After ten years driving around in a mini-van, my time to get into a car again had come. I was nervous. First, how would I feel about being so low to the ground again and second, how would I cope without all that space. Surprisingly, in the Ford Fusion Eco-Boost that I test drove for a week, surprisingly great.
It’s amazing how quickly you adjust to being lower to the ground. I found that the Ford Fusion felt much more responsive than any mini-van or SUV I’d driven in the last ten years and even though the Fusion is a family sedan, I was reminded of my pre-family days when I drove a Ford Mustang Convertible (ah, those were the days). It felt sporty and powerful and yet it wasn’t the gas-guzzler my Ford Mustang with it’s V6 engine was.
And fuel economy is top of mind for me right now as we seek out our next vehicle. The Ford Fusion gets 35 MPG compared to an embarrassing 17 MPG that my 2007 Grand Caravan currently gets. Ouch. From this standpoint, it’s a clear winner.
The next challenge for me was space. Thankfully, we had a cheer competition to attend in Niagara Falls so I was able to test it out fully. It was a more than comfortable ride for 2 adults and 3 children, and in the trunk we were able to fit a full-size Coleman cooler, 2 medium suitcases, 3 sports bags, a large drink dispenser, and large toiletry bag with room for cross-border shopping acquisitions on the way back. Impressive. There’s no doubt you can’t fit what you can in a mini-van in terms of large items, but for how often I need that anymore, I’m willing to let it go.
What most intrigued me about the Ford Fusion Eco-Boost though was the actual eco angle. Look at this amazing infographic:
I have to admit, the seats made me wonder. I loved the idea of using recycled plastic bottles to make them, but how would they be for comfort and for cleaning? After driving for seven hours to Niagara Falls I can say they definitely passed the butt test. Normally on a ride that long, my posterior would be numb. Not so in the Ford Fusion. The seats were incredibly comfortable. As far as clean up, for the short week I had it, the upkeep seemed minimal. Still, I think leather is the way to go in any vehicle interior for ease of cleaning. Sorry, I guess I’m not as environmentally friendly as I thought.
The Ford Fusion I test drove came with the MyFord Touch Sync screen. It paired easily with my phone, but as with other models I’ve tried, I find the system a little temperamental.
Finally, there is no denying this car has a WAY sexier exterior than I’ve been used to. My husband and Dad were both impressed with it’s looks comparing the grille to an Aston Martin. Hmmm, maybe. I do know one thing for sure, I certainly felt less frump and more fab driving this fun car for a week!