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2010 Ford Fusion Sport AWD Review

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Ford was pretty quick to revamp the Fusion, its mid-size sedan. The update allowed Dearborn to position itself much better against the competition, and of course the consumer is the real winner here.

The Ford Fusion is a mix of American and European styling is a success.

For 2010, Ford decided to keep the profile of the first version, but the package is now decidedly more dynamic. The three wide, chrome slats give it an American feel, while the trapezoid on the lower bumper originates from the European department. The tail lights have been refreshed, but personally I think the old ones would have looked better on the current version. The Fusion should age fairly well in terms of style.

The interior is where the big changes were made, though. Completely redesigned and featuring better quality materials, it looks much better. However, the all-black colour scheme can be a little intimidating. The touch of red on the quality leather seating matches some of the colours of the ambient lighting come nightfall, lightening the mood somewhat.

Although the plastics are improved, some of them aren’t on par with the overall quality of the car. The steering wheel, at least in the Sport version, would look sharper if it dropped a spoke. The cabin isn’t as sporty as it could be, and this could easily have been remedied with a snappier steering wheel.

My tester was generously equipped, benefiting from leather upholstery, an enormous navigation screen, muted ambient lighting, the always-efficient SYNC system and all the usual features. But the driving position remains true to American tradition. Ditto comfort. It’s a far cry from the big Town Cars, but a little extra stiffness and support is always appreciated.

Well-chosen engine
Ford endowed the Sport version with its 3.5-litre, 263-hp V6 mill. While not fiendishly powerful, it’s well-suited to family-oriented, mid-size sedans. Acceleration is honest, and the engine does a good job in normal conditions. It’s the type of mill that you can’t find fault with. It proves just potent enough and produces enough torque (249 ft-lb) – yep, definitely a good engine.

The touch of red on the quality leather seating matches some of the colours of the ambient lighting come nightfall.