Saturday, December 14, 2019
Rental Car Review - 2019 Ford Fusion Titanium EcoBoost AWD
Buick LaCrosse I rented years ago. The Fusion also featured a heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel. The car had automatic dual-zone climate control for maximum comfort, and a handy "Max Defrost" setting to thaw the windshield in a hurry.
The other great feature was rain-sensing intermittent wipers. It was a surreal feeling turning the wipers on and then not having to touch them again, as they would adjust their speed independently and even turn off on their own once the rain had passed. Other assists included automatic lights with auto-dim high beams, a lane keeping and blind spot monitoring system, parking sensors with audible and visual proximity warnings and a now-standard backup camera. Many of these driving assists could be toggled at will using a series of menus in the instrument cluster, even on the fly while driving.
The same menus could be used to display speed, fuel economy, fuel level, range, engine temperature, power distribution to the AWD system, and/or a virtual analog tachometer. The car had a lot of toys to play with. A second display to the right of the speedometer (the only "real" gauge on the car) offered radio station information; navigation data such as compass direction, nearest cross street and speed limit; or phone data. I didn't pair my phone with the car to see how well the Bluetooth worked. Some features were locked out when the vehicle was in motion, such as inputting navigation destinations or pressing the seat memory button.