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Old 04-12-2013, 08:20 PM   #1
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Focus ST or Fusion SE 1.6 Ecoboost 6-spd M/T? Which would you pick?

The last time I went up to Portsmouth Ford for maintenance,they had 4 Focus STs in their inventory and about 45 Fusions. The one "special" Fusion they had in their inventory was equipped with the 1.6 liter EcoBoost and 6-spd manual tranny combo. All the vehicles were comparably priced(originally around $28K but there are discounts)and I'm tempted to trade in the Focus coupe for one or the other. Which you pick if you had the money?


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ST for sure. or wait to the fiesta ST
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Old 04-12-2013, 08:28 PM   #3
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The last time I went up to Portsmouth Ford for maintenance,they had 4 Focus STs in their inventory and about 45 Fusions. The one "special" Fusion they had in their inventory was equipped with the 1.6 liter EcoBoost and 6-spd manual tranny combo. All the vehicles were comparably priced(originally around $28K but there are discounts)and I'm tempted to trade in the Focus coupe for one or the other. Which you pick if you had the money?
Focus ST, it will be faster. The Fusion would be nice, but either someone backed out of the order for some reason or the dealer created a fake sales order to get one.

The Focus is built in Michigan, and the Fusion for the most part is still built in Mexico. I'm not aware of them building even a nominal amount of cars at Flat Rock yet.
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Old 04-12-2013, 09:54 PM   #4
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The Fusion would be nice, but either someone backed out of the order for some reason or the dealer created a fake sales order to get one.

The Focus is built in Michigan, and the Fusion for the most part is still built in Mexico. I'm not aware of them building even a nominal amount of cars at Flat Rock yet.
The Fusion I mentioned was regular dealer inventory. No one backed out of it.
Portsmouth Ford is known for keeping a decent amount of M/T vehicles in its inventory
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A manual Fusion would be fun and I would certainly like one, but to have to choose between the two I would probably find myself going towards a Focus ST - especially if a Tangerine Scream unit is available.
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My take is you have to decide whether you want a fast superb handling car that gets decent economy (ST) or larger more comfortable car with barely adequate performance and no better economy (Fusion) than the ST.
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I'd pick the ST, just like that. Wouldn't even think about it, haha.
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Focus ST w/o question.... Fusion isn't much of a midsize sedan anymore. i was checking out the weight of its counterpart (MKZ) w/ AWD and the 3.7L V6... well over 4200+lbs. now if you said the 2010-2012 2.5L w/ a turbo and 6 speed manual or Sport w/ the 3.5L (regardless of FWD/AWD for me) then THAT could be a difficult decision...
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The Fusion I mentioned was regular dealer inventory. No one backed out of it.
Portsmouth Ford is known for keeping a decent amount of M/T vehicles in its inventory
When did ford change the order bank? Last we were told was that Ford would not produce a single manual 1.6 L Fusion unless there was an actual customer assigned to the order (i.e. a retail sold order) and not just a dealer stock order.

In any case I still would take the Focus as its a better car to drive. Faster, more agile, etc.

The manual Fusion is intriguing, but the 1.6 isn't quite up to the task of swaying the choice away from the ST.
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