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