2017 Ford Fusion

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By car standards, the 2017 Ford Fusion is middle-aged. The current Fusion was introduced as a 2013 model and became instantly beloved for its sleek profile and swiped-from-an-Aston-Martin front grille. But after four years, it could look pretty stale in the marketplace. Time for a midcycle refresh and update.

By the standard of refreshes, the Fusion has undergone a subtle one. Of course there's a new front grille, and it's joined by new headlights in a redesigned fascia. Inside, the conventional automatic shifter has given way to a new rotary control. The big advantage of rotary knobs, however, is that they use less space to do their job, and Ford hasn't radically changed the center console to free up that real estate.

But then there's Ford's new Sync 3 entertainment and information system, which is easier to use, more fast and responsive, and features much clearer graphics than the unloved MyFord Touch system that it replaces.

Added to the option list, among other things, are LED headlights, lane keeping assist, a rear cross-traffic alert system, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning system, and a revised automatic parking system that will both parallel park and perpendicular park without driver input. There's also a new Platinum trim level that packs in practically every option and adds amenities such as quilted leather upholstery and a power-adjustable steering wheel.

The most exciting Fusion will now be the new Fusion Sport V6, which comes powered by a turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 with 325 horsepower. With 350 pound-feet of torque on tap, it should prove to be the quickest mainstream midsize sedan for sale in North America.

The base Fusion S — selling primarily to fleet customers &mdash is powered by the familiar, non-turbocharged 2.5-liter Duratec four-cylinder engine, which is rated at 175 horsepower. The popular SE model comes with the 2.5L Duratec standard but can also be had with a fuel-sipping, 1.5-liter EcoBoost turbocharged-four with 181 hp or a robust 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder EcoBoost engine with 245 hp. The more luxuriously equipped Titanium and Platinum models get the 2.0-liter EcoBoost standard. All models use a six-speed automatic transmission as standard, and the SE and above offer the option of all-wheel drive.

Ford also offers Fusion Hybrid and plug-in hybrid Fusion Energi models that are covered under their own reviews.

With solid entries from virtually every mainstream manufacturer, finding the right midsize sedan for you can be confusing. If the 2017 Ford Fusion appeals, Edmunds is here to help you find the one that's just right for you.