Efficient plug-in hybrid powertrain. The 2019 Ford Fusion Energi is a plug-in hybrid, which means you get the versatility of a gasoline engine for longer trips and the efficiency of an electric car for shorter ones. When running on electricity, the sedan can travel up to 26 miles, according to the EPA. After the electricity runs out, the Fusion Energi can travel an extra 584 miles for a total range of 610 miles.
With a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and an electronic continuously variable transmission (eCVT), the Fusion Energi's gas powertrain is efficient. The EPA rates the vehicle to get up to 42 miles per gallon combined when running on gasoline. When the electric part of the vehicle kicks in, you're looking at 103 miles per gallon of gasoline equivalent (MPGe) combined.
Dashing good looks. The Fusion Energi's design may be roughly seven years old now, but you'd never be able to tell. The sedan has European flare that makes it one of the more attractive plug-ins on the road. At the front, there's no getting past the Aston Martin-like grille, while the sloping roofline is also a drastic flair on the sedan.
Standard high-tech safety features. Ford's Co-Pilot360 suite of safety features is standard on the Fusion Energi, which brings automatic high beam headlights, lane keeping assist, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, a rearview camera, and blind-spot monitoring.
Lacking cargo and cabin space. The electric components in the Fusion Energi eat into the sedan's already tiny trunk. The plug-in hybrid offers you with just 8.2 cubic feet of cargo space. Options like the Chevrolet Volt (10.6 cubic feet), Toyota Prius Prime (19.8 cubic feet), and Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid (15.5 cubic feet) all have more cargo space.
The Fusion Energi's sloping roofline comes at a cost of interior space, eating into the vehicle's rear head room. Despite having a lengthy wheelbase, taller passengers may find themselves short on rear leg room, too.
Final thoughts. With good fuel economy figures, an impressive total range, and an exquisite design, the 2019 Ford Fusion Energi makes going green look good. The addition of Ford Co-Pilot360 as standard adds another dimension to a stylish green vehicle.
In terms of usability, the Fusion Energi falls behind the competition with a tight trunk and a less than versatile second row. Take one look at the sedan or take the vehicle for a spin, and the sedan might win you over.
When it comes to competitors, the Chevy Volt offers one of the largest all-electric ranges for the segment, being able to travel up to 53 miles on a single charge. If cargo space is what you're after, the Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid is a larger, more versatile option. The Toyota Prius Prime is more efficient when running on gasoline and electricity, and has more overall range (640 miles).