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All-New 2017 Ford Fusion V6 Sport Features Drive-Enhancing Sport Mode

If you pay close attention to Ford news, you’ll know that the all-new 2017 Ford Fusion V6 Sport is a powerful and exhilarating sedan model. You might have also learned that the model is capable of enhancing its driving experience at the touch of a button thanks to a sport mode. But what does the Ford Fusion V6 sport mode do actually? That’s what we’ll explain here.

2017 Ford Fusion V6 Sport Engine and Performance Specs

But first, let’s look at what the Fusion V6 Sport can do even without the sport mode activated. For one, it comes equipped with a 325-horsepower engine capable of producing up to 380 lb-ft of torque when using 93 octane fuel. This is the most power and torque in the vehicle’s class.

This power comes from a 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine. The model also features adaptive suspension and paddle shifters, things you don’t typically find on a midsize sedan. This makes the Fusion V6 Sport a highly unique addition to the segment.

Benefits of the 2017 Fusion V6 Sport Mode

So, with all of that power and the ability to shift gears manually using paddle shifters, why would you need a sport mode. Well, the sport mode button incorporated in this vehicle delivers a number of benefits. All you have to do is press a button.

In general, sport mode makes driving adjustments to several key areas such as steering, suspension and handling. For example, when sport mode is activated, the stiffness of the continuously controlled damper is increased to enhance the car’s responsiveness while cornering. It also delivers a different electric power-assisted steering tuning for a more intuitive driving feel.

Engine output is also affected with electronic throttle programming engineered for a more responsive feel. This power is then delivered with some transmission adjustments in sport mode, causing the transmission to select lower gears to provide more of the available torque while also holding gears through turns.

Last, but certainly not least, is the change to the cabin noise. When you’re doing spirited driving, you’ll want to hear the car just as much as you feel it, which is why sport mode tunes in-cabin noise cancellation so you can better hear the engine note.

So, what does the Ford Fusion V6 sport mode do? Well, it delivers a thrilling driving experience that you’ll have a hard time finding anywhere else in the segment. At least that’s our take, but to experience it for yourself, contact us at Wade Ford to learn more about the model’s availability for a test drive.

In-cabin electronics

If there’s one thing to praise on Ford’s Sync Connect touchscreen, it’s that the buttons and sliders are larger and well-spaced. That makes them easier to use when the car is in motion and less likely to result in unwanted changes.

There’s actually more than one thing to praise on Sync. Regardless of the feature I used, it seemed like I took fewer steps to do things than I did in the previous version of Sync. Whether it was tuning the radio, entering an address in the navigation system or setting climate controls, the systems just made sense at first glance. Direct tune ought to be on every touchscreen-based radio.

image courtesy Ford

This isn’t a small feat, at least not to me. Removing steps and making things simpler to do takes significant amounts of user experience testing and design expertise. As a technical writer, I’ve documented unnecessarily long processes. I could do little to relieve the burden of those processes on end users. (I used to deliver technology training on various systems too, so I could see and hear feedback on unwanted complexity.) That’s why Ford’s achievement here strikes a chord with me.

Thankfully, Ford kept physical controls for common functions. An array of buttons under the touchscreen let the driver quickly set climate control features, including seat heating and cooling. Changes in climate control temperature and fan settings appear on screen. Radio controls, from volume to track seek and even a huge on-off button, greatly reduce the need to use the touch screen while driving.

Speaking of the radio, this Fusion ships with an audiophile-pleasing standard 12-speaker, 390-watt Audio System from Sony. The system also includes iTunes® Tagging. If you touch the “Tag” button when you hear a song you like on an FM HD radio station, song information will be saved for later preview and purchase or direct buy if your device is connected to the Internet.

Ford, like most automakers, scrimps on in-cabin USB ports. I’d like to see a minimum of two, and really three, in all new vehicles.

Get the Attention

Enhancing the latest Fusion design, V6 Sport models feature unique refinements. It’s awesome both inside and out. Fusion draws attention without excessive flash. Ford has made quite an impressive vehicle!

