Under the Hood: The 2017 Ford Fusion
Ford has been exciting consumers for years with their trucks. For 2017, they have added new styling and features to the cars in their lineup, rivaling other top companies like Honda and Toyota. One of the most talked about vehicles in their arsenal is the 2017 Ford Fusion. As a favorite with car buyers since its inception in 2006, the Fusion continues to incite conversation amongst automobile fanatics.
The Fusion is a four door, five passenger sedan with a six speed automatic transmission. In addition to the features that made the Fusion a household name, there are plenty of new options and engine choices. The abundant choices mean the Fusion has something for everyone. The car is available in five trim levels – S, SE, Titanium, Platinum, and Sport. All models have updated styling, backup cameras, push-button ignitions, and additional safety features.
Some trim levels have new options like LED headlights, an enhanced automated parking system, and the Syn3 Infotainment System, which replaced Ford’s My Ford Touch interface. The new system isn’t as visually appealing as the previous one, but it’s much more efficient with its smartphone and tablet-style menus.
In addition to the customizable packages, there is plenty of optional equipment that can be added. Any trim level of the Fusion can add a cross-traffic alert system, inflatable seat belts, a collision warning system, blind-spot monitoring, and a drowsy driver warning system. A sunroof and satellite radio are optional, as well.
Despite the new additives, there are some pitfalls to the new Fusion. The new styling of the roof leaves little headroom in the backseat, which would make it an unpleasant ride for anyone who wasn’t quick enough to call shotgun. Plus, Ford is behind the times when it comes to automatic braking — there isn’t even an option to add this feature. One of the biggest drawbacks is the lack of a manual option. So, you are out of luck if you prefer a manual transmission.
The initial MSRP of the Fusion S is $22,120. It features a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, which is rated at 175 horsepower (hp) and 175 pound-foot (lb-ft) of torque. The fuel economy of the Fusion S is 25 mpg combined, or 21 in the city and 32 on the highway.
This trim level comes standard with automatic headlights and 16-inch alloy wheels. There aren’t many packages that are optional on the car, only an Appearance package. The Appearance package adds fog lights,18-inch wheels, a rear spoiler, and a leather steering wheel.
The starting MSRP of the Fusion SE is $23,250. It comes standard with the same engine as the S, with the exact same MPG. The SE comes with 17-inch wheels and LED daytime running lights, and – like its cheaper sibling – the Appearance package is available.
However, the main aspect that separates the SE from the S is the availability of packages and features. There are three packages – other than the Appearance package – that can be added, and an additional engine option.
The Luxury package exchanges the 2.5-liter engine for a turbocharged 1.5-liter, which is rated at 181 hp and 185 lb-ft of torque. The engine adds greater fuel economy – 27 mpg combined, or 23 city/34 highway – and more power than that of the lackluster standard engine. Other features in the package include an engine stop-start system — which helps to save fuel at stoplights — keyless entry and ignition, LED headlights and fog lights, auto-dimming rearview and driver-side mirrors, heated seats and mirrors, and leather upholstery.
The Technology package gives the Fusion rear parking sensors, which allows the car to assist the driver with perpendicular and parallel parking. The package also includes: navigation, automatic climate control, an 11-speaker sound system, the Sync 3 technology interface, an adaptive cruise control feature, an additional USB port, and better voice controls.
The Driver Assist package can also be purchased. It comes with automatic high beams, a heated steering wheel, lane departure warnings, a power outlet, and blind spot monitoring.
In addition to the packages offered, another engine is optional. The SE can be equipped with the engine that is standard on the next level of trims – a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder. The engine produces 240 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque, and it has the option of being all-wheel drive. However, the AWD brings the fuel economy down to 23 mpg combined — 20 city/29 highway — while the front-wheel-drive has a combined mpg of 25, or 21 city/31 highway.