2017 Ford Fusion Buyer's Guide
Starting Price: $22,995 | Build
Above Average: Exterior and interior style, fun-to-drive
Below Average: Rear seat access/roominess, resale values
Consensus: Excellent form, good function
A Blend of Something for Everyone
The Ford Fusion, updated and restyled inside and out for 2017, is one of the best-looking midsize sedans out there, strutting out like a car that costs tens of thousands more. What's even more fun than staring at it, however, is watching the Fusion prove itself worthy of our imagination in so many other ways that go far beyond skin deep. For starters, the other top dogs in this class -- Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Nissan Altima -- don't offer all-wheel drive as a possibility. The Fusion is also one of the sportiest handlers of the bunch. Fusion pricing lands right on top of the midsize class leaders, so you won't find a shocking bargain, but you will be driving a car that feels more luxurious than many of the game's other players. It has gotten even more luxurious for 2017, with the addition of the new top-of-the-line Platinum model.
From our review of the 2017 Ford Fusion: "The 2017 Ford Fusion wants to be all things to all people, and it does a surprisingly good job of it, in both front- and all-wheel-drive forms (FWD, AWD). All benefit from a sporty suspension and sharp steering."
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The Ford Fusion earned a spot on our most recent list of 10 Best Sedans Under $25,000, and the Fusion Hybrid was among our 10 Best Hybrid Cars Under $30,000. As the 2017 Fusion is based on the same basic foundation, we expect that trend to continue with the new model.
For 2017, Ford offers a variety of new and improved safety and convenience technologies. Lane-keep assist and pedestrian detection are new this year, and the transmission is now operated through a rotary dial. Ford's newest version of Active Park Assist helps with parallel, forward or reverse perpendicular parking -- it will even find a space that's the right size for the car. The blind-spot information system will also alert you if there is cross traffic when backing out of a parking space. And there's Ford's excellent Sync 3 entertainment and connectivity system, as well as adaptive cruise control.
The Answer to Life, the Universe and Everything: 42 mpg
When the Environmental Protection Agency gives you credit for achieving 42 mpg combined fuel economy, you've got some pretty strong bragging rights. The $26,000 Ford Fusion Hybrid owns those rights, plus an easygoing nature, so if only filling up once a week for your 110-mile round-trip daily commute sounds like heaven, well then, welcome to heaven powered by regular fuel. And if your drive to work is shorter and saner, the Fusion Energi -- a plug-in hybrid (meaning you can plug it in and charge it for short trips like a pure electric car, and/or run it like a regular gasoline-powered hybrid) -- will take you 21 miles on electric power alone. It has a 610-mile range -- the best combined range of any plug-in hybrid currently sold in the U.S. -- so you'll almost never have to see a fuel pump.
Ford Fusion Sport
New to the Fusion line is the performance-biased Fusion Sport, set to go on sale later this year. Powered by a 325-horsepower, 2.7-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost engine, the Sport will come standard with all-wheel drive, sport seats, and adaptive suspension.
You Can Afford a Ford Fusion
Kicking off under $23,000, the 2017 Ford Fusion knows its way around affordable elegance. From there, the pricing, standard equipment and options story stretches all the way up to about $42,000 for a fully loaded Fusion Energi Platinum plug-in hybrid. Build and price your own 2017 Ford Fusion or Fusion Energi and we'll give you this week's Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more.
More Midsize Sedans
The soundtrack to shopping for a midsize sedan in 2017 should be something glorious and anthemic: There has never been a better selection of family 4-doors on the market. If you want to explore your choices further on the way to finding the perfect car for you, your heart and your budget, take a vacation over to our Midsize Sedan Buyer's Guide. We guarantee you'll find the one right answer for you.
Photo Gallery: Ford Fusion Inside and Out