STYLING | 8 out of 10
A gargantuan love-it-or-hate-it three-bar chrome grille sits out front
Substantial without being too flashy, though there's an awful lot of chrome up there
Ford's SmartGauge instrument cluster... can display a dizzying array of information
Considerably improved interior and exterior styling
Car and Driver
The 2010 Ford Fusion has been significantly restyled for this model year, and while the latest Ford Fusion isn't exactly the next generation of Fusion, it does represent a major evolutionary step.
The Ford Fusion and Ford Fusion Hybrid are both "five-passenger mid-size [sedans]," according to the Detroit News, and they are available in a wide range of trims. ConsumerGuide reports that, along with the "new Sport, Fusion should reprise S, SE, and SEL trim levels, all with front-wheel drive." The most noticeable change to the new 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid and its conventional siblings comes in the styling department, where Motor Trend says that a "gargantuan love-it-or-hate-it three-bar chrome grille sits out front." Editors at Motor Trend clearly love it, calling the latest Ford Fusion the "best looking of the new Fords." Jalopnik is also impressed with the "sleeker styling," which they find even more impressive since "the original Fusion was pretty strong on [that] front to begin with." Jalopnik expands upon their earlier praise, noticing that the "freshened grille is combined with lower bumper styling elements reminiscent of the Euro-only Ford Mondeo along with a character line along the hood which all combines to [create] new faces that's substantial without being too flashy." The Detroit News comments that Ford's ultimate goal with the refresh was to "provide a more aggressive look" to the 2010 Ford Fusion, something that rarely happens in the mid-size sedan segment.
The interior of the 2010 Ford Fusion also wins some serious praise in reviews read by TheCarConnection.com, especially the styling found on the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid. Jalopnik feels that the interior "changes made were for the better," and reports that "by moving the belt line of the IP up, the 2010 Fusion now appears less cramped and more inviting."
The only real complaint about the interior comes from Jalopnik, where reviewers say that they're "not sure how we feel about the painted accents in the Sport model which remind us more of boy-racers than urban sophisticates."
A major styling upgrade is just what the doctor ordered for the 2010 Ford Fusion.