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Well, that's not exactly true... as tires start to lose grip, the car will transfer power to others (Although the Fusion's system isn't exactly top-notch). That being said, tires are grip. Crappy tires mean crappy grip, period.
Michelin Pilots, despite peoples bitching, are fairly respectable tires. They just aren't worth the cost of them.
When it comes to selecting a tire, it also depends on if you plan on switching them out for winter or not. There's some great performance tires out there, but you aren't going to want to run them in ice or snow, so that means getting either summers+winters, or no-seasons (all-seasons). Just depends on how much hassle you want/etc.
What do you mean by "Fusion's system isn't exactly top-notch?" Are you referring to the AWD or the FWD versions?
The Fusion's AWD system is the same mechanical Haldex system that has been in use for quite some time in Volvos. It is capable only of putting power front to rear (not side to side) and relies on traction control for switching power from wheel to wheel. It also carries a power ratio limit of 100:0 to 50:50, F:R, with a standard distribution of 100:0. It also relies on slip to change power. In other words, it doesn't actually sense where to put power, but rather the wheels must slip out before any power changes are made.
It's certainly not a bad system, but it doesn't compare to some of the more modern systems out there (Audi, Mitsubishi, Subaru, etc).