The Fusion is a car I don't hesitate to recommend, but this Sport AWD V-6 is probably the version I'd least likely tell someone to get. The all-wheel drive exacts a considerable fuel economy penalty. I'm not into the red and black two-tone seats or the red trim on the dashboard (and speaking of the dashboard, the little coin drawer was shockingly cheap and nasty in an otherwise pretty well done interior). I do appreciate the steering heft, but as Eric noted, too much variation between high and low boost is off putting. Overall, the Fusion is highly competent, but it's just not involving enough to pull off the Sport thing.
Joe Lorio, Senior Editor