The Ford Fusion Energi is a reliable, economical vehicle.
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The Ford Fusion Energi Hybrid: A Plug-in For The Masses

Ford shocked the world when it released their Mustang Mach E. The pony car moniker attached to an electric SUV is working well for the Blue Oval, but the Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid is a much more subdued, but very functional EV that has found itself a very stable customer base. This little hybrid is not a high-performance sports vehicle, but instead a business/commute-oriented sedan.
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The Fusion Energi hybrid is powered by a 2-liter 4-cylinder gas engine and an electric motor that together put out up to 195 horsepower. With racing performance not at the heart of this vehicle, it’s unfair to try to compare it to sportier vehicles, like the Porsche Taycan or the BMW i8 as far as acceleration times. The Ford Fusion Energi was designed more with convenience and economy in mind and in these arenas, the mid-sized sedan does rightly shine. As of 2017, the Fusion Energi boasts an impressive 97 MPGe when running only on its batteries, and around 42 miles per gallon in hybrid mode.

My family upgraded from the 2019 Ford Fusion Hybrid SE to a 2019 Fusion Energi Titanium earlier this year and my spouse has been raving about it since its purchase. Even though the regular hybrid was greatly economical, the plug-in ability of the Energi makes a night-and-day difference in the daily drive for my spouse. Whenever he’s not in the office, he can typically find a charging point to keep her running while he works out of the cockpit because we live in a fairly populous and forward-minded area. This lets him rarely need to fill up at the pump, only using the gas motor on longer trips, typically out of town.

My husband also is enamored with exactly how quiet his vehicle is when it’s in battery only mode. He finds it much easier to enjoy everything from podcasts to morning meetings with the quieter ride, noting that when he had worked out of his Ram 1500, it’d sometimes made listening to audio difficult with the ever-present rumble of its 5.7 L Hemi. I have had several opportunities to utilize my Challenger’s Uconnect system during operation and just sometimes, that ICE rumble does make picking out the exact wording of an audiobook difficult, and I’d not be surprised to learn that many misheard lyrics would have never been misheard if they’d been listened to in a vehicle that operates as quietly as the Ford Fusion Energi.

The Titanium Edition spruces up the interior nicely.

My spouse really appreciates the additional safety features offered by the software suite that Ford has included in the Fusion Energi Titanium hybrid. His favorite or most used feature is the adaptive cruise control, finding it to be very helpful in fairly low speed situations, like in stop-and-go-traffic. He utilizes the lane guard or lane assist, but notes that it doesn’t take into account that in the great state of Florida, one is not actually legally required to signal before a lane change, signaling is only technically necessary during a turn (I would argue that you should use your turn signal to identify your intent to drivers, and that switching lanes is something that affects other drivers frequently). I have not driven his vehicle with any of the assistive features on, but I have been in the passenger seat for the adaptive cruise control’s braking and I’d typically give myself more space to brake than does the software. Leonard taught emergency vehicle operation for several years with a Volunteer Fire Department and he agrees that, in some situations, the ‘computer’ seems to brake a little later than he would prefer. He also notes that there seems to be some issue or difficulty with detecting motorcycles or trailers; with the car not immediately correcting speed and spacing when these sorts of vehicles cut in front.

Ford’s Fusion Energi Hybrid is a plug-in hybrid that performs its duty as a commuter vehicle or family car well. Road trips to the beach are comfortable for up to 4 normal sized people, but at about 6 and a half feet tall, it’s a bit cramped for me, so rest stops for leg and back stretches are a frequent must. This hybrid platform promises to perform well into the future and, as Ford brings out new models, like the Bronco, or the Mustang Mach E, I’m sure the Fusion Energi Hybrid will only get better as the technology for EVs improves.

Frank DiMuccio has been interested in the automotive industry since his childhood. In high school, he spent his free-time rebuilding his car and earned a newfound enjoyment of the grease and sweat of working in the garage. He can be followed on Twitter at @Fdimuccio4 for daily automotive news.


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We are very happy with our 2013 fusion Entergy. Very quiet,comfortable reminds one of a Aston Martin......ok just a little,no car payments little gas.
I must own the best 2017 Ford Fusion Energi Plug-in in the world...bought it used past Nov off lease. I get great miles per gallon avg over 48...some times have his 52 avg in Hybrid mode.. When I fill up it shows 630 miles to empty. One gage says I get 27 miles out of an EV charge yet when I look at miles on a short trip 3 to 5 mile trip it says 132 mpg. They are two different gages on instrament panel that turn up when you press buttons. or turn engine off. I don't fully understand but I know by my gas purchases I am doing great and saving.
I must own the best 2017 Ford Fusion Energi Plug-in in the world...bought it used past Nov off lease. I get great miles per gallon avg over 48...some times have his 52 avg in Hybrid mode.. When I fill up it shows 630 miles to empty. One gage says I get 27 miles out of an EV charge yet when I look at miles on a short trip 3 to 5 mile trip it says 132 mpg. They are two different gages on instrament panel that turn up when you press buttons. or turn engine off. I don't fully understand but I know by my gas purchases I am doing great and saving.
The energy was just about $7k outside of my budget, and didn't make sense. But the hybrid has been an excellent car! If any way possible, I probably would have preferred a smaller engine (their 1.6 liter engines), with a bigger electric motor. The 30kW/40HP motor, paired with the 10HP generator does not provide sufficient power for acceleration in eco mode, and becomes sluggish around 25-30MPH in normal mode. Regenerative braking also doesn't work well with such a small motor, as most gentle braking only recaps 75% of the total kinetic energy, and normal braking only 50% (both of which you'll see regularly). Having an at least 50% stronger motor (and battery to support the higher amps) would have been preferred. Also, this vehicle is nearly 6 years old, they should have found a better place for the battery, than hogging up the trunk space! Current trunk shape barely fits a large and a small suitcase!
I agree about the 2017 For Fusion Energi. Its beautiful vehicle with a smooth quiet ride but I did find it frustrating to not have trunk space. When it came time for groceries, I had to go alone so I could put the seats down in the back just to load the groceries back there since the trunk didn't hold much. I don't know if it was a fluke with my vehicle only, but if I charged it to 100% before bed, when I came out the next morning, I would be between 80-90% charge. Also there were plenty of times that I could hear what sounded like the battery draining. I work in a town about 50 miles from home and in all battery mode, I would only make it about 19 miles before I was out of electric charge. I had my vehicle less than a year and traded it in because of the frustration i was having with it. It wasn't saving me on gas at all. My previous 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid was way better on fuel!