The new Fusion tackles three different fronts in the family-sedan wars, all at once: it's sporty, spacious, and stylish.
The Kia Optima and Hyundai Sonata are still some of the more convincing efforts on two of those, with great interior room and trend-setting lines; they're also great values, but artificial steering feel and too-firm rides can be letdowns considering their curvy looks, and the Hybrid models aren't quite as well sorted out as others in the segment.
The Chevy Malibu suffers from a small back seat, mediocre gas mileage and styling, though its cockpit looks good and its steering can be very crisp, depending on wheel and tire choice.
The new Honda Accord gets kudos for not veering off-target as did the Honda Civic; it's not so dramatically changed outside, but the hybrid returns with a plug-in variant and infotainment features are finally brought up to date.
The Fusion's most compelling challenger could be the Nissan Altima: it has excellent fuel economy on four-cylinder models, a very quiet interior with supportive front seats, and a supremely isolated ride that still remains fairly responsive, though it's lost some of its sporting edge.
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