2020 Ford Fusion Energi

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2020 Ford Fusion Energi Review

The 2020 Ford Fusion Energi is a plug-in hybrid that suffers from a short all-electric driving range, limited trunk space, sluggish acceleration on the highway, and dull handling. The Fusion Energi does not have an overall score or ranking because it has not been fully crash tested.

Pros & Cons

  • Intuitive infotainment system
  • Many standard features
  • Roomy seats
  • High-quality cabin materials
  • Leisurely highway acceleration
  • Poor handling
  • Paltry trunk space
  • Shorter electric-only range than competing plug-in hybrids

Rankings & Research

The 2020 Ford Fusion Energi is unranked in Hybrid and Electric Cars. Currently the Ford Fusion Energi has a score of N/A out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 29 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

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Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 6.4
Performance: 6.7
Interior: 6.4
Safety:
This model has never been fully tested for safety. As a result, it doesn't have an overall score and cannot be ranked against other hybrid and electric cars.
N/A
Reliability:
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Is the Ford Fusion Energi a Good Car?

The 2020 Ford Fusion Energi is not a good plug-in hybrid car. Its powertrain struggles to reach highway speeds, its handling is dull, and most of its rivals have better all-electric ranges. Additionally, the Fusion Energi's trunk is small, with barely enough space for a duffle bag. The cabin is this car’s one bright spot. The seats are roomy enough for five people, materials consist of nicely styled plastics, and the car is loaded with features.

Should I Buy the Ford Fusion Energi?

We don't recommend buying the Fusion Energi. What's good about this Ford can be found in many lower-priced, higher-ranking competitors that don't have the performance issues of the Fusion Energi. Instead consider hybrid and electric car classmates like the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid or Toyota Camry Hybrid.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Ford Fusion Energi?

The Fusion Energi's current generation began with the 2013 model year. If you're set on buying a Fusion Energi, look for 2017-or-newer models. For 2017, Ford swapped out the much-maligned MyTouch infotainment system for the vastly improved SYNC and SYNC 3 systems. Safety features such as forward collision warning and adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality became available.

There were no major changes for 2018, but the 2019 model underwent a significant refresh. Ford condensed the Energi’s three trims into one base model and upgraded the lithium-ion battery pack, which modestly increased the Fusion Energi’s all-electric driving range from 21 to 26 miles. Additionally, Ford updated the exterior styling and made a host of standard driver assistance features standard. Ford made no major changes to the sedan for 2020.

For more about used models, check out our reviews of the 2017 Fusion Energi, 2018 Fusion Energi, and 2019 Fusion Energi. If you decide an older model is right for you, visit our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts on used vehicles.

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We’ve analyzed XX Ford Fusion Energi reviews, as well as fuel economy estimates, reliability ratings, and more, to provide you with the accurate and useful information you need to make an informed car-buying decision. This review uses applicable research and data from all model years of the current Ford Fusion Energi generation, which launched for 2013.

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How Much Does the Ford Fusion Energi Cost?

The 2020 Fusion Energi has a starting MSRP of $35,000, which is one of the highest starting prices in the class. There are several higher-ranked hybrid and electric cars priced below $30,000. 

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Ford Fusion Energi Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Ford Fusion Energi or Toyota Camry Hybrid?

The Toyota Camry Hybrid ranks near the top of the hybrid and electric car class, and it’s absolutely the better choice. The Camry Hybrid was our 2019 Best New Car for Teens, and it was a finalist for both the 2019 Best Midsize Car for the Money and 2019 Best Midsize Car for Families awards. Though the Camry Hybrid is on the pricey side for the class, it still costs about $8,600 less than the Fusion Hybrid, while offering a similarly impressive standard features list. The Toyota isn't a plug-in, but it achieves outstanding gas mileage for the class: a combined 52 mpg city/highway, compared to the Ford’s 42 mpg city/highway. The Camry Hybrid also gives you nearly 7 more cubic feet of cargo space. Unless you’re committed to purchasing a plug-in hybrid, the Toyota is the way to go.

Which Is Better: Ford Fusion Energi or Ford Fusion Hybrid?

If you like the Fusion Energi’s styling and roomy interior but want something that’s a little more fun to drive, the Ford Fusion Hybrid is a good alternative. Like the Energi, the Fusion Hybrid's acceleration at highway speeds is sluggish, but it does well on twisting roads thanks to its well-weighted steering. Even better, its starting MSRP is almost $7,000 less than the Fusion Energi’s, and it has about 3.8 cubic feet of additional trunk space. If you aren’t wed to a plug-in hybrid, choose the Fusion Hybrid.

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Fusion Energi Interior

How Many People Does the Fusion Energi Seat?

The 2020 Ford Fusion Energi seats up to five people. Leather upholstery; heated, ventilated, and power-adjustable front seats; and a heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel come standard. There is plenty of headroom and legroom in both rows, and the seats are plush and wide. The adjustable driver's seat and the tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel make it easy to find an ideal driving position.

