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by Tony West and Sommer Thornton
The Ford Fusion is a sleek youthful sedan with hybrid pedigree. The new Fusion V6 Sport forges its own path of intelligent high performance. What’s unique about the Fusion Sport is its athletic character with standard all-wheel drive and its notably efficient V6 engine. The whip has sporty features like the mesh grille, big air intakes, quad exhausts and stylish traits like 19-inch wheels and leather and suede seats. And the twin-turbo V6 with Ecoboost technology offers a lot of spunk and high mpgs.
We reviewed the 2017 Ford Fusion V6 Sport in Chicago earlier this year and sedan proves itself a top-notch all-season city warrior.
Check out the First Drive Highlights
Athletic Style, Driver-Focused Lux Layout
The whip we reviewed had a sexy burgundy velvet paint job and chiseled body with a dark earth gray interior and aluminum accents. The Fusion V6 has standard LED headlamps, fog lamps and taillights.
The 2017 Ford Fusion V6 Sport has some eye-catching features that set it apart from its hybrid siblings, like its gloss black mesh grille, large air intakes, front and rear spoiler and quad tailpipes.
Cool dark-painted 19-inch wheels and large front and rear brakes are standard for the V6. The whip looks longer and lower to the ground, stretched to look like a low-slung Taurus. Ford is doing a fabulous job evolving the Fusion to fit an array of customers; from the Fusion SE family car and the ever-efficient city Hybrid, to the Energi, the more macho Titanium and the top-of-the-lineup Fusion Platinum.
The blacked-out cabin of the 2017 Fusion V6 has a cleaner layout than the hybrid Fusion and boasts cool carbon fiber and aluminum trim. Leather seats with Miko suede inserts and a leather wrapped steering wheel are stylish perks. Drivers have a 10-way power seat with memory and heated front seats are standard. The rotary gearshift is a nifty nob which is much easier to adapt to than the shift buttons in the center stack of the Lincoln vehicles. And the combo of leather, suede and tough plastic on the dash is very user friendly and seems easy to keep clean.
The whip is structurally and ergonomically sound for drivers tall and short. And legroom and storage is abundant with a cubby hole and shelf in the center dash, a big center console, and storage for bottles in the doors.
The steering wheel has controls for the cruise control, audio and the multi information display, a notorious tech feature in Ford’s instrument clusters. Ford’s innovative multi-info display houses a ton of useful info and settings for safety and comfort in a left and right display. The left dash houses stats and settings for adjusting driver assist features like changing the intensity of the Lane Keeping System, or increasing the sensitivity of the Pre Collision System alert and activating the Hill Start Assist and Front/Rear Park Aid. The right MID shows navigation, audio, and phone details including street names, speed limit, and traffic.
Keyless entry, push button start, remote start and aluminum sport pedals are all standard Fusion V6 features. And the Easy Entry/ Exit feature will move the seat back and push steering wheel up for drivers to climb in and out easier.
The ‘heads up’ dash display is another cool feature in the V6, which will shine a beam of red light if the Fusion V6 moves towards an impending collision. And MyKey allows owners to program keys with restrictions on certain driving and infotainment features.
The Fusion V6 also has a center touchscreen with navigation, audio, and a dope rearview camera that shows the side view while parking. And the beatin’ sound system has dope speakers in the doors and tweeters on the roof.
My only issue with the center touchscreen is that I have to go back to the home screen to get to the navigation again, and that there isn’t a quicker way to get back to my presets to change the radio station.
Efficient Powerful Performance with Enhanced Safety Tech
The new Fusion Sport has the only twin-turbocharged V6 in its class. And its athletic V6 affords it a thrilling ride with Ecoboost efficiency. The 2.7 liter Ecoboost V6 engine boasts an impressive 325 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque. The Fusion gets up nicely in any trim, but the V6 offers more aggression with no concern for gas guzzling. In fact, the more highway driving I did, the more mpgs the engine boosted. Regenerative braking, a groundbreaking feature is seamless in the whip, even city driving and at very high speeds.
When I’m hitting the highway at high speeds, the Fusion V6’s power doesn’t degrade like a typical hybrid powertrain but instead goes into a cruise, leveling off around 2,000 rpm. The smooth sailing Fusion Sport also has excellent suspension and handling on any terrain thanks to continuously controlled damping and standard all-wheel drive.
Continuously controlled damping features pothole detection that adjusts damping to the affected shock. But turning is wide in the Fusion V6 as is cornering. Steering is fluid and straight-line drivability is stellar. Braking is sturdy and tires are wider.
In sport mode paddle shifters control the trans and shift points are aggressive, throttle response is faster, steering stiffened, continuously controlled damping tougher and active noise control is tuned for a raucous engine note.
The V6 Ecoboost is matched to a six-speed Select Shift automatic transmission with steering wheel paddle shifters. The sporty trans is another great feature of the Fusion V6 drivetrain. Whether in automatic or manual shift mode, the V6 transitions smoothly and easily jumps gears to hit 60 mph swiftly.
Safety technology has been fined tuned to achieve near luxury levels. Standard Safety features includes Brake Assist, Hill Start Assist, Lane Keeping System, Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. The lane keeping aid is great in the Fusion V6, gently correcting and pushing the sedan back in its lane as it drifts- not jarring at all. The Forward Collision system is also very smooth, alerting the driver and braking the vehicle in a possible forward collision. The Reverse Sensing System is another cool feature of the V6 Sport’s upgrades.
The 2017 Ford Fusion V6 Sport is a fun whip that appeals to a thrill-seeker who’s still practical, whether it’s a professional white-collar millennial to the retiree
ready for fun and adventure.
The whip is a conventional sedan with a wild side, able to be efficient and comfortable for daily driving and open up the throttle and be very aggressive on the highway. The sedan is on sale now with an MSRP of $33,475.