Base Price: $33,750
Engine: 2.7-liter V-6 Twin Turbo
Horsepower: 325 hp @ 5500 rpm
Torque: 380 lb-ft @ 3500 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic with manual shifting mode
Curb Weight: 3,681 lbs.
0-60: 5.3 sec
MPG: 17 City / 26 Highway
The Fast Family Sedan:
When people think of a family sedan, they envision a grey or black sedan with a 4-cylinder engine that isn’t fun to drive or good looking. Ford is on a mission to change that thought with the 2018 Ford Fusion Sport. The targeted buyer for this specific model of Fusion is a young professional - one that would normally consider buying a BMW 3-Series or Audi A4 but wants something a little different and faster. In fact, not many families are buying the Fusion Sport. But hey that’s ok with us. Being a young professional myself, I absolutely love the look and thought behind this car. It’s packed full of options, extremely fast and fun to drive while not breaking the bank. Ford has equipped this model with a 2.7L twin turbocharged V-6 that cranks out 325 hp and an astounding 380 lb-ft. The included AWD can lay all this power to the ground without losing control.
AWD Is Key:
The Fusion is one of the only sedans in this large segment with optional AWD. (AWD is standard on the Sport model, and an option on the other trims.) I see this as a huge advantage for drivers wanting a sportier experience, but also very practical if you live in a climate with snowy winters.
When you see how much the Fusion Sport costs, you might wonder how they make it stand out. To wit: crisp LED daytime running lights which are better from the ones found on the standard Fusion, quad exhaust, a blackened grill and Sport badging all over. I think this Fusion looks fantastic with the Ruby Red paint color and the optional 19” dark tarnish wheels. All these features combine to make one sporty looking sedan!
Technology Has Arrived:
All new cars have so much technology, it’s becoming a battle of who can come up with the next big thing. Ford gives their competitors a run for their money in this area. Implemented is some unique technology like a pothole mitigation system. It uses the active suspension dampening system to roll over a hole rather than going into it. Next is laser guided cruise control with stop and go. I found this system to be too jerky, especially compared to others I have tested. Standard tech such as blind spot detection and the self-parking feature work great. With that said, the Fusion is on the cutting edge in this packed segment.
Why Fusion Sport:
You don’t buy a Fusion Sport to drive like a normal human being. It was truly created with performance and athletic driving in mind. If you aren’t going to push the limits while driving, then don’t get the Sport model - go for a Platinum instead. With an extremely impressive 0-60 time of just 5.3 seconds, Ford actually made a mundane car exciting again. It looks great, drives like a champ and has a lot of technology to make your life easier on the road.