2017 Ford Fusion

Starting MSRP: $22,610 - $38,620

Estimated MPG: 21 city / 32 hwy

2017 Ford Fusion Review

The 2017 Ford Fusion is more stylish than you'd expect a midsize sedan in this price range to be, and it also delivers powerful performance and strong fuel economy. It's a great choice for drivers seeking an elegant take on capable family transportation.

By Warren Clarke
Last Updated 07/05/2017

The Fusion receives several upgrades for 2017. The V6 Sport trim is new to the lineup, and it places greater power under the hood and adds performance-inspired exterior updates such as deeper air intakes and a gloss-black metal grille. There's also a new Platinum trim geared toward buyers seeking a luxury-car experience. It features a unique grille up front and premium leather within the cabin. Sync 3 is newly available for 2017, and this latest generation of Ford's communications and entertainment system provides quicker performance and a more user-friendly interface than its predecessor.

Ford's Fusion provides seating for five and the choice of front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. Five trims are offered: S, SE, Titanium, Platinum and V6 Sport. Hybrid and plug-in hybrid models are also available, and they are reviewed separately.

Exterior

Exterior

The 2017 Ford Fusion is easily one of the most handsome choices in its segment. The front fascia features a confident grille flanked by slim headlights, with deep character lines accenting the hood. Two character lines span the sedan's profile, from headlight to taillight and from front to rear wheel well. Slender tail lamps and a body-colored bumper mark the view from the back. Base models feature body-colored power mirrors, a capless fuel filler, daytime running lamps, a chrome grille, LED tail lamps and solar-tinted glass. Available features include fog lamps, a rear spoiler, LED headlamps and a premium grille. Base models come with 16-inch wheels, while 17-, 18- and 19-inch wheels are available.

Interior

Interior

The Fusion's cabin varies from merely gorgeous in base models to downright luxurious in the Platinum trim, and the trunk provides a respectable 16 cubic feet of cargo capacity. Base models come with a tilt-and-telescoping steering column, a rotary gear-shift dial, power door locks and 60/40 split-folding rear seats. The list of available features includes a power sunroof, a 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone climate control, a heated steering wheel, leather upholstery and heated and ventilated front seats.

Performance

Performance

When it comes to handling, the Fusion is responsive and assured. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard, and buyers may choose among four engines. A 2.5-liter inline four provides 175 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque. It's available only with front-wheel drive and is rated at 21/32 mpg city/highway. A turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder provides 181 horsepower and 185 pound-feet of torque, and it too is only offered with front-wheel drive. Models with this engine earn an EPA-estimated 23/34 mpg city/highway. Next on the lineup is a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline four that produces 245 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque. Combine this engine with front-wheel drive and the Fusion is rated at 21/31 mpg. Adding all-wheel drive results in a 20/29 mpg rating. The final engine choice is a turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 providing 325 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque. It’s offered only with all-wheel drive for fuel efficiency of 17/26 mpg.

Technology

Technology

Base-model Fusions provide technology that includes a rearview camera, push-button start, a four-speaker sound system, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, the voice-activated Sync system and Ford's MyKey, which can be used to encourage safer teen driving. Available features include a 12-speaker sound system, the Sync 3 infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, satellite radio and driver-assistance technology such as forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring and lane departure warning.