When you've got a top-five mid-size sedan in your fleet - like the Blue Oval does with the Ford Fusion - you've got to take extra care when revising any of the details that have made it such a popular option with bread-and-butter four-door buyers.

By combining affordability, style, and one of the most versatile under-hood options list in its segment, the Fusion has managed to stay within striking distance of heavyweights like the Toyota Camry, the Nissan Altima, and the Honda Accord while outpacing its domestic rival, the Chevrolet Malibu.

For 2017, a series of updates have been implemented to give the new Ford Fusion a performance edge it's been lacking, as well improve on the technologies it has to offer family shoppers.

It gets a little easier once you open the door and slide behind the wheel, as Ford has updated the car's center stack design and added a rotary shift controlled in place of a traditional stalk.

Then there's the presence of the latest SYNC 3 infotainment system, which offers a more intuitive interface compared to the previous iteration that had a reputation for confounding users with slower than average response times.

In the case of the mid-size Fusion it's the higher-quality leather over what you'd find in the previous range-topper, the Titanium trim that stands out the most, although you also get the full whammy of the sedan's available packages when spec'ing the car in Platinum form, as well as a few telltale flourishes on the outside of the vehicle.

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