When the 2013 Ford Fusion debuted at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, MI, it was immediately clear that Ford had a hit on their hands. Following in the footsteps of 2012’s Ford Focus, the new Fusion was thoroughly redesigned with more features,power, and most importantly, refinement. For that reason, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to drive and enjoy a 2014 Ford Fusion Titanium for a weekend courtesy of Morrie’s Minnetonka Ford.
This new standard of quality is immediately obvious as soon as you sit down in the driver’s seat. The soft yet supportive leather-trimmed seat happily greets you with its warm embrace thanks to the much appreciated heated seats. The door closes with a reassuring *thunk* that makes the structure feel solid and well crafted. Gripping the supple, leather-wrapped steering wheel and looking ahead to the instrument cluster which features dual 4.2-inch screens flanking a central tachometer give the impression that this car wants to be driven.
Ford no longer offers a V6 option in the Fusion. Instead, there are five different 4-cylinder options ranging from a 2.5L making175 HP all the way up to a 2.0L EcoBoost engine producing 240 HP that comes as standard with the Titanium trim level. For those wanting the best possible fuel economy, there is also a 2.0L 4-cylinder that is paired with an electric motor as either a hybrid or plug-in hybrid vehicle. Although the Fusion Titanium Hybrid can return a claimed 47 MPG, I was more than happy with the 27 MPG I saw while driving the 2.0L EcoBoostequipped Titanium, especially considering the optional all-wheel drive I had to help get me through the snow and ice. The 2.0LEcoBoost is perfect for those who want a balance of power and fuel economy and I have no doubt that in better weather, I’d have no problem achieving the factory claimed 33 MPG on the highway.
Where the new Fusion really shines though is with the technology and safety features that are available. While the Fusion Titanium I drove was just about as fully loaded as you can get, it did offer a lot of bang for your buck too. Inside, it came equipped with a SYNC with MyFord Touch infotainment system that featured an excellent navigation system with 3D buildings and landmarks on the 8-inch touchscreen. With the Titanium, you also get things like heated seats, keyless entry and start, a Sony premium audio system and more. Overall, the Fusion can be equipped with nearly any feature you could imagine but if I had one gripe, it’d be with Ford’s decision to get rid of traditional knobs and buttons and replace them with a capacitive touch panel. I personally think the big, plastic panel looks really clean, but the problem with capacitive touch panels is that they’re hard to use in the winter unless you have specially designed gloves. It became a bit of a hassle to take my gloves off every time I wanted to adjust the temperature or change radio stations. On the flip side, SYNC is one of the few systems that allow the driver to change all of those things using voice commands so maybe I’m just being a bit nit-picky.
All in all though, I thoroughly enjoyed my weekend with the 2014 Ford Fusion Titanium. It’s quiet, comfortable, and fast which all contributes to a certain sense of confidence for the driver. During my time with the Fusion, it performed flawlessly when driving a bunch of friends to dinner or during countless errands where I really had the ability to test out just how big the trunk was. In every situation, the Fusion exceeded my expectations as a car. While the $37,475 price tag of the fully-loaded Fusion Titanium I tested may seem like a lot for a car that has a base price of just $21,970, and even though the Fusion I tested is more expensive than most of its competition, the features it offers at that price still makes it a bargain. This point is most obviously made clear when looking at the safety features offered in the Fusion. For example, the Driver Assist Package that came equipped on the particular Fusion included the Blind Spot Information System with cross-traffic alert that uses sensors in the rear quarter panels to warn you if someone is in your blind spot or driving by as you’re backing out of a parking space. It also includes lane-departure warning with a lane-keep assist feature that will gently guide you back into your lane if you start to drift out of it. The driver monitoring system will also watch your driving patterns and alert you to pull over and grab a coffee or get some rest if it senses that you’re not paying as much attention to the road as you should for an extended period of time. Of course, you also get automatic high beams and rain sensing wipers as part of the package as well.