  • Driver-Oriented Interior
    • Leather and Miko sueded seating with unique stitching
    • Aluminum sport pedals
    • Carpeted floor mats with Sport logo (front)
    • Auto-dimming rear-view mirror
    • Heated front seats
    • Intelligent Access with Remote Start System
    • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
    • Single-CD/MP3 audio system with 9 speakers
    • 10-way power driver seat with 3 memory settings
    • 6-way power passenger seat
  • Exterior Styling Cues
    • Gloss black upper mesh grille
    • Unique-to-Sport lower grille
    • LED headlamps
    • LED fog lamps
    • Body-colored sideview mirrors with
      • Heat
      • Security approach lamps
      • Turn signal indicators
      • Auto-dimming (on driver’s side)
      • Memory
    • Body-color door handles with chrome insert
    • Bright exterior door handles and window trim moldings
    • LED taillamps
    • Unique-to-Sport rear lower fascia
    • Dual exhaust with quad-tips
    • Rear deck-lid spoiler
    • “Sport” badging
    • 19-inch premium tarnished dark-painted aluminum wheels
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Interior

The interior, freshened for 2017 models, is sleek and functional, with a rotary gear-selector dial in the new center console. The standard LCD screen is small, and flanked by switchgear that functions with precision.

We like the USB port that’s illuminated in the dark. Thanks to efficient organization reflecting real thought, the console has a lot of room, even with a media hub, vertical cell phone slot, enlarged center bin, better-located cupholders, and longer armrest. The Volvo-like design, open at the sides, is an improvement over the pinched Focus and Fiesta, but there’s too much glossy piano black plastic on the dash and door armrests. It shows scratches and blemishes too easily. However the rest of it is soft to the touch, and fits well.

The base cloth seats have manual adjustment, and are comfortable and supportive, although slim and clearly low-cost, as well as tilted a bit too much forward for us. But their being thin gives more room in the rear, compared to rivals, with good legroom for two adults in back. The 119 cubic feet of interior volume is just under what the EPA would call a full-size car.

The seat cushions are high, and with the available sunroof you lose a bit of headroom, so six-footers might graze the headliner in back. Same in the Nissan Altima and Volkswagen Passat.

The trunk is sizeable, at 16 cubic feet. Tall doors make entry and exit easy, especially on the high cushions; they close with a solid thunk. Slim roof pillars allow excellent visibility for the driver.

The new Platinum model is luxury all with way, with quilted leather seats and door panels, Venetian leather on the steering wheel, and regular leather on the instrument panel, center console, and door armrests.

For 2017 the new Ford Fusion gets a thorough refresh in the name of keeping it competitive with the class-leading Honda Accord, Toyota Camry and Kia Optima. There are also two new models. First is a luxury edition called Fusion Platinum that adds leather on the dash, piped seating and other tech and luxury upgrades. The other is the new Fusion Sport, which adds all-wheel drive (AWD) and a 2.7-liter 325-horsepower V6 engine, blending family-car and sports-sedan sensibilities into one car. The rest of the lineup sticks with 4-cylinder engines, while the two hybrid models — the Fusion Hybrid and plug-in Fusion Hybrid Energi — return to anchor the eco-friendly end of the lineup.

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, from the base models with their 2.5-liter 4-cylinder, mid-level models with their punchier and more efficient turbocharged 1.5-liter 4-cylinder, or higher-end models with the 240-horsepower 2.0-liter 4-cylinder. If you’re looking for an even sportier experience, the new 2017 Fusion Sport offers a twin-turbo 2.7-liter V6 and AWD, while luxury shoppers can opt for the new Platinum model. If you’re more practical than hedonistic, the two different Fusion Hybrids — regular and plug-in — offer fuel-friendly and nicely sorted driving; there’s also a Platinum version of both if you’re in the have-it-and-eat-it camp. The easier-to-use Sync system improves the driving experience of any Fusion model that has it.

