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Ford's midsize family sedan remains one of the top choices in a crowded and competitive field. Since its redesign for 2013, the Fusion has solidified its place at or near the peak of the family-sedan class. Its eye-catching sheetmetal—led by an Aston Martin-like grille—was quite distinctive not long ago, but has since been replicated by some other manufacturers.

What's New for 2017

A new all-wheel-drive V6 Sport model has joined the lineup, packing a twin-turbo 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 that delivers 325 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. A top-end Platinum edition also is new this year. Fusion is the first North American Ford to come with a pedestrian detection system.

Choosing Your Ford Fusion

The Fusion is available in three distinct varieties: a traditional gasoline-fueled model, a gasoline/electric Hybrid, and the Energi plug-in hybrid. The two electrically-driven Fusion sedans are covered in separate articles.

Ford offers a selection of engines, depending on trim level:

  • A 175-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder, standard in S and SE trim
  • A 245-horsepower 2-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder
  • A 1.5-liter EcoBoost that makes 181 horsepower
  • And the Sport's 2.7-liter twin-turbo V6, developing 325 horsepower

Each Fusion uses a six-speed automatic transmission with a rotary gearshift dial, and has four-wheel disc brakes. A rearview camera is standard.

Handling is much better than would reasonably be expected from a mainstream midsize sedan. In the new V6 Sport, continuously controlled damping provides real-time suspension tuning, including pothole detection technology.

Five trim levels are offered: S, SE, Titanium, plus new V6 Sport and Platinum:

S

Starting at $22,120, the base-model S is already nicely-equipped, with a modest option list. Each S model has the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine driving the front wheels. Standard equipment includes air conditioning, four-speaker audio with a CD player, SYNC, pushbutton start, and 16-inch wheels. An $895 Appearance Package adds foglamps, a rear spoiler, leather-wrapped steering wheel, black cloth upholstery, and 18-inch wheels.

SE

Choosing the SE adds $1,000 to the base price, with more option possibilities to choose from. As a substitute for the standard 2.5-liter engine, the SE can have the 1.5-liter or 2-liter EcoBoost instead. The latter is offered with either front-drive or all-wheel drive. SiriusXM satellite radio is standard, along with a 10-way power driver’s seat, keyless-entry keypad, LED lighting, six-speaker audio, rear armrest, and 17-inch wheels. Cloth upholstery is standard, but leather is available. Parallel-parking assistance and blind-spot monitoring also are optional. So is a Technology package with upgraded infotainment and climate-control systems.

Titanium

For $30,120, Titanium trim adds a number of standard comforts and conveniences, including leather seats, heated front seats, a reverse-sensing system, SYNC 3 infotainment, Sony 12-speaker audio, paddle shifters, aluminum pedals, and dual-zone automatic climate control. The 2-liter Ecoboost engine is standard, and all-wheel-drive is available. In addition to a Driver Assist Package which incorporates blind-spot sensors and a lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control can be ordered.

V6 Sport

New for 2017, the $33,475 V6 Sport gets Ford’s 2.7-liter twin-turbo V6, rated at 325 horsepower. Available only with all-wheel drive, the Sport sends Fusion performance into another level, significantly beyond the four-cylinder models. Standard features include nine-speaker audio, leather-trimmed Sport seats with suede inserts, LED foglamps, and dark 19-inch wheels. Air intakes are deeper, and the mesh grille is finished in gloss black.

Platinum

Topping the Fusion lineup at $36,620, the Platinum edition gets a unique grille with magnetic paint. Instruments and door trim panels are wrapped in antique Cocoa leather. Additional standard equipment includes heated/cooled front seats, SYNC Connect, a moonroof, rain-sensing wipers, and a power tilt/telescopic steering column. Active Park Assist, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping assist, and pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection also are standard.

CarsDirect Tip

Sales begin in summer 2016, with the V6 Sport likely to arrive several weeks later. If you don't want or need the tech features available on upscale Fusions, an S or SE model can provide most of the benefits of its fancier siblings. At the other end, fully-optioned Fusions pose a credible challenge to entry-level luxury models. With the Fusion's pricing structure, selecting a trim level and options isn’t a formidable task.

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