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Rankings & Research

The 2019 Ford Fusion Energi ranked #17 in Midsize Cars. Currently the Ford Fusion Energi has a score of 7.8 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 29 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

7.8

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.7
Performance: 7.4
Interior: 7.4
Safety: N/A
Reliability: TBD

2019 Ford Fusion Energi Review

Although the 2019 Ford Fusion Energi has its share of positive attributes, its low electric range, cramped cargo hold, and ho-hum highway acceleration push it toward the bottom of our midsize car rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • User-friendly infotainment system
  • High-quality interior
  • Sluggish highway acceleration
  • Small trunk
  • Less electric-only range than other plug-in hybrids

New for 2019

  • Newly standard suite of driver assistance features
  • Electric range increased
  • Reshuffled trims

Is the Ford Fusion Energi a Good Car?

The Ford Fusion Energi is an OK midsize sedan. It zips around the city with ease, and it has an impressive list of standard tech and safety features. With the C-Max no longer in production, it’s the last plug-in model in Ford’s lineup. However, as far as hybrids go, others surpass it. Most other plug-in models have a better electric driving range and more cargo space.

Should I Buy the Ford Fusion Energi?

The Fusion Energi has a refined and spacious cabin, a smooth ride, and a generous list of standard features. However, it also has a limited electric range and a small trunk. This plug-in hybrid will get you around town just fine, but it struggles at highway speeds. If you're willing to look past the below-average electric-only driving range to get amenities that make for a great family sedan, you should consider the Fusion Energi. But if you want a plug-in hybrid that can go more than 25 miles per charge before the gas engine kicks in, there are better options out there.

For example, you might consider the 2019 Chevrolet Volt. This compact car has a longer electric range, more cargo space, and livelier driving dynamics than the Fusion Energi. It’s also likely to cost a little less.

Compare the Fusion Energi and Volt »

Should I Buy a New or Used Ford Fusion Energi?

The Fusion Energi's current generation began with the 2013 model year. For 2019, Ford condensed the Energi’s three trims into one. It also improved the lithium-ion battery pack, increasing the Fusion Energi’s all-electric driving range from 21 to 25 miles. All Ford Fusion vehicles also received updated exterior styling. Finally, Ford’s new Co-Pilot360 package became standard in all Ford Fusions, providing them with several advanced safety features.

If those changes aren’t important to you, consider saving thousands of dollars by shopping for a used Fusion Energi instead. The 2017 Fusion Energi saw some major upgrades that make it a better choice than older models. Chief among these additions are the SYNC 3 infotainment system (which replaced the unpopular MyFord Touch), a new Platinum trim level, and refreshed interior and exterior styling. 

To research some other models in this generation, check out our reviews of the 2016, 2017, and 2018 Ford 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 Did the Research for You: 29 Reviews Analyzed

Our goal is to provide you with the information you need to make car shopping a breeze. You'll find everything you need to know about this plug-in Fusion in our comprehensive Ford Fusion Energi review. It combines concrete data (like fuel economy estimates, safety scores, and cargo space dimensions) with professional evaluations from 29 automotive sources. This Fusion Energi review incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation, which began in the 2013 model year.

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How Much Does the Ford Fusion Energi Cost?

The 2019 Fusion Energi has an MSRP of $34,595. That’s a bit of an increase from the 2018 model, but that’s because Ford condensed the Fusion Energi’s three trims into one. Some shoppers may find that to be a better deal, as most of the features that were standard or available in the top-of-the-line Platinum trim have been moved down to the Titanium.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Ford dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Ford deals page.

Ford Fusion Energi Versus the Competition

Because Ford discontinued the C-Max Energi at the end of the 2017 model year, the Fusion Energi is the only new plug-in hybrid vehicle in Ford’s lineup. Ford discontinued the C-Max Hybrid at the end of the 2018 model year.

Which Is Better: Ford Fusion Energi or Chevrolet Volt?

