2013 Ford Fusion Energi Interior
Test driver comments on the Ford Fusion Energi’s cabin are mostly positive. Most say the interior uses upscale materials and has a clean, stylish design. One says the clean look can come off a little unappealing, though.
- "The test car was a Titanium high-end version, and the interior was suitably sumptuous. Exceptional leather upholstery pleasing to the eye and the tush; crisp, tasteful dashboard and interior layout and trim." -- USA Today
- "Inside the Fusion Energi's cabin, high-quality materials show Ford's continuing dedication to improving the passenger environment. The dashboard and center stack are uncluttered and tastefully designed, although this look can also come across as a bit austere and uninviting, especially with the all-black interior." -- Edmunds
Leather-trimmed, heated front seats, a 10-way, power-adjustable driver seat and a four-way power-adjustable front passenger seat are standard on the 2013 Fusion Energi. Reviewers say the Fusion Energi’s seats are comfortable and note that there is a lot of legroom in the back seat.
- "With the highly adjustable power driver seat and tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, just about everybody should be able to find a comfortable driving position. The passenger seat is just as supportive, while the split-folding rear seats are well contoured and have plenty of legroom. You may assume that the Fusion's swoopy styling would cut down on rear headroom, yet it is comparable to its competition, with enough clearance for normal-size adults." -- Edmunds
- "Plenty of rear leg room in the two outboard seats, but the middle slot's compromised by the center tunnel." -- USA Today
The Ford Fusion Energi comes standard with dual-zone automatic climate control, back-seat air conditioning vents, a 110-volt household plug, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, a six-speaker CD audio system, an auxiliary audio jack, satellite radio and Ford’s voice-controlled Sync with MyFord Touch infotainment system, which includes Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, 911 Assist (which can call emergency responders) and a feature that reads incoming text messages over the speakers while you’re driving. Ford’s MyKey is also standard, and it lets parents set limits for young drivers. The Fusion Energi can be equipped with features like rain-sensing windshield wipers, backup sensors, a rearview camera, active park assist with forward sensing system, adaptive cruise control, remote start, a 12-speaker Sony audio system, HD Radio, a moonroof and navigation.
The 2013 Fusion Energi has eight standard air bags, including a driver and front passenger knee air bag, which is above-average for the class. Its standard safety features also include a post-crash alert system, which automatically flashes the lights and sounds the horn in the event of an accident.
The majority of test drivers think the Fusion Energi’s MyFord Touch infotainment system is confusing and difficult to use. They note that at times, it doesn’t respond to finger touches right away, and that the system is lethargic when moving through menus. The active park assist system receives praise from one reviewer, who says it is particularly helpful on city streets.
- "The Ford system of controls remains too awkward, but was manageable and didn't act up. It was, however, hard of hearing when the driver tried to give voice commands with the climate control fan roaring, or windows down. Not unusual, but shouldn't we be beyond that by now?" -- USA Today
- "The dash has all the requisite electronics that come with Ford's complicated MyFord synchronous system and you either give up at the beginning or buckle down and read the manual to figure it out." -- San Francisco Chronicle
- "The screen is still plastic resistive, though, which means it occasionally doesn't register finger presses properly. And the Microsoft-powered MyFord Touch system still throws up too many dialog boxes, either when accomplishing a task or even just interrupting you to let you know the status of the GPS or parking assist." -- PC Magazine
- "The MyFord Touch system is an interface that consists of a main display and supporting gauge cluster displays along with touch controls, steering wheel buttons and the Sync voice control system. It's a smart idea in theory, and it does provide some nice customization possibilities. Unfortunately, there's a learning curve involved for the user, and even with Ford's recent updates we've found the system sometimes slow to respond and the icons difficult to locate and press while on the move." -- Edmunds
- "My car had the parking assist feature, which worked wonderfully well on the New York street." -- Plug-in Cars
The 2013 Ford Fusion Energi’s trunk can accommodate 8.2 cubic feet of cargo, which is small for the midsize car class. The Fusion Hybrid can hold 12 cubic feet of stuff in its trunk, while the gas-only Fusion’s trunk measures 16 cubic feet. The 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in’s trunk is a little bigger than the Fusion Energi’s at 8.6 cubic feet, and for those who need more space, the Toyota Prius Plug-in offers 21.6 cubic feet of cargo room. There is a small pass-through into the back seat that can fit narrow items like two-by-fours or skis. Critics dislike that the Fusion Energi’s battery pack intrudes too much into the trunk space.
- "The big battery pack takes up a lot of space in the trunk, leaving a tricky, narrow cargo compartment that's smaller than the Hybrid's 12.0 cubic foot space or the gasoline Fusion's 16.0 cubic foot trunk." -- Forbes
- "Another downside to the Fusion Energi is its small trunk. Due to the larger battery pack, luggage capacity is just 8.2 cubic feet, or about half that of the regular Fusion." -- Edmunds