Re: Ford Fusion 3.0L, RPM too high?
The cruising RPM sounds right. The AWD does have a shorter final drive so RPM will be higher than in a FWD car with the V6 and same transmission. In my '99 Taurus I rarely accelerate past 3000rpm as it has enough torque to move forward, even with four fat-arses in the vehicle.
If it has low miles on it, I'd give it some time yet before running to the dealer. With the 6 speed, it's geared more toward fuel economy these days. If you can shift manually, try doing that to see if it allows lower rpm shifts without downshifting automatically for you. If 'automatic' mode still allows for high rpm shifts after a week of driving then I'd take it back. Also keep track of your mileage, as you can further tell the dealer that something isn't right.
'00 Durango R/T 360ci 290hp (modded); 138,500m
'06 Pontiac G6 GT 3.5L 220hp; 44,000m
'12 Chrysler 200 Limited 3.6L 283hp; 13,000m
'99 Taurus 3.0L 2V Vulcan 145hp; 154,300m - Traded
Amsoil in all vehicles!