2017 Ford Fusion

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Key Specs

of the 2017 Ford Fusion. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • New Sport high-performance model looks fun
  • New Platinum trim interior looks posh
  • Clean styling
  • Sporty handling, comfortable ride
  • Sync3 multimedia system is a big improvement

The Bad

  • Styling update is barely noticeable
  • Rear seat room is cramped
  • Forward visibility still suffers from thick pillars
  • Gets expensive as you add options

Notable Features of the 2017 Ford Fusion

  • Refreshed five-passenger midsize sedan
  • Front- or optional all-wheel drive
  • Four engine options, one transmission
  • New Sport model is most powerful midsize sedan in segment
  • Redesigned center console offers more storage

2017 Ford Fusion Road Test

Brian Wong

The verdict: The refreshed 2017 Ford Fusion is improved in key areas, including a better multimedia system, updated safety technology and driver aids that enhance the car’s satisfying cabin and driving experience.

Versus the competition: The Fusion offers a more robust feature set and has the best technology integration and a higher-quality interior than its peers, but consumers will pay a premium for that quality.

Though Ford has given the 2017 Fusion midsize sedan an extensive refresh, it’s easy to miss at first glance. Not much has changed on the exterior, but big updates to the interior, safety systems and technology make this a smarter, savvier Fusion. It impressed me with how well it drove and how easy it was to live with. Compare the 2017 Fusion with last year’s model here.

The Ford Fusion competes in a crowded class against popular cars like the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord and Volkswagen Passat, the last of which recently won our 2017 Midsize Sedan Challenge. See how the 2017 Fusion compares with those cars here.

Two new trim levels have been added to the Fusion for 2017: Sport and Platinum, which join the returning S, SE and Titanium models. I tested both an SE and a Platinum. The Ford Fusion Sport model isn’t set to debut until late summer.

Exterior and Styling

At first glance, it doesn’t seem that much on the exterior has changed; the styling of last year’s model is still very much intact. The grille has been widened slight...

The verdict: The refreshed 2017 Ford Fusion is improved in key areas, including a better multimedia system, updated safety technology and driver aids that enhance the car’s satisfying cabin and driving experience.

Versus the competition: The Fusion offers a more robust feature set and has the best technology integration and a higher-quality interior than its peers, but consumers will pay a premium for that quality.

Though Ford has given the 2017 Fusion midsize sedan an extensive refresh, it’s easy to miss at first glance. Not much has changed on the exterior, but big updates to the interior, safety systems and technology make this a smarter, savvier Fusion. It impressed me with how well it drove and how easy it was to live with. Compare the 2017 Fusion with last year’s model here.

The Ford Fusion competes in a crowded class against popular cars like the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord and Volkswagen Passat, the last of which recently won our 2017 Midsize Sedan Challenge. See how the 2017 Fusion compares with those cars here.

Two new trim levels have been added to the Fusion for 2017: Sport and Platinum, which join the returning S, SE and Titanium models. I tested both an SE and a Platinum. The Ford Fusion Sport model isn’t set to debut until late summer.

Exterior and Styling

At first glance, it doesn’t seem that much on the exterior has changed; the styling of last year’s model is still very much intact. The grille has been widened slightly, and Titanium, Sport and Platinum models get updated headlight clusters with LED headlights (they’re optional on the SE). These changes give the front some added sleekness, but you’ll be hard pressed to tell one apart from last year’s model, even at a short distance.

Sixteen-inch alloy wheels, a chrome grille finish and LED taillights are standard, while the SE adds 17-inch nickel wheels and LED daytime running lights. Titanium models get even more exterior features, including 18-inch wheels, a rear spoiler, dual exhaust and power side mirrors (which include memory on Titanium trims). To that, Platinum models add a unique grille and 19-inch wheels.

Sport models have a bunch of visual cues to hint at their performance potential, including 19-inch alloy wheels, deeper front air inlets, a black mesh front grille and quad exhaust pipes.

How It Drives

I drove two of the three engines that carry over essentially unchanged from 2016, but not the one that’s new for this year: a 325-hp, twin-turbo 2.7-liter V-6, available in Sport trims. The Ford Fusion SE I tested came with the smaller, 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine and standard front-wheel drive, while the Platinum I drove had the more powerful, 2.0-liter EcoBoost and AWD.

