We usually stay calm when automakers apply the sport treatment to their mainstream midsize sedan—fancy wheels and a body kit might look good, but they don’t exactly get the adrenaline pumping. The 2017 Ford Fusion Sport, however, has something extra. It goes beyond the visual fluff we’ve become accustomed to and instead comes armed with a high-strung V-6 and all-wheel-drive grip, making it the quickest midsizer we’ve tested.
Ford’s Stealth Fast Car Pack 2.7-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost v6 engine, producing 325 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque-but only sometimes. This is because the engine will only make too much time to drink 93 octane petrol, which is not readily available in our hometown of California 91 octane is a normal. The engine output power running at 91 octane is unknown because Ford likes to show larger numbers.
However, the integration movement is not only interesting to launch but also very satisfying. The engine is eager to start from the beginning and pull strong discrimination. Four-wheel drive system. We rarely feel any signs of torque control or any tire struggling to control, no matter how hard we are pushing the car. Can be smooth six-speed automatic downshift, but in general, the gearbox seems to be a pair of engines. Steering wheel is a standard paddle shift.
Running to 60 mph requires just 5.3 seconds in the Fusion Sport. That makes Ford’s midsizer quicker than the 2017 Honda Accord V-6 we recently tested (5.7 seconds) and a 2015 Toyota Camry XSE (6.1 seconds). Both the Honda and Toyota have naturally aspirated six-cylinders with the Accord making 278 hp and the Camry at 268 hp. And in case you’re wondering, the Fusion Sport will outrun a Mustang with the 2.3-liter I-4 EcoBoost by a full second.
The Fusion Sport put down a figure-eight time of 26.2 seconds, and although it doesn’t quite have the Mazda6’s poise and balance through the curves, its suspension system with active dampers manages to keep things under control. Steering feel is good overall, and the brakes halt the 4,123-pound sedan from 60 to 0 mph in 122 feet.
The Fusions Sport is quick, but it’s also obvious that Ford made ride comfort a top priority. The cabin is pleasantly quiet at highway speeds, and so is the engine, which only sounds rowdy at wide-open throttle. Interior design and available niceties essentially mimic other Fusion models, including our test car’s Sync infotainment system and advanced driver assistance technology such as lane keeping assist.
Pricing starts at $34,480, and our test car rang in at $40,955, thanks to options such as the aforementioned Driver Assist package ($1,625) and the Sport Upgrade package ($2,000), which includes digital displays in the instrument cluster, dual-zone climate control, ambient lighting, and more. It’s a relative bargain considering a luxury German sedan (with similar performance and content) is thousands of dollars more.
Prior to the Fusion Sport’s debut, rumors suggested the Fusion would be the next model to join Ford’s ST lineup of sporty models along with the Focus ST and Fiesta ST. We say it’s not too late—with Recaro seats, beefier brakes, and maybe a slight power increase, the Fusion Sport could easily morph into a Fusion ST. But still with two turbos, all-wheel drive, and impressive straight-line speed, the unassuming Fusion Sport is a surprisingly fun outlier in a segment that thrives on playing it safe.
|2017 Ford Fusion Sport EcoBoost AWD|
|PRICE AS TESTED||$40,995|
|VEHICLE LAYOUT||Front-engine, AWD, 5-pass, 4-door sedan|
|ENGINE||2.7L/325-hp*/380-lb-ft* twin-turbo DOHC 24-valve V-6|
|CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST)||4,123 lb (60/40%)|
|LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT||191.8 x 72.9 x 58.0 in|
|0-60 MPH||5.3 sec**|
|QUARTER MILE||13.9 sec @ 97.7 mph**|
|BRAKING, 60-0 MPH||122 ft|
|LATERAL ACCELERATION||0.86 g (avg)|
|MT FIGURE EIGHT||26.2 sec @ 0.69 g (avg)|
|EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON||17/26/20 mpg***|
|ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY||198/130 kW-hrs/100 miles***|
|CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB||0.96 lb/mile***|
| * with 93 octane
** with 91 octane
*** with 87 octane