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2010 Ford Fusion

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2010 Ford Fusion Review

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Now in its fifth year as Ford's point player in the ultra-competitive mid-size sedan segment, the Fusion receives a major makeover for 2010 that raises its profile and competitive status against primary rivals like the Chevrolet Malibu, Honda Accord, Nissan Altima and Toyota Camry. Although much of the basic platform engineering on this front-drive/all-wheel drive four-door carries over, both its exterior and interior have been redone, imparting a more youthful and contemporary flavor that also brings additional measures of quality and style to the mix. Reinforcing that comprehensive upgrading are suspension refinements and more fuel-efficient powertrains. The final piece in the 2010 mix is a new Fusion Hybrid variant (reviewed separately) that complements the conventional lineup, which now includes S, SE, SEL and a new high-performance Sport model.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you need the practicality of a well-appointed, well-engineered and crisp-handling family-sized four-door that also offers a choice of fuel-efficient four-or six-cylinder engines and available all-wheel drive, the 2010 Ford Fusion merits serious consideration for a spot in your garage.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Even this new-and-improved Fusion may not be enough to convince hard-core Accord and Camry owners that it's time to head down to their local Ford dealers. Those who prioritize interior space would likely prefer the Chevy Malibu or the latest-generation Accord, which has grown sufficiently to now qualify as an EPA "large car."

What's New for 2010

A thorough revamp imparts new character to Ford's mid-size Fusion Sedan with cleaner styling, greater refinement, improved vehicle dynamics and upgraded powertrain combinations that boost both performance and fuel economy. An enthusiast-oriented 263-horsepower Sport variant also joins the lineup.

Driving the Fusion

Driving Impressions With more power and torque plus new six-speed transmissions, even four-cylinder 2010 Ford Fusion models have plenty in hand to cope with all normal city/highway traffic demands. Those willing to...

forego a bit of fuel economy will find the Fusion even more appealing when equipped with the 3.0-liter V6, while the 3.5-liter makes the Sport variant downright quick. Buyers can opt for front- or all-wheel drive with either engine. All but the Sport now use Ford's Electric Power Assist Steering (EPAS) that improves feedback and helps boost fuel economy. This new EPAS hardware also cuts nearly a foot out of the Fusion's turning circle to ease maneuvering in tight confines. Numerous refinements and geometry tweaks to the otherwise carryover suspension impart a more precise feel with better roll control across the lineup. To complement those dynamic improvements, the design team worked diligently – and quite effectively – to decrease ambient noise levels in the Fusion's revamped cabin.

Impressive Powertrain Combinations
Revised engines and new transmissions make all conventional Fusion models more engaging to drive. Both the four-cylinder and V6 engines offer outstanding comparative mpg and drink regular unleaded (and/or E85 in the case of the 3.0-liter). The new six-speed automatic even gains a manual-style SelectShift gate when paired with either V6 engine.

SYNC Voice-Activated Communications
Standard in the Fusion SEL/Sport and available in S/SE models, the SYNC package is arguably the most useful and user-friendly multi-purpose input/output system on the market today. For 2010, it's been upgraded to include a new 911 Assist capability, Vehicle Health Report diagnostics, and can integrate with the optional on-board navigation system.

2010 Ford Fusion Details
Interior

Ford made the Fusion's passenger compartment a lot more inviting for 2010, courtesy of a major redesign that brings a richer character and more user-friendly elements to all models in the range. Soft-touch surfaces and metallic accents dominate this well-appointed, well-isolated realm, which is highlighted by a restyled dash fitted with highly-legible 3D-look instrumentation and a more logically arrayed center stack. Enhanced bolstering on the front buckets provides greater support and comfort while the rear quarters have sufficient head and leg room to comfortably accommodate two adults or carry three for shorter distances. A 60/40 split-folding seatback adds even more utility to the Fusion's already spacious 16.5 cubic-foot trunk.