Many people buy hybrid and plug-in vehicles because of their great fuel economy and range. In both of those areas, the Chevrolet Volt far outshines the Fusion Energi. The Volt earns fuel economy estimates of 106 MPGe (mpg-equivalent) combined city/highway and has an all-electric driving range of 53 miles. Comparatively, Ford estimates that the 2019 Fusion Energi gets 97 MPGe combined and has a 25-mile range on a full charge. In addition, the Volt has quick acceleration and is more fun to drive than the Fusion Energi. The two have similar features, but because of its hatchback body style, the Volt has more cargo space than the Fusion Energi. However, as a larger car, the Fusion Energi has more passenger space. It also has higher-quality materials in its cabin. The choice between these two vehicles comes down to whether you prefer the nicer interior and better space of the Ford, or the farther electric-only range and improved driving dynamics of the Chevy.

Which Is Better: Ford Fusion Energi or Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid?

The Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid also surpasses the Energi in fuel economy and range. It gets slightly better mileage of 99 MPGe combined city/highway and has a higher all-electric driving range of 28 miles. The Hyundai also has a bit more cargo space. Both cars have comfortable rides but bland driving dynamics, and both cars are adequate for cruising around the city. The Fusion Energi offers more standard safety features, though the Sonata offers them in higher trims. It's close, but the Sonata Plug-in Hybrid has the edge here.

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

If you're looking for a good mix of green driving and fun handling, the Ford Fusion Hybrid might be the right car for you. This hybrid version of the Fusion not only has an excellent fuel economy rating but also sporty driving dynamics – a rarity for a hybrid. It doesn’t have as many standard features as the Fusion Energi, but most of the Energi’s features are available in the Fusion Hybrid. Without a large electric battery in the way, the Fusion Hybrid also has a larger trunk. If you can do without the Energi’s electric-only range, choose the Fusion Hybrid for its good balance of fuel efficiency and performance.

Compare the Fusion Energi, Volt, and Fusion Hybrid »

Fusion Energi Interior

How Many People Does the Fusion Energi Seat?

The 2019 Ford Fusion Energi seats five on standard leather upholstery. Heated, ventilated, and power-adjustable front seats are also standard, as is a heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel.

This plug-in hybrid offers good head- and legroom in the front and rear seats. The seats are comfortable and supportive, though some may find them a bit narrow. The adjustable driver's seat and tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel make it easy to find an ideal driving position.

Fusion Energi and Car Seats

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

Fusion Energi Interior Quality

You'll find refined, soft-touch plastics and high-quality materials – including luxurious trimmings like additional leather – throughout the Fusion Energi’s cabin. Its dashboard is sleek and organized.

Fusion Energi Cargo Space

The Fusion Energi's 8.2-cubic-foot trunk is small, even when compared to other hybrids and plug-in hybrids – and especially when compared to nonhybrid midsize sedans. The primary reason for this cramped cargo area is the placement of the Fusion’s battery. For more space, the Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid and Kia Optima Plug-in Hybrid both have 9.9 cubic feet. The Chevy Volt, which is a hatchback, has 10.6 cubic feet, and the Volt’s rear seats can fold down to expand the space even further.

Fusion Energi Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Tech features abound in the 2019 Ford Fusion Energi. Inside, you’ll find push-button start, remote start, and Ford’s SYNC 3 infotainment system, which includes an 8-inch touch screen, two USB ports, a 12-speaker sound system, and smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It also comes with voice-activated navigation and AppLink, which lets you use voice commands to access apps on your phone.

The SYNC 3 system is user-friendly, and the touch screen is responsive to both physical and auditory inputs. Integrating your smartphone into the system is a breeze. Redundant physical buttons underneath the touch screen control some audio and climate functions.

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

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Ford Fusion Energi Performance

Fusion Energi Engine: Highway Struggles

A 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine paired to an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack power the 2019 Fusion Energi. Together they produce 188 horsepower.