Fusion Energi and Child Car Seats

There are two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the rear outboard seats, as well as an upper tether anchor for the rear middle seat.

Fusion Energi Interior Quality

The good-looking interior features quality materials like soft-touch plastics and standard leather upholstery. The dashboard is streamlined and features a sleek-looking infotainment screen and well-integrated physical buttons.

Fusion Energi Cargo Space

Measuring 8.2 cubic feet, the Fusion Energi’s trunk is one of the smallest in the class. This is due to the rear-mounted battery, which cuts into available storage room. You’ll get more than an extra cubic foot of trunk space from rivals like the Kia Optima Hybrid. On the plus side, this Ford's cabin has plenty of good-sized pockets and cubbies to stash handheld items.

Fusion Energi Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

There is no shortage of standard tech features inside the Fusion Energi. These include push-button start, remote start, and Ford’s SYNC 3 infotainment system, which includes an 8-inch touch screen, a voice-activated navigation system, two USB ports, a 12-speaker sound system, and smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The SYNC 3 system works flawlessly, though it can be a bit slow to start up. The system responds to voice and touch commands, including smartphonelike pinching and swiping gestures. Physical buttons are easy to identify and within the driver’s view and reach.

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto?

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Ford Fusion Energi Performance

Fusion Energi Engine: Hindrance on the Highway

A 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor power the 2020 Fusion Energi. Combined, they generate 188 horsepower. The Fusion Energi’s electric motor provides nearly instant acceleration when pulling away from a stop. When you drop the accelerator while getting on the highway or attempting to pass slower cars, however, you won’t find much power. The continuously variable automatic transmission is silky smooth, with nearly undetectable transitions between gas and electric power.

Fusion Energi Gas Mileage: Not Great, but Not Bad

The 2020 Fusion Hybrid has an mpg-equivalent rating of 103 under electric power. It gets 42 mpg combined city/highway in hybrid mode. Those are decent numbers for the class. It can travel up to 26 miles on electric power alone, which is less than you’ll get with most rivals.

You can fully charge the Fusion Energi in seven hours using a standard 110-volt power outlet. With a Level 2 charger, a full charge takes about 2.5 hours.

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Fusion Energi Ride and Handling: Comfort over Composure

The Fusion Energi’s suspension does a good job of absorbing bumps in the road, so it has a smooth, cushioned ride. The sedan’s handling, however, is marked by lots of body lean around corners. Additionally, steering is fairly light so you won’t want to throw this car into sharp corners or curves. Front-wheel drive is standard.

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Ford Fusion Energi Reliability

Is the Ford Fusion Energi reliable?

The 2020 Ford Fusion Energi has a slightly above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

Ford Fusion Energi Warranty

The 2020 Ford Fusion Energi is covered by a three-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. Hybrid powertrain components are covered for eight years or 100,000 miles. 

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Fusion Energi Safety

Fusion Energi Crash Test Results

At the time of this writing, neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has crash tested the 2020 Fusion Energi.

Fusion Energi Safety Features

Standard safety features include a rearview camera, rear park assist, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality, and MyKey, which allows you to set volume and speed limits for secondary drivers. Ford’s standard Co-Pilot360 package adds forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane keep assist, and automatic high-beam headlights.

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Fusion Energi Dimensions and Weight

The 2020 Fusion Energi is 16 feet long. Its base curb weight is 3,986 pounds.

Where Is the 2020 Ford Fusion Energi Built?

Ford builds the 2020 Fusion Energi in Mexico.

Which Ford Fusion Energi Model Is Right for Me?

Only one trim level (Titanium) is available, and there aren’t many packages or extra features to choose from. Luckily, the Fusion Energi comes well-equipped with many technology and advanced safety features.

Ford Fusion Energi Titanium

The Fusion Energi Titanium is priced at $35,000. It’s powered by a four-cylinder engine and an electric motor mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission. Standard equipment includes an auto-dimming rearview mirror, remote start, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, and the SYNC 3 infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, a 12-speaker Sony stereo, satellite radio, HD Radio, a Wi-Fi hot spot, two USB ports, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. A sunroof is available.

Additionally, the Titanium comes with many advanced safety features: rain-sensing windshield wipers, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, MyKey, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane keep assist, and automatic high-beam headlights.

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The Final Call

The 2020 Ford Fusion Energi’s best feature is its cabin. It’s spacious, good-looking, and well-equipped. However, this sedan disappoints in most other ways. Its trunk is ridiculously small, and its underpowered engine isn’t highway-friendly. Add in its inflated price tag and below-average all-electric range, and it’s easy to see why this plug-in hybrid ranks near the bottom of the hybrid and electric car class.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • With impressive fuel economy and a reasonably hushed ride, the Fusion Energi nonetheless gives up natural driving dynamics to achieve an all-electric range that's outshined by dedicated plug-ins. It is a bit compromised, but it could still be the right car depending on your priorities." -- Edmunds
  • The Fusion Energi will be most pleasing to drivers who prefer to use it as an efficient commuter, not a back-road canyon carver." -- Cars.com (2017)
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