When it was completely redesigned a few years ago, the Ford Fusion sprinted from the middle of the pack to front-runner status in the super competitive midsize sedan segment. The Fusion manages to show that good, space-efficient design can also be very good-looking.

This mainstream mid-size sedan manages to be comfortable, spacious, and packed with technology, and even though it’s no longer a new design it’s still one of the most attractive in its class.

In all of its versions, the Fusion has some truly top-notch ride and handling, with well-tuned steering and a taut yet absorbent feel, it has firm, flat, reassuring cornering that’s not to the detriment of ride quality, combined with a nimble, eager feeling that’s missing from most mid-size sedans.

The Fusion is all about drivetrain options. Buyers had many engine and transmission choices, all of which produce stellar fuel economy. Engines include a 2.5L 4-cylinder, a 1.5L 4-cylinder turbo, a 2.0L 4-cylinder turbo, a 2.0L 4-cylinder hybrid and a plug-in hybrid system. A 6-speed automatic transmission is mated to them all and the Fusion is available in all-wheel drive.

In addition to drivetrain choices, you can get a lot of high-tech safety in a Fusion. Blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping assistance and adaptive cruise control with collision warning help expand driver awareness, and make the Fusion an excellent road-trip sedan.

The reverse-sensing system helps in parking lots, and the Active Park Assist system takes it even further, it will measure a parking spot for the driver and if accepted, the car will steer itself into the parking space, the driver controls the shifting, acceleration, and braking

On the inside, you will like that the Fusion is very quiet. Then, you noticed how solid the door sounds when you close it. You look around and see good materials, and feel quality. The seat is comfortable and supportive. There’s lots of storage space around the center stack. Holy cow, you realize, you’re in a base S model.

When it comes to performance we suggest that you move beyond the base S-trim model, which has an underpowered engine and a hard-to-use infotainment system. Shop for a model with a more potent available engine and the MyFord Touch infotainment system, and you’ll have a solid entry-level used car that’s just as fun to ride in as it is to drive.

The Ford Fusion is comfortable, roomy, detailed, high-tech, athletic, and last but not least striking. With a grille cribbed from Aston Martin and a sleek profile, a new Ford Fusion would look right at home among several luxury sedans. If you are worried that such good looks will come with a big price tag, don’t fret, depending on condition and mileage­ I found plenty of 2016 Fusions available ranging in price from $11,000 to the top of the line loaded Titanium package for around $20,000.