2010 Ford Fusion

2010-ford-fusion The facelifted 2010 Ford Fusion is now official, and you’re looking at the first picture released by Ford.  All you can really see is the front end – never a shortcoming in the Fusion, and it still looks good.  The rear end is supposed to get an upgrade, along with the interior.  That’s good news really, because the Fusion interior was a little weak.

The real news is under the hood, though.  Ford has replaced the 2.3 liter 4 cylinder with the Mazda6 2.5 liter 4 cylinder, good for a competitive 175 HP.  Ford kept the 3.0 liter V6 in place, but bumped it from 221 HP to 240 HP.  That’s a good ~30 HP below the big imports….. which is bad on paper, but probably not an issue at all in real life.  Who needs 270 HP in a family sedan, anyway?  The Fusion Sport will sport the 263 HP 3.5 liter V6, if you must have some more power.

  • Six speed transmission standard on all Fusions.  This is huge.  This is necessary.  This is an example of a domestic automaker making the right choice on a mainstream vehicle – that doesn’t happen very often.
  • EPA testing isn’t available yet, but Ford says 32 MPG on the highway for the 4 cylinder.  Nice.
  • Fusion Hybrid on the way – with some pretty wild claims.  I’ll save that for another post.

The Fusion has the potential to really run with the top of the midsize class.  It has always had the looks necessary.  The hardware updates will sure help, as will the coming hybrid version.  Will Ford get the interior right?  I sure hope so.. it’s absolutely crucial to compete with the likes of the Toyota, Honda, and Nissan segment leaders.

Published on November 11, 2008 in Ford

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