Rarely does a car model make such a momentous leap in both safety and performance in a single year. But those are exactly the upgrades made to the 2017 Ford Fusion. And with the improvements made to the 2017 Ford Fusion, the four-door leaps to the top of the highly-competitive mid-sized sedan class in several critical categories.
Safety First Means A First In Safety
The 2017 Ford Fusion is a 2016 Institute for Insurance Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick+ when equipped with optional front crash prevention. The 2017 Ford Fusion front crash prevention rating improved from basic to superior with the addition of autobrake. In tests at 12 mph and 25 mph, the 2017 Ford Fusion avoided collisions. Frontal crash prevention includes available Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection, a NHTSA approved system which is design to warn of a possible front-end collision with either a vehicle or even a pedestrian, that first pre-charges the brakes and, if the driver does not take corrective action and the collision is imminent, the brakes are designed to automatically apply. To qualify for Top Safety Pick+, a vehicle must earn good ratings in all five crashworthiness tests and have available front crash prevention system that earns an advanced or superior rating.
A Better Connection
Available in the 2017 Ford Fusion is the new SYNC 3 integration technology, which features the next generation of voice-activated technology, backed by a new easy-to-use design interface and an easier integration with your smartphone.
EcoBoost Across The Board
The three available EcoBoost engines in the 2017 Ford Fusion share a trio of technologies to develop horsepower while being efficient in their fuel consumption. Those technologies are turbocharging, which harnesses exhaust gasses to pump more fresh air into the cylinders, direct injection, which helps provide for more complete combustion in the cylinder, and twin independent variable cam timing (Ti-VCT) the controls the opening and closing of valves to meet the demands on the engine.
New for 2017 is Auto Start-Stop Technology which now comes standard in Ford Fusion models equipped with the 1.5L EcoBoost engine. Auto Start-Stop Technology has been developed to help reduce fuel usage and reduce engine emissions while driving in stop-and-go traffic. It also features sporty steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.
But perhaps most exciting is the addition of the robust 2.7 L EcoBoost V6 engine powering the Fusion V6 Sport. The 2.7 L EcoBoost is fully laden with the latest in engine technology. It’s a 60° 2.7 L V6 with dual independent variable timing overhead camshafts and twin-turbochargers that’s rated at 325 horsepower and 375 lb·ft. Peak torque is achieved at 2500 rpm, which is 3500 rpm below the engine's redline.
Additionally, the 2017 Ford Fusion V6 Sport features the Continuously Controlled Damping (CCD) system that uses sensors to monitor the vehicle’s suspension and adjust in milliseconds keep the ride smooth. The system also provides users the ability to select from comfort, normal or sport settings.
Neither Rain Nor Snow
Ford’s Intelligent AWD (All Wheel drive) system balances engine power between the front and rear wheels to enhance handling and maximize traction in low-grip conditions, typically even before wheels start to slip. AWD is available on the 2017 Ford Fusion SE, Titanium and Platinum when equipped with the 2.0 L engine and is standard on 2017 Ford Fusion V6 Sport equipped with the 2.7 L EcoBoost engine.
So whether you’re looking for a base-level 2017 Ford Fusion S with its 2.0 L turbocharged EcoBoost engine or you’re ready to rev it up with the 325 horsepower turbocharged EcoBoost V6 in an AWD Ford Fusion Sport, the place to check them all out in the Lansing area is Courtesy Ford in Okemos, MI.