2006-11 Ford Fusion Ford needed something to get buyers' minds off its beloved Taurus and its less-loved Contour. The Fusion, released in 2006, took a little while to make that happen. The early models lacked simple items such as ABS and tire pressure monitors and was outsold by the Taurus for its first year of existence. While the Fusion Hybrid is still knocked for not quite living up to its mileage sticker, the original recipe Fusion has become every bit as popular as Ford hoped. A facelift in 2010 gave the car a sportier look, more efficient engines and tech toys, including the Sync communication and entertainment system. It's still about as middle-of-the-road as the rest of the midsize market, but that's kind of the point.