2011 Ford Fusion Sport AWD Hands-On

Posted: Dec 14 2010, 1:08pm CST | by , in Reviews | I4U Gadget Reviews

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A week with a nice little family sedan

A week ago, I spent seven days with the new 2011 Ford Fusion Sport AWD. The little car is very nice for someone looking for a sporty vehicle that still has four doors and offers the power you want for getting around in traffic.

The 2011 Ford Fusion Sport AWD that Ford brought me to drive was a 5-passenger model with the 6-speed automatic Selectshift transmission. The exterior of the car was an attractive shade of blue Ford calls Blue Flame Metallic. I'd call it metallic navy. The interior of the car had special blue sport leather seats that looked really cool and the dash had some blue bits on it as well that matched the snazzy leather. The car was very nice looking.

My test mule has 18" wheels, rapid spec package 402A with heated seats, BLIS system, rear view camera, moon and tune package, and a lot more. The standard price for the 2011 Ford Fusion Sport AWD is $28,505 and my fully loaded tester cost $32,225. The engine under the sleek blue hood is a 3.5L 24V Duratec V6.

The 2011 Ford Fusion Sport AWD is a larger car and despite the size of the vehicle the AWD and V6 power teamed up to provide a very fun driving experience. You won't mistake this car for a Mustang or other sports car, but the overall feel and performance are very sporty. My wife has a Ford Edge and the 2011 Ford Fusion Sport AWD felt like a rocket compared to it.

I love the style of the outside and inside of the vehicle. I found myself wishing the seats had more padding and better bolstering, they are very flat. Most drivers won't be throwing the 2011 Ford Fusion Sport AWD around in the corners, but with a "sport" designated vehicle better seats would be welcome. The cool blue leather was actually pretty nice and the leather was of good quality as well.

The AWD system meant that you could launch the vehicle pretty hard and not be overwhelmed with torque steer that is associated with most front wheel drive vehicles on hard take offs. Other than the performance features, the 2011 Ford Fusion Sport AWD is packed with safety features too.

I wish my Mustang had the BLIS w/ Cross Traffic alert system. This system senses when there is a car in your blind spot and a little orange light on the mirror glows. The system saved me from a possible accident on the highway when a tiny SMART car was hiding in the blind spot. I almost changed lanes right on top of the other car until I noticed that light on the mirror.

The car drives and rides very well. On bumpy pavement, it is solid feeling with no overt rattles or squeaks to drive you crazy. The car handles well with nice tight handling, though again you won’t confuse this for a sports car in the twisties. The Selectshift transmission has a manual mode where you can push the shift lever towards a plus or minus for up shifting and downshifting. I bet most drivers won't use that feature, but if you feel sporty, it works well. The car will hold the gear you are in, bouncing off the rev limiter, until you tell it to shift. I noticed you need to shift about 500 rpm before where you actually want to shift to get things just right.

The 2011 Ford Fusion Sport AWD V6 gets good gas mileage. I racked up less than the EPA estimates in the city and on the highway, mostly thanks to my heavy right foot. It's too much fun to launch the AWD car to just creep into the throttle. The 2011 Ford Fusion Sport AWD is a four door car with enough room for kids and full size adults in the back without forcing the front seat passengers into the dash.

Overall, the 2011 Ford Fusion Sport AWD is one of my favorite cars in the Ford line up and one of Ford's best sellers. The 2011 Ford Fusion sits right in the gap between the smaller Focus and the Larger Taurus and is sized so that a real family can easily use it making it very appealing. My mother drives a base model 2010 Fusion, she loves the car, and after my week with the 2011 Ford Fusion Sport AWD, I can see why.

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/3" rel="author">Shane McGlaun</a>
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