The Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid offers the handsome look of its gas model while utilizing a larger-capacity battery than the Hybrid model to deliver extended EV range. Although its fuel efficiency falls behind that of its competitors, the Energi’s good looks and head-of-the-class handling may be worth the compromise.
What's New for 2018
Following a styling, content, and minor hybrid-control software updates in 2017, the 2018 Fusion Energi carries over with no significant changes.
Choosing Your Ford Fusion Energi
The Fusion Energi shares its efficient 2.0-liter engine and electrical system with the Fusion Hybrid model, delivering a combined 188 horsepower. The Energi comes equipped with a larger 7.8-KwH battery that allows the EV to travel for 21 miles, according to Ford, and at speeds up to 85 mph.
This lithium-ion battery is stored behind the rear seats but that comes at a price – a fixed seatback and reduced trunk space. The EPA rates the Energi at 104 miles per gallon equivalent city, 91 MPGe highway, 97 combined and once the battery has nearly depleted, the car will function as a Hybrid model and deliver 43 mpg city, 41 highway, and 42 combined. Utilizing the battery and gasoline, the Energi has a range of 610 miles.
All Fusion Energi models utilize the same front-wheel-drive powertrain so the decision making is narrowed down to the three widely priced trim levels. The gasoline Fusion’s mid-level SE trim is where the Energi line-up starts, followed by the Titanium and Platinum trims.
The Fusion Energi comes well equipped in its base SE trim. Check for potential government rebates, add the optional safety suite and, while the EV performance and packaging may not be at the top of the pack, the Fusion is a tech-savvy plug-in hybrid with proven style to last for years.