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2017 Ford Fusion Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Ford Fusion was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 8.0

The 2017 Ford Fusion's cabin has modern styling and first-class materials, including surfaces that are soft to the touch and nicely textured. Platinum models are particularly attractive inside, featuring wood and aluminum trim, additional quilted leather seating surfaces, and handsome finishes on the doors and dashboard. The Fusion's seats are roomy in both rows, and the driver can easily find a comfortable position. Front and side visibility are good, but rear visibility is poor. The Fusion has a newly available SYNC 3 infotainment system that's responsive and easy to use. Trunk space is typical for the class.

  • "There's also a generous amount of soft-touch material, and the cup holders were relocated to the right of the dial." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Cabin design and execution of the 2017 Ford Fusion echoes that of its exterior. There's a cool and urbane style to the seats and dash, a tone set largely by the high-quality finishes and, of course, the lack of center stack buttons when the optional Sync 3 touchscreen system is specified. The emphasis is on having large, nicely textured surfaces and removing extraneous clutter, and it mostly works." -- Edmunds
  • "Competition has forced all manufacturers to up their game when it comes to interior styling, materials, fit and finish, much to the benefit of buyers. The Fusion offers new interior colors, upgraded materials and options for this year, as well as some functional changes." -- AutoTrader

Seating

The 2016 Fusion seats five and comes standard with a power-adjustable driver's seat. Options include a power-adjustable front passenger seat, a heated steering wheel, leather seats, leather sport seats with greater side support, and heated and cooled front seats.

The Fusion's front seats are comfortable. Drivers can easily find their ideal seating position, and front and side sightlines are good. Rear visibility, however, is compromised by the steep angle of the rear window. The second-row seats have plenty of head- and legroom, and the seat cushions provide good support for your thighs. However, the back seats are overly reclined, so rear passengers may find themselves slouching more than they’d like. The Fusion's cabin is also very quiet.

  • "The cabin is roomy and comfortable, with ample legroom and headroom in the second row for adults." -- AutoTrader
  • "If you're a passenger, know that the rakish Fusion supplies comfortable rear seats, too. Legroom and foot space are decent, the bottom seat cushion delivers excellent thigh support, and the front seat backs are covered in a soft, plush material. The rear seat back does, however, recline to too great a degree. This, in turn, forces a somewhat slouched seating position." -- New York Daily News
  • "The driver seat is easy to adjust into a just-right position and provides good sight lines out the front and sides of the car. It's harder to see through the sloping rear window, so it's helpful that a rearview camera comes standard." -- Edmunds

Interior Features

The 2017 Fusion’s standard features include a four-speaker audio system, a rearview camera, voice-controlled SYNC with Bluetooth and a USB port, and MyKey, which allows owners to set vehicle speed and audio volume limits for new teen drivers, for example, and others.

Optional features include Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, dual-zone automatic climate control, a sunroof, navigation, push-button start, proximity key, rear parking sensors, remote start, a 12-speaker Sony audio system, HD Radio, satellite radio, two USB ports, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, park assist, lane-keep assist, inflatable rear seat belts, and forward collision alert.

The 2017 Ford Fusion is available with several new advanced safety features, including adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, forward collision warning with pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking, and automatic perpendicular and parallel park assist. Also available is a lane-keeping-assist system that can automatically steer you back into your lane if you start to drift out of it.

New for 2017, the optional SYNC 3 infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen replaces the MyFord Touch system found in last year’s model. SYNC 3 is a welcome change from the much-disliked MyFord Touch system. SYNC 3 responds much quicker to inputs and has big virtual buttons that help ensure you are pressing the correct button. With the optional navigation system, you can use pinch-to-zoom gestures like you do with your smartphone. However, using this feature requires more pinching than most smartphones.

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  • "There are no less than 20 available safety features that have been engineered to be impressively functional, not merely affordable, the Sync3 infotainment system has a graphic layout on the center screen that matches with the standardized look we're finally seeing from consumer electronics, and Siri has taught us all about the possibilities of voice activation." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The Sync 3 system, available on SE models with the Technology package and above, is considerably better than the MyFord Touch interface it replaces. Sync 3 is more responsive to inputs, and its large virtual buttons are easier to press accurately than the old system's tiny boxes and bars. The optional navigation system offers pinch-to-zoom and swiping motions, effectively mimicking a smartphone interface." -- Edmunds
  • “… I found that the pinch-to-zoom function for the navigation map required too much pinching in order to zoom. Manual zoom buttons can be called up, but you need to use a virtual button to activate them. They don't automatically appear on the screen because the screen is not proximity sensing." -- New York Daily News

Cargo

The Fusion has 16 cubic feet of trunk space, which is fairly typical for a midsize car. Among midsize cars, only the Sonata has a larger trunk – though only by 0.3 cubic feet. Most midsize cars’ trunks are similarly sized. For example, the Kia Optima, Chrysler 200, Chevrolet Malibu, and Volkswagen Passat, all have 15.8 cubic feet or more of trunk space.

New for 2017, the Ford Fusion has a small dashboard pocket lined with a material to prevent your phone from sliding around. There are also two rear-seat outlets (one 12-volt, one 110-volt) for charging larger electronic devices.

  • "Also new to the dash is a small pocket, lined with grippy leather designed to hold your phone in place either upright or lying on its side. Facing the rear seats is also a 12-volt charge port and a 110-volt household socket as well, for plugging in a laptop or a larger device." -- Cars.com
  • "Trunk space, at 16 cubic feet, is about average for the midsize sedan segment." -- Edmunds

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