Ford Fusion Energi
Base MSRP: From $34,595
- Titanium – From $34,595
Destination Charge: $995
Tax Credit: up to $4,609
EPA Range: 26 electric miles, 610 total
Charging Acceptance Rate: 3.3 kW
Performance: Hybrid plug-in 2.0-liter, four cylinder, 188 horsepower
Mileage estimate: Equivalent of 41 – 44 mpg
Price estimate: $34,100 to $36,100
Warranty: 3 years / 36,000 miles
Drivetrain warranty: 5 years / 60,000 miles
Roadside assistance: 5 years/ 60,000 miles
Corrosion warranty: 5 years / unlimited miles
Reviews of the 2019 Ford Fusion Energi
A larger battery and a longer range are improvements Ford has made to the latest edition of the Fusion Energi, a midsize plug-in hybrid sedan.
The 2019 Ford Fusion Energi, which debuted in 2013, has been refreshed in the hopes of improving sales that were a bit disappointing in 2018. Last year’s sales of the Fusion Energi were 8,074, placing it 10th among electric vehicles sold in the U.S.
This year’s Fusion Energi features a larger 9.0-kilowatt battery pack that delivers roughly a 20-percent electric range increase to 26 miles. Other improvements are revised styling that includes a new grille, LED tail lights and fog lamps.
The Fusion Energi is the first Ford to offer a standard driver-assist technology package (Co-Pilot360 Protect), a suite of safety features that includes blind-spot warning, automatic high-beam headlamps, lane-keeping assist, automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection, and backup camera.
Ford has made some nice changes to the Fusion Energi at a time when the future of this PHEV is in doubt. Ford announced last April that it would discontinue making its line of sedans, instead focusing on what it does best – trucks and SUVs.
However, Ford has remained a bit vague regarding the Fusion lineup. While it announced the Taurus and Fiesta would halt production this spring, there has been no set date for the Fusion.
The rumors have all Fusion production stopping in 2021 and Ford attaching the popular Fusion name to a new sport wagon that resembles the Subaru Outback.
Regardless of its possible impending doom, the Fusion Energi continues on as Ford’s only entry in the PHEV class now that it discontinued the C-Max Energi.
In many ways, the Fusion Energi possesses the strong qualities that car buyers value in a traditional midsize sedan, namely a roomy cabin, good fuel economy and solid performance and handling.
While the price is higher than some of its rivals, starting at roughly $36,700, take solace that the Fusion Energi still qualifies for approximately $4,000 in federal income-tax credit for buyers.
The Energi has serious competition from other PHEVs like the Hyundai Sonata and Kia Optima. Both these models have a little better range on a full charge, but can’t match the Energi’s sticker price.
In terms of performance, there are no changes with the Fusion Energi. It comes with a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine and electric motor that generates a combined 188 horsepower. It’s capable of going 0-60 mph in 8.2 seconds.
In all-electric mode, the Fusion Energi gets 97 mpge and overall 41-44 mpg. On a single tank of gas, the range is an impressive 500-plus miles.
While there’s no real thrills driving the Fusion Energi, it does deliver a nice ride. It’s relatively quick, smooth and provides good steering and handling, giving the driver a confident feel for the road in all situations.
We’re also fans of the interior that features a stylish, efficient cabin. Note that the Energi trunk, which contains the battery pack, has very inadequate space (8.2 cubic feet) and makes even a normal grocery run a challenge due to its bi-level configuration.
The Fusion Energi has some hard surfaces, but the soft-touch materials seem to be located in all the important places. There’s lots of room in the comfortable front seat and overall the back seat offers adequate space and comfort. Standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are included with the Sync 3 infotainment package.
We’ve been a fan of the Ford Fusion since its beginning and also think highly of the Energi. The additional mileage range in all-electric mode is a nice addition and so is the new styling and standard driver-assistance safety package, helping to keep the 2019 Ford Fusion Energi relevant in the PHEV class.
Recommended Power Level of Charging Station for Ford Fusion Energi = 16A
Vehicle Acceptance rate: 3.3kW
Reviews of the 2017 Ford Fusion Energi
Improvements made on the 2017 Ford Fusion Energi
Proceed with caution when car shopping for a Ford Fusion. Choosing just the right Fusion is similar to a tricky multiple-choice test where all the possible answers seem plausible.
There are a dozen trim levels for the popular midsize sedan. And from this vantage point it seems that all of them have a good upside. There’s also considerable variety when choosing an engine – there are six different ones in the Fusion lineup.
Ford decided to weigh into the relatively new plug-in hybrid technology five years ago, introducing the Ford Fusion Energi as the only plug-in hybrid in the midsize class. Many manufacturers followed. There is plenty of competition now.
We like Ford’s choice in a name, because the Energi certainly conserves. Although it harbors the challenges that all plug-in hybrids face, the Energi can be quite cost effective, considering it gets 41-44 mpg in the combined efforts of the gas and electric power.
The Energi engine is a 2.0-liter, four cylinder that interacts with the electric motor to produce 188 horsepower. It goes 0-60 mph in 8.5 seconds, a full second slower than the Camry Hybrid, probably due to the Energi’s weight of 4,000 pounds. The good news is the Energi runs forever. In electric mode only, the Fusion has a range of 21 miles – so it is capable of getting one to and from work each day, assuming the commute is short. Some Energi rivals only have a range of 11-13 miles.
Note that the plug-in hybrid makes for terrific transportation on a long road trip. Overall, the hybrid and electric Energi will combine for a super-sized 610-mile journey, so visiting a gas station may never be needed.
Unless you are the very discerning type, it’s difficult to know when the Energi is running on electric only or utilizing gas. Either way, it provides a fairly zippy ride. The Energi has a 7.6-kilowatt lithium-ion battery pack and receives its charge when it motion from a second motor/generator driven by the engine and from regenerative braking. Naturally, when parked the battery can be plugged in for recharging.
Overall, the 2017 crop of Fusion vehicles received a remodeling that includes a next-generation infotainment system, refreshed exterior, improved center console, new driver assistance technologies, and more.
Like its counterparts in the Fusion lineup, the attractive-looking Energi is spirited sedan that possesses athleticism, so it’s fun to drive. The solid handling puts the driver in a good state of mind in terms of control in all driving situations – freeway, around town, and even on a zigzag back roads.
We’re also fans of the interior that features a stylish cabin that looks cool and is efficient. Note that the Energi trunk, which harbors a large battery pack, has limited space (8.2 cubic feet) and can’t store very much due to its bi-level configuration.
We’ve been a fan of the Ford Fusion since its beginning and also think highly of the Energi. We expect Ford will soon be adding to the mileage capacity of the plug-in hybrid and overall the vehicle will continue its residence among the list of desirable midsize sedans.