This package, when combined with the Adaptive Cruise Control and Active Park Assist systems, means that the Fusion is closer than nearly any other car on the road today to bridging the gap towards being an autonomous car. So while the Fusion may not be the autonomous car of the future today, the features it does have all contribute to making it feel more comfortable and stable on the roads of today. And it’s that reason that the Fusion, with its combination of high-tech features, elegant styling, and refined comfort, has become one of Ford’s major runaway success stories.
Guest blog post written by: Alex Bellus – a well-known automotive photographer in the Twin Cities area and a frequent attendee of MN C&C at the Automotorplex. He is an Automotive Analyst for IHS Automotive and has a wide range of automotive knowledge. Keep your eye out for his next Blog Post where he will highlight another popular new vehicle!
Have you ever gotten a bowl out of the cupboard, set it on the counter and wondered what you should fill it with? Maybe cereal, soup, or a delicious salad? For many folks locally and across our great country, it is a reality that they don’t have the option to fill that bowl with anything. Feed my People Food Bank has been servicing Central Wisconsin communities since 1982. They provide assistance to Hunger-Relief Programs, Weekend Kids’ Meals Programs, and Senior Hunger Programs.
Hyundai’s Intrado concept car was built to reveal the company’s capabilities and show visions of mobility as it prepared for future growth. Hyundai suggests that the Intrado envisions how cars can enlighten and enrich lives.
I can’t tell you what the previous statement really means, however I can say that Intrado is powered by a next-generation hydrogen fuel-cell powertrain that utilises a lithium ion battery that can be refueled in just a few minutes. With a range of more than 600 kilometres and emitting only water, Intrado does foreshadow what efficiency might look on future Hyundai models. In addition to increased range, Intrado promises more responsive and agile driving dynamics, thanks to the reduced weight and greater efficiency of its powertrain.
Intrados aerodynamic body-panels are backed up by a carbon fiber intensive frame built with an emphasis on lightness. This emphasis on lightweight strength will certainly be seen on future models, including new features like the super lightweight body panels created at Hyundai’s steel facility.
It was only a matter of time before the Ford Focus got the Aston Martin-esque front end treatment. The sharp looking grill debuted on the new Fusion last year and has moved up along the ranks, most recently revealed on the 2015 Mustang.
Aside from the noticeable changes upfront, the new Focus also gets re-shaped headlights more akin to those on the Focus ST. It also gets interior updates including version 2.0 of Ford’s Sync system, which promises to be more intuitive and pack more useable feature.
Ford also claims that the new Focus will offer a more comfortable and quiet ride. Obviously suspension and chassis improvements will make this happen, but Ford was rather ambiguous when it comes to details. We’re sure we’ll learn more as the year progresses.
Subaru first introduced us to the VIZIV concept last year in Geneva and it returned again this year in more production ready trim as the VIZIV 2. If you’re like me you’re wondering what VIZIV stands for —- Subaru says it stands for “Vision of Innovation.”
The concept represents what Subaru’s future hybrid crossover might look like. In typical Subaru tradition the VIZIV 2 a 1.6 liter turbocharged boxer four cylinder and in the spirit of efficiency it is coupled to a plug-in three motor hybrid system. Of course it wouldn’t be a Subaru (BRZ excluded) if it didn’t have symmetrical all wheel drive.
Since it last bowed it has sprouted two additional doors, certainly a nod to consumer demanded utility, and more production ready headlights. Front end styling aligns with that of the recently debuted 2015 Subaru Legacy.
The word on the auto show circuit is that the VIZIV 2 will replace the previous Tribeca crossover. It is unknown when or if this crossover concept will make it to production. If you like what you see and want to get updates, reach out to Morrie’s Brooklyn Park or Minnetonka Subaru.
When the Nissan Juke first debuted just over three years ago we were intrigued. Frankly, the car created a niche that we hadn’t seen before and we welcomed its arrival. Just this week in Geneva Nissan revealed a face lifted Juke.
The new Juke maintains the general looks and shape of its predecessor, yet adopts more recent Nissan design cues. The car adopts the new corporate Nissan grille as well as headlights inspired by those on the 370z. LEDs have also been integrated into the mirrors and rear taillights.
