2017 Fusion Hybrid New Car Test Drive
A big oblong grille leads the way to one of the most attractive sedan designs to be found today. At the very least, all Fusions, including the Hybrids, rank among the best-looking family sedans in the midsize class. For 2017, the shapely grille has grown even wider, with a greater level of crispness. The racy fastback silhouette tapers into a tail that suggests a hatchback, but the Fusion has a trunk. LED headlights are standard.
Fusions tend to look better in darker shades, which highlight the sedan's racy shape. Light colors are likely to make the Fusion appear thicker and heavier. Either way, though, it's one of the most noticeable sedan designs on today's road.
Modern and tasteful, the Fusion interior focuses on seating comfort. Seats are nicely shaped and especially comfortable. Recycled synthetic fabric covers base-level Hybrid seats. Leather seating surfaces are standard in upper trim levels.
Ford's glassed-in instrument cluster lets the driver configure displays and data as they prefer, ignoring the others. To its credit, Ford has kept traditional knobs for climate control and radio adjustment. Touch-sensitive buttons, used for other controls, can be frustrating, at least initially.
Thankfully, the controversial MyFord Touch input system is gone, replaced by a new SYNC 3 setup that uses less-fancy graphics, but promises quicker, more accurate responses.
Both hybrid models provide good interior volume, but the Fusion's fastback-style roofline does cut down on backseat head clearance. Front wheel wells tend to push front passengers' feet toward the center. On the plus side, knee room is ample for six-footers.