Join me in reviewing my time behind the wheel of the 2017 Ford
Car Specs: 2017 Ford
Fusion Se FWD with 1.5L EcoBoost Engine.
E.P.A. Reported fuel economy: City – 22 / Hwy – 34
My results: 25 mpg combined / 33 Hwy
First impression of the car:
It has a nice stance and sporty look.
Body lines are sleek. The
aluminum wheels are nicely proportioned in relation to tire sidewall height and
wheel well opening. This Fusion has the
premium white platinum tri-coat paint, a very elegant and timeless color. Moving to the interior, the leather seats are
comfortable and all of the controls are in easy reach. The telescopic steering column is a wonderful
feature that I personally wish every vehicle was equipped with. Visibility out of windows and mirrors is
good. I felt comfortable both passing
and backing out in crowded parking lots.
The radio has a nice sound and with SYNC pairs seamlessly with my
phone. The car has ample storage
compartments and cubbies. The rear seat
has a center arm rest and cup holder that folds away allowing the rear to seat
It is currently winter here in Missouri. To give you an idea of current
conditions. It was negative 16 degrees Fahrenheit
when I left home this morning! Fortunately,
this Fusion has both remote start and heated seats! A feature I have been very thankful for. The car warms up quickly. Much quicker than I expected. We have had a couple days with snow and ice
recently. I was surprised how quickly
the car cleared the front and rear windows.
The heated seats have three temp settings and warm up quickly as well. I’m not one who typically uses backup cameras. I generally prefer to use the mirrors and my
own senses when backing. I did encounter
a scenario where the backup camera proved quite useful. One of the snowy mornings I was backing out
of my driveway and the rear driver and passenger windows were still covered in
ice. I was able to use the backup camera
to view the blind spots created by iced over windows and safely back out of my
This has been a very unique test drive. I have had the opportunity to drive this
Fusion on dry roads, in the rain, in/on the snow, in/on the ice. The car handled exceptional in all
conditions. It even exceeded my
expectations on the snow and ice.
Traction was good, as was stopping ability. The only thing I found this car wanting for
was power. This particular Fusion has
the 1.5L 4cyl engine. While it is responsible
for powering the mid-size car to the reported and very respectful 34 HWY
mpg. I would not call the car peppy or
powerful. Driving in a calm, responsible
manner, the engine is perfectly adequate
and drawls no attention to itself. If
you are in a hurry or want to take advantage of the paddle shifters in sport
mode. You might find the engine lacking
and may want to consider a Fusion with the 2.7L EcoBoost V6 engine.
Overall the Ford Fusion has been and continues to be a
great, versatile vehicle. It has a smooth, quiet ride and is available with
an array of options to suit buyers taste and budget.