2010 Ford Fusion SEL V6Ford offers not one, but two V-6 engines for the Fusion. We try the entry-level version.
BY MARK GILLIES, PHOTOGRAPHY BY JORDAN BROWN, PATRICK M. HOEY, AND THE MANUFACTURER
Mid-size sedans and V-6 engines generally don’t make a lot of sense to the staff here at Car and Driver. Whether they’re built by domestic or import automakers, these cars tend to retail for about $30,000 when fully optioned and often don’t provide enough performance over that of the far cheaper four-cylinder versions while returning palpably worse gas mileage.
Ford, for reasons known only to itself, offers two V-6 engines in the freshened 2010 Fusion: a carry-over 3.0-liter that makes 240 hp and 222 lb-ft of torque, up from 221 hp and 205 lb-ft, and a newly available 3.5-liter unit in the Sport model that provides 263 hp and 249 lb-ft. Both V-6s are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with manumatic shifting.
Running the Numbers
There are three V-6 Fusion models: the $23,760 SE and the $26,465 SEL, both with the 3.0-liter engine, and the $26,550 Sport, with the 3.5. Our SEL came loaded with heated, leather-trimmed seats; a leather-wrapped steering wheel with cruise and audio controls; power heated mirrors; the Select-Shift manumatic transmission; dual-zone climate control; the Sync voice-activated infotainment system; and auto headlamps. By the time navigation, a 12-speaker stereo, blind-spot monitoring, and a rear-view backup camera were added, the total sticker was $31,705. A $945 incentive dropped the price to $30,760, but that’s still a lot of dough for a mid-size family sedan.