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2017 Ford Fusion Walk Around


The Fusion is nearly 192 inches long, with a 112-inch wheelbase, making it big for a midsize car, but then they’re all getting bigger, pushing the EPA’s definition of midsize.

The fastback shape looks dashing in dark colors, not so head-turning in the common silver. The hexagonal grille is a blatant copy of the racy Aston Martin, and it works. The tweaks for 2017 improve the flow at the front, including more shapely headlamps that are now LED, and wider fascia, with a bolder bumper, deeper intakes and glossy black grille insert.

The roofline arches gently, resembling an Audi A7 from the rear, but unmistakable Ford from the side. The Fusion boasts a strong stance and sense of proportion, low to the road like the Mazda 6.

Interior

The interior, freshened for 2017 models, is sleek and functional, with a rotary gear-selector dial in the new center console. The standard LCD screen is small, and flanked by switchgear that functions with precision.

We like the USB port that’s illuminated in the dark. Thanks to efficient organization reflecting real thought, the console has a lot of room, even with a media hub, vertical cell phone slot, enlarged center bin, better-located cupholders, and longer armrest. The Volvo-like design, open at the sides, is an improvement over the pinched Focus and Fiesta, but there’s too much glossy piano black plastic on the dash and door armrests. It shows scratches and blemishes too easily. However the rest of it is soft to the touch, and fits well.

The base cloth seats have manual adjustment, and are comfortable and supportive, although slim and clearly low-cost, as well as tilted a bit too much forward for us. But their being thin gives more room in the rear, compared to rivals, with good legroom for two adults in back. The 119 cubic feet of interior volume is just under what the EPA would call a full-size car.

The seat cushions are high, and with the available sunroof you lose a bit of headroom, so six-footers might graze the headliner in back. Same in the Nissan Altima and Volkswagen Passat.

The trunk is sizeable, at 16 cubic feet. Tall doors make entry and exit easy, especially on the high cushions; they close with a solid thunk. Slim roof pillars allow excellent visibility for the driver.

The new Platinum model is luxury all with way, with quilted leather seats and door panels, Venetian leather on the steering wheel, and regular leather on the instrument panel, center console, and door armrests.

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