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$19,695
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A major styling upgrade is just what the doctor ordered for the 2010 Ford Fusion.
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Including the 2010 Fusion Hybrid, Ford now offers four individual powertrains: a 2.5-liter I-4 (175 horsepower), a 2.5-liter I-4 hybrid (192 hp), an E-85-capable 3.0-liter V-6 (240 hp), and a 3.5-liter V-6 (263 hp). Six-speed automatic transmissions are standard on the V-6 models and optional on the non-hybrid four-cylinder. The standard gearbox on the I-4 is a surprisingly nice six-speed manual.

Front-wheel drive is standard, while all-wheel drive can be ordered on select 2010 Ford Fusion models. The Hybrid comes only with front-wheel drive.

While official EPA estimates were not available when this Bottom Line was uploaded, expect to see figures of 39 mpg city, 37 mpg highway. During several extensive test drives in California, pilots from TheCarConnection.com averaged over 42 mpg, so Ford's estimates may prove conservative.

This excellent fuel economy comes from a sophisticated hybrid powertrain, hooked to a quiet 155-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that runs using the ultra-efficient Atkinson cycle. The electric motor housed within the transmission unit adds 36 hp at full throttle, providing a total of 191 hp. The 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid can propel itself on electric power alone for short distances and at low speeds, and a lighter, more powerful battery pack allows the gasoline engine to shut off more often.

Perhaps the best compliment that one could bestow upon any hybrid is that it performs as well as a vehicle powered by an internal combustion engine. The 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid does. Acceleration is smooth and strong, much like a small V-6. Transitions between running all-electric (up to 47 mph) and gas and electric or just gas are barely perceptible.

While the current environment isn't quite perfect for the introduction of the Fusion line's first dedicated performance model, that doesn't stop the Sport from being truly entertaining. Power from its large V-6 comes on strong and smooth with refinement befitting a Lincoln—no surprise since this engine is used in Lincoln products. The Sport's handling is so tied down, thanks to unique suspension tuning, that Ford feels comfortable letting journalists autocross the car, something completely out of character with the sedan's purpose in life. However, flying around cones in a parking lot proves that the car has the chops to precisely clip apexes, delivering a feeling of control that eludes the mid-size market's mainstay, the less buttoned-down Toyota Camry.

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