The 2010 Ford Fusion earned a number of impressive accolades, including a 9.3 rating from U.S. News Rankings & Reviews and the title of Motor Trend's Car of the Year. Even with the favourable reviews, however, potential owners must become familiar with all drawbacks as well.
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For Ford Fusion models released prior to the 2010 edition, reviews were mixed. A review from Edmunds gave the 2007 Ford Fusion a 7.8 while making critical remarks about performance and safety issues. In the process, Edmunds claimed that "neither the base 2.3-litre four-cylinder nor the optional 3.0-litre V6 matches up well with competitors' offerings," and "ABS is optional and stability control isn't offered." Fusion's fortune began to turn around with the 2010 model, as U.S. News Rankings & Reviews indicated by stating "The improvements Ford has made to the car have led many in the automotive press to treat it as if it were an all-new model." Buyers looking for a Fusion model released before 2010 must research carefully.
Motor Trend expressed a few concerns about the 2010 Fusion, namely a slight discrepancy in the gas mileage department when compared to its EPA rating. The hybrid model in particular received some negative attention, as Motor Trend asserted that "The 3.0-litre V-6 has 23 less horsepower than the Sport's 3.5-litre engine, but doesn't earn any better EPA mileage ratings."
Car and Driver notes that the 2010 Ford Fusion Sport models all feature unusual interior colour combinations, with inserts on the seat and a matching rubber dash available in only two colours: bright blue or red. This interior decoration has the potential to clash with the colour of the car on the exterior, an offensive trait for some.
Another issue observed by Motor Trend was the occasional discomfort experience while sitting in the car. A few of these issues include the lower rear-seat cushion lacking in support and the front-centre armrest positioned uncomfortably low.
In February of 2010, Ford issued a Technical Service Bulletin which introduced a software update for the Fusion hybrid models due to issues with braking. As reported by Consumer Reports, a senior engineer slowed for a stop, and while the brake pedal went down more than a normal amount, the car barely slowed at all, flying through the turn in the process. Due to this brake problem occurring regularly, Ford issued a software update for all Fusion hybrid models built on or before October 17, 2009.
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