Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

2017 Ford Fusion Offers More Room and a Smooth Ride

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

2017 Ford Fusion Offers More Room and a Smooth Ride

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2017 Ford Fusion V6 Sport SE AWD: A wolf in sheep's clothing?

Price: $41,350 as tested. The trim level begins at $33,475, but the test vehicle enjoyed enhanced park assist for $995, adaptive cruise control for $1,190, V6 Sport Upgrade Package (power driver's seat, ambient lighting and more), $2,000; and Driver Assist Package, $1,625.

Marketer's pitch: "Just because you need a four-door sedan for everyday use, you don't have to let your soul freeze." Automobile magazine, quoted on Ford's website.

Conventional wisdom: Car and Driver magazine likes that it's "Pow-pow-powerful" but not its "porky mass, lackluster steering feel, responses not quite polished."

Reality: Maybe a wolf in police dog's clothing.

Hot rod sedan: One would be hard pressed to expect a Ford Fusion to go roaring past him on the highway. Ford aims to put a stop to that prejudice with the Sport SE.

You gotcher ears on? I somehow felt like nothing if not Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane chasing them Duke boys through Hazzard County. The Fusion offered all kinds of straight-line acceleration but took turns like a 1972 Dodge Polara police car.

Up to speed: The Ford Fusion introduces itself as a nice, sedate family sedan. Comfortable and roomy, it fits like a pair of relaxed-fit dad jeans.

But switch it into Sport mode and the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 takes full advantage of its whopping 325 horsepower. Blast onto the highway faster than you ever expected; the 0-60 passes in just 5.1 seconds, according to Car and Driver.

On the curves: As mentioned, the Fusion handles like an American sedan of yesteryear. The ride is comfortable and smooth - some rough patches of Pennsylvania road smoothed out rather nicely - but the price comes when on the curves. Zigs and zags are not nearly as fun as a Passat or a Lexus might make them.

Driver's Seat: I found the cockpit to be comfortable and roomy. Controls all seemed logically placed and the gauges allowed for easy switching among different types of information.

Friends and stuff: In the Department of Little Things Mean a Lot, the console in the Fusion offered a great center box for storage and another giant cubby in front for phones and whatnot. …

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