Ford Fusion 2017
The current Ford Fusion is a perfectly good car – comfortable, fun to drive, and arguably one of the better choices in the midsize sedan market. But perfectly good doesn’t cut it it anymore, especially when you’re slugging it out with competitors like Honda and Toyota, who aren’t exactly known as being slackers.
Of course, the current Fusion is not without faults, most notably the annoying and distracting MyFord Touch control interface. So a mid-cycle freshening was definitely due.
The good news is, they haven’t messed with the whole package all that much, including the sleek styling. The better news is, they’ve finally trashed MyFord Touch in favor of the new and much easier to live with Sync3. But the BEST news, at least for gear heads, is the hot new all-wheel-drive V6 Sport version.
The V6 Sport gets a twin-turbocharged version of Ford’s 2.7-liter six-cylinder engine, good for a claimed 325-horsepower, Ford believes this model will leave all competitors in its wake. The Sport also gets continuously controlled damping that monitors the road ahead and adjusts for conditions and potholes in milliseconds. Various go-fast bits complete the look, including 19-inch wheels, more aggressive front and rear styling, and a rear spoiler. And as with other 2017 Fusions, the gearshift for the automatic transmission is controlled by a rotary knob. Sadly, no manual will be available.
In other Fusion news, a new Platinum trim level joins the lineup, also available with all-wheel drive but focusing more on luxury than performance. The interior is pretty much covered in leather, including a hand-stitched leather steering wheel that ought to be good for bragging rights at midsize sedan family gatherings.
Conventional Hybrid and Energi plug-in models are also updated with new software for more refined driving, and more efficient electric motors for improved economy and range.
But if you’ve been sitting on the Fusion fence,the big reason to wait might be for the opportunity to take a pass on MyFord Touch. 2017 Fusion models arrive in showrooms this summer.