This $33,170 so-called “Sport” edition of the Fusion doesn’t really work for me. The general demeanor of the Fusion does not lend itself to sportiness, no matter how you dress up the car. Yeah, the seats are pretty nice, but, really, what is the point of this particular Fusion trim level? This car is trying too hard to be something it’s never going
Joe DeMatio, Executive Editor
I wonder if we’re expecting the Fusion Sport to be a Fusion SHO. It isn’t. If you’re looking for a solid, stylish mid-size sedan, you’ve found a worthy contender. If you’re looking for something that can hang with the likes of a BMW 135i, well…perhaps you should look at a 135i.
Considering the current Fusion is midway through its life cycle, Ford has done a commendable job of making the Fusion – especially the Sport model – feel fresh. The 3.5-liter V-6 offers a fair amount of oomph for this size of car, and although you’ll either love or loathe the blue interior accents, they do break the monotony of what otherwise would be a dark cabin.
Sadly, the Fusion Sport just doesn’t feel sporty. Extra weight accompanies the big six’s extra power and the all-wheel-drive system’s extra traction, and that’s hard to counteract, no matter how stiff you make the antiroll bars or how firm you spec your coil springs. In a way, I wish Ford engineers could have grabbed a number of pieces from the now-deceased Mazdaspeed6, and slipped them under the new Fusion’s bodywork. Now that would have been something worthy of a “Sport” nameplate, even or SHO.
Evan McCausland, Web Producer
Although the Fusion Sport gets a bigger engine and a tweaked suspension, the driving experience is far from sporty, as Joe stated. The appearance upgrades included in the Sport edition look pretty good, but those that are under the skin don’t do much to make the Fusion a sport sedan.
The blue seat inserts and metallic trim pieces on the dash are not my cup of tea. Black accents are also an option and that’s the one that I’d choose if I were outfitting a Fusion Sport. The Sony-designed user interface is the best feature in this vehicle and one of the best I’ve come across. It looks great, is really easy to use, and allows the user to view the nav map, radio tuner, and HVAC options simultaneously. It manages to neatly display all the most often used features from each of those systems on the main screen without appearing overcrowded.
Jennifer Misaros, Production Editor
Every time I drive a Fusion, I walk away rather impressed. This Sport model is as engaging to drive as any V-6, mid-size sedan and looks nice to boot. Although others in the office disagree, I personally like the mélange of textures inside, including the blue trim, which is in fact special soft-touch paint (I hear that it isn’t as durable as Ford had hoped, however).
If you’re really in the market for a fun-to-drive Fusion, though, save some cash and get the four-cylinder, six-speed-manual model. I briefly took one around a track at Ford’s proving grounds and found it quite fun.
Now, when do we get the Ecoboost-powered Fusion SHO?
David Zenlea, Assistant Editor
I really like the 2010 Fusion’s updated exterior styling. Even more welcome are the significant updates that have been applied to the cabin, with lots of soft-touch materials and a new navigation system being my favorites. The soft-touch materials even extend to the Sport package’s blue trim framing the center stack. Otherwise, the Sport trim level adds another 23 hp, with the 3.5-liter V-6 substituting for the 3.0-liter, but it wasn’t very noticeable in this 3800-pound, all-wheel-drive example. The Sport option does add nice-looking eighteen-inch wheels and a spoiler, both of which help set it apart from grandma’s Fusion. The suspension tweaks aren’t huge, but the Fusion Sport is still sporty enough to be entertaining but smooth enough to be comfortable for the long haul.
As mid-size cars go, the Fusion is one of my favorites, and I’m happy that Ford now gives buyers the option of a bigger engine. However, I can’t argue with my colleagues who say, “Bring on the EcoBoost-powered Fusion SHO!”
Rusty Blackwell, Copy Editor
2010 Ford Fusion Sport AWD
Base price (with destination): $28,400
Price as tested: $33,170
Rapid Spec 402A $4030
-electronics package, rearview camera, heated seats, power sunroof, moon & tune value package.
Navigation system, voice activated $1775
17 / 24 / 19 mpg
Size: 3.5L V-6
Horsepower: 263 hp @ 6250 rpm
Torque: 249 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm
Weight: 3591 lb
18-inch aluminum wheels