The 2010 Ford Fusion is a new mid-size four-door sedan that earns mostly five-star ratings from the federal government the insurance-affiliated corporations. What makes it best is a top-drawer blend of an already very good midsize sedan with the industry’s smoothest, best-integrated aftermarket car acessories. While this latest 2010 Fusion isn’t totally new, it is vastly updated inside, outside, and under the skin, the new Fusion Sport model marks the first Fusion application in that segment.
“Take your pick: Whether you want a gas-powered or hybrid mid-sized sedan, the new Fusion offers the best fuel economy in America. We promised to offer best-in-class or among the very best fuel economy with every new vehicle we introduce, and we are making good on that pledge with hybrids, new high-tech gasoline engines, new six-speed transmissions and other fuel efficient technologies.” said Barb Samardzich, Ford’s vice president of Powertrain Engineering.
The result is a dramatically improved and refined mid-size sedan that comprises a full range of models, including a base gasoline four-cylinder model, a mid-level V-6, an exceptional hybrid, and a gutsy Sport model with a big-bore V-6.
The 2010 Fusion’s new styling looks sharp, especially the aggressive front end that puts a new face on Ford’s three-bar grille. The changes at the rear are subtler and, along with updating the look, improve visibility because the third brake light is now mounted at the top of the trunk lid. The design requires a new hood and front fenders, and the result is as sculptural as it is contemporary. The 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid model will appeal to those who don’t want to flaunt their sensibilities; only the Hybrid badges give you obvious visual confirmation that you’re looking at the most efficient mid-size sedan on the road.
In terms of equipment, the 2010 Ford Fusion accessories count numerous options even in its base “S” configuration. Standard Fusion parts include air conditioning with cabin filtration, a tilt/telescopic steering wheel, a CD audio system that is MP3 compatible, power windows and split-folding rear seats. As a result of all interior changes we can distinguish a comfortable driving environment with improved visibility, good seating position, and much less noise. The Ford Fusion’s backseat still feels a bit more cramped than some other mid-size sedans, though, and the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid model lacks split-folding rear seats, which are sacrificed to accommodate the battery pack.
Talking about safety, the 2010 Ford Fusion offers what has become the standard quiver of accessories: traction control, ABS, electronic stability control, remote keyless entry, tire-pressure monitoring system, and six airbags. Extra safety-directed arrows include the Blind Spot Information System, rearview-sensing system with camera, and 911 Assist for vehicles with SYNC—all options on most models.
On the road, the Fusion looks entirely dressier and far more noticeable to the casual observer (and likely, the cops), as this update represents more than a refresh and is closer to a redesign. The redo starts with a newly styled fascia and hood that incorporate some of the cues of Ford’s European lineup. Ultimate acceleration is on the lazy side of adequate, but the midrange punch is quite satisfying. Ford claims a 0–60 time of 9.5 seconds, but that was the pokey time we recorded in a 2.3-liter car with a five-speed automatic. Additionally, a 2.3-liter Fusion with a five-speed manual was clocked at 8.1 seconds to 60, so we expect the 2010 model to handily outpace Ford’s estimates.
Clearly, Ford is going in the right direction with its all new Ford Fusion. With the most fuel efficient models in the midsize car segment, Ford is once again showing leadership by raising the fuel efficiency bar.