2017 Ford Fusion V6 Sport Can Detect and Reduce the Impact from Driving Over Potholes

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The Ford Fusion Hybrid was recently voted the 2016 Best Hybrid Car for the Money. One thing that factored into its winning score was the amount of money that owners of the car pay for repairs over the course of five years.

Car owners in general shell out a great deal of money because of potholes. Ford says, “According to AAA, pothole damage cost U.S. drivers approximately $3 billion a year and drivers report paying $300 to repair pothole-related vehicle damage.”

The 2017 Ford Fusion V6 Sport’s dual-mode (normal for daily driving and sport for sharper handling and flatter cornering) adjustable suspension has a computer-controlled shock absorber system (aka continuously controlled damping) designed to guard against the physical and financial carnage caused by those pits. Its 12 sensors send its onboard computers signals that are used to adjust the dampers every two milliseconds in response to road surfaces. When those sensors detect the edge of a pothole, the dampers firm up to keep the wheel from dropping completely into it and minimize the wheel’s impact with the opposite side of the pothole. The front sensors then send a warning to the rear suspension so it can prepare in advance.

Look for the 2017 Ford Fusion V6 Sport, which will be powered by a 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 with a projected 325 horsepower, in dealerships this summer.

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Derek Shiekhi contributes to a variety of Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including J-K Forum , Jaguar Forums, and 5 Series. He's also a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association.

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