Want A Ford Fusion 6-Speed Manual? Too Late.
July 11th, 2014 10:37 AM Share
Ford’s confusing strategy of pairing a 6-speed manual 1.6L Ecoboost and a 1.5L Ecoboost automatic on the Fusion just got a bit easier to understand. There’s only one choice now.
Reports say that the three-pedal Fusion is now dead, with the 1.5L engine the sole option for the Fusion’s smaller Ecoboost trim levels. Given what must be an absurdly low take rate, this is hardly surprising.
Last year, Bark M managed to take one for what may be our first Reader Ride Review. It might be the only independent account you’ll ever see of this car.
Published July 11th, 2014 10:37 AM
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As someone who owns one of these- Id have to say I'm not surprised. I had to order mine to spec- and the dealer, who is a friend, put up a huge fight, as if I didn't buy the car they'd be stuck with it, and no one would want an every option (except for the stupid BLiSS and parking aids) Manual fusion. Taking a look around Autotrader, there are less than 6 used ones for sale across the entire country (look at the photos, some are listed as manual but they're automatic). And not many more new ones. No sense offering it if only a microcosm of people want to buy it. That being said- it's one of the best cars (daily drivers) I've ever owned- it's smooth, it handles quite well. People always comment on it, asking what it is, and how handsome the car is. It shifts smooth- and while it's not fast- it gets out of its own way, and the turbo noises are white fun. I've put 32k on mine in a little over a year- and it's going up for sale soon as I need a truck. It will surely be missed.
Out of the 14 also in a 250 mile radius of me, more than half of them are at a place called Talladega Ford. So, head on to Talladega Ford and pick up your manual transmission Fusion today! But hey, an automatic is easier to drive for most. So, this could be better, both for the drivers and body shops, as the body shops don't have to worry about dented rear-bumpers.
The only mid-sized family sedans that still offer manuals are the Passat, Mazda 6 and the Accord. Toyota dropped the manual in the Camry after 2011 and Nissan went all CVT with the latest Altima redesign. Subaru ditched the 3 pedal in the latest Legacy sedan.
It's a shame to see it go for sure, but I would never have bought one. As wonderful a drive as the Fusion is, if I wanted a stick, the Mazda6 delivers similar fun and much better economy. I had no problems with the 1.6t's power, but for the sort of Economy it got, I would've expected a six cylinder with the accompanying refinement.