៛ After owning my Nissan Murano for 9 good years, I decided to get a new car. Actually, I've been thinking about it for several months.
៛ For the record, I loved the Murano. Overall it performed well. I kept it in good shape and still received a lot of good comments. People liked the contrast between the Pewter exterior with the Cabernet interior. And it was the longest that I've ever kept a car.
៛ However, the Murano didn't get good gas mileage (less than 20) and with prices hitting $4+ per gallon, I know that I needed something that would save money. Plus, being a Detroiter, I felt guilty for owning a foreign automobile. Side note: I know majority of American vehicles are built and have parts from around the globe and many 'imports' are made in the U.S. I am referring the Big Three automakers: General Motors, Ford and Chrysler.
៛ After researching for hundreds of hours and analyzing a ton of data, a decided on a Ford Fusion Hybrid. Following my plan, I went to Peoria Ford on 30 August 2012. I spoke to a salesman and took a test drive. He said the 2013 Fusion would be redesigned, including a new electric system that will achieve greater gas savings. When I told him I wouldn't be buying until March (2013), he didn't seem that interested in me. This included not introducing me to his general manager! So scratch Peoria Ford off my list.
៛ As time got closer, I used USAA's car buying service. You plug in what you want and they provide special pricing. I got quotes from 3 Phoenix-area Ford dealers, not including Peoria Ford. Immediately, I got emails and soon phone calls. I checked each dealers Fusion online inventory and they didn't have any full-loaded Hybrids.
៛ I went to the closest on the list: Rodeo Ford in Goodyear, south of my house. I spoke to Internet sales manager Robert Jelinik. Robert said Ford is starting to take orders for Hybrid Titanium, which is their premium Fusion. After thinking about it, I ordered a Black
៛ It took 60 days to arrive. It was the first
Overall, I am completely satisfied with the