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2017 Ford Fusion Review

The 2017 Ford Fusion has a comfortable and upscale cabin, as well as some strong engine choices. However, it ranks in the middle of this highly competitive class because it does not stand out among rivals in any significant ways.

Pros & Cons

  • Upscale cabin
  • Powerful engine options
  • Above-average cargo space
  • Below-average fuel economy
  • Underwhelming base engine

New for 2017

  • SYNC 3 replaced MyFord Touch
  • New Platinum and Sport trims
  • Refreshed styling

8.1

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.7
Performance: 8.5
Interior: 8.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.7
Safety: 9.3
Reliability:
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2017 Ford Fusion Overview

Is the 2017 Ford Fusion a Good Used Car?

The Fusion is a decent midsize sedan. It has a spacious interior and above-average cargo capacity for its class. It offers a decent balance of comfort and athleticism, and its sharp steering and robust engine options lend this car plenty of punch. However, many rivals offer higher safety and predicted reliability scores. The Fusion also trails most classmates with its fuel economy estimates, though its hybrid version fares better in this area.

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How Much Is the 2017 Ford Fusion?

Based on more than 3,700 listings on our site, you can expect to pay between $14,300 and $24,300 for this vehicle. Its average list price is $17,600. Prices vary depending on the car’s mileage, condition, location, and features.

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How Much Does the 2017 Ford Fusion Cost to Own?

Estimated expenses for fuel, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2017 Fusion come out to around $23,400 over five years. That’s a little above average for the midsize car class. For example, the 2017 Hyundai Sonata should cost around $22,700 over five years, while the Subaru Legacy is expected to creep above $22,500.  

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Fusion?

Ford made no major changes for the 2018 Fusion, which is part of a generation that began with the 2013 model year. With a starting price just north of $22,200, you can save thousands of dollars by sticking with the virtually identical 2017 model instead. The 2017 model offers technology that is unavailable in older models.

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No new midsize sedans are within the price range of the average 2017 Fusion. However, there are some compact cars worth considering. The 2018 Kia Soul actually has more cargo space and rear-seat head- and legroom than the 2017 Fusion. Factor in its higher safety and predicted reliability scores – and its starting price of $16,200 – and the Soul looks fairly attractive. We named it our 2018 Best Compact Car for the Money.

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Which Model Year of the Ford Fusion Is Best?

The 2017 Fusion belongs to a generation that launched for the 2013 model year. The 2013 model is best avoided due to its low predicted reliability rating, but the other models in the generation have better scores. For 2017, Ford updated the Fusion with refreshed styling and a SYNC 3 infotainment system. The Platinum trim was also introduced. A new Sport model with a V6 engine debuted later that year. If those changes are not essential to you, you may want to consider the 2015 Fusion to save money. A rearview camera became standard for that model year.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Ford Fusion?

The 2017 Ford Fusion received a predicted reliability rating of three out of five from J.D. Power. That’s an average score across the automotive industry, but some cars in this class have a higher rating.

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2017 Ford Fusion Recalls

As of this writing, three recalls have been issued for the 2017 Fusion. Its steering wheel may detach, its torque converter connection may fail (increasing the risk of a crash), and the rear seatback pivot pins may malfunction (potentially spilling cargo into the passenger area). If the used Fusion you are considering is affected by these recalls, be sure the problems have been resolved before you buy.

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Which Used Ford Fusion Model Is Right for Me?

Ford offers the 2017 Fusion in five trims: the S, SE, Titanium, Platinum, and performance-oriented V6 Sport. The Ford Fusion Energi and Ford Fusion Hybrid are reviewed separately. Most shoppers will be satisfied with the SE trim. It doesn’t add many standard features over the base model – a six-speaker stereo, satellite radio, and a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat are notable exceptions – but it has a more extensive list of available features. These include a 1.5-liter turbocharged EcoBoost engine, leather upholstery, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, navigation, keyless entry, remote start, and a number of advanced safety features. You’d have to step all the way up to the top-of-the-line Platinum trim to get these features as standard equipment.

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What Does Ford's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Ford offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 80,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Ford extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years from the original sale date or 100,000 miles. These vehicles also get a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty after the original three-year/36,000-mile new-car warranty expires. Each Ford CPO vehicle must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like vehicle history reports, towing, and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Ford warranty page carefully.

Ford does not have one of the better CPO programs among affordable carmakers. Chevy, GMC, Honda, Kia, and Mazda all have better programs.

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How Safe Is the Fusion?

