Looking for a midsize sedan with solid power, excellent fuel economy, distinctive styling and a wide array of tech features? The 2017 Ford Fusion might be a good match. Here's a quick rundown of what we like, what we don't and the bottom line from the Edmunds editors.
MARK TAKAHASHI: I'm editor Mark Takahashi. And here's an Edmunds Expert Rundown of the 2017 Ford Fusion. The current Fusion has been around for a while and remains a strong choice. But the competition is heating up. The turbocharged four-cylinder engine choices deliver plenty of power while returning good fuel efficiency. The powerful turbo V6 represent the hot rod fusion, but at the expense of fuel economy. We like the exterior styling. But that sloping rear roof line does cut down on visibility and back seat headroom. Trunk space is still decent for the class though. Interior quality is comparable to other sedans. And the overall design is pleasant with angular accents. Mid-range trims look even more modern with a SYNC 3 system that eliminates some of the physical buttons. As far as operation goes, SYNC 3 is one of the better infotainment systems, a vast improvement over the previous MyFord Touch miss. The bottom line is the Ford Fusion holds its own against the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, and Mazda 6 thanks to its variety and models and engines. But it comes up a little short when it comes to rear seat room.
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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.
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