- 1 What’s New In Ford Fusion Energi 2019
- 2 A Quick Review – What Does Fusion Energi Have To Offer?
- 3 How Does It Feel On The Road?
- 4 Ride Quality And Noise Reduction
- 5 Interior Quality, Space, Comfort
- 6 Techy Specs And Safety Features
- 7 Trim Levels – Sorting Through The Available Options
- 8 Trim Levels – Taking A Good Look At Titanium
- 9 The Verdict
What’s New In Ford Fusion Energi 2019
- Builds Up On The 3rd generation revealed in 2013
- Titanium Is The Only Available Trim From Now On
- Increased EV Range (Thanks To A Larger Battery Pack)
- A Quiet Cabin, Even On A Highway
- Material Quality Is Well Above Average
- An Impressive Set Of Features
- Lots Of Room In The Cabin (Even For Tall People)
- The Price-Tag Isn’t Particularly Affordable
- Not Enough Pros Over Fusion Hybrid To Justice The Price Difference
- A Limited Battery Range (Only 26 Miles)
- The Battery Takes Away A Lot Of Trunk Space
- Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid
- Honda Clarity
- Chevrolet Volt
- Toyota Avalon Hybrid
|Starting Price: 34.5K USD||Number Of Seats: 5||Powertrain: 188HP||All-Electric Range: 26 miles|
|Fuel Economy: 109/972 MPGe||Configurations: sedan||Warranty: 3years/36K miles||Transmission: 2-speed CVT w/OD|
Overall Rating: 7/10
Ride Quality: 6.5/10
Value For Money: 6/10
A Quick Review – What Does Fusion Energi Have To Offer?
At a glimpse, Ford Fusion Energi 2019 is a dream car.
This is a mid-size sedan with an above-average comfort level, a spacious cabin, and good reliability-durability ratings.
Plus, thanks to the half-electric powertrain, it’s also supposed to be a good pick for the fans of fuel economy. However, while most of that is true, the company has been a bit lazy of late, and this model isn’t much different from the 2013 edition.
Competition on the market is stiff, and, say, Chevy’s Volt boasts 53 miles of EV range, while Energi is only good for 26. That kinda beats the purpose of paying a top dollar for this car when you get pretty much the same deal with Fusion Hybrid. It gives you the same fuel estimates, but costs significantly less. Last, but not least, the gigantic battery pack “eats up” a lot of space in the trunk.
How Does It Feel On The Road?
For a mid-size sedan, this car is quite smooth and nimble, which can’t be said about most rivals. Don’t get too excited, though, because it isn’t really much fun to drive (compared to a Mustang, for example). The breaks are a bit too clunky and feel way too synthetic for my taste. Handling and steering are above average; again, this makes Ford Fusion Energi 2019 stand out in the sedan bunch.
There wasn’t enough grip when I was testing it, and I noticed that steering is a bit left-bias. Good news – you’ll feel in control on the road, especially when heading straight. By the way, the car can go from zero to 60mph in 8.2 seconds – quite impressive, huh? To reach a full stop from those 60mph, you’ll need 129 feet (an average result for this class). The continuously variable transmission is a God-sent.
Ride Quality And Noise Reduction
It’s sad to say this, but Energi has nothing in common with the standard Fusion in terms of ride quality.
The passengers will feel even the tiniest bumps, as if you’re driving a big, clumsy house, not a sedan from 2019. Important note: this isn’t the only “hybridized” edition of a non-hybrid vehicle to behave like that. Well, at least noise reduction levels are on point.
The 4-cyl engine isn’t particularly quiet, but, thanks to clever engineering, you won’t feel it working even when the pedal is pushed to the floor. Add a fantastic climate control system that keeps the car nice and cool without any hassle, and you’ll get exactly why I gave ride quality 6.5 instead of, say, 4. The interface is weird: you won’t find any knobs, which isn’t really a good solution. Heated seats and backseat vents are also a part of the package.