Exterior
2010 Ford Fusion photo

The 2010 Ford Fusion's comprehensive visual refresh begins with design tweaks that impart a sportier look and improved aerodynamics. Everything ahead of the A-pillar is new, from the prominent power bulge on its hood and smartly flared fenders to bolder fascia/lamp/grille treatments that impart a lower, wider look. Complementing that revamp, new underbody shields help channel air aft more efficiently, while its rear quarters gain added distinction with reshaped taillamps, a redrawn decklid and a lower-fascia "diffuser" panel with dual exhausts. Fusion S trims get V-rated all-season 205/60 tires on 16-inch aluminum wheels, SE/SEL models step that up to 225/50 rubber on 17-inch steel (SE) or alloy (SEL) wheels while the Sport wears 225/45s on 18-inch alloys.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Regardless of trim/powertrain choices, all Fusions are very well equipped. Even the Fusion S boasts power windows/locks/mirrors, air conditioning, keyless remote entry, cruise control, tilt/telescoping steering column, AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system and a 60/40 split/folding rear seat plus AdvanceTrac stability/traction control, anti-lock brakes and front/front-side/side-curtain airbags. The SE steps up with items like SIRIUS Satellite Radio, an enhanced sound system, power driver's seat, redundant steering wheel controls and fog lamps, while the SEL brings dual-zone auto climate control, leather-trimmed full-power seats and SYNC voice-activated communications. Beyond more power and a dedicated suspension/wheel/tire package, the Sport adds special exterior/interior trim and 911 assist to its SYNC system.

Optional Equipment

Fusion S extras are limited to an automatic transmission Remote Start and floormats, while SE buyers can opt for an automatic transmission, a 3.0-liter V6, electrochromic mirrors, SYNC with 911 Assist (with or without a sunroof), rear spoiler and a Reverse Sensing System. The SEL offers the 3.0 V6, Driver's Vision Package (Rear-View Camera plus Blind-Spot Info System with Cross-Traffic Alert) while SEL/Sport trims allow voice-activated Navigation, a Moon & Tune Package (moonroof plus 12-speaker/390-watt Sony premium audio), and all-wheel drive. Only Sport buyers can choose a convenience-oriented Electronics Package but a Sport Appearance Package that includes a tauter suspension will be added later for the SE/SEL.

Under the Hood

Significant powertrain upgrades bring technology that elevates the pony count, fuel economy and driving experience in all 2010 Ford Fusion models. It starts with a new 2.5-liter Duratec in-line four-cylinder that replaces the previous 2.3-liter. The sole engine in the "S" model, the 2.5 makes 175 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque, whether mated to the now-standard six-speed manual transmission or the new optional six-speed automatic. Available in SE/SEL trims and paired with a mandatory 6-speed automatic transmission that adds a manual-style SelectShift feature is a 3.0-liter Flex-Fuel V6 that develops 240 horsepower and 223 pound-feet of torque. The Sport level brings a potent 3.5-liter V6 rated at 263 horsepower, 249 pound-feet of torque and is paired with the 6-speed SelectShift automatic. The SEL/Sport models also offer optional on-demand all-wheel drive.

2.5-liter in-line 4
175 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
172 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/31 (manual), 23/34 (automatic)

3.0-liter V6 (Flex-Fuel)
240 horsepower @ 6550 rpm
223 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4300 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/27 (FWD, automatic), 18/25 (AWD, automatic)

3.5-liter V6
263 horsepower @ 6250 rpm
249 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/27 (FWD, automatic), 17/24 (AWD, automatic)

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2010 Ford Fusion Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.0
Out of 10

Based on 426 Ratings for the 2010 - 2012 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.0/10
    Quality
    9.1/10
  • Reliability
    9.2/10
    Performance
    9.1/10
  • Comfort
    9.2/10
    Styling
    9.1/10

Great vehicle

By on Saturday, May 16, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 30,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "great value for price, fun to drive"

Cons: "little problem with snowy condition"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Loved the color, loved the gas mileage, is very comfortable, had no problems with any features of this car. The only complaint was minor handling difficulty in snowy conditions, especially if needed to climb any hilly terrain. If take off traction control, and keep in low gear, it handled much better. Probably would be even better if used good all weather or snow tires. This car had Michelin tires that are rather soft rubber and partially worn."

A great vehicle that is fun to drive.

By on Wednesday, May 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 51,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Great value for the money. Dependable."

Cons: "None"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Best car you can buy for the price. Great gas milage, very easy to drive. Have only had to buy a battery in 3 yrs of driving."

Great car, quick and responsive

By on Tuesday, May 12, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 26,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "quickness and driving ability"

Cons: "dash board"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Fantastic car, quick, sporty and looks good. if the car has any down side it would be the dash board. I would prefer gauges."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

A sensible, quality Ford sedan for anyone!

By on Sunday, May 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 67,300

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Fuel economy, reliability, practicality, quality"

Cons: "Busy center stack, light steering, resale"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

The star of the review!

