Review: 2017 Ford Fusion

Feb 1, 2016 by Cedric (Driver Weekly)

The Ford Fusion has always been a popular sedan, with the 2017 model aiming to extend its reach even further. The 2017 version of this Ford will include a new Fusion Sport model and several other changes that make it even more appealing.

Fusion Sport


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The new 2017 Fusion Sport will generate 350 pound-feet of torque, along with 325 horsepower and rely on all-wheel drive. This is the biggest news for the refreshed Fusion. This new Sport trim will have a 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine and a 6-speed automatic transmission that has been specially tuned. The impressive numbers mentioned above mean that the Fusion Sport will have a better output than the competition, including the Camry and Accord models with V6 engines, and even the BMW 340i. To keep with the sporty theme, the Fusion Sport will also have a rear spoiler, dual-twin exhaust ports, 19-inch wheels, a continuously controlled damping suspension, and a styled, blacked-out mesh grille. This trim even has a unique technology that can detect potholes and adjust the shock absorbers so you won’t feel the impact as strongly.

Fusion Platinum


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Another big change to be excited about in the 2017 Ford Fusion is the new Platinum model. This will be the top trim level, fitting above the current Titanium trim. It only makes minor changes, but they are well worth the upgrade for those who want a premium feel. The Platinum trim will add Venetian and cocoa leather along with a unique grille and 19-inch wheels.

Hybrid Updates


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The Fusion Hybrid and Energi, the plug-in hybrid, will still be offered for the 2017 model year, but come with several upgrades as well. These come in the form of updates to the software that should improve efficiency, according to Ford. We still don’t know if the official fuel economy numbers will change, however. These updates should also help make the drive more engaging and refined while boosting electric driving range. The Fusion Hybrid and Energi models have the advanced EcoGuide system that works with you to increase fuel economy by providing real-time coaching. The Energi should take you 19 miles on purely electric power, and in total, you can drive over 500 miles with a full tank and charge.

Sync 3


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The new 2017 Fusion will also have Sync 3, which helps to improve the safety features on this sedan. It has an updated cruise control system along with pedestrian detection and even an enhanced parking feature. The last of these makes it a breeze to make various perpendicular maneuvers—a vital part of getting in and out of your parking space.

General Information


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With the addition of the Fusion Sport and Platinum trims, there are more options than ever. You also get the choice of three different EcoBoost engines and two hybrid options, letting drivers pick from a traditional hybrid or a plug-in hybrid.

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