The Juke is a relatively small crossover and therefore doesn’t need a lot of engine to get moving. With the new Juke Nissan actually decreased the engine size, opting for a 1.2 liter DIG-T turbo engine currently found in Nissans overseas. Despite the size reduction, the turbo brings power to 115hp, essentially the equivalent of the outgoing model. While horsepower remains the same, the engine brings a healthy dose of torque not available in the outgoing naturally aspirated model. As before, the Juke will be available with a manual or automatic transmission that send power to both axles.
Look for the refreshed Juke at Morrie’s Brooklyn Park Nissan this summer.
Introducing the All-New Hazumi Concept!
The vehicle has been completely redesigned with and updated interior and exterior. Narrow taillights wrap around the rear of the vehicle while a new front grille gives this hot hatch added character.
The interior is not what you would expect. A mix of Mazda’s signature Soul Red and an almond hue make up most of the interior coloring, a clear change from the company’s signature dark interior, which we have seen on display for most unveilings.
Hazumi is the Japanese word for “bound” or to “spring up” which conveys the idea of a small but vigorous animal, bursting with energy. With a SKYACTIV-D 1.5 L engine and a six-speed transmission, this vehicle is definitely a match for any vigorous animal bursting with energy.
Stay tuned to our Facebook page and make sure to check our blog often for more information on when this concept will head into production! We look forward to seeing the Hazumi evolve into the Mazda2 hatch and can’t wait for its arrival on our show floor at Morrie’s Minnetonka Mazda and Morrie’s Chippewa Valley Mazda!
With the start of the New Year, we decided it was a great time to give back to the communities we live and do work in. What better way to raise money than by including our fans on social media to help? This is how we created the idea for our Morrie’s Gives Back Like Drive!
Here’s how it worked, we have $10,000 in donations and two great local organizations, The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Minnesota and Perspectives. Using Facebook as our voting platform, we asked our fans to vote once per day for their favorite charity for 30 days. Each vote from fans raised $1!
We are excited to announce that with your help, we were able to raise a total of $4,137 for Perspectives and $5,863 for Make-A-Wish MN!
Thank you to everyone who participated in our like drive and voted daily. We couldn’t have done it without you! Check out our video below to hear about how these great organizations will use the funds raised to help individuals in the community.
Over the past couple of months we have been doing quite a bit of remodeling and construction down here at Morrie’s 394 Hyundai. The work being done has been mostly focused on improving our customer experience through our service department. Ultimately we want to make your stop a speedier and more positive stopover each and every time you’re here. We have just about finished a completely redesigned car wash which is much more efficient than the previous one we had installed.
As a customer you will now have the option to purchase a “speedy pass” which will allow you, without even getting out of your car, to run through the wash during our business hours. You can always stop inside and have one of our car wash agents run the car through for you as well. We decided to go with 5 dryers (that’s 50 HP of dryers!) instead of the usual 3 commonly used on a car wash which is really making sure you’ll leave with a dry and happy car.
We also have installed new service garage doors which really add a much warmer feel to the service department as a whole inside and out. Above and beyond that a window was installed to easily see where to head once you pull into the garage. Now you can see the service writers waiting to help you just inside the door. They are waiting at their newly designed desks which allows room for our express lane for added ease when you arrive for your next express service visit.
All these things coincide together to make your service visit to Morrie’s 394 Hyundai a smooth and enjoyable experience. Remember you can always book your next service appointment online at Morrie’s394Hyundai.com under our service tab. If you have a Bluelink equipped vehicle you can follow the voice activated system in your vehicle to schedule your next service visit. Stop by and check out Morrie’s 394 Hyundai new and exciting look for yourself today!
The Twin Cities Auto show is right around the corner and we are excited to announce that we are once again giving away free tickets!
This years show will feature the latest models from all of the brands offered here at Morrie’s! The show kicks off on March 8th and runs through March 16th at the Downtown Minneapolis Convention Center. Exhibits include over 39 new models with an estimated $15 million worth of vehicles on display.
Now about those free tickets…obtaining them is easy! All you have to do is head over to Morrie’s Minneapolis Autoshow, fill out the form and pick out the tickets from the Morrie’s location closest to you!
We are excited for the 40th annual Twin Cities Auto Show and look forward to seeing you all there!