Ford’s four-door for the masses

Ford’s Fusion steps up its technology game for 2017. Inheriting the mainstream family-sedan mantle from the Taurus was no laughing matter for the Fusion, and when it debuted in 2006 it made its mark with impressive driving dynamics and a fresh new look for Ford. For 2017, the freshened second-generation Fusion retains its sport-sedan leanings while broadening the lineup and introducing features more common to luxury cars than family sedans.

It may not look like it at a glance, but there’s a lot going on with Ford’s bread-and-butter sedan. With three very distinct models, the Fusion seems to be heading down the same path that Ford’s endlessly-configurable F-Series has followed. The Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid offer maximum efficiency without sacrificing comfort or performance; the new Fusion Platinum has all of the high-tech toys including the new Ford SYNC3 system, advanced self-parking features, pedestrian detection, and adaptive cruise control with full stop and go capabilities. The stop-and-go system can take over throttle and brake functions during heavy traffic, keeping the driver from stressing out during rush hour congestion. To keep a foot in the performance game, the Fusion V6 Sport features a twin-turbo V6 that nudges BMW levels of performance.

Updated 06/10/2016: Ford announced prices for the 2017 Fusion. Check the "Prices" section for the full details.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 Ford Fusion.

  • 2017 Ford Fusion
  • Year:
    2017
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  • Engine:
    V6
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    325
  • Displacement:
    2.7 L
  • 0-60 time:
    6.5 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    22000 (Est.)
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Exterior

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Styling updates for the Fusion are evolutionary. The sleek shape with a vaguely Aston Martin-ish grille remains largely unchanged. LED accent lighting defines the headlights and front end, and Ford has taken steps to distinguish the models from one another. The Fusion V6 Sport is the most distinctive, with unique 19-inch wheels, a gloss black mesh grille and a rear spoiler. The Fusion Platinum also has a distinctive grille.

Interior

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The Fusion’s interior retains a similar look, with Ford’s cool reconfigurable digital dash and a sporty, thick-rimmed steering wheel. What is new is the rotary shift dial on the console, which reduces visual clutter by eliminating the shift lever. A large smartphone-style touchscreen enables control of the SYNC3 system, while redundant buttons below are useful when wearing gloves. The Fusion can also be connected via SYNC to a smartphone so Fusion owners can remote-start, lock or unlock the car through the phone. The redesigned console provides a large storage bin for cell phones or other devices. In the hybrid Fusion models, Ford’s EcoGuide display will coach drivers on how to hypermile.

The Fusion Platinum brings out the Fusion's plush side.

The Fusion Platinum brings out the Fusion’s plush side. Antiqued leather adorns the instrument panel and door panels, and the steering wheel is hand-stitched with Venetian leather. The available pedestrian detection system is the first of its kind on a Ford in North America. Other driver aids include hands-free parallel and perpendicular parking, a camera that helps the car maintain lane position and the Blind Spot Information System with cross-traffic alert.

Perhaps one of the most stress-relieving driver aids is the adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go. During times of heavy traffic, the driver can activate the adaptive cruise control and the car will maintain a safe following distance from the car ahead. This includes speeds down to a stop.

If stopped for more than three seconds, the driver simply reactivates the system via a button on the steering wheel or pressing the accelerator. The system then resumes following the car ahead. Like any adaptive cruise control system, the driver sets the desired speed and simply steers the vehicle, while the computer modulated the throttle and brake.

Drivetrain

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Considering the Fusion’s reputation for sporty performance, it’s no surprise that Ford turned up the dial on the Fusion V6 Sport. A 2.7 liter V6 uses Ford’s EcoBoost twin-turbo system to provide 325 horsepower. Coupled with all-wheel drive, the Fusion V6 Sport is throwing down numbers deep into true sports-sedan territory. The Fusion V6 Sport also includes an active suspension that even includes a pothole detection system to reduce the impact of unexpected divots in the road.

At the opposite end of the spectrum the hybrid-electric Fusions combine a 2.0 liter gasoline engine with electric assist. The Fusion Energi’s 7.6 kilowatt-hour compact lithium-ion battery can go up to 19 miles at full speed on full battery power. Full range is over 500 miles when using gas and electricity. The charging system is intelligent as well. It takes just 2.5 hours to charge the Fusion Energi, and the system can be programmed to charge at off-peak hours, saving money.

