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Cars equipped with the navigation screen get an upgrade to a huge eight inch touch screen with optional Sirius Travelink
Fusion dips into Ford's more recent bag of tricks for its customizable ambient/cupholder lighting system
Car and Driver
Reprising their roles as options would be a navigation system and Ford's Sync voice-activated interface for cell phones
Whether standard or optioned to the hilt, the 2010 Ford Fusion enters the market with no shortage of features.
The standard features on the 2010 Ford Fusion vary according to trim level, but the base S sedan comes better equipped than you might expect. Jalopnik reviewers claim that the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid and sedan offer "a host of segment-exclusive new features and technologies," while Car and Driver reports that the Ford Fusion "dips into Ford's more recent bag of tricks for its customizable ambient/cupholder lighting system." According to Jalopnik, the 2010 Ford Fusion also offers a "cabin air filter [that] is standard for the first time on the Ford Fusion" and "removes respiratory irritants and toxins caused by traffic and industrial pollution." TheCarConnection.com has learned that other standard features include a tilt/telescopic steering wheel and a CD audio system that is MP3 compatible, along with power accessories.
The options list on both the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid and the standard Ford Fusion is lengthy, and includes most of the latest features you'd expect in a luxury vehicle. Car and Driver says that their tester comes with an "excellent touch-screen navigation system," while a package is available that includes "a power moonroof, a rear-view camera, 12-speaker audio system, and a blind-spot warning system." ConsumerGuide also reports that "Ford's Sync voice-activated interface for cell phones and MP3 players" is available on the Ford Fusion. Reviews read by TheCarConnection.com love the big navigation screen that can sit in the center of the Ford Fusion's center console. Automobile Magazine raves about the "premium eight-inch navigation system," which is one of the largest screens in any vehicle on the road today. Also, Jalopnik states that a "Sony-branded audio system" is available and notes that the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid, along with the traditional versions, is "the first mid-size sedan in North America to offer a Sony-branded audio system with surround sound and DSP processing as a factory option."
One item that reviewers invariably mention is the instrument panel in the new 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid. Automobile Magazine says that the Fusion Hybrid "has its own unique instrument cluster, in which the speedometer is flanked with several LCD color displays that help the driver keep tabs on the unique powertrain and monitor his all-important mpg." Car and Driver loves that one of the displays in the Hybrid features "a tree branch that grows more leaves as the vehicle is driven in what's determined to be an environmentally friendly manner."
The 2010 Ford Fusion is weighed down with features, but not enough to slow this spirited performer.