A contributor for the Car And Driver, Don Sherman had a chance to test drive the 2017 Ford Fusion Sport and he was impressed.
Ford dropped a 2.7-liter, twin-turbo V-6 EcoBoost engine into the Fusion Sport and it’s able to deliver an impressive 325 ponies and 380 lb-ft of torque. This makes the Fusion the first midsize family sedan to punch through the 300hp ceiling. A six-speed automatic transmission sends power to all four wheels and they’re predicting a 0 to 60 mph sprint time of just 5.3 seconds.
Enough about the specs; how does it drive you may ask?
Step on the throttle and that head-snapping acceleration kicks in. You can both feel and see the torque delivery shift to the rear via a live pictogram displayed in the instrument cluster. That’s the feeling we can expect get and that’s without putting it into Sport mode. Once that S button is pushed, the drive feel dramatically changes in seven ways and you can read all about it here: Ford Fusion V6 Sport Drive Mode Changes Seven Settings.
The standard 235/40R-19 Goodyear all-season tires had adequate grip, nothing to write home about but maybe the optional summer tires will perform better. Its electrically assisted steering is nicely weighted and quick but, it could be a bit faster and provide the driver with more feedback.
What stood out was Ford’s Continuously Controlled Damping system that instantly adjusts itself depending on the road surface, vehicle speed, cornering loads, steering angle, and even severe pavement irregularities like speed bumps or potholes.
Overall, a great vehicle for an MSRP of $34,350 and if you load up the Fusion Sport with navigation, various driver assists, and special paint options, you could be seeing a $40,000 price tag.