Interior Quality, Space, Comfort
I already mentioned the big battery pack and the fact that it takes up a lot of space. At the same time, the seats are very comfortable and they’ll keep you cozy for days. Both front seats are surprisingly wide, ensuring comfort on long rides. The padding and leather also feel great. Getting in/out of the car won’t be a problem for most. I’m not really sure why the windshield is raked so dramatically, but it will make some tall folks duck their heads.
Overall, the interior is well above average in terms of space, coziness, and the layout. Visibility is on par with the competition, while the driver’s position deserves my praise. There’s no sunroof, which means plenty of room for the passengers, both in the front and in the back. The plastic in the cabin is ok, and the soft touches here and there give it an “expensive” touch.
Techy Specs And Safety Features
Smartphone integration, voice controls, and driver aids – that’s the techy side of Ford Fusion Energi 2019.
Sync 3, Ford’s infotainment system, is fast, friendly, and easy to make sense of. Navigation isn’t available internally (only through your mobile device). Sound quality is decent and won’t feel “broken” on higher volume levels; and, there’s enough bass.
Lane-keeping, rear cross-traffic alert and adaptive cruise control will make sure the passengers are safe and sound. It is every easy to access and fine-tune these settings. Finally, voice controls aren’t ideal, but they can be of great help, especially for controlling the volume, switching between radio channels, and more.
Trim Levels – Sorting Through The Available Options
The biggest difference between Ford Fusion Energi 2019 and 2018 is the difference in trim levels. Or, rather, it’s the lack of SE and Platinum in the current model. Instead, the drivers only get one single trim: Titanium. The bad news is – there’s no more room to maneuver, meaning you’re stuck with one option, and it’s kinda expensive. The good news is – Titanium is well-packed with all the latest tech.
No choice between various powertrains either. The 2.0-lit 4-cyl, working in combination with an EV motor is the only choice.
The battery pack is good for 9-kWh; together, the engines are capable of 188HP.
As we discussed in the beginning, Energi 2019 can ride up to 26 miles solely on the electric motor (at an average speed of 85mph). The battery takes about 2.5 hours to fully charge itself.
Trim Levels – Taking A Good Look At Titanium
The list of standard features includes 17-inch (alloy) wheels, auto wipers, heating for the mirrors, keyless ignition/entry, remote start, dual-zone (automatic) climate control, cruise control, and heated/ventilated front seats, to name a few. On the techy side, Titanium delivers all the latest developments in infotainment and safety. It comes packed with an 8-inch touchscreen, 12 speakers for surround sound, Sync 3, HD/satellite radio, 2 USBs, and Smartphone integration.
We just discussed the safety features, but I didn’t mention the Co-Pilot360 package. With it, the drivers get high-beam control, blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning, auto braking, pre-collision warning, and even pedestrian detection. Yes, it’s safe to say that Ford Fusion Energi 2019 is one of the best picks in terms of safety.
And, if you want, you can pay additional bucks for the sunroof. That’s actually the only available option (this wasn’t the case back when we had three trims to pick from). Summing up, I want to say that while a significant amount of potential customers won’t be happy with Ford’s decision to take away the other two trims, Titanium still offers an impressive line-up of features.
Well, here we are: as you can see, comfort, noise reduction, cargo space, and steering are on par with the leaders. Ford Fusion Energi 2019 looks and feels good on the road. The sad part is – there’s no justification for its high price compared to the Hybrid. Compared to the rivals, it’s simply not as fuel-efficient. Technology-wise, this is a great choice.
But, again, you can get all of those nice treats even with the most basic Fusion (and save up to 15-20%). Here’s my advice: take a good look at the closest rivals I mentioned at the beginning. Chevy’s Volt and Honda’s Clarity have a greater appeal for families searching for an affordable (and economical) hauler. And, take a quick peek at the video to get a clearer picture.