2010 Ford Fusion

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Key Specs

of the 2010 Ford Fusion. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    20-26 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    175-hp, 2.5-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    6-speed manual w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Four-cylinder gas mileage
  • Many standard safety features
  • Luggage space
  • Spring-loaded folding seats
  • Well-executed navigation system

The Bad

  • Crowded center controls
  • Occasional low-rent interior surfaces

Notable Features of the 2010 Ford Fusion

  • Restyled for 2010
  • Related to Mercury Milan
  • Four-cylinder or two V-6s
  • Manual or automatic
  • Available AWD
  • Available blind-spot warning system

2010 Ford Fusion Road Test

Joe Wiesenfelder

The 2010 model year is a big one for the Ford Fusion, with its many updates and upgrades: We've already reviewed the Ford Fusion SE and Fusion Hybrid. This review covers the latest trim level, the Fusion Sport, which is equipped with a larger, 3.5-liter V-6. (See all four trim levels compared side by side.)

I was disappointed by the new Sport trim level. Lest you think I got up on the wrong side of the bed this morning, let me establish that I liked the Fusion when it came out for 2006, encouraged by its quality, comfortable ride and capable handling at a time when GM was hawking the gross Chevrolet Malibu (not the current generation) and Chrysler was pushing a five-year-old generation of the Sebring, goddess of the rental-car fleet. More important, all of us at Cars.com have been impressed with the 2010s so far. It's the Sport trim level's execution that renews old concerns about inconsistency from one trim level to the next in Ford models.

 

2010 Fusion Sport: What's Good
The styling is good indeed. Across the model line, Ford replaced the previous model's headlights, which climbed up the fenders, and fixed the taillights, which had been framed in chrome under plastic. Yeeech. The Sport trim level's larger low grille offsets the almost-too-dominant chrome grille. The rocker panels and other body treatments are sharp, and the spoiler is tastefully small. The "Sport"-labeled 18-inch alloy wheels fit nicely with the rest of the ...

The 2010 model year is a big one for the Ford Fusion, with its many updates and upgrades: We've already reviewed the Ford Fusion SE and Fusion Hybrid. This review covers the latest trim level, the Fusion Sport, which is equipped with a larger, 3.5-liter V-6. (See all four trim levels compared side by side.)

I was disappointed by the new Sport trim level. Lest you think I got up on the wrong side of the bed this morning, let me establish that I liked the Fusion when it came out for 2006, encouraged by its quality, comfortable ride and capable handling at a time when GM was hawking the gross Chevrolet Malibu (not the current generation) and Chrysler was pushing a five-year-old generation of the Sebring, goddess of the rental-car fleet. More important, all of us at Cars.com have been impressed with the 2010s so far. It's the Sport trim level's execution that renews old concerns about inconsistency from one trim level to the next in Ford models.

 

2010 Fusion Sport: What's Good
The styling is good indeed. Across the model line, Ford replaced the previous model's headlights, which climbed up the fenders, and fixed the taillights, which had been framed in chrome under plastic. Yeeech. The Sport trim level's larger low grille offsets the almost-too-dominant chrome grille. The rocker panels and other body treatments are sharp, and the spoiler is tastefully small. The "Sport"-labeled 18-inch alloy wheels fit nicely with the rest of the car and aren't overly showy. Overall, the sedan look's a winner. One observer said he wished he could get that styling without the 3.5-liter engine.

Ford also fixed the first generation's ponderously wide turning circle — as great as 40 feet in V-6 models. Now it's more than reasonable at 37.5 feet, about a foot bigger than the Toyota Camry's 36.2 feet. As we've reported earlier, the Fusion line as a whole is quieter and more refined and has improved interiors ... mostly. Bear in mind that this is all happening as Toyota and Honda have been slipping — though consumers will doubtless be slow to recognize that.

A random observation: I give credit to Ford for the optional blind spot warning system, which uses radar to watch the rear blind spots and illuminate a light in the side mirror when they're occupied. The idea isn't new or exclusive, but the Fusion's is the only such feature I can recall that indicates when a car is truly in your blind spot if you have your mirrors adjusted correctly. The others do a fine job of flashing when a vehicle is already visible in the mirror — which is to say not technically in a blind spot. While we're talking about what's going on behind the car, I like the optional backup camera, too, whose display appears in the rearview mirror. It's a bit small, but it's better than no camera. I'd like to see this as a cheap stand-alone option; unfortunately it comes in an option package priced at $1,795 in the SEL and $2,995 in the Sport trim , but at least it saves you the cost of a navigation system. Those nav displays used to be a prerequisite for a backup camera.

The four-cylinder Ford Fusion is among the most efficient cars in the midsize class, with EPA estimates as high as 23/34 mpg with an automatic. Larger engines aren't in demand nowadays, and the Sport's 3.5-liter V-6 and optional all-wheel drive show why: It gets an EPA-estimated 17/24 mpg, compared with 18/25 mpg with the 3.0-liter V-6. (When teamed with front-wheel drive, both V-6 engines get the same rating: 18/27 mpg. Why? Beats me.) On the upside, the Sport adds a mere $240 to the cost of a Ford Fusion SEL with the 3.0-liter V-6, and all Fusions run on regular gas.

