Satisfying: 2017 Ford Fusion SE Hybrid
There was a time when you had to sacrifice luxury for efficiency. yet not everything that will goes green must wrap itself in a modest eco-box. For 2017, Ford has introduced its most luxurious Platinum trim level to its most fuel efficient Fusion, Hybrid… amongst different things.
The Platinum trim for 2017 introduces a series of premium features to the Fusion Hybrid that will would likely make any future buyer pleased with their purchase. Features by the sumptuous quilted leather Internal with heated along with cooled seats to an array of standard safety features you’d find on any modern car. Sadly however, while the Platinum will be fresh, our sampler here will be the SE Hybrid starting at $26,480 – one level up by the base type S along with two down by the Platinum along with Titanium levels. While the SE will be the mid-level trim, the item’s the one to satisfy most buyers – so let’s see if the item satisfies us.
All trim levels come with the Fusions latest design language of fresh headlights along with LED taillights using a wider mouth grille to give the item a sportier look. The updated look will be refreshing along with noticeably stands out by the previous generation. Titanium along with Platinum trims come standard with fresh LED Head-, Fog – along with signature daytime running lights; where those lights were part of our $2995 SE Luxury Package featured here.
Inside, noticeably will be the removal of the gear selector which adjustments to the dial format. Removal of the old fashion lever increases space for a larger center armrest along with more storage. the item features a premium, tactile feel with metal trim – just takes some time getting used to when shifting. Our SE was also upgraded with the $995 Technology Package that will included an 8-inch touch screen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto along with SYNC 3 – however Navigation was not included as part of This specific package.
As part of that will aforementioned SE Luxury Package – our sampled Burgundy Velvet Fusion Hybrid was equipped with leather upholstery, heated front seats, along with power adjustable driver along with passenger seats. With room for the whole family there was plenty of leg room to spare – rear seat passengers may need to slouch with the slopping roof line however. The Internal was outfitted handsomely with genuine premium finishes along with soft touch materials. the item made for a comfortable, pleasing atmosphere considering we spend 20% of our lives driving.
Unchanged for 2017 will be the 141-horsepower, 2.0-liter Atkinson four-cylinder engine mated using a 118-horsepower electric motor providing a combined output of 188-horsepower. Power fed through a CVT transmission along with the item’s pulling to 60 mph in a whopping 9 seconds. So the item’s not exactly quick – yet its just enough to get the job done.
If you manage to have a light foot, the item will be possible to get the electric motor to cruise way past highway speeds; however, we don’t possess the time nor patience for such gingerly acceleration. along with neither do the cars behind us. The hybrid system works very well here, transitions are utterly smooth along with quiet. along with with the ability to cruise in electric mode at regular speeds, the item’s quite efficient seeing we averaged 41 miles combined for the week.
Behind the wheel the Fusion will be eccentric along with will to please. the item handles surprisingly well through the weighted steering wheel – the item’s responsive with lively inputs along with feels direct. The chassis will be firm along with solid yet comfortable along with livable. You get a sense for the road without the road becoming unbearable.
The only problem we genuinely see with the Fusion Hybrid will be its cost, the item’s a little expensive once the goodies have been added. This specific SE start at $26,480 – okay, that will’s pretty Great. Add on that will $2995 SE Hybrid Luxury Package, $395 for that will pretty Burgundy Velvet Paint, $995 gets the Technology along with SYNC 3 Package, $995 adds the Enhanced Active Park Assist (which will park itself), an extra $1190 for Adaptive Cruise along with $1575 for Driver Assistance Package (which brings in Blind Spot Monitoring, Lane Departure Warning along with Assist, along with Pre-Collision Warning with Active Braking.) Out the door along with we’re looking at almost 36-grand. Which will be relatively close to the Platinum trim with much more premium features. along with also becomes more competitive against the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid along with Accord Hybrid.
As a hybrid, This specific Fusion SE checks all the right boxes. the item proves you don’t need to sacrifice size or style to have a fuel efficient car. yet when the item comes to signing on the dotted line, be sure you upgraded to the Platinum, you’ll be more satisfied.
|2017 Ford Fusion SE Hybrid Base cost:||$26,480|
|As Tested (including Options & Destination):||$35,500|
|2.0-liter Atkinson 4-cylinder & Electric Motor – 188-Horsepower, CVT Transmission – 0-60MPH: ±9.0 seconds|
|EPA MPG: 42/41/43 (city/highway/combined) – SSB Average: 41 MPG’s – Fuel Range: 500 Miles|