PLUG-IN HYBRID VERSION
With electrification a bigger deal these days, the Fusion Hybrid Energi with its 21 miles of electric-only driving range is a serious player that could let its driver go literally weeks without refueling. But you can still take that road trip thanks to the gasoline engine, and a subsequent 610-mile range.

V6 POWER
Fine, we’re suckers for horsepower, and the 2017 Ford Fusion Sport has it in spades with its 2.7-liter 325-horsepower twin-turbo V6. Coupled with AWD and an even better suspension, the Fusion Sport promises to be an Audi A6 for those on a budget.

The new 2017 Fusion Platinum interior, with its stitched dash and premium leather seats with contrast piping, is sumptuous enough to make the Lincoln MKZ feel redundant. Other upgrades this year for the rest of the lineup include a rotary shifter and electronic parking brake. However, Ford has largely kept the roomy 5-passenger interior intact. It’s roomy enough for four adults, three kids can fit in back, and its big trunk holds more than a Honda Accord’s. Hybrid models have a smaller trunk owing to the battery, but even they have a pass-through to the rear seats for longer items.

The grille, headlights, lower bumper and taillights on the 2017 Fusion have been reworked subtly, but effectively. It still looks like an Aston Martin, but that’s no bad thing. Platinum models add extra chrome and unique wheels, while Fusion Sport models go for a sporty demeanor with standard fog lights, a mesh grille and charcoal-colored wheels. On a practical note, the clever EasyFuel capless gas-filler system means you’ll never again lose the fuel cap, or have to wrestle it open or closed. Fusion Energi models use a lighted ring around the charge port, with a fully lit ring meaning charging’s complete.

The base-model 2017 Fusion S comes nicely equipped, starting with a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder and 6-speed automatic transmission. On top of that, the Fusion S comes with manual climate control, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, audio system with USB and auxiliary inputs, a rearview camera, and Ford’s Sync wireless communication system with voice control. Fusion SE models add a 10-way-power driver’s seat, rear air vents, a 6-speaker audio system and 17-inch wheels. Higher-end models get the powerful 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, upgraded audio systems, Sync3 with greatly improved usability, and niceties like dual-zone auto climate control, leather seating and 18-inch wheels.

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Besides the two new models — the performance-oriented Fusion Sport and the near-luxury Fusion Platinum — there are plenty of stand-alone options. You can add blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping assistance and adaptive cruise control with collision warning to help expand driver awareness, and make the Fusion an excellent road-trip sedan. There’s a reverse-sensing system to warn you of obstacles, and an Active Park Assist system will actually parallel-park the car for you. All-wheel drive is also available on SE, Titanium, Sport and Platinum models, making it one of the few family sedans ready for foul-weather security in Snowbelt states.

There are six different ways to motivate your 2017 Fusion. The base 2.5-liter 4-cylinder exists, and you should skip it. Instead, start at the SE sedan, which comes standard with the 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder, with the option of upgrading to the 2.0-liter version. The 2.0-liter is standard in the Titanium and Platinum models. Fusion Sport comes with a new-for-Fusion 2.7-liter twin-turbo V6 with 325 horsepower, making it the most powerful car in its class. The two electrically augmented Fusion models — Fusion Hybrid and Hybrid Energi plug-in — use a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine and electric motor coupled to a continuously variable automatic transmission for excellent fuel economy; the Energi has up to 21 miles of EV range. AWD is available with the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder.

