Little problems can be a big deal. Consider the 2013 Ford Fusion Titanium midsize family sedan.
It is a beautiful car, often likened to an Aston Martin, an automobile substantially more expensive and prestigious than anything wearing a Ford label.
In its Titanium edition, the Fusion comes with so many gadgets and so much standard equipment that it well could be mistaken for a genuine luxury car. In sum, it is one of the best midsize sedans ever made by Ford, or any of its domestic or foreign rivals.
That is why what a toll-booth operator told me along the way of a nearly 300-mile drive from New York City to Northern Virginia was so disheartening.
“Pretty car,” said the operator.
“New?” he asked.
“Yes,” I said, fighting the urge to brag about my occupation.
“Well, you’d better be careful,” the toll-booth operator said. “The Turnpike cops might pull you over,” he said, referring to the New Jersey State Police. “Your right headlamp is out.”