2017 Fusion New Car Test Drive
The 2017 Ford Fusion features fresh styling inside and out. Also new for the 2017 model year are a new Fusion V6 Sport model and a new Fusion Platinum trim level. 2017 Fusion models also get the latest version of Ford Sync 3 and upgraded safety features.
The Ford Fusion is a roomy, comfortable, attractive and nimble midsize sedan, strong on stance, profile and details, to go with its great handling. The 2017 Fusion represents the fifth year of its generation, but it still fares well when compared to the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, and the new and improved Chevrolet Malibu.
2017 Fusion S and Fusion SE models come with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder making 178 horsepower, mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. The performance from that engine doesn't match the fastback looks.
More lively is the available 1.5-liter EcoBoost turbocharged four-cylinder that also gets better fuel mileage by two miles per gallon. There's another EcoBoost four-cylinder turbo, this one 2.0 liters and 240 horsepower with an oomphy 270 pound-feet of torque and all-wheel drive.
A fourth powertrain is the one designed for fuel mileage, the Hybrid, as well as a plug-in hybrid called the Energi, both with EPA ratings of more than 40 Combined miles per gallon (we'll cover these two in separate reviews).
The new 2017 Ford Fusion V6 Sport features a powerful V6 engine paired with all-wheel drive. Ford isn't kidding around about the word sport, as it's a 2.7-liter twin turbo making 325 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque, blowing the bigger V6 engines in the Accord and Camry out of the water. The 2017 Fusion V6 Sport comes with an active suspension, continuously controlled damping that sees potholes and prepares the shock absorbers for them before the potholes hit. The V6 Sport also gets its own styling touches, including a black mesh grille, deeper front air intakes, rear spoiler, twin exhausts, and 19-inch wheels.
The styling on all 2017 Fusion models is freshened at the nose and tail, with a wider, sleeker grille, and LED headlamps and taillamps. There's a new chrome strip in back, and new wheels. The interior has been upgraded with a redesigned console, and there's a new top trim model called the Platinum. Finally, 2017 Fusion gets the latest version of Ford's interactive infotainment system, called Sync 3.
The 2.5-liter S and SE models are rated by the EPA at 21 miles per gallon city, 31 highway, and 25 combined. The 1.5-liter turbo gets 23/34/27 mpg, using the same 6-speed automatic transmission with an added feature; it uses engine coolant to warm up the transmission to make it slicker, sooner. Automatic stop-start is standard with this engine on 2017 models.
The 2.0-liter turbo with direct injection is standard on the Fusion Titanium and Platinum. Using the same 6-speed automatic and front-wheel drive, it gets an EPA-rated 21/31/25 mpg. All-wheel driving drops fuel efficiency by about two miles per gallon. It also uses the transmission warm-up, as well shutters behind the grille that close at speed to improve aerodynamics.
The 2017 Ford Fusion gets five stars overall from NHTSA for crash safety, and the top rating from the IIHS, except small overlap, where it earned Acceptable.
There are many new electronic safety systems for 2017, including adaptive cruise control that comes to a stop and back up to speed, meaning you can drive with no feet; pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection; lane-keeping; driver alerts for drowsiness; and Park Assist that will park your car perpendicular as well as parallel.
Ford Fusion S ($22,610) comes with the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, front-wheel drive, cloth upholstery, manual air conditioning, power windows, four-speaker AM/FM/CD audio. Fusion SE ($24,134) gets upgraded audio, wheels and other features and is available with all-wheel drive ($27,930). The 1.5-liter and 2.0-liter Ecoboost engines are options.
Fusion Titanium ($30,880) and Titanium AWD ($32,880) employ the 2.0-liter turbocharged Ecoboost engine and features leather upholstery, dual-zone climate control and other upgrades. (All prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge. Prices may change at any moment without notice.).