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2010 Ford Fusion Trims

Hybrid

Avg. Price: $16,579

The just-introduced 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid is already a hit. With state-of-the-art hybrid technology, great looks inside and out, nimble handling, a smooth, quiet ride, and loads of ergonomics, the Fusion is touted as the best midsize hybrid sedan out there. Though some say it’s about time, perhaps Ford played crazy like a fox in waiting for almost perfection to bring hybrid technology into the Fusion lineup.

The 2010 Fusion Hybrid uses a hybrid system that appeared first in the Escape and Mariner - small hybrid SUVs. The system uses two battery-driven electric motors to bolster a DOHC VVT 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder (I4) gasoline engine, with the combination producing 191 hp and 166 lb-ft of torque. One electric motor is dedicated to powering ergonomic systems, the other to the powertrain, and the nickel-metal-hydride battery is partially recharged via a regenerative braking system. A constant velocity transmission takes the horses to the wheels smoothly and smartly, with the 2010 Fusion Hybrid capable of 0-60 in 8.5 seconds and of reaching 47 mph on electric power alone. Topping off all that green technology are the EPA estimates for the 2010 Fusion Hybrid, which are an impressive 41/36 mpg.

The Fusion Hybrid’s upgraded hybrid system powers a well-designed chassis that handles the highway as well as the twisty back roads with equal aplomb. The Fusion Hybrid’s handling characteristics are described as considerably better than those of Toyota's Camry Hybrid.

Standard comfort, convenience, and appearance features for the 2010 Fusion Hybrid are based on the mid-line Fusion trim and include power adjustable front seats, a fold-flat passenger seat, power windows and doors, heated power mirrors, cruise control, a tilt-telescoping steering wheel, dual-zone climate control, steering-wheel-mounted cruise and audio controls, a 6-CD changer with MP3 capability, Sirius/XM satellite radio, a USB connection, a voice-activated phone, and Bluetooth wireless technology. Options include leather, heated front seats, a power moonroof, voice-activated DVD navigation, a Sony 390-watt premium audio system with 12 speakers, Ford SYNC, a rear backup camera system, and the BLIS blind-spot information system.

Such standard safety features as four-wheel disc ABS, traction and stability control, dual front side-mounted airbags, front and rear head airbags, a remote anti-theft alarm, rear parking sensors, and a post-collision safety system are all offered with the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid.

S

Avg. Price: $12,579

Although it represents the base trim of the lineup, the front-wheel-drive 2010 Ford Fusion S is a quality five-passenger sedan offering decent handling, a comfortable ride, spacious cabin, and more-than-adequate creature comforts. Standard appearance, comfort, and convenience features include 16-inch painted alloy wheels, front bucket seats, power windows, door locks, and mirrors, cruise control, telescoping tilt-wheel steering, a front storage console, and a single-CD player with four speakers. Available front fog/driving lights are added to such standard safety features as four-wheel disc ABS, front side-mounted airbags, front and rear head airbags, a remote anti-theft alarm system, and a post-collision safety system.

The standard powerplant for the 2010 Fusion S is a 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder (I4) engine that, in combination with the six-speed manual transmission, puts out 175 hp and 172 lb-ft of torque. Mileage for this combo is estimated at 22/31 mpg. A six-speed automatic transmission is also available for the Fusion S.

SE

Avg. Price: $12,797

Stepping up a notch in the Fusion lineup, the 2010 Ford Fusion SE front-wheel-drive five-passenger sedan adds such standard goodies as 17-inch wheels, a rear spoiler, six-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, fold-flat passenger seat, remote power door locks, steering-wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls, front and rear floor mats, and six-speaker audio output to the S trim level. Options, meanwhile, are expanded to include rear parking-assist sensors and heated outside mirrors. The front fog/driving lights that are an optional safety feature on the S trim level come standard with the Fusion SE.

Equipped with a standard 175-hp, 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder engine and manual six-speed transmission, the 2010 Fusion SE can be upgraded to the available 3.0-liter V6 engine and a six-speed auto-manual transmission. The Flex Fuel V6 is capable of 240 hp and 223 lb-ft of torque, and is rated by the EPA at 18/27 mpg.

SEL

Avg. Price: $14,261

The top-shelf 2010 Ford Fusion SEL sedan piles leather upholstery, power-adjustable, heated front seats, heated outside mirrors, dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth wireless communications, and a USB connection onto its heap of standard features, while adding dusk-sensing headlights to its standard list of safety items. Additional options for the SEL include voice-activated DVD navigation, a 390-watt 6-CD changer with 12 speakers, rear parking assist sensors, a rear-view camera system, power moonroof, and sport-tuned suspension.

The standard powertrain for the front-wheel-drive 2010 Fusion SEL is the 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder (I4) engine and its accompanying six-speed auto-manual transmission. This duo puts out 175 hp and 172 lb-ft of torque to the tune of 22/31 mpg. As with its SE sibling, the Fusion SEL is available with the 240-hp, 3.0-liter Flex Fuel engine and six-speed auto-manual that generate 223 lb-ft of torque at 18/27.

SEL V6 AWD

Avg. Price: $14,737

With all the same bells and whistles as its front-wheel-drive (FWD) brethren, the 2010 Ford Fusion SEL AWD, as its moniker implies, has the added advantage of full-time all-wheel drive (AWD), and comes standard with the 240-hp, 3.0-liter V6 engine and six-speed auto-manual transmission. A center-mounted limited-slip differential manages the AWD system by delivering power to all four wheels all the time.

Leather upholstery, heated front seats, and dual-zone climate control are among the 2010 Fusion SEL AWD's standard features, while options include DVD navigation, an upgraded audio system, a power moonroof, and 18-inch wheels. Safety features on the SEL AWD, obviously, mirror those of the FWD SEL trim.

Sport V6

Avg. Price: $15,971

The 2010 Ford Fusion V6 Sport front-wheel-drive (FWD) sedan, along with being a brand-new offering for the model year, claims a 263-hp, 249-lb-ft/torque V6 and six-speed auto-manual transmission as its own. Along with a standard sport-tuned suspension, the Fusion V6 Sport also boasts 18-inch painted alloy wheels. Mileage for the 3.5-liter V6 is estimated at 18/27 mpg.

Though well-equipped, with most of the SEL’s standard features and options, the 2010 Fusion V6 Sport offers only a standard rear spoiler as a concession to stylistic uniqueness. Options-wise, the Sport again mirrors the choices for the SEL trim level.

Sport V6 AWD

Avg. Price: $17,102

Offering all the standard and optional creature comforts of its front-wheel-drive sibling, the 2010 Ford Fusion V6 Sport AWD features a full-time all-wheel-drive (AWD) configuration that’s managed by a center-mounted, mechanical limited-slip differential. Tooling through the snow, though rarely a piece of cake, is made at least tolerable in this five-passenger AWD sedan.

The new-for-2010 Fusion V6 Sport AWD is uniquely powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that, combined with its standard six-speed auto-manual transmission, puts out 263 hp and 249 lb-ft of torque. The V6 Sport trims are the only family members allotted the 3.5-liter engine, and the AWD version gets 17/24 mpg, according to the EPA.