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Old 04-11-2014, 12:39 AM   #1
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2015 AWD Debate.

My next car will absolutely have to be all wheel drive. The experiences with my 2012 these past couple winters have been horrible. First two winters on the stock 17" Continentals, this winter was worse with 18" uhp all season Bridgestones.

So when I get to thinking, Ford has no AWD cars I'm interested in currently. Fusion possibly but you have to go Titanium trim to opt for that. That gets $$$ expensive.

Option #1: 2014 Fusion Titanium 2.0 Ecoboost AWD
MSRP: $32,600
Power: 240/270 MPG: 22/31
Options include reverse sensors, 18" rims, push button start, heated leather, 390 watt Sony radio, rear view camera, auto climate control, 6 speed automatic transmission.

Option #2: 2015 Subaru WRX Premium
MSRP: $30,490
Power: 268/258 MPG: 19/25
Options: sunroof, 18" wheels, cloth, foglights, lineartronic auto (cvt), heated seats, rear view camera.

Option #3: 2015 Audi A3 Premium 2.0 Quattro
MSRP: $32,420
Power: 220/258 MPG: 24/33
Options: heated leather seats, led DRLs, led tail lamps, HID headlights, heated mirrors, rear view camera, 18" wheels, sun roof, 6 speed DCT automatic, optional 705 watt stereo adds another $600.

So that's what it compares to. Fusion is loaded, I get the A plan on it, the Subaru is powerful but lacks in all areas of interior features, and the Audi is very nicely equipped, I would consider it loaded just like the Fusion except I don't get a discount on it.

Not buying anting right now but thought I wanted to share to hear others opinions.


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Old 04-11-2014, 12:47 AM   #2
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Get good tires for your Focus and all will be well.

The Contitrac tires that came on our cars are great on dry and wet pavement with an AA traction rating, but in my experience suck in snow.

I have had 2 FWD vehicles that became tanks once I put Cooper CS4 tires on them. I will be looking to get these for my Focus so that I can get traction during the winter. I live just outside of Cleveland, Ohio and we had a heck of a winter this year, so I know what you are talking about.

Tires are cheaper than buying an AWD car.

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My next car will absolutely have to be all wheel drive. The experiences with my 2012 these past couple winters have been horrible. First two winters on the stock 17" Continentals, this winter was worse with 18" uhp all season Bridgestones.

So when I get to thinking, Ford has no AWD cars I'm interested in currently. Fusion possibly but you have to go Titanium trim to opt for that. That gets $$$ expensive.

Option #1: 2014 Fusion Titanium 2.0 Ecoboost AWD
MSRP: $32,600
Power: 240/270 MPG: 22/31
Options include reverse sensors, 18" rims, push button start, heated leather, 390 watt Sony radio, rear view camera, auto climate control, 6 speed automatic transmission.

Option #2: 2015 Subaru WRX Premium
MSRP: $30,490
Power: 268/258 MPG: 19/25
Options: sunroof, 18" wheels, cloth, foglights, lineartronic auto (cvt), heated seats, rear view camera.

Option #3: 2015 Audi A3 Premium 2.0 Quattro
MSRP: $32,420
Power: 220/258 MPG: 24/33
Options: heated leather seats, led DRLs, led tail lamps, HID headlights, heated mirrors, rear view camera, 18" wheels, sun roof, 6 speed DCT automatic, optional 705 watt stereo adds another $600.

So that's what it compares to. Fusion is loaded, I get the A plan on it, the Subaru is powerful but lacks in all areas of interior features, and the Audi is very nicely equipped, I would consider it loaded just like the Fusion except I don't get a discount on it.

Not buying anting right now but thought I wanted to share to hear others opinions.
The Fusion is available with AWD on the SE model as well which stickers from just $27,540 including destination but not tax and tags, not 32,600 like a Ti.

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Old 04-11-2014, 05:37 AM   #4
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$32K for better usage for 4 months.
Seems logical.
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You haven't looked into the 2015 WRX too well. The interior is much better than previous models. I'm actually looking into one to trading my Mazda 6 in on. After I bought my 97 impreza about 4 months ago, I'll never go another winter without AWD again.
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I didn't see that. I'll try to configure another Fusion. But at SE level this time.

And an AWD car doesn't have to be used only I'm the winter. They are just as fun in the summer.

I've watched some reviews on the wrx online and am still not quite impressed by its interior. Maybe I'd have to see it in person. That and their choice of automatics.... Hate cvts. Yes I could drive a manual but that'd be the only car with that option out of the three and I prefer auto.
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So after trying to configure an SE again this is what shows up.



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this winter was worse with 18" uhp all season Bridgestones.
There's your problem, all season tires are garbage for winter driving. When you use winter tires you will see difference immediately.
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The Fusion is available with AWD on the SE model as well which stickers from just $27,540 including destination but not tax and tags, not 32,600 like a Ti.
Check your glasses, the SE is only available in FWD.

Personally, I don't think the snow traction benefits of AWD are worth the weight and fuel economy disadvantages.

Get a dedicated set of winter tires, REAL winter tires, for your Focus and you will see a vast improvement. That is a MUCH cheaper option than buying a very expensive car that isn't necessarily "better" than a Focus.
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Check out the new 200 arriving at dealers soon. Not sure how low a trim level AWD comes on but it could be far cheaper than an AWD Fusion. And supposedly it has a full disengage feature, same as the Jeep Cherokee, for no loss of fuel economy when AWD is not needed. And it comes with the excellent Pentastar V6.
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