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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 461 Ratings for the 2010 - 2012 models.

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

Great car

By on Friday, July 15, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 22,400

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Good car at a good price."

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

"Has been a great car. I have done nothing but regular maintenance. (change oil, replace battery) I love the satellite radio & the Sync feature. V6 engine has plenty of power."

Great except for some instrument design flaws

By on Tuesday, June 28, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 57,700

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Great styling, very dependable"

Cons: "Badly placed switches for signal/ headlights"

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

"I love my Fusion and am very happy with it. It is a very comfortable and great looking car with decent power and great handling. This is the last release year for this version of style and I much prefer it to the newer body style which I find cheapens the Fusion. A couple of things that I find incredibly annoying about this car, which I'm surprised have not been mentioned, but still a a pain are: - the signal light indicator stick which is located on the same stick as the wipers- if you touch it the wrong way, it activates the wipers. this happens all the time headlight switch- is located too close to the knees , i have switched on the lights many times by accident just getting in or out of the car."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Great car Great Mileage

By on Thursday, June 16, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 137,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "High Tech, High MPG"

Cons: "None so far"

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

"I bought the Fusion Hybrid when gas was around $3.50 per gallon and rising. I commute 25 miles one way 5 days per week. I have consistently achieved 39.7 mpg. The car was WAY ahead of it's time with technology at the time. Bluetooth and voice activated controls were cool and are just now being matched by other high end cars. Leather seats and interior still look good. When the car was new, I had to replace one of the front wheel bearings which was covered under warranty. After 3 years, I had to replace the 12 volt starting battery (not the hybrid battery). After 6 years, I did have to replace the throttle body which stuck closed. The dealer fixed it in less than 4 hours at a cost of $500. The car has NEVER had a brake job presumably because the regenerative brakes take most of the work off the pads. I have heard the hybrid battery may last beyond 200k and that is the only concern I have. So far it has been a really great car."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Two thumbs up!!

By on Sunday, May 29, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 22,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Drives well, great value, roomy"

Cons: "Fuel economy could be better"

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

"I only buy late model, gently used vehicles with low mileage. In May 2015, I purchased my 2012 Ford Fusion SEL with about 11,000 miles on it - beige interior and leather seats. (It must have been owned previously by a little old lady who kept it in mint condition.) I love all of the features - Bluetooth, dual automatic climate control, heated seats, power everything, automatic windows (the front ones roll UP automatically as well, which makes me happier than it probably should), etc. One year and 11,000 miles later, it is still in terrific condition for a 4 year old car. Despite the fact that the interior cabin is almost completely beige and I have two very small children, the interior still looks practically brand new - so I think that speaks highly of the quality of materials used for the interior. The car drives and handles very well and is quite comfortable. The backseat has plenty of room for passengers and the trunk space can't be beat. At least 50% of my driving is done on the highway so I had expected to see slightly better fuel economy, but the car's tracking system regularly indicates 23-24 MPG between fuel ups.... but I could have sprung for the Hybrid version. Maintenance is very easy and inexpensive - only have to change the oil (using synthetic) every 7,500-10,000 miles. All in all, I have absolutely ZERO complaints about this car and whole-heartedly recommend it!!"

Maybe the BEST mid size ever.

By on Saturday, April 2, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 61,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "GREAT handling, braking, COMFORT and reliable!"

Cons: "Doesn't look like a Anime creation...LOL"

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

Fresh bold aggressive style without the Anime 'melting' look of the competition. Looks NEW even five years later.

"Bought at 20K miles with extended warranties.. at 61K miles in three years and ZERO repairs. Amazingly taut suspension, flawless body/trim execution and super supportive and comfortable interior. V6 AWD SEL simply is a winning combo.NO Hyundai/Kia or Honda/Toyota held a candle in reliability or performance. ZERO recalls, 100K sealed coolant and a PERFECTLY matched seamless 6 speed that is silk to this engines throaty smooth redline revs. Wish I could buy one new. Find a well maintained model... this is a 150K mile keeper and enjoying every mile."

5 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Fresh bold aggressive style without the Anime 'melting' look of the competition. Looks NEW even five years later.

Reliable

By on Friday, January 29, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 67,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"Extended engine warranty.Extended bumper to bumper warranty. No accidents or dents. Very well taken care of. New tires within the past year. New breaks in the past 2 months. Has undergone timely service everytime as per factory recommendation."

7 people out of 10 found this review helpful

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