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With its Aston Martin-esque styling, the 2017 Ford Fusion mid-size sedan remains a comfortable, spacious, and good-looking entry in an especially competitive segment. It competes with the Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, Toyota Camry, and a new and much improved Chevrolet Malibu.
The profile, stance, and details of the Fusion continue to make it one of the more attractive cars among mid-size sedans. The fastback shape looks especially dashing in darker colors. This year, the grille is slightly wider and sleeker, and new LED headlamps join the LED taillights. A new chrome strip at the rear adds “elegant imagery,” and there are new wheel designs as well.
Ford has clearly tapped into its European-market expertise in giving the Fusion a very sophisticated set of ride-and-handling attributes, and the fine turbocharged 4-cylinder engines bring responsive acceleration with respectable fuel economy.
While the engine lineup is generally strong, the base-level engine in the Fusion is a 178-horsepower, 2.5-liter 4-cylinder, and it doesn't come close to performing as well as the rakish design suggests. It does well enough with the 6-speed automatic, but it has to downshift often as it doesn't make its peak torque until a relatively high 4,500 rpm.
The Fusion is a big sedan, at nearly 192 inches long and riding on a 112.2-inch wheelbase, but it's essentially in the middle of the "new norm" for U.S. mid-size sedans. Its interior volume of 118.8 cubic feet is just a cube or so shy of the EPA's full-size hurdle; trunk space of 16 cubic feet is good, too.
Against any of the competition, the Fusion does a great job balancing between front and rear seat space, thanks in part to thin front seats. Comfort is great in both the power and manual seats, though the manual seats have a little too much front-end tilt to the bottom cushion for our tastes.
Despite the curvy profile, tall doors make entry and exit easy, as do rather high seat cushions. In back, as with the Nissan Altima and VW Passat, 6-footers will make contact with the headliner, though if you omit the sunroof you should be okay.
*This vehicle is Certified Pre-Owned and is eligible for our third party warranty program.