Fusion V6 Sport models will also be equipped with an advanced, computer-controlled shock absorber system for the 2017 model year. The system’s on-board computer uses 12 high-resolution sensors to review the road ahead and identify road hazards. The adjustable dampers can adjust every two milliseconds, as needed to accommodate for the best ride possible. For instance, if the car is approaching a pothole in the road, the system will adjust the front suspension to a stiff setting, preventing the wheel from dropping into the hole and striking the opposite side of the pothole. The rear suspension is then adjusted to accommodate the same obstacle. All told, this Fusion V6 Sport is the first Ford vehicle equipped with this system, and should provide the smoothest ride possible, regardless of conditions.

Safety

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Safety ratings for the 2017 Fusion haven’t been released yet, but the 2016 model receives a five-star overall rating from NHTSA. The car is rated five stars for frontal crash, and four for side and rollover. Safety equipment includes stability control, an available forward collision warning system and an available lane departure warning system. The lane-keeping assist and cross-traffic detection cameras and radar also provide a measure of active safety.

Prices

Pricing for the new Ford Fusion starts from $22,120, only $10 more than the previous model. For this amount, you get to take home the base Fusion S trim. Opt for the SE and the sticker jumps to $23,120, while the Titanium version will set you back $30,120 before options. Next in line is the Sport, priced from $33,475, and the Platinum, which comes in at $36,625.

Moving over to the Fusion Hybrid, the S retails from $25,185, the SE from $25,990, and the Titanium from $30,520. The Fusion Energi range starts from $31,120 in base SE trim, while the Titanium and Platinum models fetch $32,120 and 39,120 before options, respectively.

Ford Fusion S $22,120
Ford Fusion SE $23,120
Ford Fusion Titanium $30,120
Ford Fusion Sporrt $33,475
Ford Fusion Platinum $36,625
Ford Fusion Hybrid S $25,185
Ford Fusion Hybrid SE $25,990
Ford Fusion Hybrid Titanium $30,520
Ford Fusion Energi SE $31,120
Ford Fusion Energi Titanium $32,120
Ford Fusion Energi Platinum $39,120

Competition

2015 Toyota Camry

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Mark McNabb had yet another crack at the 2015 Camry, this time in its loaded-up XLE trim level.

It’s going to be hard calling the 2015 Toyota Camry a bland mid-size car anymore with its new bold styling, but it still isn’t as groundbreaking as the looks of the current Ford Fusion. The Camry also doesn’t offer a plug-in hybrid model like the Fusion, but that isn’t scaring customers away. The Toyota Camry continues to be the best-selling car in the U.S., and it’s hard to see that changing anytime soon.

Read our full review of the 2015 Toyota Camry here.

2016 Chevrolet Malibu

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Once an also-ran in this segment, the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu is coming on strong with an eye-catching design and a new lineup of powertrain options. The design sets the tone for future Chevrolet passenger cars, while the powertrain lineup has grown to include a hybrid drive system based on what is found in the 2016 Chevrolet Volt.

Read our full review of the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu here.

Conclusion

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The Fusion has always been a competent and nice-driving sedan. For 2017, the lineup is broadened in an evolutionary way. With the hybrid-electric models gaining a higher profile and the Fusion Sport becoming very reminiscent of the Taurus SHO during its heyday, this revised family hauler aims to elevate itself to become a true mass-market standout.

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    • * Styling is very familiar and may blend in a bit too well
    • * Not sure Ford went far enough in distinguishing the individual models

Updated History

Update 04/05/2016: Ford has announced the 2017 Fusion will be available with adaptive cruise control that includes “stop-and-go,” which allows the car to follow the flow of heavy traffic without the driver touching the pedals.

Updated 02/18/2016:Ford just announced that the Fusion V6 Sport will come standard with Ford’s first ever computer-controlled shock absorber system. See the drivetrain section for details. Hit "play" to watch the new system in action.

Updated 01/11/2016: Ford unveiled the all-new 2017 Fusion at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show.

Updated 12/02/2015: The upcoming Ford Fusion was caught testing once again, this time on the streets of Detroit and with almost all the previous camouflage removed!

Spy Shots

December 2, 2015 - Ford Fusion hits the streets of Detroit

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April 17, 2015 - First testing session

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Press Release

The new Ford Fusion continues to be a game changer among midsize sedans, with the most technologically advanced lineup ever – including two hybrid models and a new all-wheel-drive Fusion V6 Sport engineered to leave other family sedans in the dust.

