Base Price: $33,605
Price as Tested: $40,405
EPA City/HWY: 17/26 mpg
Engine: 2.7L Twin-Turbo EcoBoost V6
Power: 325hp, 380lb-ft
Drivetrain: AWD


WRITTEN/PHOTOGRAPHED BY: ANTHONY HERTA

Some athletes talk up a big game. They boast about their abilities. Flash their awards. Have some nice arm candy. Wear big championship rings, and show off their large fortune with monetary possessions.

Then there’s the humble athlete. You watch their abilities — you aren’t told about them. They keep to themselves. Focus on the game and don’t get distracted with monetary possessions.

The Ford Fusion Sport is that humble athlete.

The Sport subtly lets you know its different from the rest of the Fusion family with quad-exhaust tips, sweet 19-inch wheels, a rear spoiler and a blacked out grill to create a mean looking front end.

Especially in the “Shadow Black” exterior color, the Sport looks classy while slightly aggressive. It’s not boastful with huge wings or an obnoxious body kit. With a more humble approach to sporty-ness, it makes me think this car is targeted towards someone a bit older than me. 

The inside echoes the subtly sporty looking theme with unique “Dark Earth Grey” suede and leather seats, carbon-fiber-like trim, aluminum pedals and “Sport” embossed on the front floor mats.

Although the interior isn’t the best looking in its segment, functionally, there is a lot to like.

Nice materials grace the door panels and dash. Everything is within arms reach and easy to use — especially the massively improved SYNC 3 system on the 8-inch touchscreen in the center console.

Also new to all Fusions is the rotary shifter. It looks cool, but it’s definitely something to get used to.

On multiple occasions, I’ve had the urge to use it as the volume knob. Both knobs mimic the same design and are in close proximity to each other — making it fairly easy to confuse the two at a glance.

But, it does allow for a whole bunch of space in the center console for your phone or whatever you can fit back there.

 

SYNC 3 is a far cry from the complicated, slow and confusing system of the past. Improvements include modern graphics and gestures, quick responses to inputs, icons for important functions (such as phone or radio), and most importantly comes with Apple CarPlay compatibility. Nice job Ford.

Although this feature has been on Ford vehicles for years, I still love playing with the different colors of the ambient lighting. There is ice blue, SOFT blue, blue, purple, orange — whatever ever tickles your fancy.

The press car also came with the Driver Assistant Package which comes with a whole sweet of safety technology like Blind Spot Monitoring System, Lane-Keep assist that will help nudge back in your lane and pre-collision pedestrian detection that dramatically flashes lights in your face, beeps at you and will automatically break if you don’t take any action.

If you have the Fusion Sport or any Fusion with this package, believe me, these safety technologies have your back. I see very few excuses for damaging this car

The backseat is also fairly accommodating with a household outlet to charge one of the passengers’ phones, a good amount of knee and head room, and a huge trunk behind the seats

But trust me, the best place to sit is behind the wheel.

Under the hood lies a twin-turbo 2.7-liter V6 engine producing 325 horsepower and 380lb-ft of torque and it’s surprisingly quick.

Pulling up at a stoplight, someone may think, “oh that’s a nice car.” But based on its modest sporty looks, they will be wowed by how fast you can pull away from that stoplight.

In normal driving, the power is immediate and confidence inspiring. On a few occasions there was some turbo lag, but most of the time the Fusion launched with authority.

To make things even better, you can press the S, or Sport button, on the rotary shifter that does a whole bunch of things. Throttle response is more immediate. The transmission becomes more aggressive, steering effort hefts up, the adaptive dampers firm up and engine induction noise is discreetly played through the car’s speakers to heighten the sporty experience.

Although the combination of noises coming from the engine, exhaust and speakers sounds relatively good, knowing that it’s slightly artificial is a little like like finding out your favorite home cooked meals were actually store-bought. They’re still good, but you feel a little lied to.

But I guess Ford had to do something to give the allusion of sporty-ness since they made the cabin so quiet. Cruising on the freeway, the Fusion Sport is very quiet.

Also, the adaptive dampers deliver a very smooth ride and come with pothole detection. With this technology, it detects if a wheel is driving in a pothole and then prevents the wheel from sinking all the way down into the pothole to reduce the impact and likelihood of a puncture, and that is something anyone who drives on Michigan roads can appreciate.

All-wheel-drive also helps put all that power down and provides a lot of grip through the corners. The summer tires on my press car were also likely helping the Sport tackle corners with more speed.

Overall, I was very impressed by the Ford Fusion Sport. It’s surprisingly quick, quiet, fairly good looking and has a lot of cool and useful available features. For the Sport trim like this vehicle, you’ll be looking at a base price of $33,605, but if you want the awesome Sync 3 system and touchscreen, the self-parking tech and all those safety technologies, you’ll be paying over 40 grand ($40,405). 

If you want a midsize sedan that has a ton of features, is surprisingly quick, good looking and is a lot more exciting than the typical Fusion, you really cant go wrong with the Ford Fusion Sport.

It may not brag about its accomplishments, but once you get behind the wheel and test it for yourself, the Fusion Sport will humbly win you over.