Ford is continuously leading the pack with regular updates and changes to new Ford cars and vehicles. Many of the updates Ford makes are based on customer feedback and an ongoing effort to achieve higher safety ratings from one model year to the next. Our Indianapolis Ford dealership, Community Ford Lincoln, would like to take a look at three 2017 models and what new updates were made to the Escape, Fusion, and F-150.
The Ford Escape was originally marketed as a compact SUV model when it was first released as a 2001 model in 2000. The first generation was developed in conjunction with Mazda. In 2005, a hybrid model was released and continued to be offered with other Escape models/trim packages through the end of the 2007 model year when the first generation line was discontinued.
The second generation Escape went on sale as a 2008 model year in 2007. The new generation saw a fully redesigned compact SUV with many new features and options. The second generation was only manufactured through 2011, with the 2012 model year signaling the end of this generation, and it also included a hybrid model.
The third, and current generation, saw a complete facelift and new design to the Escape based on the Ford Kuga, a larger Ford crossover model sold in European markets. The new crossover SUV Escape made its debut as a 2013 model in 2012.
For the 2017 model year, Ford refreshed the design of the Escape to give it a mid-cycle generation update. It now sports new exterior features similar to Ford’s larger crossover SUV, the Edge.
The interior of the Escape also saw some minor updates, most notably to the Ford Sync infotainment system to incorporate the latest features and options. The engine used in base models remained unchanged. However, all other trim packages have new engines or updated engines.
The 2017 Escape was rated with a five-star crash test rating by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and scored the highest ratings in four out of five Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) crash tests.
The Escape is offered in four different trim packages:
Fun Fact: Certain trim packages will provide up to 3,500 pounds of towing capacity—one of the largest for a compact crossover SUV.
Ford released the first Fusions as 2006 models in 2005. The Fusion is a mid-sized sedan that falls between the compact Focus and relaunched full-sized Taurus. The first generation saw many updates to the model, along with a mid-cycle refresh in 2010 and with the first hybrid Fusion for the 2010 model year.
Production was discontinued with the 2012 model year to make way for the newly redesigned second generation Fusions. The 2013 model year saw the first new Fusions of the second generation being unveiled at Ford dealerships in Indianapolis and elsewhere.
For the 2017 model year, the Fusion received a mid-cycle refresh and update. Ford offers the Fusion in a variety of trim packages and pricing points to make the Fusion and affordable mid-sized sedan for everyone. The trim packages available with 2017 Fusions include:
- Hybrid S
- Hybrid SE
- Hybrid Titanium
- Energi SE
- Energi Titanium
- Hybrid Platinum
- Energi Platinum
Base models, with a host of standard options and safety features, start around $22,000 and range up to about $40,000 for a fully loaded Energi Platinum Fusion, which also features quilted leather found in Lincoln’s Black Label vehicles.
The 2017 model year introduces the new Sport trim package and Platinum trim packages. Other updates across all trim packages were minor exterior refreshes to the front and rear of the vehicle and a completely refreshed interior with the latest technologies and safety features.
The 2017 Fusion was rated a Top Safety Pick +, which is the highest crash test score by the IIHS, and a five-star overall crash test ranking by the NHTSA.
Fun Fact: Ford is the first car manufacturer to offer four different eco-friendly engines in a mid-sized sedan with Ford’s EcoBoost, hybrid, hybrid plug-in, and Energi model options available with different Fusion trim packages.
No one can deny that the Ford F-150 is the top-selling pickup truck of all time and has even outsold other vehicle classes for more than forty years, not only at our Indianapolis Ford dealership but also across the entire country. Being the leading pickup truck means striving to constantly raise the bar. The 2017 F-150 has already received several awards, including:
- Car and Driver’s Best Full-Size Pickup Award 2017
- S. News’ Best Truck Brand Award 2017
- Kelley Blue Book’s Pickup Truck Best Buy Award 2017
- S. News’ Best Full-Size Truck Award 2017
- Edmunds’ Most Wanted Large Truck Award 2017
- com’s Best Truck of the Year Award 2017
The Ford F-150 was first introduced during the sixth generation of the F-Series of trucks in 1975 and has since become the most popular F-series pickup manufactured by Ford.
Fun Fact: The F-Series of Ford trucks began production in 1948!
The Ford F-series of trucks is now in its thirteenth generation, which started with the 2015 model year. This generation saw a complete redesign to the exterior and interior features on the F-150 and other F-series trucks currently in production.
One of the most notable features for the 2017 model year was the introduction of all-new, military-grade aluminum alloy bodies built on a solid steel frame. This change made the F-150 weigh considerably less than previous generations to help improve fuel efficiency, while at the same time it also increased payload and towing capacities.
The F-150 is available in a variety of trim packages, including:
- King Ranch
There are two-door, SuperCap, and SuperCrew four-door model options offered in the different trim packages for 2017. Other changes include a new 10-speed automatic transmission, standard on select trim packages and offered as an optional upgrade to the 6-speed automatic transmission on other trim packages.
Models with the 10-speed transmission also feature a newly redesigned 3.5-liter V-6 twin-turbo-charged engine. 2017 F-150s were rated a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS and received an overall five-star rating by the NHTSA, with a four-star rollover rating.
In addition, 2017 Raptor models have improved fuel efficiencies over previous model years and can go from zero to 60 in 5.1 seconds. This is largely due to the redesign for 2017 using the aluminum alloy body and steel frame used in other F-150s.
Base models start around $27,000 for the XL trim package and top out around $60,000 for the Limited trim package, with the Raptor starting around $49,000.
Depending on the trim package, some features and options offered in 2017 Ford F-150s include:
- Power Sliding Rear Window
- Remote Tailgate Release
- Four Different Engines, Including the Ecoboost Options
- 8-Inch Touchscreen
- Pro Trailer Backup Assist
- Ford SYNC 3 with SYNC Connect
All trim packages come standard with a host of safety features with optional upgrades based on the trim package, which could include:
- Adaptive Cruise Control
- Forward Collision Warning
- Lane Departure/Blind Spot Warning Detection
- Rear Cross-Traffic Alerts
- Rear Backup Camera
- 360 Rearview Camera
Fun Facts: The Ford 3.5L EcoBoost V-6 engine with the automatic 10-speed transmission provides a maximum tow rating capacity of 12,200 pounds when properly equipped. The EcoBoost engine was rated the best-in-class torque for a V-6 engine in full-sized pickups!
To check out the features, options, and trim packages available in the Ford Escape, Fusion, or F-150 or other new Ford cars, please feel free to stop by your authorized Indianapolis Ford dealer, Community Ford Lincoln for a visit today or contact us at 812-331-2200!