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The Fusion is a delight to drive, with a supple ride and nimble handling reminiscent of a European sports sedan. All trim levels and powertrains feel solid and upscale, with a well-finished and quiet cabin. We found the optional leather seats to be more supportive than the cloth ones, and the rear seat is somewhat snug. The 1.5- and 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinders are powerful enough, but neither has competitive fuel economy. A new high-end version, the Sport, is equipped with all-wheel drive and a 325-hp, 2.7-liter V6. It is quick, comfortable, and quiet, but it costs more than $40,000. The Hybrid and Energi plug-in hybrid receive more-efficient electric motors for 2017. A new rotary shift dial and Ford's new and improved Sync 3 infotainment system highlight the updates to the interior.

See Reliability page for the latest 2017 Ford Fusion recalls.

Road Test

In a class generally known for bland styling and a lack of driving excitement, the Fusion is a breath of fresh air with a stylish, fun to drive demeanor. That doesn't mean it's free of certain quirks that can erode one's enthusiasm. The Fusion looks...

Highs

  • Nimble handling makes it fun to drive
  • Absorbent ride and quiet interior makes it feel substantial and luxurious

Lows

  • EcoBoost 1.5-liter engine falls short in performance, fuel economy, and overall refinement
  • The cabin is slightly snug, the rear-seat space is tight, and the view out is limited

Best Version to Get

We suggest getting the mid-trim SE with leather seating and optional 18-inch wheels. Consider the zippy 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, despite its unimpressive fuel economy. Another good combination is the SE Hybrid with the leather-seat package. We would also get the...

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty
  • Basic: 3 year/36,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 5 year/60,000 miles
  • Rust through: 5 year/unlimited
  • Roadside aid: 5 year/unlimited
Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • CVT
Engines Available
  • 1.5-liter 4 turbo (181 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (245 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 hybrid (188 hp)
  • 2.5-liter 4 (175 hp)
  • 2.7-liter V6 turbo (325 hp)

Ratings

Safety
Performance
Comfort / Convenience
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