2010 Ford Fusion SPORT 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
Picked a Fusion Sport AWD after looking at Mazda 6sGT and Accord Coupe EX-L V-6/stick, both great cars. The Accord coupe was really fun with great drive train & excellent response. The Mazda was comfortable & quick, but bland. The Fusion had very quiet, roomy interior & trunk, sure-footed handling, smooth power & AWD. Sync is way better than the simple aux input that the Honda offers for phone & media integration. More integrated front styling is distinctive. The wheel/tire & aero bits add to the image without looking tacky. Great Euro/American blend hints of Mercedes and BMW styling but is distinctly American. Interior is first rate and rivals the Accord coupe for quality and comfort.
Performance, handling, quality & comfort. Sync & nav, side sensors & rear view camera work well. Car feels like the details were sweated by someone who actually drives cars. Fine tuning is not usually tied to American cars but this one has it.
Cheap hood prop is hard to deploy & stow, at this price it should have pneumatic lifts. Needs glove box light & door panel lights. Backup warning is annoying and seems inconsistent. Minor issues in a car that doesn't have to apologize for being American!