The 2017 Fusion earned a perfect five-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It received four stars in front and rollover crash tests, but five stars in side crash testing. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Fusion a 2017 Top Safety Pick; it received the highest score of Good in all areas crash tested, as well as a Superior rating in frontal crash prevention.

A rearview camera comes standard in every Fusion. Also standard is Ford’s MyKey system, which allows you to set volume and speed limits for teen drivers. Many advanced safety technologies are available, including rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert, lane keep assist, park assist, adaptive cruise control, and pre-collision warning with pedestrian detection. Automatic high beams and rain-sensing wipers are available, too.

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2017 Ford Fusion Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Ford Fusion or 2017 Toyota Camry?

When it comes to midsize cars, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better pick than the Toyota Camry. That said, the Ford has its advantages. The Fusion provides a tiny edge in both cargo and overall passenger space, and it’s about $200 cheaper on average. However, the Camry’s superior fuel economy estimates mean you’ll likely make up that difference in just over a year. The Camry also has a perfect predicted reliability rating. It’s the better car all-around.

Which Is Better: 2017 Ford Fusion or 2017 Chevrolet Malibu?

The Chevy Malibu is another excellent pick in this class. This sedan has a smooth, comfortable ride and a long list of available features, as well as excellent safety and predicted reliability ratings. The Malibu is likely to be a little cheaper as well, and its impressive fuel economy will save you even more money at the pump. However, the Fusion does offer a more thrilling performance with its V6 Sport trim. If that’s essential to you, the Fusion is a fine pick. Otherwise, you’ll likely be better off saving money with the Malibu. We named the Malibu our 2017 Best Midsize Car for Families.

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2017 Fusion Performance

How Does the 2017 Ford Fusion Drive?

The base Fusion S is powered by a 175-horsepower four-cylinder engine. A turbocharged 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine becomes available in the SE trim. It delivers a punchier 181 horsepower. Standard in the Titanium trim is a turbocharged 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine with 245 horsepower. All of these engines are matched with a six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. Unlike many other models in the class, all-wheel drive is available in this Ford.

Unique to the Fusion V6 Sport is, as the name suggests, a twin-turbocharged V6 engine. It makes 325 horsepower and is also mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. It only comes with all-wheel drive.

The Fusion offers good driving performance with its sharp steering, powerful brakes, and good agility, as well as ample power from its turbocharged engine choices. However, the base engine is probably best avoided, as it provides only adequate power.

Does the 2017 Ford Fusion Get Good Gas Mileage?

In a word, no. With its base engine and front-wheel drive, the 2017 Fusion gets 21 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. Those are among the lowest estimates in the class. Even the most efficient Fusion, with the 1.5-liter engine, gets below-average estimates of 23/34 mpg. The Ford Fusion Hybrid and Ford Fusion Energi do a little better.

2017 Ford Fusion Towing Capacity

The 2017 Fusion can tow up to 2,000 pounds when properly equipped.

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2017 Fusion Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Fusion Seat?

The Ford Fusion seats five on cloth seats. Power-adjustable front seats, heated and ventilated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and leather upholstery are all available. The front seats are comfortable and supportive, and the rear seats offer decent head and legroom for adults.

The Fusion features a surprisingly classy interior for a nonluxury car. Soft-touch surfaces abound, and higher trims such as the Platinum reach near-luxury status with their wood and aluminum accents. Front and side visibility are good, but rear visibility suffers due to the sloping rear window. The standard rearview camera helps mitigate this issue.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Ford Fusion?

The 2017 Ford Fusion has two complete sets of LATCH child-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats. The middle seat has an additional upper tether anchor. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Fusion’s LATCH system the second-lowest rating of Marginal for ease of use, noting the car’s lower anchors are buried too deep in the seats.

2017 Ford Fusion Features

The 2017 Fusion comes standard with a four-speaker stereo, Ford’s SYNC system (with a 4.2-inch screen, Bluetooth, and a USB port), a rearview camera, and Ford’s MyKey. Available features include the SYNC 3 infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, satellite radio, HD Radio, voice-activated navigation, a premium audio system, dual-zone climate control, a moonroof, and a number of advanced safety features.

Ford’s SYNC 3 system is much quicker, more responsive, and more comprehensive than the standard system. Its menus and large virtual buttons help make it very easy to use.

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2017 Ford Fusion Dimensions

Ford Fusion Cargo Space

The 2017 Fusion has 16 cubic feet of trunk space. That’s slightly above average among midsize cars. Its trunk is deep, making it easy to load bulky items.

2017 Fusion Length and Weight

The 2017 Fusion is a little under 16 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,431 pounds to 3,681 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Ford Fusion Built?

Ford manufactured the 2017 Fusion in Mexico.

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