I was recently invited by Ford Canada to experience the 2017 Ford Fusion, to take part in a scavenger hunt to discover the various street art pieces scattered throughout the city. I had driven the 2016 Ford Fusion before, and the changes with the 2017 model are both subtle yet significant. The Fusion was introduced to Ford’s lineup in 2006, and now in it’s second generation, it has seen steady improvements and refinements over the past decade. The 2017 model has received a facelift and new design, improved driving dynamics, technology, and more choices of engines. LED lights now come standard on the more premium models, and the grille has also been reworked to incorporate more of a mesh design. It’s a subtle change, but it definitely makes the car look more refined and aggressive. The MyFord Touch infotainment has been replaced in favour of the much improved SYNC3 infotainment system. The new infotainment system is much more intuitive and easy to navigate. Overall, I was very impressed by the changes made with the new 2017 model. I got to test the Fusion Sport, which came equipped with a 325-hp 2.7-liter twin-turbo V-6. The handling was very responsive, the 6-speed automatic transmission was smooth, and I felt that it was more than adequately powered for booting around in the city.
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The scavenger hunt was a lot of fun, and it involved picking up clues at various locations around the city (kind of like Amazing Race), and then following those clues to the various street art installations. Some of them I was already familiar with, such as the Cold War piece (at 450 W. Cordova), but others like the Jimi Hendrix mural (at 1030 E. Cordova) were new to me. After the scavenger hunt, we all reconvened for a delicious pop-up dinner prepared by Vancouver’s own Juno Kim.
After dinner, we took part in a graffiti workshop and learned how to paint with spray paint. As it was my first time painting with spray paint, I was pretty pleased with my “Car-ry Nights” creation. All said, it was an enjoyable evening filled with great food, art, company, and Ford Fusions.