The Ford Fusion is agile and satisfying to drive, with a sporty feel. Its V6 engine and automatic transmission make for a smooth and responsive powertrain, the four-cylinder option is a bit coarse however. Additionally, Fusion's interior is well made and space is generous. 
Alerts
There are 4 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available, standard from 2009. Side and head protection air bags available, standard from 2007. ESC available in 2009, standard from 2010.
Road Test

The Ford Fusion is agile and satisfying to drive, with a sporty feel. Its V6 engine and automatic transmission make for a smooth and responsive powertrain, the four-cylinder option is a bit coarse however. Additionally, Fusion's interior is well made and space is generous. 

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 5-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2.3-liter 4 (160 hp)
  • 3-liter V6 (221 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2006 Ford Fusion owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Clock

"The digital display for the clock and stereo is totally gone. I can't see any display when the stereo is on or off so I can't tell what time it is or what radio station I am on"

Anonymous, MB (2006 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Cruise control

"The cruise control on the steering wheel sometimes works correctly and sometimes backwards. On then set, works sometimes and the off switch sometimes sets the cruise control"

Anonymous, CO (2006 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Control module malfunction prevented turn signals from operating. Replaced module - cost including diagnosis $500 Canadian dollars. Incorrectly programmed replacement module led to inoperable daytime running lights. Reprogramming module fixed the pro"

Anonymous, ON (2006 Ford Fusion 3.0-L V6)

"the brainbox that controls park lights, turn signals, and headlights went out"

Anonymous, CO (2006 Ford Fusion SE 3.0-L V6)
Gauges

"Back lighting for radio goes in and out"

Anonymous, WA (2006 Ford Fusion S 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

"fogging of the headlamps"

Anonymous, IL (2006 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"control module for the headlights and parking and directionals. module has 30 plus wires to it so it controls a lot more. problem has been right headlight and left directional"

George L., NC (2006 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Heated or cooled seats

"Drivers seat stopped heating"

Art W., ND (2006 Ford Fusion SEL 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Interior lights

"All the interior lights would shut off suddenly when driving."

Anonymous, QC (2006 Ford Fusion SE 3.0-L V6)
Keyless entry

"remote does not lock/unlock front door"

Anonymous, IL (2006 Ford Fusion SEL)
Wiper motor or washer

"The intermediate wiper speed does not work"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Ball joints

"$400 replacement"

Marcia C., MO (2006 Ford Fusion SE 3.0-L V6)
Power steering leaks

"Was notified during my last service that the power steering pump would require replacing."

Anonymous, NH (2006 Ford Fusion S 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"Power steering fluid hose developed a small split causing all the fluid to leak out"

John D., NJ (2006 Ford Fusion SEL 3.0-L V6)
Shocks or struts

"needed replacement"

Anonymous, IL (2006 Ford Fusion)
Springs or torsion bars

"front torque arms or torsion rods for the front suspension, the bushings were making so much noise, had them replaced"

George L., NC (2006 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Tie rods

"Had to replace both front tie rods but there is a still an issue with the front-end which is probably the stabilizer bar but as I am replacing this car in a month it will not be repaired"

Anonymous, ON (2006 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"It was worn out"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"We have front end problems over the years with this car"

John D., TX (2006 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

"Wheel bearings in one axle failed and needed to be replaced, before complete failure"

Anonymous, TN (2006 Ford Fusion SE 3.0-L V6)

"Wheel bearing was making noise and needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Ford Fusion SEL 3.0-L V6)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Coolers and lines

"common problem"

Anonymous, ON (2006 Ford Fusion SE 3.0-L V6)

"leak in transmission cooling line"

Anonymous, VA (2006 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Hydraulics (clutch master or slave cylinder)

"Clutch master cylinder failed. Dealer replaced both master and slave cylinders and flushed system. Cost a small fortune after waiting for a week to get the parts"

Benjamin S., NJ (2006 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Slipping transmission

"During acceleration the transmission will not engage. The two dealerships that I have taken the vehicle to can not isolate the problem"