I came away from driving both engines feeling slightly underwhelmed. Power is there when you need it from both of the turbocharged four-cylinders – boasting 181 and 231 horsepower, respectively — but you have to work to get it. The engines’ tuning (and the transmission’s shift logic) seemed more suited to gas mileage than performance. The 1.5-liter engine can be had only in the SE, while the 2.0-liter is optional in the SE and standard in the Titanium and Platinum. The base engine, which is standard in the S and SE, is a 175-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder. A six-speed automatic is the only transmission option, and it gets paddle shifters in Titanium and Platinum models.

What did impress me about the Ford Fusion was its athleticism. Our editors praised the handling and ride of the previous generation, and those characteristics remain. The platform’s rigidity is evident when the road gets bendy, and the Fusion clearly knows how to take a corner (or 10). I also found the suspension to be pliant and comfortable in everyday use, as well — a happy medium.

For 2017, the 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine adds stop-start capability to improve fuel economy. Ford’s execution of this kind of system is typically top-of-the-line, and this application is no exception. After a few hours in the car, I started to forget the feature was there. Startup happens seamlessly and quietly, without much hesitation.

The Fusion Sport’s new engine has much more power than you’ll find in anything else in this class, and it also boasts standard all-wheel drive and an adaptive suspension that adjusts firmness on the fly. With these enhancements, Ford aims to have the only bona fide performance sedan in this class.

The Fusion’s gas mileage puts it toward the bottom of the midsize body type class. EPA-estimated fuel economy for the base engine is 21/32/25 mpg city/highway/combined. The 1.5-liter EcoBoost gets the best marks, at 23/34/27 mpg, while the 2.0-liter EcoBoost returns an estimated 21/31/25 mpg with front-wheel drive and 20/29/23 with all-wheel drive. Each of these engines takes regular fuel.

Interior

Inside, the Fusion gets a redesigned center console. The conventional shifter is gone, replaced by a rotary shifter, which opens up space for added storage and makes for a less cluttered design.

Though not as large as some competitors’, I found the Ford Fusion’s backseat to have enough room to fit adults in the outboard seats comfortably for longer trips.

Titanium models add leather-wrapped upholstery, but the real star is the Platinum, which gets quilted leather seats that I really liked. In fact, I found the Platinum’s fit and finish to be on par with most luxury vehicles, and it was very quiet and comfortable on the road.

Ergonomics and Electronics

The Fusion’s multimedia system got a major update for 2017, with the addition of Sync 3 and a few other helpful technologies. Sync 3 is the best iteration of Ford’s Sync system to date; its usability and responsiveness have both gotten much better. As car multimedia systems go, Sync 3 is at the top for me alongside Uconnect, which is found in Fiat Chrysler America vehicles.

Sync 3 is available as an option starting on SE models, and it’s standard on Titanium and Platinum trims. Coming along with it are Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which give users even more flexibility. Paired with Sync, these smartphone interfaces are a way to incorporate on-screen navigation functionality without paying extra for the factory navigation system, which is an additional option.

Ford is also introducing a new technology for 2017, called Sync Connect. The system adds cellular hardware to the car itself, allowing remote access to features like lock/unlock, vehicle status reports and remote start via a smartphone app. Sync Connect is available on Titanium trims and standard on the Platinum.

Charging points for portable devices have also proliferated in the Ford Fusion refresh. There are two 12-volt outlets and two USB ports up front, plus another 12-volt outlet and an optional 110-volt household socket in back for even more charging. On higher trim levels, those USB ports charge at 2.5 amps (versus 1.5 amps on lower trims). That’s better suited to charging phones (and even tablets) quickly.

Cargo and Storage

The Fusion has 16.0 cubic feet of cargo room, which puts it at the top end of the pack (the Passat, Accord and Camry have between 15.4 and 15.9 cubic feet). A 60/40-split folding backseat is standard on all trim levels.

