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

Reviewers say the 2014 Ford Fusion Energi’s powertrain transitions smoothly between gas and electric power. They write that while the Fusion Energi has ample power for city traffic, it can feel sluggish at higher speeds. Steering is predictable and the ride is steady, most test drivers say, though a few critics report that the car’s added weight compromises the Fusion Energi’s handling and ride quality.

  • "If there's a holy grail for hybrid cars, it would likely be the ability to combine the top-notch fuel economy numbers everybody expects from a hybrid with attractive styling and relatively normal driving dynamics. The 2014 Ford Fusion Energi just might have found the grail." -- Edmunds
  • "In ‘auto’ mode, Energi blends the gas and electric power like a regular hybrid. That provides plenty of acceleration for most situations. The gas engine even has a husky growl that some ears will find pleasing." -- USA Today (2013)
  • "The Energi has a firm suspension that keeps its 3986 pounds under control, but weighing 622 more pounds than a conventional, gas-powered Fusion SE takes its toll on the Energi's athleticism." -- Car and Driver (2013)
  • "It's not enough power to turn the 3,913 lb Energi into a sports car, but it is enough to keep it from feeling sluggish." -- Forbes (2013)

Acceleration and Power

The 2014 Ford Fusion Energi has a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor that generate a combined 188 horsepower. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) is standard. The EPA estimates the Ford Fusion Energi’s fuel economy in hybrid mode at 44/41 mpg city/highway, which is very good for the class. In electric mode, the Fusion Energi is rated at 100 mpg-equivalent, which is better than the Toyota Prius Plug-in’s 95 mpg-e rating, but not as good as the Honda Accord Plug-in’s 115 mpg-e rating. 

Test drivers say that the Fusion Energi offers sufficient power for most drivers, and that it accelerates briskly from a stop in city traffic. However, several note that the Fusion Energi loses steam on the highway and feels sluggish when passing. Additionally, a few reviewers say that the engine transitions seamlessly between electric and gas power.

  • "The 2014 Ford Fusion Energi drives much like the similar Fusion Hybrid. Acceleration is adequate for daily use around town, and there's generally enough power for passing on the highway, too, especially if you plan ahead." -- Edmunds
  • "Driving in electric-only mode works fine in urban and suburban driving. Electrics deliver all their power instantly, so the car squirts away from stoplights just fine. It's suitable for steady-state highway cruising. But electrics have little left to give once the car is underway, so flooring the throttle at, say, 30 mph results in a very sluggish increase in velocity." -- USA Today (2013)
  • "The Energi starts out smoothly, accelerates briskly and switches back and forth from electric to gas to hybrid and back again transparently and without fuss or worry." -- Forbes (2013)

Alternative Fuels/Charging

The Ford Fusion Energi’s lithium-ion battery recharges in seven hours when plugged into a standard 120-volt outlet and in two and a half hours using a 240-volt outlet. Regenerative brakes help charge the battery, too. You can see how much charge the battery has by looking at a ring of LED lights around the charging port on the outside of the car. Drivers can also monitor charging and find plug-in stations using the MyFord Mobile smartphone app. On a full battery, the Fusion Energi can go 21 miles on electric power alone. Reviewers like the ability to commute short distances with electric power and the excellent fuel economy they get on longer trips.

  • "I made it home after a 120-mile highway run with a bit more than three-fourths of a tank of gasoline (regular grade) remaining. I was happy with that - decent gasoline-free driving range, good fuel-economy (41 miles per gallon on the highway) when gasoline was needed, all-around good highway performance in an overall well-crafted sedan." -- The Washington Post
  • "The charging port for the vehicle is on the left front fender, just behind the wheel well and ahead of the door. A ring of LED lights surrounds the port. When the Energi is connected to power, the LEDs illuminate, indicating a positive connection. Then they resolve to a glow that reveals the battery pack's state of charge - when all four quadrants of the LED ring are glowing, the battery pack is fully charged. Magic." -- Forbes (2013)

Handling and Braking

Most test drivers say the Fusion Energi has responsive steering and handles well, especially around curves. A large battery pack weighs the car down, and a few test drivers say this detracts from ride quality as the Fusion Energi lumbers over bumps. Reviewers acknowledge that the regenerative brakes take some getting used to, as some note that they are touchy and lack pedal feel.

  • "Thanks to its sophisticated suspension design, the Energi possesses impressive handling and ride dynamics. Driven around turns, the 2014 Ford Fusion Energi is confident and composed, and its steering is remarkably communicative." -- Edmunds
  • "The car is hundreds of pounds heavier than others of its size, and that shows up over rippled asphalt, where Fusion Energi seems to bound a bit, as if the suspension is working hard to control two tons of car." -- USA Today (2013)
  • "We found Ford's blending of regenerative and conventional friction braking in the Energi left much to be desired. Like feedback. Or any sense of where that threshold lies. It's as if the brake lines were filled with something from Orange Julius." -- Car and Driver (2013)
  • "Weighing in a good 300 lbs heavier than the Hybrid and 400 lbs heavier than the FWD Ecoboost Fusion has an effect. It's not a ride killer, but it is definitely noticeable." -- Forbes (2013)
Review Last Updated: 5/14/14

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