"I had a great car, but I made a great choice!"4.5 starson by absoloodle
Pros: Mine is a used, low miles (18K) Fusion Hybrid.. I was a bit concerned that the average mileage I've been getting is in the 37+ region, but having read the other reviews, I'm thrilled. I gave up a low mi. 08 RAV4 LTD I loved. So far, no regrets.
Cons: I know I'm going to love SYNC, but it definitely has a learning curve. I'm quite techno literate, so it's a bit of a surprise that I'm finding it not entirely seamless. I'm sure I'll get there.
Summary: I returned from the UK to the US in late 2007, without a left hand drive car. At the time, I really wanted a hybrid, but long thighs and older knees required at least driver's power seat. I also knew that it was only a matter of a year or so before the US would go the way of Europe, requiring hands-free. Add to that the desire for a moon roof, and that took every available US hybrid out of the running. Those features just weren't available. I settled for a Toyota RAV4 Limited, which I've enjoyed immensely.
Before I bought the RAV4, I rented a Prius for a 1500 mile drive, and still would have considered it, if I had really liked it. I didn't. The driver seat was uncomfortable and a real pain to adjust. I hated the rear window visability, and a quirk caused me to lock myself out of the car at a gas station about 100 miles from my first overnight itinerary stop.
When the Fusion Hybrid came out with the options I wanted, I started watching the ads. A new one was out of the question, because I was unwilling to spend more than I could get for my RAV4. It took awhile, but I lucked out! I literally stumbled onto an ad for a low miles (18K remaining on factory warranty) for a very affordable price. It's missing my desired moon roof, but I'm not complaining. I have my RAV4 advertised for a reasonable price and I'm not looking back. The best news is that I will likely even come out $1K ahead when it's sold.
The Fusion is attractive, comfortable (although I've not ridden in the back) and has reasonable trunk space. It's responsive and handles well. I was surprised by the reasonably tight turning radius. All I've read indicates that it should be reliable as well.
I will be heading to the dealer to have one very minor thing addressed (the remote side mirror control on the driver side stopped working), but mostly it will be to get instructions about using sync to its full potential. I also need to find out how to program the keyless entry pad. All minor, considering what a great deal I got!
In my opinion, there is nothing else on the market that can compete with the Fusion Hybrid across the board.
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