Its electric motor helps the Fusion Energi accelerate neatly from a stop. This plug-in hybrid sedan is at home cruising around the city. Its transmission operates smoothly, and there’s minimal jostling when the engine switches between gas and electric power. The Fusion Energi struggles a bit, however, when accelerating to highway and passing speeds.

Fusion Energi Gas Mileage: Good, but Not the Best

While the EPA has not yet released fuel economy estimates for the 2019 model, the similar 2018 Fusion Energi gets an estimated 42 mpg combined city/highway in hybrid mode. The Chevrolet Volt also gets 42 mpg combined, while the Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid gets 39 mpg combined.

Ford improved the Energi’s range for the 2019 model year. It can now go up to 25 miles on electric power alone. Even with that improvement, the Energi falls short of competitors. The Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid has an all-electric driving range of 28 miles, while the Kia Optima Plug-in Hybrid has a 29-mile electric range. The Chevrolet Volt beats them all with an all-electric driving range of 53 miles.

Using a standard 110-volt power outlet, you can fully charge the Fusion Energi in about seven hours. With a Level 2 charger, that time can be shortened to around 2.5 hours.

Fusion Energi Ride and Handling: Comfortable, Not Exciting

The Fusion Energi provides a cushioned ride, gliding over bumps and cracks in the road. This sedan prioritizes fuel efficiency and comfort over road grip and athleticism, so it tends to lean when going around corners. Additionally, its light steering offers little feedback. The Ford Fusion Hybrid and Chevrolet Volt offer more composed handling and responsive steering. As with many midsize sedans, front-wheel drive is standard. However, all-wheel drive is not available.

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Ford Fusion Energi Reliability

Is the Ford Fusion Energi reliable?

This Ford belongs to a generation that typically receives good predicted reliability ratings from J.D. Power.

Ford Fusion Energi Warranty

The 2019 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. The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid have some of the best warranties in the class: a five-year/60,000-mile limited warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. Hyundai covers its hybrid battery with a lifetime warranty.

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Fusion Energi Safety

Fusion Energi Crash Test Results

As of this writing, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has not crash tested the 2019 Fusion Energi. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it four stars in rollover crash tests.

Fusion Energi Safety Features

Standard safety features in the Fusion Energi include a rearview camera, rear park assist, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality, and MyKey, which lets you set volume and speed limits for secondary drivers. Additionally, Ford’s new Co-Pilot360 package is standard in every 2019 Fusion. It adds forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane keep assist, and automatic high beams.

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Which Ford Fusion Energi Model Is Right for Me?

The 2019 Ford Fusion Energi is only offered in a single trim level: Titanium. There aren’t a host of options or packages available either, save for a moonroof. Fortunately, the Titanium comes well-equipped. Every model features a four-cylinder engine and an electric motor mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission. The standard equipment list includes rain-sensing wipers, 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.

Ford Fusion Energi Titanium

Starting at $34,595, the 2019 Ford Fusion Energi starts at roughly $1,200 more than the 2018 model year. However, you’ll be getting more bang for your buck. In addition to the features named above, the Titanium also comes with several advanced safety features: a rearview camera, 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 beams.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Ford dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Ford deals page.

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The Final Call

The 2019 Ford Fusion Energi offers a luxurious and spacious cabin, an easy-to-use infotainment system, and a comfortable ride. However, it has a small trunk, sluggish highway acceleration, and a shorter electric-only driving range than many rivals. It's a decent car, but others offer more all-around appeal.

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

  • "In theory, the 2019 Ford Fusion Energi pairs the best features of a traditional midsize sedan — a roomy cabin and a plush ride — with the fuel efficiency that only a plug-in hybrid can provide. But hybrid cars have been improving a lot in recent years and the Energi isn't as appealing as it once was." -- 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)
  • "The hybrid and plug-in hybrid segments are about to become more crowded, with new entries from Hyundai, Honda, and Kia on the way. The Fusion hybrids aren't the most efficient or cargo-friendly in their classes, but they drive well and boast attractive looks in a sedan body style. At the right price, they might just make sense." -- Motor Trend (2017)
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