As others have noted, this Fusion is a bit less sporty than its name implies. Still, it's more involving than the vast majority of the mid-size sedans sold in the U.S. And while the all-wheel drive does burn more fuel, it's a nice option to have in the winter, and Ford seems to be the only company other than Subaru and Suzuki to offer it in a family sedan for less than $30,000. I also appreciate the fact that it eliminates the torque steer that plagues so many of these V-6 sedans.
My biggest gripe is with the brakes. Decelerating from highway speeds, it's clear that these rotors - at less than 10,000 miles - are badly warped. It's always possible that it's a one-vehicle fluke, especially on a press car, but it nevertheless doesn't inspire confidence.
David Zenlea, Assistant Editor