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by Don Sikora II
Note: The following story was excerpted from the October 2017 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.
The second-generation Ford Fusion made its debut as a 2013 model, and the midsize sedan received some significant updates for 2017. Most Fusion models cater to a practical and mainstream market, while the Hybrid and Energi plug-in models target efficiency seekers. Now, though, Ford has added something for those looking for more speed and a bit more excitement than run-of-the-mill sedans offer: the Fusion Sport.
Chicago radio legends Steve and Johnnie take the 2017 Ford Fusion Sport for a video test drive. What did they think of their test vehicle? Watch and find out.
2017 Ford Fusion Sport
Class: Midsize Car
Miles Driven: 204
Fuel Used: 11.5 gallons
Ford unveiled a significantly refreshed Ford Fusion as a 2017 model at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Its new technology features include pedestrian detection, hands-free perpendicular- and parallel parking, Ford’s Sync 3 multimedia system (which replaces the finicky MyFord Touch interface), and a space-saving rotary dial gear-shift selector.
Class: Midsize Car
Dates tested: 12/31/2014 to 1/06/2015
Miles Driven: 260
Fuel Used: 10.3 gallons
There’s a certain cachet to sedans with all-wheel drive. Though largely shunned by folks in states in which snow is not a real threat to commuting ease, AWD vehicles in general have caught on with the buying public, accounting for as much as 80 percent of the sales of certain crossover-SUV models in cities such as Chicago and New York.
Chicago radio legends Steve and Johnnie take the 2018 Kia Stinger GT for a video test drive. What did they think of their test vehicle? Watch and find out.
Yikes, where does the time go? The MX-5 Miata is fast closing in on its 30th birthday, but Mazda apparently couldn’t wait until the pearl-anniversary year of its beloved two-seat roadster to roll out a welcome round of enhancements. Ever since the first Miata debuted at the 1989 Chicago Auto Show as a 1990 model, Mazda has stayed wonderfully true to its original MX-5 concept: a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, lightweight two-seat sports car with modest power, an easily removable roof, and a sporty-yet-compliant suspension.