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Ford Fusion Sport

Price: $28,825

MPG / LPG: 18 city; 25 highway

As we’re firmly entrenched in the world of automotive press junkets and weekly deliveries of new cars, it’s downright impossible to not compare a car we’re driving now to the car we drove just a couple days ago. We recently spent a week in the Volkswagen CC. which like every other VW we’ve driven impressed us with its build quality and undeniable fun-to-drive factor. Thoughts of the VW sedan are still fresh in our minds as we ditched it to move right into the car of the hour: the 2010 Ford Fusion Sport.

Normally, we would do our best to clear our heads of any thoughts of the VW, but we feel that comparing the Fusion to the Passat CC works in this case. Ford has repeatedly said that it wants to be an American version of rivals like Honda and VW — manufacturers whose cars possess both mainstream appeal and a pleasurable, engaging driving experience. Ford is comparing its transmissions’ shift times to those of BMW, and Ford is always gathering us media types to flog its vehicles on auto-x courses against less dynamic rivals.

But is the sport-tuned Fusion, with its slightly cheaper price and bigger motor, an even match with its German rival? Our short answer: No. The Fusion does a lot of things right, but a few small details really hurt the Ford.

The 2010 Ford Fusion Sport is more or less a refresh of the same Fusion first introduced in 2006. This sedan still rides on the same CD3 platform, with the revised-for-2010 suspension getting further tweaks and 18-inch aluminum wheels for the Sport model. Power comes from a standard 263-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6, which is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission with manual mode.

Unlike most sport-tuned rides, the Fusion Sport is actually smooth, a trait we appreciated after coming out of the bouncy Passat. Ford upgraded the steering components across the Fusion line, and we found that the Fusion Sport’s steering has just the right amount of heft to it. Turn-in response is good; it s not sports-car sharp, but good enough for a midsize family sedan .

The majority of people who buy a Fusion Sport for puttering about town will likely be OK with the car’s performance and attitude. But for us, if a car is to wear a bright “sport” badge on its boot lid, we want it to give us at least a little punch in the gut. Despite its six forward gears, the Fusion feels absolutely lethargic when running in “D”; knocking the stick to the right to engage manual mode doesn’t do much to make the Fusion Sport run with any sense of urgency.

Though obviously a weaker motor, the VeeDub’s 2.0-liter turbo mill felt like it packed a much greater wallop.

We are also a bit let down by the Fusion’s suspension tuning. The car is fun to fling around on a controlled course, but in the real world, we found that the front end doesn’t feel as planted as we like in the corners. The brakes start to fade rather quickly under spirited driving too.

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Had this Ford not come equipped with that Sport badge, these issues wouldn’t bug us as much, but since the badge is firmly cemented on the car, we can’t help but feel a bit let down.

We really like the 2010 Ford Fusion Sport’s appearance. Ford has mixed its traditional design cues, such as the chrome three-bar grille, with the Kinetic design language seen in its European offerings. The Fusion Sport is blockier, wider and proudly wears a power bulge hood; with a hunkered down stance, fat, five-spoke 18-inch wheels, and mildly aggressive aero kit. Overall, this package adds just the right amount of testosterone to an otherwise standard sedan. The only thing we’d change about our Fusion Sport’s exterior is the paint.

Our tester was sprayed Tuxedo Black, whose metal flakes take on a prismatic appearance when viewed under direct sunlight resulting in a car that looks more lowrider than sports sedan.

Ford has completely revamped the Fusion’s interior, improving both the appearance of the dash and tactile feedback of all the switchgear. SYNC comes standard, and the optional toys — including a mirror-mounted back-up camera monitor, cross-traffic alert, blind-spot warning system, and high-end Sony sound system — do a lot to make the Fusion Sport seem like good value for the money. We like these features as they’re undeniably clever, work well and really make the Fusion stand out from the pack.

That said, the cabin of our Fusion Sport had some incredibly bad fit and finish issues. Some of the seams didn’t line up perfectly, which we can overlook — but the minute we spent several minutes unsuccessfully trying to open the dash-mounted storage box (we eventually got it), we knew there would be trouble. We found bits of cloth, which we’re guessing were supposed to be used as a gasket between dash pieces, escaping up the passenger A-pillar. The shifter felt cheap, but we quickly forgot about it when the chrome trim piece surrounding it decided to pop off for no reason

These are not major issues, but we’ve never seen pieces of interior trim fall off in a press car — ever. After spending a week in the vault-solid VW, the issues we found in the Ford are almost unacceptable — especially considering the fact that the car was meticulously prepped before it was delivered to us. Maybe we just got a bad car? Who knows?

But we can’t help but think that buyers looking for a sporty sedan would be better off shelling out the extra $1,200 for the VW.

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