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