Ford has declared that it would discontinue its passenger car portfolio in 2020, instead focusing on SUVs and trucks, which means the Fusion Energi will be discontinued this year. The 2019 Energi hasn’t altered much since our 2017 assessment and keeps the attributes of the conventional Fusion midsize sedan. It has a 20 percent longer electric range thanks to an improved battery pack, and Ford’s new Co-Pilot360 driver assistance system. That should suffice to keep it feeling new, and your local dealership is sure to have some decent offers on it.
Design and Pricing
The 2109 Ford Energi is essentially identical to the 2017 Fusion Hybrid midsize sedan we evaluated, except it has a 9kWh battery pack instead of the 1.4kWh battery in that car, and it can be charged by plugging it in. With a 2-liter, 4-cylinder engine that produces 188 horsepower, the plug-in hybrid FWD drivetrain boosts range to 25 miles on electric-only power.
Using a 240-volt charger, the Fusion Energi’s battery can be recharged from zero in 2.6 hours. The 120-volt charge cord included with the car can fully recharge the battery in 7 hours, allowing you to charge overnight and go all-electric if you have a short commute. When the automobile is moving, regenerative braking recharges the battery.
The MyFord Mobile app, which comes with a free two-year membership and activates with the purchase of a vehicle, makes it simple to track and plan charging. Through PlugShare, the app also gives a charging station location.
The exterior has 18-inch aluminum wheels, chrome-accented door handles, LED headlights and fog lamps, a rear deck spoiler, a premium grille, power and heated mirrors with approach lamps and turn signal indicators, and rain-sensing wipers. Agate Black, Rich Copper, Metallic Tinted Clearcoat, and Velocity Blue are the exterior colors available.
Premium leather seating and armrests, push-button start, a rotary gear shift, dual-zone climate control, a 10-way power driver seat, driver seat memory, heated and cooled front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and dash, a power tilt/telescoping steering column, interior ambient lighting, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a universal garage opener, and aluminum sport pedals and scuff plates are among the amenities found inside the cabin. A 110V outlet, remote start, and rear parking sensors are also featured.
The brilliant Ruby Red tinted clearcoat paint option on our test car cost $395, while a power moon roof added $1,095. The vehicle we examined had a final sticker price of $36,980, including a $875 destination and delivery fee.
Connectivity and Infotainment
On this last-generation vehicle, Ford doesn’t scrimp on technology. Forward collision warning with automated emergency braking, blind spot warning with cross-traffic alert, lane-keeping assist, a rearview camera and auto high lights, and adaptive cruise control with complete stop and go are all standard on all Fusion variants.
An AM/FM HD radio, a CD player with MP3 compatibility, 12 speakers, and voice-activated navigation are all included in the Sony premium audio system. SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link is a subscription-based service that provides access to traffic, gasoline prices, weather forecasts, movie listings, and other information. Other standard features include Amazon Alexa app integration and Waze compatibility via Ford’s Sync 3 infotainment system.
The capacitive touch screen on the Sync 3 infotainment system is easy to use while driving and makes on-screen information visible. Because cloud-connected apps like iHeartRadio, MLB.com, Pandora, Spotify, and Glympse connect via your smartphone, there is no need for a membership. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as their native and third-party apps, are supported by Sync 3. The infotainment system also has internal 4G LTE connectivity for in-cabin Wi-Fi, as well as remote vehicle locking and unlocking via an app.
A SmartGauge with EcoGuide, which is part of dual, programmable 4.2-inch LCDs on each side of the instrument cluster, is one of the car’s fuel-saving features. On the right, a MyView screen displays functions such as a Brake Coach and Regen Display to aid in regenerative braking effectiveness. The more the car does not use the gas engine, virtual leaves and vines “grow.”
The Engage mode on the left screen features separate gauges that show three levels of power: engine, engine+battery, and battery power only. Empower mode offers information including feedback on how much power is being used based on accelerator pressure. This information is easily accessible thanks to the five-way steering wheel controls.
You’ll get 42mpg in combined city/highway driving after 25 miles on electric-only power, and the Fusion Energi has a combined range of 610 miles on gas and electric. In our tests, we averaged 38 miles per gallon in normal driving.
The Ford Fusion Energi, while not the most sporty vehicle, is a good pick and gives a comfortable ride if you learn its grabby brakes. It has the same outstanding appearance as the Ford Fusion range, but it comes standard with a hybrid powertrain and upmarket features. If you’re searching for a cost-effective PHEV commuter car, this is an excellent option, but act quickly because dealerships will be reducing prices to clear out the last of a heritage line at Ford.