2017 Ford Fu­sion V-6 Sport

The Washington Post Sunday - - CARS -

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.

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