NEW FOR 2010:

– Redesigned model
– New Fusion Hybrid model

For 2010, the Ford Fusion undergoes a redesign, and adds a new Hybrid model. The conventional Fusion receives a new four-cylinder and two V6 engines, sportier styling, a new interior, and a wide range of new standard and optional features.

The Fusion is available with a 2.5-litre four-cylinder, flexible-fuel 3.0-litre V6, and 3.5-litre V6. The 2.5-litre uses a six-speed manual or optional six-speed automatic transmission; the V6 engines use a six-speed automatic. The four-cylinder comes solely in front-wheel drive; the 3.0-litre is available in front- or all-wheel drive, while the 3.5-litre is AWD only.

The Hybrid uses the 2.5-litre four-cylinder with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) and electric motor, in front-wheel drive only. It is capable of running on its battery alone, and comes with a special instrument cluster display that rewards fuel-efficient driving with branches that "grow" more leaves as mileage improves.

The 2.5-litre comes in S, SE and SEL trim; the 3.0-litre comes in SEL; and the 3.5-litre comes in Sport. The Hybrid comes in a single trim line.

Features on the S include 16-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, power mirrors, cruise control, one-touch up/down power windows, power locks with keyless entry, illuminated entry, tilt and telescopic wheel, driver and passenger vanity mirrors, cloth seats, split-folding rear seat, CD/MP3 stereo, speed-sensitive variable intermittent wipers, low tire pressure warning, trip computer, and security system.

The SE adds 17-inch steel wheels, heated mirrors, illuminated vanity mirrors, seatback storage pockets, power driver’s seat, floor mats, wheel-mounted audio controls, and fog lamps.

The SEL models add 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic climate control, chrome side window mouldings, keypad locking, auto-dimming rearview mirror, overhead console with storage, leather-wrapped wheel, wireless connectivity, automatic headlamps, rear reading lamps, compass, and outside temperature display.

The Sport adds 18-inch alloy wheels, sport suspension, rear spoiler, power sunroof, heated leather seats, power passenger seat, premium audio system, reverse sensing system, and blind spot warning system.

The Hybrid is outfitted similarly to the SEL, but does not have a folding rear seat.

The redesigned Fusion is a considerable step up from the model it replaces, with a far nicer interior, handsome styling, good handling and a range of engines. The Hybrid is very well-done, offering good performance while returning excellent fuel mileage at a reasonable price.

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