2.5-liter inline-4
175 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
175 lb-ft of torque @ 4,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/32 mpg

1.5-liter turbocharged inline-4
178 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
177 lb-ft of torque @ 1,500-4,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/34 mpg

2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4
240 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm
270 lb-ft of torque @ 3,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/31 mpg (FWD), 20/29 mpg (AWD)

2.0-liter inline-4 and permanent magnet AC synchronous motor (hybrid)
188 horsepower (total)
129 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm (gasoline engine only)
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 43/41 mpg

2.0-liter inline-4 and permanent magnet AC synchronous motor (plug-in hybrid)
195 horsepower (total, with full battery charge)
129 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm (gasoline engine only)
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 97 mpg-e, 42 mpg combined

2.7-liter twin-turbo V6
325 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm
350 lb-ft of torque @ 3,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/26 mpg

The 2017 Ford Fusion S with its standard 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine starts with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $23,000, including the $875 destination charge. However, the SE offers more for your money at about the $25,000 mark when equipped with the 1.5-liter 4-cylinder. Titanium models start at about $31,000; the new V6 Fusion Sport at about $34,300, and the Fusion Platinum at about $37,500. AWD adds about $2,000. A base Hybrid S starts at about $26,000, with prices spanning all the way up to the $42,000 Hybrid Energi Platinum. The 2017 Fusion’s price spread is on par with the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Nissan Altima and Chevy Malibu. Be sure to check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area paid for their 2017 Fusion. Resale value is near the top of the class, close to the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord.

Best Deals on a 2017 Ford Fusion for October

Ford made very few changes to the Fusion midsize sedan for the 2018 model year, making the 2017 model an even better value for used car shoppers. Speaking of value, it’s tough to beat a midsize sedan when it comes to providing affordable transportation. The only real drawbacks to a midsize sedan compared to an SUV are ground clearance/ride height and a lack of all-wheel drive (AWD). That’s not an issue with the 2017 Ford Fusion, however, as it is available with AWD.

The 2017 Fusion lineup is quite diverse, offered in five trim levels with multiple powertrains and even a couple of hybrid options – the Fusion Hybrid and plug-in hybrid Fusion Energi – for the environmentally conscious. The base Fusion S offers enough standard equipment to satisfy value-oriented buyers, and the Fusion SE is well equipped and will meet the needs of most buyers. The Fusion Sport offers standard AWD and 325 horsepower for the enthusiast, and the Fusion Platinum and Titanium offer many creature comforts and luxurious touches.

If you’re in the market for a versatile midsize sedan with AWD capability, consider a Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) 2017 Ford Fusion. In addition to the all-weather handling capability, a CPO Fusion comes with a comprehensive 12-month/12,000-mile limited bumper-to-bumper warranty as well as a 7-year/100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty. Additional benefits include a vehicle history report, a 172-point inspection, 24/7 roadside assistance, and a free 3-month trial subscription to SiriusXM satellite radio. If you purchase by January 4, 2021, and finance through Ford Credit, buyers can get 1.49% APR financing for up to 36 months on a certified pre-owned 2017 Fusion.

The best deals in brief

Now, through January 4, 2021, Ford is offering 1.49% APR financing for up to 36 months on a CPO 2017 Ford Fusion. To take advantage of the low rate, buyers must finance through Ford Credit.

The Ford CPO program includes the following benefits:

  • 12-month/12,000-mile comprehensive limited warranty
  • 7-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty
  • 172-point inspection
  • 24/7 roadside assistance
  • 3-month trial subscription to SiriusXM satellite radio
  • Vehicle history report
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Taking on the German Elites

In the Fusion V6 Sport, Ford has identified three German models it indicates should be cross-shopped: the BMW 535i, Audi’s A6 3.0T and the Mercedes-Benz E400. Ford says the Sport’s torque ratings come in “stouter” than the competition. You are the judge based on the following figures.

The 2016 BMW 535i starts at $55,850 and is powered by a 3.0-liter, twin-turbo inline 6-cylinder engine making 300 horsepower and 300 foot-pounds of torque. This all-wheel-drive model has an 8-speed automatic transmission.

The 2016 Audi A6 3.0T is priced from $57,400 and is powered by a 3.0-liter, supercharged V-6 engine making 333 horsepower and 325 foot-pounds of torque. This all-wheel-drive model is also paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission.

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz E400 comes in at $65,600 and is powered by a 3.0-liter, bi-turbo V-6 engine making 329 horsepower and 354 foot-pounds of torque. This all-wheel-drive model is paired with a 7-speed automatic transmission.

