Just looking at the 2017 Ford Fusion is enough to stop most people in their tracks. The car has a seriously gorgeous exterior, which is further complimented by the comfortable and stylish interior. Several powertrain options that combine efficiency and explosive performance, plus advanced technologies make this midsize sedan ideally suited for modern life.
Numerous trim levels mean you have quite a few possibilities at your disposal with the Fusion. A base 2.5-liter Duratec inline four-cylinder engine provides solid efficiency and performance, pushing out 175 horsepower and 175 lb.-ft. of torque. Go with a nice upgrade by choosing the 1.5-liter Ecoboost four-cylinder, which uses direct injection and turbocharging combined. It's rated at 181 horsepower and 185 lb.-ft. of torque.
If you're looking for even more performance, without sacrificing fuel economy, there's a 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder as well. Peak output is significantly higher at 245 horsepower and 275 lb.-ft. of torque, so you can climb hills, merge with freeway traffic, etc. with greater ease.
For the most performance-packed experience possible, Sport models come with a 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6. It pounds out a wondrous 325 horsepower and 380 lb.-ft. of torque, making for an explosive response each time you press on the accelerator.
Front-wheel drive is the default layout, except on the Sport model which only comes with all-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is also available on models with the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine. No matter the engine, a 6-speed automatic transmission is part of the setup. Paddle shifters are added to Sport and Platinum models, so drivers can control gear transitions manually.
Handling is excellent, thanks in large part to the Ford Fusion coming with a MacPherson strut front suspension and stabilizer bar, which cuts down on body roll and vibration. The electric power-assisted steering is designed to constantly be correcting automatically for uneven road surfaces or even wind as it pulls the car off course. Sport models also feature continuously controlled damping, which translates into a smooth and responsive ride, even on damaged roads.
Choosing the Fusion means not having to worry excessively about safety. The car is outfitted with practical features which help drivers be more aware of nearby risks, plus make automatic corrections to avoid accidents. A standard rearview camera includes guide lines on the display, so you can see where the car is headed. Individual tire pressure monitoring is included on all models, taking out the guesswork of which tires need to be inflated. AdvanceTrac with electronic stability control monitors for body roll, wheel slip and understeer, taking action automatically to correct the problem. Curve control is also included, slowing down the sedan if you enter a turn too quickly. You can add blind spot monitoring, a lane-keeping system and other advanced systems which automatically warn drivers of problems, and in some cases correct them.
Even more technology make the interior a place you'll view as comfortable, while it helps you get more done on the go. The available Sync 3 infotainment system is incredibly easy to use, thanks to intuitive voice controls and simple screen icons. Excellent seat cushioning, available dual-zone automatic temperature control, an ample trunk and competitive rear legroom add to the value you get with this vehicle.