The current generation Ford Fusion first came out in 2013, and it was an instant hit with consumers. The front end looked like something out of Aston Martin, especially the grille and the headlights. A lot of people thought that this would age relatively fast, but here we are, three years later, and it still looks as cool as the day it came out. In order to keep it that way, Ford decided to facelift it a bit for 2017, so you get a few changes to the front-fascia, the new Sync 3 system gets introduced, as well as the flagship Platinum trim, and we get a beast of an engine with the V6 Sport model.
In all honesty, we can sit here all day and talk about the amazing looks of the Fusion, how they make the entire car, how most buyers like a car which looks good, and it really does, but if there’s one change which really improves the Fusion overall, it would have to be the Sync 3 infotainment system. The old MyFord Touch system was criticized heavily, it received countless negative reviews, and for a good reason. It was slow, difficult to use and half of the time it wouldn’t do what you wanted it to. The new Sync 3 is miles, if not light years ahead of the old one. The large virtual buttons make it a joy to use and the intuitive menus make it easy to use even for people who aren’t that fond of technology.
The 2017 Ford Fusion is only available as a midsize four-door sedan, but it does come in five trims: S, SE, Titanium, Platinum and V6 Sport. The Fusion Energi (hybrid) deserves a separate review, as it targets a different segment, so we won’t include it in this article. The majority of the exterior and interior comments still apply to it however. The standard S trim comes with automatic headlights, full power accessories, cruise control, A/C, and the usual array of systems. Naturally, moving up in the trim levels means you get better materials, more gadgets and a few other bells and whistles.
The 2.5 liter four-cylinder unit is standard on the S and SE. It produces 175 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque. Naturally, it’s front-wheel drive, with all of it being sent through a six-speed auto. It returns 26 mpg on the combined cycle.
The SE gets two extra engines. A 1.5 liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 181 hp and 185 lb-ft of torque, mated to a six-speed auto with paddle shifters, and a 2.0 liter four-cylinder unit, also turbocharged, producing 240 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. In standard guise it’s front-wheel drive, but you can spec it with an all-wheel drive system. The V6 Sport gets a 2.7 liter V6 unit which produces a massive 325 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. It’s by far one of the most powerful cars in its segment. AWD is standard and so is the six-speed auto.
Should you want one, you’ll have to shell out $22,600 for the base model.