The Fusion made its debut in the 2006 model year. The first-generation Fusion was roomy, quiet, comfortable and had plenty of cargo space.
The 2006 model offered a base 160-horsepower, 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine, while a 3.0-liter V-6 was optional. All 2006 models were front-wheel drive and came in three trim levels. The basic S trim included air conditioning, a CD player, cruise control and keyless entry. The midlevel SE included a power driver’s seat, steering-wheel audio controls and an improved audio system. The upscale SEL included larger alloy wheels, automatic climate control and a 6-disc CD changer.
An all-wheel drive option for V6 models came in 2007, along with side-curtain airbags and an optional navigation system and satellite radio. The midlevel SE came standard with a 6-disc CD changer.
Ford’s Sync infotainment system was an option for the 2008 model, along with parking sensors and a new Sport Appearance package that included 18-inch alloy wheels with a distinctive interior and exterior trim. More added features included newly standard anti-lock brakes and tire-pressure monitoring for all models. Six airbags and ABS now came standard.
An electronic stability system was an option in 2009, as well as traction control for the first time on V6 models. Now standard on SE and SEL trims was satellite radio and a new blue suede interior package.
The Fusion’s biggest update and restyle in this generation came in the 2010 model, with a revised exterior design, an updated interior and improved driving. It also offered an available blind spot warning system and a new Sport model. This year launched the Fusion Hybrid which used a 191-hp 2.5-liter hybrid 4-cylinder and a standard continuously variable automatic transmission. It’s 2.3-liter 4-cylinder was replaced by a 175-hp 2.5-liter 4-cylinder, while the V6 added 18 hp to make 240 hp.
Minor changes to the Fusion were made in 2011 which included Ford’s MyKey system and a manual shift mode for the automatic transmission. Additional available features included HD Radio and rain-sensing wipers.
No changes occurred in the 2012 model year but it also represented the Fusion’s first-generation final year.