The Ford Fusion now has one of the more aged designs among mid-size sedans, yet it's readily apparent that styling remains one of the reasons the Fusion remains so popular.
With a clean, crisp look, framed by its thick-barred grille and squat taillamps, the Fusion still looks smart. The Fusion owes some of its style to the Ford 427 concept that was out on the auto-show circuit years ago (and went on to influence styling in the larger Taurus), and the Fusion isn't proportioned like every other front-drive mid-size sedan. With its cabin somewhat more hunkered back, and front fenders bowing out from some front angles, there's more than a hint of sport sedan. Yet from the side, the Fusion's pretty traditional, almost plain.
Inside, the Fusion also hits a sweet spot between functionality, austerity, and just a touch of flamboyance. It's way less extroverted than the wild collection of curves inside the new Hyundai Sonata--or even that of the new 2012 Ford Focus--though we're apt to think the Fusion's interior will wear better over time. If you order the optional navigation system (included on all Fusion Hybrid models), you get a large, clear LCD display that still stands out as among the better in this class.