Last week, I got to test drive a 2013 Ford Fusion, which I nicknamed Betty (I name my cars), for a couple days. Ford is showing off the Fusion and lots of other great cars at the Cleveland Auto Show, going on now through Sunday, March 3 at the I-X Center.
I like to think I look for the complete package in a car: something that not only drives well, but has a lot of fun and functional bells and whistles. When I first got into the Fusion, I was impressed at how intuitive I found the Sync system. I was quickly able to connect my phone to the hands-free system, set my radio presets, and head out on the road.
The Ford Fusion allows a lot of hands-free, eyes-on-the-road use of the car’s features. I was able to change radio stations or make phone calls by using controls on the steering wheel and I even had a mini display right at eye level, so I didn’t even have to glance at the large center display.
Of course, I didn’t always keep both hands on the wheel, but sometimes a girl has to car dance at a red light to “Dazzy Dukes.”
The touch-screen technology will feel familiar to us in the age of iPhones and Droids. And having radio, climate control, navigation, and phone at your fingertips is fabulous!
So, I’m focusing on just the bells and whistles. Being that it was winter in Cleveland, I got to drive the car in everything from sun glare to ice and snow.
The Fusion was a nice, smooth, surprisingly quiet ride. The front park assist and rear back-up camera were particularly helpful with navigating in a new, I-don’t-quite-know-this-car-yet vehicle. And Ford’s Drowsy Driver technology, which detects unintentional lane drift and audibly alerts the driver, is a truly great safety feature.
All in all, I really enjoyed driving the Fusion. I feel especially good recommending Ford to you on the heels of last week’s news that Ford is investing $200 million and adding 450 new jobs to its Cleveland engine plant, specifically focusing on building fuel-efficient “EcoBoost” engines. Also, the wholesale side of my Dad’s business, Tireman USA, has long sold tires to area Ford dealerships and I have seen firsthand how these businesses contribute to our local economy.
If you’re in the market for a sedan that is still fun, a bit sporty, and with lots of nice, high-tech features to make you feel comfortable, I would definitely drop by a Cleveland-area Ford dealership for a test drive.
Have you driven a Ford Fusion? What features do you look for first in a car?
***Disclosure: I was asked by Ford to test drive a Ford Fusion, with no obligation to share my test drive experience. My decision to post about the Fusion and, as always, all opinions are 100% my own.***