My 2015 FFH is really everything I hoped it would be for the 110 mile round trip commute we do 5 days a week in horrible traffic to Silicon Valley. The car even returns astonishing gas mileage, never ever getting worse than 46+ over 11,000 measured miles and ocassionally returning a tank of just over 50. 585 miles on a tank impresses, especially when I can't get 12 gallons in it after that many miles. BUT, despite all that, the car has one very serious problem that would absolutely prevent me from buying another. The low front nose!!!
See my driveway in the pic below. Doesn't look too bad does it? My wife backed the Fusion straight out of the driveway and the horrible graunch it made was so loud, I heard it in the backyard of the house. I instantly knew what it was, and sure enough, the little bulbous parts of the bodywork on the right and left, were now both scarred up. Navigating the driveway must be done at the shallowest angle possible, otherwise the air deflector and the body work hits. The deflector is fine, but not the bodywork. If people park on the street, on either side of the driveway, I am screwed, as I cannot use the shallow angle, hence cannot get the car out, unless I just let it drag.
In rush hour traffic, one cannot drive slowly or carefully, while trying to squirt into an opening in traffic, such as out of a parking lot into crowded traffic. No time to ease over a driveway then, you just have to go, and again, the horrible graunch, and more shredding of the bodywork continuing each time. I went into one driveway, on a flat street!, at the shallowest angle possible, driving the wrong way into oncoming lanes (no one there), and still, the sickening graunch, even moving at a snail's pace. I am serious when I say this car, is if anything, just as bad if not WORSE than the low nose Porsche Cayman I drive.
Ford, if you are listening, fix this!!! You have lost a customer for sure if you can't make the blasted nose shorter and/or higher. I feel like I am driving over eggshells any time I have to navigate a driveway. It even drags on dips in the street if not careful. There are places I simply cannot navigate without shredding the nose no matter what I do. And I am not in some place like San Francisco. Far from it. Now, somehow or other, the lower side and side of the low nose on the right side has a scrape mark right in front of the front wheel. This looks the nose dragged as it overhung a curb while making a turn close to the curb. Good grief, get the nose up and back!
It is a commuter car, and I want to take good care of it, but Ford has built in a design that makes slow destruction of the front low bodywork all but guaranteed. Too bad. I liked the car, but I would never another one with such a disastrous front end design, never mind if the design is more aerodynamic and eeks out a tiny bit more mpg.