japanese components. Ironically, all of Ford's best vehicles are some major foreign components.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @xtasi,
        I don't know what an American thinks "America" means, but for Canadians, both terms refer to our great neighbors to the south. The only term that we accept as referring to our continent is "North America" which holds the two greatest countries in the world.............which includes America of course.................but we currently have two more GOLD metals.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @HACKMAN:

        Uh, I was pointing out how YOU were focusing on helping out the American economy and was perfectly fine with shipping out highly-paid and non-polluting engineering and design jobs, while shipping out manufacturing jobs that are not as highly paid and more polluting is A-OK for your country.

        Attitude against your country?? I pointed out your idiotic logic about design vs manufacturing and how you bashed American designed cars. I'm rightfully pointing out your illogical view of cheering for a Ford Fusion with a lot of Japanese-engineered major components vs a Toyota Tundra or Venza that are actually designed and engineered in the USA. If you really wanted to support your economy, you'd look at the country that designed a specific model, not the brand. By buying a Ford Fusion or Fiesta, you're not supporting the USA economy as much as you would be by buying a Toyota Venza. That's the truth. Now, I didn't say that you should buy based on country of origin- I certainly don't do that, but it bugs me when people think they are buying American just because they are buying a Ford made in Mexico, with major Japanese components and Japanese engineering or a Buick that was designed largely in China.

        Now that we're on this tangent of social responsibility, I'll give my take on that as well. If the Chinese don't mind being paid so little and breaking environmental laws, it's up to them. I'm sure they don't care because now they at least have food on the table. If they don't have those polluting, low-paid jobs, then they'll starve to death. That's the nature of the world.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ xtasi

        Well if you want to go that way than one has to ask if Cuban or Venezuelan cars were even considered in this survey.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Have i ever claimed to be a rocket scientists or something?
        • 4 Years Ago
        You're not a smart person - in fact, you're an idiot.

        Sometimes people try and be nice, and lie to your face, though.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's a real shame Ford doesn't build 100% of their cars in America like _______ ... care to fill in the blank?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Where a car is ASSEMBLED does not dictate what country the car is "from".

        You've been on Autoblog too long to keep making mistakes like that.
        C'mon.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh so I wonder if the "CR is in bed with Honda/Toyota and is irrelevant" crowd will come out now and praise CR for their honest reporting.

      Give the lame fanboyism a rest for a day and appreciate the fact that good products are getting their due justice, and move along.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I bet you two feel stupid now, huh?
        • 4 Years Ago
        @merlot: I so didn't catch that. It really is ZERO surprise that Ford took most top honors in the best of the "American" batch.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I am not about to come to the defense of Chrysler's Sebring and Avenger - but there is nothing wrong with the 300, 300C, Charger or Challenger. They are RELIABLE CARS. They just don't appeal to Consumer Reports. It's unfortunate that most people assume that if a car is 'not recommended' by CR - that must mean that they are also 'not reliable' But that's NOT always the case. What CR has against the big Chrysler's is just that. They are big. The negatives [According to CR] are that they have poor visibility, poor fuel economy and use low quality interior materials. None of which has ANYTHING to DO with reliability.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I really like the Ford Fusion, so much so that I recommended one to my brother when he was looking for a new car. He bought a loaded 2008 with the sport package. Three hundred miles before the bumper to bumper warranty was up it threw a rod through the block. At least Ford covered it. The car has also been plagued by other problems, such as the battery going bad after one year and tail lights that keep burning out.
        • 4 Years Ago
        At least they covered this alleged problem you speak of...Toyota would've claiimed it was driver fault/error and told you to pound sand.

        With that being said, my brother bought a new 2006 Fusion that currently has 75k miles. The only thing that has "broke" was the interior door handle that was replaced under warranty. At about 50k miles they replaced the battery only because the portable sat radio head was constantly pulling charge. Other than that it's just been tires and brake pads.

        So, what's your point?
      Cindy Skeoch
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wouldn't believe a word that comes from CR. They have been in bed with the Asians for years. They are still saying that Toyota is still the best and safest auto. Please. At least when the domestic car makers had a problem, they did not try to lie and cover it up. Disgusting. How could anyone trust CR? Or Toyota for that matter. Mr. Toyoda was educated in America. Why didn't he speal in English when he was in Washington, before the Senate commitee?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hey AB, this jackass has been trolling every AOL blog site with political BS for months. Ban his annoying ass already!
      • 4 Years Ago
      7+2=10????
        • 4 Years Ago
        Oh, I see there wasn't an award for family hauler. The article should say "of the 'nine' awards handed out by CR"
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