This is my first car, a 2012 Fusion SE. When it came into my possession last year, it had 237k miles on it. It now has 238,880. Talk about being driven.
This ten-year old sedan has little issues for all its use, and for it being a Ford. It's the simple sedan that's basically comfortable to drive.
The gas mileage is great. It's gas-only and I get around 26-29mpg depending on how it's driven. With the price of gas going up, this beats a minivan or Mustang.
Everything seems to be in functional condition save for the A/C compressor, which is apparently a common issue in the 2012 model with A/C problems in general (Freon, etc). Mine "decides" whether it wants to blow hot or cold air, and no matter when the A/C is turned on, it makes sound similar to tight belts. A new one should be coming by FedEx soon and all I have to worry about is a mechanic who can install it without ripping me off.
The 5-seater is modest in space compared to a Suburban, but unless you are carrying enough passengers to be in the bus lane it's not a problem. You won't be able to fit anything much larger than a coffee table in the back, but what do you expect for a sedan?
I'm slightly short and driving is generally comfortable for me. There are definitely blind spots, like when I am making a left-hand turn. These blind spots seem to affect taller drivers more.
It's a no bell-and-whistles variety. There are no fancy backup cameras or lane sensors or heated seats. Although it does have an excellent Bluetooth system and sound quality. Whoever designed the sound system for this car did great work.
Mine in particular does unfortunately have some amount of noise, for example when I accelerate it may "buck" and I unintentionally rev it sometimes. This may just be due to the age of my vehicle, which has had no major engine replacement. For this reason, mine in particular is not legendary at accelerating. But I think it may be an age or even just an engineering thing, like how the Honda Civic is more supple than the established but slower Honda Accord- the Fusion is just on the "Accord" side.
Yes, it's nothing fancy, but a good car for a new driver, city driver, or anyone who likes a practical sedan. I've always been skeptical of Ford, but I've had good luck with this model in general. I don't expect it to last another ten years and predict the engine will die at some point in the next couple years. But for what it is, it's worth it. I'd compare it in terms of hardiness, gas mileage, size and general vibe to a Honda Accord without the nobleness.