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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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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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
AWD , 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 2009 Ford Fusion owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

“The ABS system has failed. Then in turn the brakes did not work. Ford will not fix it for free. The only alternative is to disable the system then the brakes work fine. This is an electrical issue. It happened 3x before we discovered the cause”

Anonymous, OH (2009 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“The hydraulic pump stopped working and had to be replaced”

Anonymous, GA (2009 Ford Fusion SEL 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“ABS light came on. Took to service center. Mechanic said the breaks worked fine but ABS was not operational. Made appointment to Fix ABS. Took car in. Mechanic fixed ABS”

Anonymous, WI (2009 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“Needed to replace the control box for the braking system, 1700 dollars”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Ford Fusion SEL 3.0-L V6)

“I have had an ABS failure. The pedal went to the floor and the light stayed on. The dealer could find nothing wrong. I believe he reset the ABS module or cleaned the wheel sensors, they said they did not. No TBS on this issue. I believe Ford has a serious problem. I have talked to other Fusion owners who have had the same issue”

Anonymous, MI (2009 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“The ABS module has malfunctioned, and the warning light is on. Repair estimate is $1,000, so I have elected to not fix”

Paul D., SC (2009 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“ABS was used while sliding down ice hill. After activation stopping was severely diminished. See Federal Highway safety investigation opened December 2016”

Anonymous, NC (2009 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“The abs light came on was told that would have to replace pump and would be well over 1000 dollars for just part”

Richard B., TX (2009 Ford Fusion S 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Calipers

“Rear caliper stuck, caused brake wear”

P M., MA (2009 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“Calipers froze. Had to replace rotors, pads, etc”

Anonymous, OH (2009 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“calipers not releasing pressure causing premature wear”

Anonymous, NY (2009 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“bad design ,they freeze up to often and have to be replaced to often”

Anonymous, NY (2009 Ford Fusion S 3.0-L V6)

“needed new rotors”

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Ford Fusion SE Unsure)
Parking brake

“does not fully release”

Anonymous, NY (2009 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

“Needed rear brakes replaced at 25000 miles. We have driven Fords for 40+ years and never needed brake replacement before 50000 miles”

Anonymous, MA (2009 Ford Fusion SEL 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“We seem to have had many brakes repairs in the 6 yrs we've owned it . Approx 5 brakes and 3 times rotors and once the drums”

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Ford Fusion SEL 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“The rear brakes wore prematurely and had to be replaced at approximately 66,000 miles. The rotors were damages and the repairs cost me over $300 at the dealer”

Anonymous, OH (2009 Ford Fusion SE 3.0-L V6)

“Early brake wear on rear brakes”

Anonymous, FL (2009 Ford Fusion SE 3.0-L V6)
Rotors

“Brakes and Rotors are now procured almost exclusively from China by all car manufacturers. They cannot be be machined as in the past and do not last as long”

Anonymous, ON (2009 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“front rotors caused excessive vibration when braking; rotors badly rusted and had to be cut off”

Gregory S., MA (2009 Ford Fusion SE 3.0-L V6)

“rotors very unevenly worn”

Jonathan L., MS (2009 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

“It won't take more than 1 disc in the 6-CD system, and a single CD can get stuck - will not eject”

Dean R., NY (2009 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“After changing dead battery, CD changer shows load error when trying to load CD, makes noise when starting car”

Adam B., DE (2009 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“The 6 CD player gives a lot of "load error" messages”

Anonymous, IL (2009 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen difficult to see

“With parking or headlights turned on, the display is dimmed to a barely readable level”

Dean R., NY (2009 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen goes blank

“Screen did not actually go blank but did give erronous readings”

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Ford Fusion SEL 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Backup or other camera/sensors

“Backup sensors went out. Dealer pretty much said it was electrical and would cost around $1,000 to fix”

Anonymous, IL (2009 Ford Fusion SEL 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Steering wheel controls

“The volume button actually changes the radio stations instead”

Anonymous, IL (2009 Ford Fusion SEL 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

Shocks or struts

“Front shocks were leaking. Replaced shocks as well as springs on front”

Anonymous, MI (2009 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“Lower control arms require replacement”

Andy G., TX (2009 Ford Fusion SE 3.0-L V6)

“The rack had to be replaced at about 65,000 miles, which I consider to be very much premature”

Anonymous, MI (2009 Ford Fusion SE 3.0-L V6)
Tie rods

“Car failed Missouri state safety inspection due to bad inner tie rod end”

Steven R., MO (2009 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“I'm not concerned. We live on a windy road and have a steep driveway. When cars get old, steering components wear due to the former, and motor mounts and transmission mounts wear due to the latter. The car handles beautifully and has been quite satisfactory”

Michelle D., CA (2009 Ford Fusion SE 3.0-L V6)
Wheel bearings

“Bad wheel bearings”

Anonymous, TX (2009 Ford Fusion SEL 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“The passenger side rear wheel bearing needed replacement”

Ken B., CA (2009 Ford Fusion SEL 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

Doors or sliding doors

“Inside door handle broke”

James C., CA (2009 Ford Fusion S 3.0-L V6)
Locks and latches

“Driver's side interior door handle broke”

Anonymous, ON (2009 Ford Fusion SEL 3.0-L V6)

“Unable to open driver door from inside”

Anonymous, ON (2009 Ford Fusion SEL 3.0-L V6)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

