2017 Ford Fusion
Sedans might not be as popular as they used to be, as buyers are increasingly turning more and more towards crossovers as an alternative, but that trend would probably be reversed if more midsize sedans were as good as the 2017 Ford Fusion. The exterior styling speaks for itself, but it also boasts an excellent selection of feature-packed trim levels, some fabulously powerful and efficient engines, and a superb value for money. To be fair, competition in the midsize segment is incredibly fierce, but the Fusion is still very much the standard by which all others are judged.
Just look at it!
If anyone out there doesn't know that Ford used to own Aston Martin and still doubts it when they are told, just take a look at the exterior styling of the 2017 Ford Fusion for all the evidence you need. The overall shape is more fastback than it is traditional sedan, and the front end is a particularly strong pointer to the lasting influence of the days when Ford owned the British supercar brand. It's sleek, elegant, and the addition this year of a slightly wider grille and new LED headlamps to join the LED taillamps really does keep the Ford as contemporary as anything in its class.
Enough choice but not too much
Ford doesn't tend to go overboard with masses of trim levels in the way some of its European rivals like to do. There are five trim levels right now, which begin with the S and then go to SE, Titanium, Platinum and finally the fabulous V-6 Sport. As we'd expect, the Fusion S is a reasonably basic but attractively priced model, offering all the essentials such as climate control and lots of safety features, but equipment options from the SE upwards really are superb. Think Hill Start Assist, three PowerPoints to charge devices, and a Rear View Camera (with far more option as the trim levels climb), all to make driving a breeze.
Fuel efficient, powerful engines
There are almost as many engines as there are trim levels for the 2017 Ford Focus, with one naturally aspirated unit and three turbocharged EcoBoost options. The non-EcoBoost engine is a 2.5-liter inline-four that's standard in the SE and SE trims. The most popular choice is likely to be the 2.0-liter EcoBoost, which is standard with Titanium and Platinum models and an available option for the SE. Whichever option you choose, you'll be pleased with the power you get when you need it, whether accelerating onto the highway or at the green light on your way home to the kids. EcoBoost improves your fuel economy without sacrificing power, giving you the best of both worlds in one turbocharged engine choice.
Fusion Affordable to Buy and Run
You can spend quite a bit on a 2017 Ford Fusion if you want to, but it can also represent tremendous value for money too with a starting MSRP of just $22,120 at the entry point to the range. In this midsized sedan class, that's just how it should be. You shouldn't have to break the bank to drive a nice vehicle, and Ford puts its money where its mouth is with the Fusion. The average Fusion doesn't cost a huge amount to fuel, with typical figures coming in at around 21 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. If fuel frugality is important to you, the SE with the 1.5-liter EcoBoost can get you as much as 23 mpg in the city, 34 mpg on the highway and 27 mpg combined.
The Ford Fusion has the highest IIHS rating for overall safety of Top Safety Pick+.
Diversity of Options
With models as diverse as the V-6 Sport, Titanium and S, there's a Fusion model for a wide variety of different buyers.
Fabulously sleek, contemporary styling delivers sports coupe looks with sedan practicality.
Enhanced Active Park Assist
Takes the strain out of parking by doing it for you.
You can't find a better midsize sedan without going to a prestigious luxury brand with its huge price tag for the privilege. In the budget-friendly sedan market, the Ford Fusion is far and away the best option, with an attractive package of exterior and interior styling combined with efficient and powerful performance.