Let me start by saying, the Ford Fusion Sport model is an almost perfect car. I like virtually everything about it. And my only problem with the car can be found up front…the nose.
I have just never warmed to the grill of the fusion, and that dates back to my first drive in Los Angeles at the national presentation. I loved the styling, the quality, and the performance. But to me, the grill looked and still does, like a Gillette Trac 2 razor.
And that pretty much takes care of the complaints. Otherwise, the overall shape is clean and modern, if not particularly distinctive. It has worn well and is still one of the most attractive, ungimmicky cars on the road. Well, OK, except for the trunk lid spoiler. To me, it just doesn’t go with the theme we’re shooting for here, performance for grownups. Delete it and give to some kid with a hot rod Honda.
Inside, it gets a little, uh, loud with color keyed trim pieces. My solution here would be, don’t buy a blue car…get a black one, problem solved. The sport seats are marvelous, and the dash has been redesigned into one of the most logical and legible on the market.
The guts here involve a 24-volve V6 and 263 horsepower. It’s not a staggering number of ponies, but the all-wheel-drive Fusion we drove will hit 60 from a standstill in 6.7 seconds.
Handling is superb pulling almost .8G’s on the skidpad and on the road those G’s translate into automotive crazy glue. The Fusion Sport will suck petrol to the tune of 17 city – 24 highway. That’s not particularly noteworthy, but the fun you have while burning it…is.
At just over $33,000 for our loaded All-wheel-drive model, it isn’t cheap. But price the vehicles that are this much fun. Suddenly that price will appear to shrink.