After parusing around here for a damn long time, I might have jumped the gun entirely on this one.
I've met some cool people, some not so cool people, and overall had a great time on this forum. It's a great forum and I'm glad to have been accepted here, Tacoma or not.
Down to business, I have had an urge to drive a 2010 Fusion Sport since I first saw one on a dealer lot sometime during the beginning of the year and a couple days ago I had the opportunity to drive one and I have to say, that car is absolutely amazing in every single way. If you can't see how well its been built then you probably just hate Ford as a whole but that's your own view.
I also got the chance to work numbers on both vehicles and where Toyota doesn't move their price for shit, Ford gives A LOT of leeway and I can actually factory order a 2010 Fusion Sport with Nav, AWD, and a unique color choice that you'll probably never see again for about $2,500 more than a brand new Taco with 100+ miles which turns out is well under invoice for the Ford.
2009 Tacoma TRD Sport DC SB: $26,922 and wouldn't move any lower in an hour. (sticker was $28,053)
2010 factory ordered Ford Fusion Sport w/ Nav and AWD (option package 402A): $29,410 (invoice is $30,522, sticker is $33,525)
As you can see the deal on the Ford is much better but that doesn't substitute the fact that it's just more expensive and a totally different vehicle but I have faith in both cars, Toyota does not have faith in their buyers, therefore their price didn't move any lower where Ford is selling me a car for less than what it cost for them to build it.
So I gave it a lot of thought and am leaning towards Ford for technology and because that car was so much fun to drive. Toyota stays in my mind and I weigh the odds every now and then but I think Ford will come out ahead in the end.
So we'll see what happens within the week and I'll keep it updated, hate on me or love me, doesn't matter. In the end it's my money and my decision.
Toyota is under my skin but Ford is in my blood, and this forum is close to my heart so I'll be around.