Fusion Sport: The Bad and the Ugly
Though the Sport has a firmer suspension than other Ford Fusions, I found the ride quality comfortable enough. On an academic level, I suppose the suspension tuning adds some sportiness and body control in more aggressive driving, but I can't say the car begged to be driven that way. The regular Fusion rides very well and handles better than it needs to, but I'm not knocked out by the changes in the Sport. Especially with the added weight of all-wheel drive, the more powerful engine is appreciated but is by no means necessary. My chief complaint is that the transmission doesn't upshift smoothly enough. We've come to a point in history where electronic drivetrain control makes automatic transmissions shift and respond better than ever, and I'm not just talking about luxury cars. The Fusion Sport — or at least the one I drove — isn't smooth enough, and that's pretty hard to excuse in an all-new trim level.

From the bad we move on to the ugly: my Fusion Sport's interior. The blue trim, blue seat panels and blue stitching are optional, and other available colors include Sport Red and the more subtle standard Charcoal Black. I know that bright accents are challenging and that they tend to be polarizing; I have rust-colored seats in one of my cars (actually, in two of my cars, but in the Fiat it's actual rust). I typically leave design and palette issues for individual observers to decide, and perhaps someone would have a better chance of appreciating the Sport Blue interior if it were combined with the optional Sport Blue exterior rather than my car's silver. This isn't simply a matter of differing tastes: I'm not known for my appreciation of fashion, design or general aesthetics, and I even occasionally rationalize my lack of sophistication as an asset — in short, if I have a problem with the way something looks, I'm confident that it must be really, really, universally offensive.

The problems go beyond the optional color, though. The accent stitching looks pretty good on the seats and steering wheel, but on the door panels it has the coarse look of yo-yo string (it's a toy from the 1900s, kids; ask your parents). The leather quality isn't what it should be, and this is a problem I've had with the Ford Escape, too. It's shiny and not as richly grained as I've come to expect. The lighter leathers and cloth upholstery I've seen in Ford Fusions have looked fine to my eye, and this illustrates that one choice isn't always as well-executed as another, regardless of price. I warn any shopper not to test-drive one trim level then order a different one, sight unseen. You never know what you'll get.

Another execution wrinkle involves the instrument panel. The gauges themselves are great — brilliant and readable, and they black out entirely when the vehicle's off. The main problem is that the plastic over them is too reflective, producing glare during the day. Also, perhaps it was an isolated defect, but my car's coolant-temperature and fuel-gauge needles had a marbled appearance that didn't match the other gauges. (Photos of all these elements are to the right.)

The stereo knobs were another problem. I'm not wild about the chrome rings to begin with, but it was the rough edges — not evident on the matching ventilation knobs — that bothered me. Speaking of plastic, when you pull the release handles on the center storage console/armrest, they feel like you're bending a piece of plastic. Here's the thing: You are bending a piece of plastic, as you are on many models from many brands, but here it feels like you're bending a piece of plastic. It's not the formula; it's the execution.

Likewise, ambient lighting is a feature that's spreading through the car market; it gives the interior a soft, upscale accent at night. Ford takes it a step further by letting you chose the color via a button on the console and by illuminating the cupholders. The option was on my car, and all I could notice at night were the bright LED dots illuminating the footwells; the ones in the backseat were snake eyes that shone directly at passengers all the time. How hard would it have been to recess these lights a bit? If the light is shining directly at you, is it really "ambient?"

Ford's interior quality has been on the rise longer than GM's has, but things like rough mold seams and other plastic edges are something I used to criticize GM for, not Ford. GM has improved. For interior quality and consistency, I favor the Malibu.

Fusion Sport in the Market
The Ford Fusion Sport's large V-6 is as likely to attract some buyers as the Sport Blue interior is to repel others. Fortunately, both features are optional. I'm not sure there's a need for either one in an ascending model line that already has so much to offer.

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(4.3)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.3)
Value For The Money
(4.3)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Can?t wait to drive to work.

by Flyan Brian from Dahlonega, GA on October 13, 2018

This car is perfect. Just as advertised by the dealer and fun to drive. I actually lol forward to going to work now. Great car for the money. Read full review

(5.0)

sporty fun to drive

by hirschla from traverse city mi on October 10, 2018

Great stability in winter driving, car has lots of interior space for family and friend. Powerful engine when you need it fun to drive! Great value Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2010 Ford Fusion currently has 7 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2010 Ford Fusion S

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
acceptable
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
acceptable
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
acceptable

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed by Ford
New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 60,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    Less than 6 years old/less than 80,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    12 months/12,000 miles

  • Powertrain warranty

    7 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    172-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Fusion received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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