Kenneth S., CA (2006 Ford Fusion SEL 3.0-L V6)

"It has been occurring for 3 years but this is now a car driven only to school and back by teenagers"

Anonymous, MO (2006 Ford Fusion SE 3.0-L V6)
Transmission computer

"It had to be replaced with a module which controlled the shifting and cost $1100 for part and labor"

Anonymous, TN (2006 Ford Fusion SEL 3.0-L V6)
Transmission leaks

"transmission line leak"

M- P C., PA (2006 Ford Fusion SEL 3.0-L V6)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"Catalytic converter on this car requires replacement of the entire exhaust system. Ridiculous"

Anonymous, WA (2006 Ford Fusion SE)
Exhaust leaks

"Cat converter was replaced because joint that connected it failed"

Anonymous, OH (2006 Ford Fusion SEL 3.0-L V6)
Muffler

"noise led to replacement of muffler and tail pipe"

Lorenzo M., CT (2006 Ford Fusion 3.0-L V6)
Other/unsure

"Still waiting for replacement on recall."

John B., AR (2006 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"I was notified over a year ago to not let anyone ride in the passenger seat until Ford had the parts to fix the faulty airbag. I have not heard from them since!"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Ford Fusion)

"recall but no part available at dealer"

Anonymous, IL (2006 Ford Fusion)
Pipes

"tail pite corrosion"

Anonymous, OH (2006 Ford Fusion SEL 3.0-L V6)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Calipers

"Need to be replaced$$$$"

John D., TX (2006 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"needed rear calipers after doing a rear brake job last year. Rear breaks seem to prematurely needed to be replaced on this car."

Andrew M., NY (2006 Ford Fusion SEL 3.0-L V6)
Normal routine brake wear

"Regular brake pad wear. second set of pad replacments - getting about 40,000 miles between brake jobs"

Anonymous, MN (2006 Ford Fusion SEL 3.0-L V6)

"pads worn rear brakes require replacement at low mileage 50k"

Anonymous, IN (2006 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"The rear brake pads wear out every 35000 mile. The is way high for rear brakes"

Anonymous, IL (2006 Ford Fusion SE 3.0-L V6)

"Rear Disk brake pads wore out faster than they should have."

Andrew M., NY (2006 Ford Fusion SEL 3.0-L V6)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Difficult to fill up gas tank

"The gas nozzle keeps clicking off even when filling very slowly"

Anonymous, SK (2006 Ford Fusion 3.0-L V6)
Engine computer

"Not dependable starting. Just will not fire sometimes"

Anonymous, SK (2006 Ford Fusion 3.0-L V6)
Engine knock or ping

"At idle a knocking sound from the lifters area"

Anonymous, CO (2006 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Oil leaks

"Continued oil leak after replacing head gasket and continual maintenance and repair"

Anonymous, WA (2006 Ford Fusion SE)

"engine gaskets leaked oil"

Anonymous, IL (2006 Ford Fusion SEL)

"Small oil leak that only cost 160 to repair with a synthetic oil change."

Craig R., WI (2006 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Locks and latches

"All of the interior door latches are made of plastic. All of them have broken! I have replaced them in the last year but don't know how long they will last?"

Joseph E., AL (2006 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Both of the passenger side door locks do not work. Very frustrating and expensive to fix as the interior of the door has to be removed. Apparently it is a little spring that is causing the problem on both latches"

Marcia C., MO (2006 Ford Fusion SE 3.0-L V6)

"driver inside door latch has broken twise"

Anonymous, IN (2006 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Seat controls - movement

"Driver seat lumbar adjustment broke internally in seat - turn knob and nothing happens"

Anonymous, MI (2006 Ford Fusion SEL 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Windows

"Have had to replace the brackets for all four windows during a 10 month period. It was almost like clockwork that each window would have to be repaired. The part is $30-40, but the repair is $250-300"

Kenneth S., CA (2006 Ford Fusion SEL 3.0-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Automatic climate control