“Trunk lid would not stay in upright position”

Anonymous, ON (2009 Ford Fusion SEL 3.0-L V6)
Mirrors

“Had to replace the plastic part”

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Ford Fusion SEL 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 box around passenger air bag coming loose. had repaired once but same problem”

James C., CA (2009 Ford Fusion S 3.0-L V6)

“There is a random spot on my trunk lid that has begun to lose its paint. It's not on the top or any place that sticks out where it could have been chipped. It is on the inset that holds the license plate, but about six inches from the plate”

Robert P., TX (2009 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“The clear coat layer of the hood is starting to chip and peel. Severe discoloration apparent in places where clear coat has already worn off”

Anonymous, KS (2009 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

“Premature spidering on roof x5 spots. Peelling paint at front of hood. Rust on rear window runner. Rush under rear Ford emplbem on trunk. Rush on top near front window x2”

Anonymous, ON (2009 Ford Fusion SEL 3.0-L V6)

“Rear wheel wells both show surface rust and chips due to pebbles while driving on back roads”

Anonymous, VT (2009 Ford Fusion SEL 3.0-L V6)

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 clock light went out and the dealer tells me the only way to fix it is to replace the radio for $500+. I doubt that and haven't fixed it”

John G., OH (2009 Ford Fusion SEL 3.0-L V6)
Gauges

“Dash lights and digital displays dim or go off unexpectedly but eventually return to normal. Occurs in sub zero weather”

Anonymous, ON (2009 Ford Fusion SEL 3.0-L V6)
Heated or cooled seats

“drivers seat no longer heats - dealer wants $ 650 to fix - declined”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Ford Fusion SEL 3.0-L V6)

“The driver's side seat heaters went out. It will cost $500+ to fix”

John G., OH (2009 Ford Fusion SEL 3.0-L V6)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

“Rear left tail light has burned out repeatedly”

Michele R., PA (2009 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine computer

“At just under 60,000 miles (59,200) the engine computer began to fail and would shut down the car while driving. Finally wouldn't start at all replacement was $1,200”

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Ford Fusion SEL 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“Replace PCM”

Andy G., TX (2009 Ford Fusion SE 3.0-L V6)

“At 63K miles the 6 cyl engine developed an oil pan and a timing cover leak. Ten hours labor and $1,750 at dealer”

Edward G., CA (2009 Ford Fusion SEL 3.0-L V6)

“Rear Main Oil Seal”

Walter H., ON (2009 Ford Fusion SEL 3.0-L V6)

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

“same as 4wd problem”

Anonymous, MA (2009 Ford Fusion SE 3.0-L V6)

“driveshaft to rear wheels binding in steady bearing. replaced under warranty”

Anonymous, NS (2009 Ford Fusion SEL 3.0-L V6)

“Wheel bearings on drive wheels failed. Repair was straightforward, but cost more than $2,000”

Matthew B., WI (2009 Ford Fusion SEL 3.0-L V6)
4WD/AWD components

“vibration from rear wheel driveshaft related to ford tsb”

Anonymous, MA (2009 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

“Water Pump had to be replaced”

Anonymous, AZ (2009 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

“a belt squeak, dealer told us it's ok, but getting louder. NOTHING else has gone wrong with this car!”

Drew M., OH (2009 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“Door panels rattle on bumpy roads”

Anonymous, OK (2009 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Cooling fan

“It is extremely loud”

Anonymous, PA (2009 Ford Fusion SE 3.0-L V6)

“Engine light went on. Dealer diagnosed as a failure of the cooling fan in the engine. Fan replaced. All's well”

Anonymous, NY (2009 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Water pump

“Water pump internal plastic parts had come apart and was leaking. Also replaced leaking thermostat and sensor. Now the cooling motor is very loud and I am told by the Ford service dept that this is normal. However, it was not loud before the repair”

Anonymous, PA (2009 Ford Fusion SE 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

Transmission leaks

“After the car warranty expired. I spoke to customer service and ford and we split the cost of the repair.A fair compromise but I would have preferred that Ford cover it all”

Anonymous, NY (2009 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“leaking fluid from half shaft”

Anonymous, NY (2009 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“Had leaking oil cooler line replaced, then had to replace radiator because it was cracked at oil line junction”

Daniel T., MI (2009 Ford Fusion SE 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

Ignition switch

“Ignition switch, Electronic Throttle Body, and the Powertrain Control Module failed and were replaced. Car towed three times because of the failures”

Richard G., MD (2009 Ford Fusion SE 3.0-L V6)
Spark plugs or wires failure

“Dealer installed a faulty spark plug when changing all of the plugs. Engine sputtered and stalled. Dealer fixed the problem with no cost to me”

Richard B., ON (2009 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

Fuel injection system

“Lost all power while driving 100 km per hour”

Jim S., ON (2009 Ford Fusion SEL 3.0-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“Computer system for emissions failed requiring towing to dealer and replacement. It was covered under the vehicle emissions warranty”

Charles K., FL (2009 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

Heater system

“The auto temp setup failed in cold weather”

Anonymous, OH (2009 Ford Fusion SEL 3.0-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

“confusing and does not seem to provide useful info”

C W., VA (2009 Ford Fusion SEL 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

“Internal part breakage caused seal to rupture causing the transmission to fail”

Steven R., MO (2009 Ford Fusion SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

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

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