"I have owned my 2011 Ford Fusion SE for a few years now. So far, I have plenty of positive things to say about this car. I found this car attractive at first because of its stylish design and large trunk. I remember when my friends and I would play golf, we would car pool in a Fusion and it would easily swallow 4-5 golf bags...plus all of our other belongings and bags. Thus, many of my friends own this car, and recommended it to me since I was looking to replace a ten year old Altima. I visited most of the major mainstream dealerships before making a choice on my next midsize sedan. After visiting the Nissan dealer, I found the Altima to be a little bit bland, in regards to performance and the interior. It didn’t feel like a new car to me. I also looked at the Accord, which I really did enjoy due to its comfortable ride and how the controls were all logically laid out. But, what set me back was that so many people drive it, and it didn’t really surprise me or, like the Altima, feel engaging or fun. Same goes for the Camry. I then visited the local Ford dealer, and here goes: Like I said before, I found the Fusion the most attractive looking car out of the bunch. As a taller person, I felt that there was great headroom. The steering wheel also has many controls that the other cars seem to lack, as well as being easy to operate. Even while driving the SE model, I found the car very comfortable in terms of the materials where I would be resting my arms. Lots of padding in the important locations. The Fusion also had great ride quality thanks to its superb chassis, which it shares with the Mazda6. I’m assuming that was the reason why the car felt so in control and able to take corners well. The transmission, a 6 speed automatic, is geared just right, and there are no rough shifts or jerking. It is a very smooth gearbox. Sometimes I don’t even know what gear I’m in. Let the car do the work! Legroom in the front and rear are great. The dashboard, which doesn’t have too much technology, (I opted for the lowest level SE model, with no SYNC, navigation, sunroof, etc.) looked very modern and made the car feel more expensive. However, there are many buttons on the dashboard, and it took a few days for me to figure out the controls and their placement. Storage space is also excellent, with a big glove box and bins smartly located (such as the middle storage compartment and the bin on top of the air vents). One interesting things I found was how superb the instrument panel was displayed. Everything is very clear and large. A bright blue light illuminates the instrument panel which looks beautiful any time, any day of the week. I average about 27 miles to the gallon with a mix of city and highway driving. Excellent for this size car! I seemed to get higher results than what the EPA suggests. While there are many positives to this car, I have to mention some negatives for the general consumer. I wanted the four cylinder model for its efficiency, not its performance. The car felt that it had about the same power as my Altima. I thought it would be a little bit quicker. It really starts to pull at higher RPMs. Also, the steering does feel a bit light. If you want something sportier, go for a Mazda6. But, if you still want a Fusion, there is an available V6 and Sport model that makes the car much more like an enthusiast car. Under heavy acceleration, the engine does drone, but as a conservative and frugal driver, I don’t have an issue with that. The cloth seats are generally good, but after three hours on the road they start to bother you a little bit. I found the cloth seats in the other cars somewhat better. I should have gotten the leather now that I think of it. Therefore, I found that the Fusion since it seemed to outshine the other competitors in many areas. However, the price of this car made everything just work. The base SE model that I got retails at some amount hovering about the $21k mark. After negotiating with the dealer, I was able to drop the price down to $20k. A similar priced Altima, Accord, or Camry would have made me pay upwards to $25k. Although the resale value may not be as great, I do keep cars for at least 10 years before finding a replacement, so I might be able to get some money of it. J.D Power Associates give the Ford Fusion a great reliability score, and I have had no problems with the vehicle besides regular maintenance and conditioning for the 60,000 something miles I’ve driven it. It is also a top safety pick, receiving 4 and 5 stars on all of the tests. Safety is always a priority, so all the cars performed well in the crash tests. Thank you for those who took the time to read this comprehensive review. Let me know if I missed something, there are many parts to a car! Out of all the midsize sedans, this is definitely my recommendation. For those of you who are just going for the traditional Accord or Camry, think again. Look at all of your options. Do not underestimate any car. All of these cars in the class are good picks, but each has a personality that attracts different buyers. For me, the style, efficiency, practicality, reliability, and features made the 2011 Ford Fusion SE the best midsize sedan."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

The star of the review!

Love my fusion

By on Wednesday, May 06, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 65,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "great price, reliable, roomy"

Cons: "one on every corner"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"The Fusion is a great car. It has features of a more expensive car such as SYNC, bluetooth, sunroof, etc... for an affordable price. I love the amount of space in the cabin and trunk, the reliability, and the look and feel of the car."

My Opinion

By on Wednesday, May 06, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 75,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "NA"

Cons: "NA"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"We have owned this car since 2010. Other than routine services no unexpected repairs. Starts easily even in very cold weather. The Hybrid engine gets slightly better mileage in warmer weather due to shorter warm up times. Overall mileage for ALL TYPES of driving is a consistent mid 30's number!. We are replacing this vehicle with another Hybrid. Gas will never be cheaper will it?"

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