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in 2010 Affordable Midsize Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $10,473 - $14,888
Original MSRP: $19,695 - $28,355
MPG: 22 City / 31 Hwy
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2010 Ford Fusion Interior

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The passenger cabin of the 2010 Ford Fusion is a significant improvement over the dated interior of the 2009 model. Soft-touch materials are now found throughout, and some serious ergonomic quirks have been fixed. Reviewers say the center stack is still button-heavy, but love the new backlighting system and comfortable seats.

  • "Interior design is understated, blending soft-touch surfaces with available rich-feeling leather upholstery." -- Consumer Guide
  • "We're particularly pleased with the interior makeover. Whereas the previous Fusion's cabin felt distinctly dated, the new one compares favorably with rival layouts, featuring an attractive design and improved ergonomics. The available Sync system works great." -- Edmunds
  • "Restyled interior considerably ramps-up cabin elegance and high-quality feel." -- Motor Trend
  • "I drove the old and new models back-to-back over 600 miles of total driving, however, and can attest that they are worlds apart. The materials that make up the doors and dashboard are still the same shape, but the top of the dashboard has a new finish to it that makes the 2010 model feel not quite as cheap as the previous generation." -- Cars.com
  • "Our SE model also had aluminum-look trim on the center stack, which looks far more attractive than any metal finish plastic or fake wood we've seen." -- Autoblog
  • "Most improvements focus on climbing the scale of perceived quality, with liberal use of soft materials at touch points all around and low-gloss plastics (except for the piano-black gearshift surround on the Fusion Sport). The electroluminescent instrument cluster is arguably its nicest element: clear, legible, and distinctly upscale with red needles climbing over white script on a conelike, blue and black 3-D background." -- Car and Driver

Seating

The 2010 Ford Fusion's front seats are often described in reviews as wide but still supportive. The rear seats are comfortable for adults, and spacious - although the optional sunroof robs some headroom from the back.

  • "The seats are supportive, a bit larger than the class norm, and relatively high-set to contribute to fine outward visibility. All Fusions include a tilt and telescopic steering wheel, a driver-comfort plus." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The bigger changes are to the seats, which are much more comfortable now, especially for long trips. They offer more support and the cloth is high-quality and looks like it'll hold up well over time. The SE model has all power adjustments except for lumbar support, which can be adjusted using a knob." -- Cars.com
  • "The front seats offer solid comfort and lateral support. The rear seating provides plenty of legroom for adults, but with the optional sunroof, headroom does shrink." -- Autoblog
  • "A pair of adults will be content in back (especially given the new model's rear seat headrests) and storage space is adequate." -- Edmunds
  • "The only thing we find truly controversial is the contrasting interior color combos on the Fusion Sport models, which feature bright blue or red leather inserts on the seats and matching rubber-like trim on the dash. The good news is that when you actually sit inside, you can't see the bright leather. ... You can also opt for an all-black interior, which would be our choice." -- Car and Driver

Interior Features

The Ford Fusion has had an advantage over many competitors since Ford first introduced its SYNC system, which allowed drivers to control most climate and entertainment functions as well as Bluetooth-enabled cell phones and MP3 players, with voice commands. For 2010, Ford has also redesigned its instruments to shine with subtle blue backlighting, and made some controls easier to reach.

  • "The Fusion does dip into Ford's more recent bag of tricks for its customizable ambient/cupholder lighting system that some of us love and some of us dismiss as mere auto fluff. What's not auto fluff is Ford's latest-gen SYNC infotainment system, which includes things like fuel-price search capability and real-time traffic." -- Car and Driver
  • "Backlit gauges are easy to read. Dash has plenty of small buttons that take time to sort out. Climate controls are mounted low on the dashboard and demand a look away from the road to operate." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The center stack is a bit button-happy, but it's a significant ergonomic and aesthetic improvement over its dated predecessor." -- Edmunds
  • "Ford's SYNC infotainment system worked well, with easy connection of phones and other devices partnered with reliable voice activation." -- Autoblog

Cargo

At 16.5 cubic feet, the the Fusion's trunk volume matches those found on some full-size sedans, and is one of the largest in the class.

  • "The trunk has a usefully cubic shape, but insufficient height for big boxes. The lid supports are non-intrusive struts. Interior storage is decent." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The 16.5-cubic-foot trunk is one of the largest around, and the split-folding rear seat enables larger items to be carried inside the car." -- Edmunds

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