"relay for A/C mounted on firewall inside of car,;entire dash must be removed to replace (600.000)"

Robert C., TX (2006 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

"The problem initially began with the fan occasionally cutting off (stopping), but over time the frequency of stopping increased until finally it just quit"

A T., MI (2006 Ford Fusion SE 3.0-L V6)
Electrical failure

"Sensor, relay for AC went out, no AC, been out for few years. Cost too prohibitive: approx $400+ for $25 part. Can't do, will eventually do myself"

David M., TN (2006 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Air conditioning system would not engage completely when turned on. Cool air would come out of the vents but the fan/blower was not working due to a computer malfunction"

Andrew W., OH (2006 Ford Fusion SEL 3.0-L V6)
Heater system

"thermostat not reading temperature"

Anonymous, QC (2006 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose interior trim or moldings

"Trim over the windshield defroster vent popped loose on the drivers side and I can't get it to go back. It causes the defroster to do a poor job on the windshield on the drivers side"

Art W., ND (2006 Ford Fusion SEL 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

"lower body through and through rust"

Andre L., QC (2006 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Rusting around the moonroof"

Brad B., OH (2006 Ford Fusion SEL 3.0-L V6)

"Rust is beginning to become a serious issue. The passenger rocker panel is compromised and there is a hole in my trunk."

David T., ON (2006 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

CD player

"Cannot put CDs in the 6 CD player...worked fine when purchased. Will have it looked at and fixed in one week"

Roy B., LA (2006 Ford Fusion 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"This was their top of the line audio system, and it no longer plays any CDs"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Ford Fusion SEL 3.0-L V6)

"CD will not eject from player"

Tyler B., AB (2006 Ford Fusion SEL 3.0-L V6)
Radio

"Display does not operate-selection buttons on radio do not work-tuning and volume do work from the steering wheel buttons, but no display for stations"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Ford Fusion 3.0-L V6)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"Coolant hoses failed causing loss of engine cooling."

Anonymous, VA (2006 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Thermostat

"Thermostat stayed open causing check engine light to remain on. Repair cost seemed excessive at nearly $200.00 for a replacement"

Anonymous, MN (2006 Ford Fusion S 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"warning light re temp.requires replacement of complete (expensive ) module"

Anonymous, IN (2006 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Water pump

"complete failure of the water pump"

M- P C., PA (2006 Ford Fusion SEL 3.0-L V6)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

"spark system and plugs"

Dennis K., GA (2006 Ford Fusion SEL 3.0-L V6)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"Engine needed to be replaced due to breakage of spark plug and cylinder destroyed"

Anonymous, OH (2006 Ford Fusion SE 3.0-L V6)

"Engine spun a bearing trying to avoid an accident"

Chase E., GA (2006 Ford Fusion SEL 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveshaft or axle

"Normal wear and tear needed replaced"

David M., TN (2006 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Electrical failure

"The car shut itself off a few times and sometimes would not restart for a while. Our mechanic could not trace a cause, but the problem went away by itself after several problems over the course of about six weeks or so,"

Joseph H., WA (2006 Ford Fusion SEL)

"Failure of the spark control module sent the car into the for three days."

Anonymous, NH (2006 Ford Fusion S 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"Needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, IL (2006 Ford Fusion SEL 3.0-L V6)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"Spark plug breaking was reason for engine replacement"

Anonymous, OH (2006 Ford Fusion SE 3.0-L V6)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Sunroof leak. Easy and cheap fix"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Ford Fusion SEL 3.0-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"just starting an occasional suspension noise"

Anonymous, OH (2006 Ford Fusion SEL 3.0-L V6)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Check engine light, indicated a problem"

Lorenzo M., CT (2006 Ford Fusion 3.0-L V6)

"check-engine light stays on. Mechanic says sensor is bad but could cost $2-3,000 to repair due to amount of work to get to it"

Anonymous, IL (2006 Ford Fusion SE 3.0-L V6)
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