Ford announced the end of its passenger car lineup in 2020 and that it’s going to as an alternative promote solely SUVs and vehicles sooner or later, which implies this would be the final 12 months that the Fusion Energi is in the marketplace. The 2019 Energi retains the qualities of the standard Fusion midsize sedan and hasn’t been modified a lot since our 2017 review. It sports activities an upgraded battery pack that will increase electricity by 20 %, whereas Ford’s new Co-Pilot360 provides state-of-the-art driver assists. That is sufficient to maintain it feeling contemporary, and also, you’re prone to discover some reasonable offers on it at your native dealership.
Pricing and Design
The 2109 Ford Energi is almost equivalent to the 2017 Fusion Hybrid midsize sedan we reviewed; however, it provides a 9kWh battery pack as an alternative to that automobile’s 1.4kWh battery and could be plugged in to cost. The plug-in hybrid FWD drivetrain will increase to 25 miles on electric-only energy, with a 2-liter, 4-cylinder engine that gives 188 horsepower.
Recharge the Fusion Energi’s battery from zero takes 2.6 hours, utilizing a 240-volt charger. The 120-volt cost twine equipped with the automobile can utterly recharge the battery in 7 hours, which implies it is attainable to restore in a single day and, when you’ve got a brief commute, go all-electric. Regenerative braking additionally tops off the battery when the automobile is rolling.
The MyFord Cellular app with a complimentary two-year subscription and prompts with automobile sales makes it straightforward to watch and schedule charging. The app additionally gives a charging station locator by way of PlugShare.
Providing a single trim solely for the Energi known as Titanium, the outside consists of 18-inch aluminum wheels, chrome-accented door handles, LED headlights and fog lamps, a rear deck spoiler, a premium grille, energy and heated mirrors with strategy lamps and switch sign indicators, and rain-sensing wipers. You will have just a few exterior colors to select from Agate Black, Wealthy Copper, Metallic Tinted Clearcoat, and Velocity Blue.
Contained in the cabin are a cushty setup with premium leather-based seating and armrests, push-button begin, a rotary gear shift, dual-zone local weather management, a 10-way energy driver seat, driver seat reminiscence, heated and cooled entrance seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and sprint, an influence tilt/telescoping steering column, inside ambient lighting, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a standard storage opener, and aluminum sport pedals and scuff plates. Additionally included are a 110V outlet, distant begin, and rear parking sensors.
Our test automobile turned heads with a brilliant Ruby Pink tinted clearcoat paint possibility that prices $395, whereas an influence moon roof provides $1,095. With an $875 vacation spot and supply cost, the mannequin we examined had a remaining sticker value of $36,980.
Infotainment and Connectivity
Ford does not skimp on tech options on this last-gen mannequin. Typical on all Fusion fashions, Co-Pilot360 gives driver assists reminiscent of ahead collision warning with automated emergency braking, blind-spot warning with cross-traffic alert, lane-keeping help, a rearview digicam, and excessive auto beams, and adaptive cruise management with complete cease and go.
The Sony premium audio system gives an AM/FM HD radio, a CD participant with MP3 functionality, 12 audio systems, and voice-activated navigation. SiriusXM Site visitors and Journey Hyperlink offer subscription-based connectivity for visitors, gas, climate, film listings, and different information. Further commonplace options embrace app integration with Amazon Alexa and Waze compatibility by Ford’s Sync three infotainment system.
The Sync three infotainment system’s capacitive contact display is straightforward to function, whereas driving and makes on-screen info clear to discern. Connectivity comes from your smartphone, which implies no subscription is required for cloud-connected apps reminiscent of iHeartRadio, MLB.com, Pandora, Spotify, and Glympse. Sync three additionally helps Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and their native and third-party apps. The infotainment system also consists of embedded 4G LTE connectivity for in-cabin Wi-Fi, as adequately distant entry to the automobile by an app to lock/unlock.
The automobile has fuel-saving options reminiscent of a SmartGauge with EcoGuide that is a part of twin, configurable 4.2-inch LCDs on either side of the instrument cluster. A MyView display exhibits options reminiscent of a Brake Coach and Regen Show on the proper to maximize regenerative braking effectivity. Digital leaves and vines “develop” the extra the automobile does not faucet into the fuel engine.
The left display has an Interact mode with separate gauges that show three ranges of energy: engine, engine+battery, and battery energy solely. An Empower mode provides information reminiscent of suggestions on the quantity of energy used primarily based on accelerator stress. 5-way steering wheel-mounted controls make it straightforward to enter this info.
Past 25 miles on electric-only energy, you will obtain 42mpg in mixed metropolis/freeway driving, and the Fusion Energi achieves 610 miles of vary on fuel and electrical hybrid. Regularly driving, we performed a median of 38mpg in testing.
Whereas not probably the most dynamic automobile, the Ford Fusion Energi is a stable selection and gives a relaxing journey when you grasp its grabby brakes. And it has the identical nice appears to be like the Ford Fusion line, however with a hybrid engine and upscale facilities as commonplace. It is a sensible choice should you’re searching for a cost-effective PHEV commuter automobile; however, purchase quickly as dealerships might be slashing costs to unload the final of a legacy line at Ford.
- Elegant exterior.
- Full of commonplace options.
- New app integration with Alexa and Waze compatibility.
- The co-Pilot360 driver helps know-how.
- 20 % higher vary.
- They restricted the trunk area.
- Grabby brakes.
- Not a dynamic driving expertise.