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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
The new seats are a pretty comfy place to be
We're glad to see some softer materials used throughout
Most improvements focus on climbing the scale of perceived quality
Car and Driver
Ford takes the 2010 Ford Fusion in for a pretty thorough makeover. Reviews read by TheCarConnection.com appreciate the effort, and the latest Ford Fusion's many virtues in the comfort and quality department are well-received by the automotive press.
The 2010 Ford Fusion, which the Detroit News calls a "five-passenger mid-sized sedan," seats five in a pinch, but four is more realistic given the cramped confines of the rear seat. The Detroit News reports that headroom is decent, at 38.7 inches up front and 37.8 inches in the back, although legroom shrinks from an acceptable 42.3 inches to 36.7 in the rear. Jalopnik reviewers present a minority opinion, finding that "the cabin is roomy, allowing plenty of space for five human beings."
Cargo space inside the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid and conventional sedans isn't exactly expansive, but there are few complaints in reviews read by TheCarConnection.com. Once again, the Detroit News provides solid numbers, pegging luggage capacity at 11.8 cubic feet. Car and Driver also notes that Ford's "customizable ambient/cupholder lighting system" makes drink storage a bit easier when driving at night.
With the latest Ford Fusion and 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid, Ford has taken significant steps toward improving interior quality. Car and Driver reviewers state as much, finding that "most improvements focus on climbing the scale of perceived quality, with liberal use of soft materials at touch points all around and low-gloss plastics." Jalopnik also notes that "the interior gets materials upgrades in the dash, door panels, center console," and even "the new seats are a pretty comfy place to be." The Detroit News also raves about the "softer touch points" on the interior, as well as the "new dash and nice cubbies throughout."
One place where build quality is clearly evident is in terms of cabin noise levels. To put it simply, a well-constructed vehicle should offer a quieter ride, and according to the Detroit News, the 2010 Ford Fusion offers an "extremely quiet ride." Autoblog agrees, calling the new Ford Fusion "remarkably quiet and refined whether we were cruising on the freeway or blasting through a canyon." They credit the "new seals and acoustic components in several areas [which] help keep out noises and absorb those that do get in." Autoblog concludes by calling the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid "one of the quietest sedans in this market segment," which also goes for its conventionally powered brethren.
Improved quality and a quieter ride make the 2010 Ford Fusion even more appealing to consumers looking for upscale quality at bargain prices.