Interior storage has gotten much better with the new rotary shift knob and redesigned console. The low-profile knob makes it easier to access the large storage cubby under the climate controls, and there’s a new pocket lined with grippy leather designed to hold your phone in place, either upright or lying on its side.

Safety

The Fusion’s refresh added many safety features and driver aids, and the Platinum model I tested came with all of them.

While many of the features themselves are not completely new to the Fusion, Ford added lots of functionality to them. The forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, for instance, gets pedestrian detection; park assist can now steer into perpendicular spaces in addition to parallel parking; and the adaptive cruise control adds stop-and-go capability. Stop and go means the system won’t automatically shut off as the car comes to a stop, like many other systems do. So when you’re in bumper-to-bumper traffic, the Fusion will come to a complete stop then proceed on its own once traffic starts moving again.

The adaptive cruise control impressed me. I live in a high-traffic area, so having the system work in dense congestion is a godsend. If you’re stopped in traffic for more than three seconds the system turns off, but just a press of the “resume” button or a tap of the gas pedal is enough to get it started again. One other thing I liked: Some systems turn off once the car stops then let the car start to roll forward, but the Fusion keeps the brakes engaged, keeping you in place until you tell it to move again.

Forward collision warning, blind spot warning, park assist and adaptive cruise control are not available on S models but are optional on SE and Titanium trims. Platinum models get everything standard.

Equipped with front crash prevention technology, the 2017 Ford Fusion earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s highest ratings in all categories. See a comprehensive list of the Fusion’s safety features here.

Value in Its Class

This class is tightly bunched when it comes to price, and the Ford Fusion mostly falls in line with the competition. S models start at $23,485 including an $875 destination charge, while the SE is $24,485 and the Titanium checks in at $31,485. At the top end of the spectrum, however, the Fusion Platinum pushes the segment’s price limit to new heights, starting at $37,495. As equipped, the Platinum vehicle I tested was higher still: $40,080 thanks to added all-wheel drive, inflatable rear seat belts and its burgundy red paint (seen in the photos).

That’s a lot of scratch, considering a Camry with an upgraded engine and all the safety/technology boxes checked costs only $35,075. An Accord in the same configuration comes to $35,665 and the Passat is $35,090.

Characterizing the Fusion’s value is a difficult proposition. Even if you drop down to a Titanium, adding those advanced safety features pushes the price tag to $34,995 — and you’ll still be missing navigation, which is present on its competitors at that price. The Platinum, however, has the best interior and more features/technology (with better integration) than any of its competitors. The Ford Fusion’s price tag will dissuade some buyers, but the good news is, at least if you opt for a Platinum, you’ll get what you pay for.

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2017 Fusion Video

With its updated-for-2017 Fusion, Ford is taking a popular family sedan and bringing it to places that few family sedans go - thing like a new Platinum trim level with a leather-wrapped dashboard and a newly available turbo V-6 with 325 horsepower.

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.9)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Super great car

by thecobraguy from Olathe on August 11, 2018

This car has great looks, gets 31 mpg, has a comfortable and roomy interior, has all the bells and whistles anyone will ever need and is priced very reasonably. Read full review

(5.0)

Love our Fusion

by DaveF from Vestal NY on August 11, 2018

Sporty, and it has excellent performance. The great mileage is a plus with the performance it gives, with a nice dash layout. And best of all All Wheel Drive!!! Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2017 Ford Fusion currently has 3 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2017 Ford Fusion S

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
marginal

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
acceptable

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Overall Evaluation
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Structure and Safety Cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 60,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Ford

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, rental car reimbursement up to $30 per day, full tank of gas, vehicle history report, new wiper blades and fresh oil and filter

  • Limited Warranty

    7 years / 100,000 miles

    7 years from original new vehicle warranty start date or 100,000 miles. Powertrain Limited Warranty from original in-service date. 12- month/12,000-mile comprehensive limited warranty. See dealer for details. $100 deductible per visit.
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 80,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 172 point inspection and reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Fusion received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*

Third-row access

N/A

Infant seat

A

Booster

(second row)

A

Booster

(third row)

N/A

Latch or Latch system

B

Forward-facing convertible

(third row)

N/A

Forward-facing convertible

(second row)

B

Rear-facing convertible

B
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.
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Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker