2017 Ford Fusion Sport

Pros: Broad range of powertrains and trim choices, including well-designed Hybrid and Energi plug-in-hybrid models; one of the quieter cars in the class; crisp-for-the-class handling; invigorating performance of new Sport model

Cons: Top-line trim levels are expensive; swoopy styling intrudes a bit on rear visibility

CG Says: Ford’s midsize sedan is significantly refreshed for 2017, gaining updated exterior styling, a performance-oriented Sport model, and a top-line Platinum trim level. The Sport comes standard with all-wheel drive and an adaptive suspension system with pothole-detection technology; it’s powered by a 325-horsepower turbocharged 2.7-liter V6. The Platinum is fully loaded with luxury features, including a leather interior with cowhide trim extended to the dash and door panels. Hybrid and plug-in hybrid Energi models return with revised software and a more efficient electric motor; both are powered by a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine and electric motor with a combined output of 188 horsepower. EPA estimates for both Hybrid and Energi are 43 mpg city and 41 highway; the Energi is EPA-estimated to travel 19 miles on electric power alone and get a combined 97 MPGe. New technology features include pedestrian detection and hands-free perpendicular and parallel parking. Ford’s Sync3 multimedia system, which is newly available in most Fusion models, replaces the finicky MyFord Touch setup. All Fusions now have push-button starting, and a rotary dial gear-shift knob that replaces a traditional shift lever. The basic Fusion platform debuted as a 2013 model, and the extensive updates for 2017 help keep it competitive against a strong class of midsize-sedan rivals. We’re especially fond of the gutsy new Fusion Sport model, which delivers real driving excitement while giving up little in everyday practicality.

The Facts
Class midsize car
Body Style(s) 4-door sedan
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Ford
Nation of Manufacture Mexico
Base Prices S: $22,610
2WD SE: $23,610
AWD SE: $27,405
2WD Titanium: $30,610
AWD Titanium: $32,610
AWD Sport: $33,475
Platinum: $36,620
AWD Platinum: $38,620
Hybrid S: $25,675
Hybrid SE: $26,480
Hybrid Titanium: $31,010
Hybrid Platinum: $37,020
Energi SE Luxury: $33,120
Energi Titanium: $34,120
Energi Platinum: $41,120

Base Engine
2.5-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
175
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
21
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
32

Optional Engine
turbocharged 1.5-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
181
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
23
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
34

Optional Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
245
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
20-21
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
29-31

Optional Engine
turbocharged 2.7-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
325
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
17
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
26