Ford Fusion V6 Sport Brings Muscle to the Party

The Ford Fusion V6 Sport has just been unveiled at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show. it promises to add significant punch to the Blue Oval’s family sedan

Ford unveiled two new versions of its Fusion sedan in Detroit. There’s a hybrid model, but the real head turner is this performance derivative. It’s called the V6 Sport and features a twin-turbocharged 2.7-litre V6 engine, as well as all-wheel drive. Ford’s claiming the new Fusion V6 Sport «was engineered to leave other family sedans in the dust».

«Fusion offers people a lot more car, including helpful technology, beautiful design and a more rewarding driving experience than other mid-size sedans,» said Raj Nair, Ford executive vice president and chief technical officer, Global Product Development.

This choice of engine for the V6 Sport is particularly interesting as there were numerous options available (such as the 2.3-litre EcoBoost from the Focus RS/Mustang). However, Ford developed the twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6, which is claimed to produce peak outputs of around 242kW and 475Nm, from scratch. Performance figures aren’t available, but we’d estimate the V6 Sport could reach 100 kph from standstill in around five and a half seconds.

The rest of the vehicle is tuned for performance driving and the continuously-controlled damping promises sure-footed handling: the V6 Sport scans the road ahead and detects imperfections and quickly adjusts the shock absorbers to soften the impact. The exterior of the car has the show to match the go; there are numerous go-faster bits bolted on.

There is, inter alia, a bigger Aston-like grille, 19-inch alloy wheels, rear spoiler as well as quad exhaust tips. In terms of onboard technology, the vehicle will be equipped with Ford’s SYNC 3, something which we looked at here.

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David Taylor

Having contributed to multiple motoring titles as well helping run the public relations machine of the Johannesburg International Motor Show, Dave has experience in both sides of the motoring industry. He’s based in the Western Cape and has driven & photographed too many cars. he’s still trying to remember them all.

2019 Ford Fusion Platinum

If you require the absolute best automotive technology, then the 2019 Ford Fusion Platinum is right for you. Equipped with the exciting features included with the Titanium trim, the Platinum model adds cutting edge safety and technology options you’re sure to appreciate. Check out the following features included with the 2019 Fusion Platinum below.

  • Adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go
  • Pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection
  • Enhanced active park assist with parallel parking, park out assist, reverse perpendicular parking, and forward and side sensing systems
  • Lane-keeping system
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Blind-spot information system with cross-traffic alert
  • SYNC Connect powered by FordPass™ app
  • Heated and cooled front seats
  • Power adjustable steering wheel with memory
  • Heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel

Wrap up and review

This is the first time since its debut that the Ford Fusion has become a car that we can confidently say kicks ass. Long known as a nicely-shaped, practical daily driver with an invested interest in safety and sensibility, the latest Sport version has ditched its ho-hum heritage and prefers to pound pints of premium alongside its Focus RS cousin.

While it could benefit from a more aggressive aero package, a choice of alloys, larger brakes, and some internal updates, the direction Ford’s engineers are taking this model is certainly the right one. Performance tweaks like these are exactly the kind of thing we like to see on a car rocking a sport badge, and as far as the Fusion is concerned, it doesn’t just meet expectations, but surpasses them with flying colors.

But with its unsportsmanlike exterior, strangely designed center stack, and softly spoken exhaust note, we can’t help but wonder at the thought of what a refreshed version will offer in addition. This car also is a bit on the expensive side once you slap on a package or two, meaning it will quickly encroach upon $40,000 if you aren’t careful. That’s Jaguar XE territory.

Nevertheless, some people will not mind the slightly steep price tag, and with this much go-fast engineering backing things up, who can blame them? Ford has done the right thing by making a sport model actually live up to its name, instead of turning it into a rebadged marketing gimmick with different wheels and blackened plastic accents. Now all it has to do is test the waters. The Fusion Sport has nowhere to go but up.

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