Good-looking and purposeful, the redesigned 2010 Ford Fusion is an exceptional choice among midsize sedans. With a choice of four- or six-cylinder engines, in addition to front-wheel and all-wheel drive, the Fusion has something for everyone.
The powerteams are a 175-hp 2.5L four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission, or a 240-hp 3.0L V6 engine with a six-speed automatic transmission. The addition of a 263-hp 3.5L V6 engine with a six-speed automatic transmission is new for this year. The Fusion is available in four trim levels, the S, SE, SEL, and Sport.
Safety features include electronic stability and traction control, security system, six-airbags, and a tire pressure monitoring system.
For 2010, the Ford Fusion has a redesigned interior and exterior, and improved drivetrain, including the 263-hp 3.5L V6 engine found on the Sport trim.
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The 2010 Ford Fusion is a midsize sedan available in S, SE, Sport and SEL trim levels. The base S comes standard with 16-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry, full power accessories, a trip computer, cruise control, air-conditioning, 60/40-split rear seats, a tilt-telescoping steering wheel and a four-speaker stereo with a CD player and an auxiliary audio jack.
The SE adds 17-inch alloys, foglamps, dual exhaust tips, a fold-flat passenger seat, a six-way power driver seat with manual recline and lumbar, steering wheel radio controls and a six-speaker stereo with satellite radio.
The Sport tacks on a sport-tuned suspension and steering setup, 18-inch wheels, exclusive styling cues inside and out, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, an eight-way power driver seat, unique leather-trimmed seats and the Sync entertainment and communications interface.
The Fusion SEL steps up to automatic headlights, heated exterior mirrors, puddle lights, a numerical keyless entry pad, ambient lighting, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated power-adjustable front seats and leather upholstery.
Options on the base S are limited to remote engine start (automatic transmission only) and all-weather floor mats, which are available across the lineup. SE options include an auto-dimming rearview mirror, Sync and a sunroof. The Sport model can be optioned with the SEL’s standard equipment plus a blind-spot warning system, a back-up camera, a sunroof and a 12-speaker Sony sound system with a six-CD changer.
Among SEL options are 18-inch wheels and a rear deck spoiler. Optional on Sport and SEL models is a voice-activated hard-drive-based navigation system with Travel Link (includes real-time traffic and weather information). Note that adding the navigation system downgrades the CD changer to a single-disc unit if the Sony sound system is also specified. Reverse parking sensors are a stand-alone option on all models except the S.
The 2010 Ford Fusion features three different engines. The base power plant — standard on S, SE and SEL models — is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 175 hp and 172 pound-feet of torque.
This mill comes with a six-speed ford 2manual transmission by default, while a six-speed automatic is optional. A 3.0-liter V6 putting out 240 hp and 223 lb-ft of torque is optional on SE and SEL models, and it’s only available with a six-speed automatic.
The Sport model comes with a more powerful 3.5-liter V6 that generates 263 hp and 249 lb-ft of torque. Front-wheel drive is standard on four-cylinder and Sport models, while all-wheel drive is optional on the Sport and mandatory on the V6-powered SEL.
Fuel economy ratings for the four-cylinder Fusion S with the automatic transmission are an impressive 23 mpg city and 34 mpg highway and 27 mpg combined, while the Fusion Sport is rated at 18/27/21 and the all-wheel-drive V6 SEL brings up the rear at 17/24/19.
Antilock disc brakes, stability control, front-seat side airbags and side curtain airbags are standard on all Fusions.
Soft-touch materials flourish, and the overall look is simple but attractive. The center stack is a bit button-happy, but it’s a noteworthy ergonomic and aesthetic improvement.
The available Sync system works great, integrating audio and Bluetooth functionality with voice-recognition technology to provide easy hands-free operation of cell phones and portable MP3 players.
There’s plenty of room for passengers in the Fusion. A pair of adults will be content in back (especially given the new model’s rear seat headrests) and storage space is adequate.
The 16.5-cubic-foot trunk is one of the largest around, and the split-folding rear seat enables larger items to be carried inside the car.