Some of the reviews I've read are quite positive. I've had my eye out for
one. The V6 with six speed auto is the way to go. With the incentives, you
should be able to get one nicely loaded for less than the Toyota/Honda
For me, it's more than I want to spend and I estimate I'd be getting around
25mpg in mixed driving. I'd be spending $50 every other week on fillups. I'd
be taking a MPG cut from what I drive now if I bought one.
FWIW, The Fusion and Mustang got top picks from JD Powers for the category
of vehicle they are. No other US Automaker were present.
I viewed a Milan and when I opened the trunk the crossmember behind the top of
the back seats stuck out the a sore thumb. It was uncovered and the spotwelds
showed. I took another look over the car and decided that the construction was
bland and not built nearly as well as my 2000 Taurus. It is another example of
the accountants running the show instead of the public's desire for the kind of
cars Ford used to build. But I can say this as an overall. A little
fenderbender to my 2000 Taurus caused me to get a rental unit for a few days.
It was a 2004 Cobalt 4 door 18000 miles and the car was built pretty well.
Then a few weeks later, another parking lot bump into my 95 Taurus caused me to
get a rental unit; this time a 2005 Toyota Corolla. That car didn't have
nearly the nice features that the Cobalt had and the Toyota was just plain
noisy, from the engine to wind noise. The seats were lousy and the adjustments
were the same. The good news is that GM, and I believe Ford too, CAN build
good cars to compete with the Toyotas, if they want to.
All the "race cars" are built in the US and most are assembled near
While the real Fusion is assembled in Mexico, must of the parts are of US
origin. You can't say the same for the Camry.
I have a 2007 Fusion and so far I am delighted (3 month, 4,500 miles - no
problems at all).
You can't say that for the Fusion, unless 30% is "must of the parts."
You're correct about one thing: You can't say the Camry is made in Mexico
because it is made domestically (in the US or Canada). Most of the US-built
Camry's parts are domestic
The Camry is built in Kentucky. The hybrid was scheduled to be built there
starting late last year. And Camries will be built in Indiana in Subaru's
Lafayette plant, as well, according to Toyota.
I've seent hat article, but I can't find the source of the 30% number. I've
searched the NHTSA web site and it is not listed. The only credible list I
can find claims that Ford vehicles as a whole include 78% domestic content
and Toyota vehicles as a whole contain 47% domestic content. I can't find a
breakdown by model. Do you know of such a list?
I can find it for some specific vehicles from media reports. As far as I
know, there is no master list that has all the models.
Now, you think that if Toyota vehicles as a whole, including those imported
from Japan, contain 47% domestic content, that some would have <40%, some
40-70% and some more than 70% US content (like the Toyota Sienna and Toyota
Camries built in Kentucky), so you would expect to have Toyotas with VINs of
1, 4 and 5. Yet all US-built Toyotas have VINs of 5. Very curious.
I await Mike's explaination as well as the exact URL (not go to the US
Department of [something that changes daily) website and search) that proves
We have yet to see the URL that you have that supports your mistaken belief
for the reason the US has three, rather than one number assigned as do all
other countries. Until you show that, I stand correct ;)
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