Like Eric Tingwall, the first thing I noticed on entering the Fusion was the gaudy, two-tone, red and black leather interior upholstery. Who thought that looked good? Perhaps if, instead of red, the contrasting color was a light gray or perhaps some shade of beige it wouldn't have been so distracting. On the other hand, the material itself felt nice, and the chairs provide a nice seating position for the Fusion Sport's driver.
Once under way, it's clear that Ford has done some work in the NVH department, as road and wind noise is nicely suppressed, which makes it even easier to enjoy the optional sound system in this test car. This Sport model is equipped with the more powerful of the two available V-6 engines in the Fusion lineup. With 263 hp on tap, it provides more than enough power to propel this mid-size sedan down the road. Fuel economy is disappointing, however, as this car is only rated at 17/24 city/hwy mpg. The added weight of the four-wheel-drive system surely doesn't help the fuel-economy numbers, but 4WD is a nice option for drivers who live in areas where bad weather can difficult road conditions aren't uncommon.
Amy Skogstrom, Managing Editor