2017 Ford Fusion V-6 Sport
Bottom line: If you want more oomph in your midsize family sedan at a reasonable purchase price with decent fuel economy, the 2017 Fusion V-6 Sport is a good way to go. The Fusion is available in other trim levels, with the V-6 Sport sitting at the top. Also look at the base Fusion S, mid-grade SE and wellequipped Titanium and Platinum models.
Ride, acceleration and handling: The V-6 Sport gets good marks in all areas. Head-turning quotient: The exterior is sleeker than that of the original, but the popular Aston-Martin grille remains. The interior is ergonomically sensible, enhanced by Ford’s new Sync 3 electronics control system and leather-and-suede-covered seats.
Body style/layout: The Fusion is a frontengine, mid-sized four-door sedan available with front-wheel and all-wheel-drive (the latter is standard on the V-6 Sport). Engine/transmission: The V-6 Sport comes with a 2.7-liter, 24-valve, direct injection, twinturbo gasoline V-6 with variable valve timing (325 horsepower, 325 pound-feet of torque). The engine is linked to a six-speed automatic transmission that also can be operated manually via steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters.
Capacities: Seating is for five people, albeit a ti ght fit for rear passengers. Trunk capacity is 16 cubic feet. V-6 Sport fuel capacity is 18 gallons. Premium-grade fuel is recommended for “best operation.” Mileage: I averaged 25 miles per gallon in highway driving. Safety: Standard equipment includes ventilated front disc and solid rear disc brakes; four-wheel anti-lock brake protection; emergency braking assistance; rearview camera; first- and second-row curtain air bags; stability and traction control; SOS postcollision alert (for first responders) system. Note: A full suite of advanced electronic safety equipment is available as an option. Pricing: The 2017 Ford Fusion V-6 Sport starts at $33,605. The price as tested is $39,145, including $4,545 in options (driverassistance package, power glass roof, inflatable rear passenger seat belts and other items) and an estimated factory-todealer shipment charg eo f $995. Ford wants to keep this one a bestseller. You can bargain. Check with buyer-assistance organizations such as your credit union and edmunds.com.