2010 Ford Fusion SEL 2.5
2010 Ford Fusion SEL 2.5. Click image to enlarge

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2010 Ford Fusion

Inside Story is a review of interior comfort features, cabin controls, storage options, trunk space and under-hood accessibility based on a seven-day evaluation.

Four is the new six. It sure seems that way, especially with the growing popularity of four bangers in up-level trim in many mid-size sedans. Instead of a hurry-up-and-wait acceleration curve, these new-fangled hot-four horsepower ratings seem downright familiar. 175 horsepower was the output of many a V6 powerplant at the dawn of this millenium. It’s also the pony punch in the 2.5-litre I-4 that resides in the engine bay of the upscale SEL Fusion pictured here. There’s plenty of ‘new’ boasting on Ford’s latest Fusion experiment, which arrives for testing at an MSRP of $27,529. (Pricing shown does not include freight, taxes, regional or promotional incentives.)

The Cockpit/ Centre Stack:
2010 Ford Fusion SEL 2.5
2010 Ford Fusion SEL 2.5
2010 Ford Fusion SEL 2.5. Click image to enlarge

I can see clearly now, thanks to the Fusion’s Lite-Brite gauge cluster. The tilt-telescope four-spoke wheel is the expected Ford corporate offering, with steering wheel-mounted controls for cruise control, audio, and the SYNC voice-activated com-link, which includes Bluetooth wireless phone handshakes. I’m still pining for a right-hand column stalk for wiper controls on this, and many Ford products. The six-speed automatic does not include a manual gate, until a V6 mill is specified. There is an upper range lock-out switch, handy for inclines and steep grades. The control bank to the left of the driver includes Auto headlamps, dimmer control, power trunk release, and access switches for the driver’s information centre display, located in the gauge cluster. The driver’s window sports an Auto ascent/descent, while the heated exterior mirrors include puddle/security lamps. The centre stack houses a six-disc in-dash CD player, piped through a 12-speaker Sony upgrade. It’s part of the Moons & Tunes Value Package. (That’s Ford’s market-speak, not me being cheeky.) The hot key for phone functions is much appreciated, as was the SIRIUS-specific key. The Auto climate system is dual zone, with their respective temperatures noted on the LCD display. Traction control cancel is found low and to the left, next to the colour flip key for the ambient lighting system. I could not determine if a can of Dr.Pepper bathed in blue backlighting in the cupholder tasted better than with red backlighting.

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