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Looks the same, but better where it counts: 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid

It's only changed a little, but the 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid is a lot better where it counts with improved tech, efficiency and safety.

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At first blush, the 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid doesn't look any different from the 2016 model.

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2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid

Look closer and you may notice that the front and rear bumpers have been subtly redesigned.

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Beneath the surface, the electrified portion of the hybrid system has been tweaked, yielding one to two extra mpg to its estimated efficiency.

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I'd also swear that Ford has adjusted the handling and steering characteristics. This new Fusion Hybrid feels better on the road.

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Straight line performance is hardly the point, but at just 188 horsepower, the new Fusion still feels a bit underpowered for this class.

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The electric motor somewhat makes up for the power deficit at city speeds.

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Its regenerative braking system has also been revised and is now able to recapture up to 94 percent of energy that would be lost to braking.

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The Fusion's semi-automatic parking system gains reverse perpendicular parking and adds Park Out Assist to its bag of tricks.

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The hybrid model's 1.4 kWh lithium-ion battery pack occupies a bit of the trunk space.

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Sync 3 joins the Fusion Hybrid's list of features and is a welcome addition, bringing with it Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity.

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The cabin sees a general improvement in materials and quality, but the most obvious change to the cabin is the use of a rotary gear selection knob rather than a traditional shift lever.

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