November 2011

Vehicle Profile: The 2012 Ford Fusion Sport

The Ford Fusion has been winning awards (like Motor Trend Car of the Year) with its cutting-edge design, innovative class-leading technology and remarkable fuel economy. For 2012, the Ford Fusion Sport builds on that reputation, offering balanced ride and handling, a potent V6 and equipment you’ll appreciate right from the start.
 
The Ford Fusion is a proven winner. “Ford Fusion delivers value and performance through a diverse lineup, offering customers the opportunity to better tailor their needs,” said Jonathan Richards, Fusion Marketing Manager. “The 2012 Ford Fusion will continue to build off this heritage.”
 
Fusion models, including the innovative Fusion Hybrid, have been lauded for their fuel efficiency. In a performance trim like the Fusion Sport, you might expect fuel economy to take a backseat; however, even though the 3.5-liter V6 standard in the Fusion Sport delivers 263 hp, the front-wheel drive Fusion Sport checks in at 18 mpg city and 27 mpg highway.
 
For the 2012 model year, the Fusion Sport is standard with a six-speed SelectShift Automatic transmission with a thumb shifter, so the driver can manually select gears without having to take their hands from the wheel. Six speeds offers wider range of ratios, delivering more responsive acceleration at the low end while preserving high fuel economy in the overdrive gear.
 
With the power afforded by the 3.5-liter V6, Ford engineers also had to focus on managing traction and keeping the Fusion on the straight and narrow. Standard AdvanceTrac with Electronic Stability Control (ESC) automatically applies the brakes and modulates engine power when the system detects wheel slip in order to minimize the likelihood of a skid. The system is a boon to drivers on dry pavement, and also provides that added measure of confidence in wet, icy or snow-covered conditions.
 
For the ultimate in driving confidence, drivers can also select an all-wheel drive Ford Fusion Sport, which even further improves traction on any surface. The all-wheel drive system constantly monitors road conditions and distributes engine power to the wheels that have the most traction. At highway speed, the AWD system automatically deactivates to preserve fuel economy, but instantly re-engages when the system senses a slippery condition.
 
In addition to the mechanical upgrades offered by the Fusion Sport, drivers are treated to a number of interior and exterior enhancements exclusive to this trim level. Inside, the 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat and four-way power-adjustable passenger’s seat are trimmed in leather with red, blue or black inserts and Charcoal Black facing, and are enhanced by a pair of seat heaters. Accent stitching and a leather-wrapped wheel add to the overall feel of quality inside.
 
Outside, the Fusion Sport features enhancements that telegraph its less-than-pedestrian intentions. Eighteen-inch, five-spoke, painted aluminum wheels and P225/45VR18 tires provide the Fusion Sport with additional grip, and a color-matched rear deck spoiler and side sills, and chromed dual exhaust outlets round out the package.
 
Like all Fusion models, the Fusion Sport is projected to retain more of its resale value when compared against the 2011 Toyota Camry, and the 2012 Ford Fusion is expected to earn a Top Safety Pick rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (for models built after February 2011).
 
For 2012, the Ford Fusion advances its place as one of America’s favorite automobiles, and the Fusion Sport is even more fun to drive. Stop in today for a test drive and find out for yourself.

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