The center console should extend further forward or have a slide forward capability.
It is too far back to rest your right arm while driving.
The coin tray in the center console is also not ergonomically positioned. Too far back.
I'm 6'3 and the center armrest is perfect for me. I'll have to ask my wife what she thinks. She hasn't commented about it being too far back. She's 5'9
Cup holders for me. Awkward reaching for the cup, however, because of where it is, I was able to rest my arm on it while driving so the armrest on the console was non issue. On the leg hitting the console, this was the reason I didnt go with a Cmax, it was not very comfortable after a while, but didnt bother me as much in the Fusion.
Agreed about the C-Max. The Fusion is much more comfortable for where my legs rest both against the door and the center console.
The cup holders are in a very awkward spot. If only one of us has a beverage it always goes in the right cup holder because I rest my arm across the left one. If both of us have beverages I have to move my arm and I'm constantly bumping against the drinks.
I have quite a few
- To be honest, the touch buttons blow... Every other car I've driven you could easily feel & recall where the buttons are pressed. No real chance with these tiny, touch sensitive buttons that are flush, have no outline or dimples and aren't really illuminated much
- No where to put my phone other than a cup holder...
- The door's have holes to put your hands on. In other car's I've driven there is a bottom to those hand grips, useful for storing things like lighters (I don't smoke) or change. On this car those go right through.
- I can't turn off the headlights and use the parking lamps if the car is not in park. So basically during the day all 4 light modes do the same thing except one that turns on both parking and DRL's... Neither can they be turned off, so if you're being chased good luck.
Are you referring to the touch buttons for the lights and moonroof? We think those work great in our car.
I agree about the phone. If I'm wearing a dress shirt I keep it in my pocket, but if I'm wearing jeans then I like to set it in a cup holder or on the slanty part near the power outlet below the radio/HVAC
I'm on the fence about the door handles not having a bottom. It's nice that people can't leave junk in there, but it was also a useful storage spot on other cars.
What do you mean about the headlamps? The dim bulbs that appear to be DRLs come on with the park lights always. I usually use that setting when driving during the day so that I have DRLs. If you turn the setting all the way to Off or to Auto and it's daylight out then there will be no exterior lights on.
Maybe I'm less particular than the rest of you, but everyone else's grips don't really both me. I'm only 5'8" but my arm is perfectly comfortable on the console; Since my phone is synched to the car, I keep it in either the cup holder or the console and use the bluetooth connection.
If I had to make a list of pet peeves, I guess they would be:
- For such a technically advanced car, the keyless ignition should not be an option. The jackknife key is SO 90's.
- No Daytime Running Lights?
- Passenger seat should have more than just a 2-way power option.
- Full LED taillights should be at least an option on the SE model. With the awesome looking lights on the Mustang, the Fusion should have the full taillights as well.
- Owner's manual does not give instructions on how to use numerous features on the vehicle.
But these are pretty minor - I recently went to the Auto Show in Fort Lauderdale, and there is not another car available today that I would choose over my FFH!
Agree with all of these. The Owner's Manual is huge and it still doesn't address a lot of questions. The LED tail lights like on the HyTi should come on all the hybrids to distinguish them from the gas Fusions I think. And totally agree that keyless should be the standard, not reserved for the HyTi. If the C-Max SEL has keyless then the FFH should too, at least as part of the Luxury Package.
I keep my phone in my pocket, reason being if there is a crash I dont have to worry about the phone flying off, getting damaged, and the car not able to use it to dial 911. Only time I have it out is when I have it tethered to charge, or listening to Pandora over USB. Then its in the cubby under the dash.
Good thinking RE: crashes and finding your phone
For us, it's when you turn on the seat warmers or environment controls - they come on full blast and have to be hit several times to turn down the heat or turn down the fan. We both find this extremely annoying.
Another good point. The C-Max has a slider control for heated seats rather than a push button. I only ever put the heated seat on low so I'm used to pushing it 3 times now every time I turn it on
The climate control is my biggest complaint. We should be able to turn it on (not on Auto) and have all the adjustments at the same settings as our previous drive. Having to turn the speed of the fan down several times a day is the most irritating annoyance. The passenger also should not have to reset their temperature setting each time. About six times over the past five months my seat warmer came on all by itself. Each time I didn't notice it until I started sweating.
Other peeves (mentioned before in the Changes You'd Like to See thread) are The Key, more adjustments for the passenger seat and making Ambient Lighting available on the SE trim.
I wish we had Ambient Lighting!! Grrr Ford.........
No Daytime Running Lights!
Just saw a Toyota salesman on YouTube who was giving a spiel on why a smart person would buy a Camry Hybrid instead of a FFH, and that was the very first thing he pointed out. He said that users of DLRs are 11% less likely to be involved in accidents. I suppose that's true, and when you consider all the other safety features in the Fusion, leaving out one that's very inexpensive to implement and dates back to the 80s is ludicrous, ridiculous, stupid . . . .
Hahaha that's hilarious that Toyota is pointing that out. Just goes to show how far superior our car is. I wonder if Toyota will rush out the next redesign of the TCH. I'd think if their sales drop lower than the FFH on a consistent basis they would be getting worried. I imagine that the gas Fusions will also erode the gas Camry sales.
As for my one and only pet peeve. I would say the location of the window and mirrors control on the driver door. I find that it's too slopped down and away. I'm only 5'9" but I usually have to lean forward (just a bit) to reach the driver window button. If Ford was to angle it upwards instead of downwards, then this wouldn't be much of a problem.
I often open or close the back window when trying to control a front window if I don't look because they're forward. My wife especially doesn't like this since she is shorter and has shorter arms.