If you didn't know Ford used to own Aston Martin, a quick
glance at the styling of the 2017 Ford Fusion shows influences from those times
certainly remain. Even though sedans are finding it harder than ever to find
homes with buyers as more and more turn to crossovers these days, the midsize
segment remains fiercely competitive. Even in the face of such competition, the
superb Fusion remains the car to beat for most observers.
This second-generation of the car first appeared as a 2013
model year, so the 2017 Ford Fusion gets a relatively mild refresh this time
around. The main changes have taken place on the inside, although the exterior
has had a few tweaks as well for good measure. The fact the manufacturer has
done so little to the outside tells you one thing; the Fusion is already the
most attractive and stylish car in its class, so you don't mess too much with a
winning formula. This may be the fifth model year of this generation, but it
looks as though it's only just come straight out of the design studio.
The most substantial changes appear in the cabin with a
redesigned center console based around a new rotary shift dial, a new media
hub, a pocket for storing a cell phone, a bigger console bin, and a longer
center armrest. The feel is now sleeker and more premium than before, and it
now moves away to some degree from the super-angular, fighter-jet cockpit look
of the Focus and Fiesta.
There's certainly plenty of choice when it comes to the 2017
Ford Fusion lineup, with five trims levels of S, SE, Titanium, Sport and
Platinum and four different engines, and that's without counting the hybrid and
The base engine is a 2.5-liter Duratec I-4 developing a
symmetrical 175 horsepower and 175 lb.-ft. of torque. The other three are all
EcoBoost units, which have displacements of 1.5, 2.0 and 2.7-liters. The 1.5
and 2.0-liter engines are both turbo-fours putting out 181 horsepower and 185
lb.-ft. and 245 horsepower and 275 lb.-ft., respectively. The most powerful
unit on offer is the superb 2.7, and this one's a V-6 that gives you an
impressive 325 horsepower and 380 lb.-ft. of torque to play with, and it's
exclusive to the all-wheel drive Fusion Sport model.
This impressive lineup of trims and engines also means a
wide range of prices, so there's a 2017 to fit most budgets. You can pay close
to $40,000 for the most expensive model, which is actually the plug-in hybrid
Fusion Energi Platinum. However, at the other end of the economic scale, the
Fusion S starts from just a touch over $22,000, even though it could be said it
still looks a million dollars.