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in Affordable Midsize Cars

MSRP: $34,700 - $36,500
Invoice: $32,011 - $33,671
MPG: 40 City / 36 Hwy
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Ford Fusion Energi Interior

The automotive press says premium materials and a modern design make the 2014 Ford Fusion Energi’s cabin feel pleasant. Sound-deadening materials also make for a quiet ride, reviewers say. Seats are comfy and supportive and there’s a good amount of head- and legroom for rear passengers, reviewers note. The Fusion Energi comes chock full of standard features, but test drivers find Ford’s infotainment system confusing to operate and slow to respond.

  • "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 an all-black interior." -- Edmunds
  • "The 2014 Ford Fusion's cabin is attractive for sure, but it doesn't feel as open or wide as some of its competitors." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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 (2013)

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Seating

The 2014 Fusion Energi comes standard with leather-trimmed, heated front seats and a 10-way, power-adjustable driver’s seat. Cooled seats are optional. Reviewers say that visibility is good, the front seats are supportive and it’s easy to find a comfortable driving position. There’s a decent amount of space in the rear too, they add, with plenty of head- and legroom.

  • "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 might 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. Visibility to the front is relatively unhindered, thanks to the Fusion's slender front roof pillars." -- Edmunds
  • "Four adults can sit comfortably in the Fusion, or three kids can squeeze in the back seat." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Plenty of rear leg room in the two outboard seats, but the middle slot's compromised by the center tunnel." -- USA Today (2013)

Interior Features

The 2014 Ford Fusion Energi comes standard with dual-zone automatic climate control, a 120-volt three-prong plug, a leather-wrapped, heated steering wheel, a six-speaker sound 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 and 911 Assist (which can call emergency responders). Ford’s MyKey, which lets parents set limits for young drivers, is also standard. The Fusion Energi can be equipped with features like rain-sensing windshield wipers, rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, active park assist, adaptive cruise control, remote start, a 12-speaker Sony audio system, a moonroof and navigation.

Several test drivers complain that the Fusion Energi’s MyFord Touch infotainment system is confusing and difficult to master. One notes that there’s lag time before the touch screen responds to inputs.

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  • "Unfortunately, there's a learning curve involved for the user, and even with Ford's recent updates, we've found that the [MyFord Touch] system requires periodic reboots to maintain functionality. Also, it's distracting to use on the move, because the touchscreen's buttons are small and hard to locate, and the screen is often slow to respond to touch." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2013)

Cargo

The 2014 Ford Fusion Energi has 8.2 cubic feet of cargo space, which is small for a midsize car. The Fusion Hybrid’s trunk has 12 cubic feet of room and the gas-only Fusion’s trunk measures 16 cubic feet. Most hybrids have small trunks because of their battery packs, but the hatchback Toyota Prius Plug-in offers 21.6 cubic feet of cargo room. Reviewers are disappointed with the Fusion Energi’s lack of cargo space, though it does include a trunk pass-through to stow narrow items like skis.

  • "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 (2013)
  • "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 (2013)
Review Last Updated: 5/14/14

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