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Fusion V6 Sport and the new Fusion Platinum add to a lineup featuring three EcoBoost® engine choices, along with two hybrids, Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid – something neither Toyota nor Honda offers midsize sedan shoppers.

“Fusion offers people a lot more car – including helpful technology, beautiful design and a more rewarding driving experience than other midsize sedans,” said Raj Nair, Ford executive vice president and chief technical officer, Global Product Development.

Fusion V6 Sport: Fusion V6 Sport is a performance sedan unlike anything in the segment with a twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter EcoBoost® V6 delivering a projected 325 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque. All-wheel-drive Fusion V6 Sport is projected to make approximately 100 lb.-ft. of additional torque and nearly 50 more horsepower than the 3.5-liter V6 engines in Toyota Camry and Honda Accord
Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi: New Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi lead America’s best-selling lineup of plug-in hybrids. New software in both hybrids delivers an even more refined and engaging drive for customers, while more efficient electric motors are expected to contribute to better fuel economy and a purer range of electric driving
Fusion Platinum: Fusion Platinum is designed for those seeking even greater levels of refinement and craftsmanship in a midsize sedan. With available award-winning 2.0-liter EcoBoost and all-wheel drive, the real story is the interior experience. Instrument and door trim panels are wrapped in antiqued Cocoa leather, and the hand-wrapped steering wheel is finished in premium Venetian leather. A unique grille finished in Magnetic paint makes for an upscale design and 19-inch polished wheels return confident performance

Together, Fusion V6 Sport, Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi, and Fusion Platinum offer three different flavors of an award-winning lineup for midsize sedan customers.

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Fusion V6 Sport adds continuously controlled damping for real-time suspension tuning based on setup and road inputs. The system features pothole detection technology that, in less than the blink of an eye, adjusts the shock absorbers to greatly reduce the severity of impact transmitted to occupants. Power and handling are complemented by unique, performance-inspired style inside and out. The look is distinguished by an aggressive exterior with deeper air intakes and a gloss black-finish mesh grille, 19-inch wheels, rear spoiler and dual twin exhaust outlets.

Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi are technology-packed electrified vehicles that offer an advanced EcoGuide system to provide drivers real-time coaching to get even better fuel economy. Fusion Energi features a 7.6-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery for an expected range of 19 miles using electric power only. The car automatically switches to an efficient 2.0-liter gasoline engine when the battery is depleted, allowing customers to drive more than 500 miles.

Ford continues to innovate and evolve with its lithium-ion batteries that save weight and take up less space than the less sophisticated nickel-metal hydride batteries found in Toyota Camry Hybrid. Neither Camry nor Accord offers a plug-in hybrid.

Recharging Fusion Energi can be done overnight in just 2.5 hours. The car is smart enough to know when to begin charging to get electricity at the lowest price. It can even preheat or precool the cabin before drivers leave to save more fuel.

Both electrified Fusions deliver impressive overall performance with electric-only speeds up to 85 mph. Regenerative braking captures up to 95 percent of the energy lost through heat during braking and recharges the hybrid battery on the move.

Meaningful technology
Fusion is the most technologically advanced midsize car Ford has ever built in North America – the first car sold here with Ford’s pedestrian detection system. Fusion also has hands-free parallel and perpendicular parking capability. The new high-tech gear shift dial results in a roomier cabin with easy-to-reach bins.

Lane-keeping assist helps drivers maintain proper lane position using a small, forward-facing camera behind the rearview mirror that “looks” at the road ahead – monitoring lane lines to ensure the car is on course.

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Available Blind Spot Information System with cross-traffic alert includes sensors in the car’s rear quarter-panels that can detect traffic in a driver’s blind spot, providing both audible and visual warnings if traffic – unseen by the driver – is detected. BLIS® enables cross-traffic alert, warning the driver of oncoming traffic when backing out of a parking space with obstructed views. In combination with the standard rearview camera, BLIS makes for confident maneuvering in parking lots.

SYNC® 3, Ford’s new communications and entertainment system, is also available. It features faster performance, more conversational voice recognition, a more intuitive smartphone-like touch screen and easier-to-understand graphical interface. SYNC Connect, optional with SYNC 3, enables owners to remotely start their car, schedule future starts, or lock and unlock the car using their smartphone.

The new Fusion arrives at dealerships this summer. Fusion V6 Sport follows a few weeks later.

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