The attractive and accessible Ford Fusion

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2014 Ford Fusion SE
• Midsize Sedan, FWD
• 1.5L I4 GTDI Engine
• 6-speed Automatic Selectshift Transmission
• 18” Premium Painted Sport Wheels
• My Ford Touch Package with Rear View VIdeo Camera & Navigation System
• Dual-zone Climate Control with Rear A/C Ducts
• 5 Year/60k Powertrain Warranty & Roadside Assistance. 3 Year/36k Bumper to Bumper
• MPG 28 (23/36 city/hwy)
MSRP: Around $28.5k, pictured
As always, check with dealer for details



The first time I saw the updated design on the Ford Fusion (the 2013 model year), I wasn’t quite sure what I was seeing.  I couldn’t make out the badging, and the front end reminded me of a prototype I once had the fortune of playing with on a national tour. Namely, an Aston-Martin. You know, the car James Bond drives (and has driven for decades).

I thought “What in the blazes is an Aston-Martin doing in Grand Junction?”

The owner caught me staring, and I asked him what kind of car it was.

It was a Ford Fusion.

This, frankly, is awesome.  The edgy and groundbreaking, yet elegant and modern design of a gorgeous Aston-Martin is available at a price that rings in at around a fifth of ‘Bond, James Bond’s’ favorite.

While you can’t completely customize the paint to match your wife’s eyes, and the accents aren’t made of an exotic wood, the Fusion does have quite a bit to offer (aside from that great price tag).

Paintwise, there’s a selection of standard colors, as well as some gorgeous jewel-metallics like this model’s deep impact blue. With good light and a clean surface, it looks like you could swim in it.

The accents aren’t exotic wood, but this model had some gorgeous touches in piano black, and the seats were deeply cushioned cloth with some attractive red stitching.

I’ll also admit something that just about made me weep all those years ago in that prototype Aston-Martin DB-9: I couldn’t actually get my feet into the footwell of the driver’s side. I’m a big guy, at a robust 6’10”. It makes me an odd choice to test drive cars, but gives me a strong idea of the room and design.  I could fit into the Fusion with relative comfort (I mentioned the deep, cushioned seats, right?).

So I can’t compare the ride to the Aston-Martin, but I can look at the Fusion’s objectively. For a sedan in its price range, the Fusion provides a surprisingly soothing ride.

Kevin Lamarr, Ford sales manager at Western Slope Auto points out “the value you get and the ride. It has the ride of a much bigger car.”

Between the highway and getting lost in Fruita (of all places), the Focus was comfortable and smooth.  The 1.5L Ecoboost engine may not have had the spy-chasing punch of a certain other car, but was more than adequate, especially given the 36 mpg highway rating. 

The My Ford Touch Package did have that Bond feel, a bit, with access to the car’s functions, apps and controls and even hooking neatly up to a cell phone — something that sounds like it was created in a Bond movie.

Just imagine it being explained by Q while flamethrowers are being tested on mannequins in the background — “You can link the system with an invisible field of secure communications, connecting the car to a global network of information containing the totality of information discovered and recorded by humans. From there you can access information, music, satellite weather and traffic information and much more.”

It fits, right?

You don’t have to do anything charming and dangerous to appreciate the practicality and value of the 2014 Ford Fusion SE at Western Slope Auto, 2264 Highway 50.

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