7.2

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.5
Performance: 6.5
Interior: 6.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.0
Safety: 9.4
Reliability:
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2013 Ford Fusion Energi Review

The 2013 Ford Fusion Energi has good safety scores and fuel economy, but reviewers were let down by its lackluster performance.

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Sluggish at higher speeds
  • Heavy battery negatively affects handling
  • Complicated infotainment system
  • Small, oddly shaped trunk

2013 Ford Fusion Energi Overview

The 2013 Ford Fusion Energi is a plug-in hybrid that can go up to 19 miles on electric power alone. The Fusion Energi is powered by a four-cylinder engine and electric motor that together make 188 horsepower. The Fusion Energi has a large and heavy battery, which reviewers said diminished the car’s handling abilities. When in electric-only mode, test drivers said the Fusion Energi has good power from a stop. However, they reported that the Fusion Energi feels underpowered at higher speeds.

Auto writers complained about the 2013 Ford Fusion Energi’s trunk, which they said is cramped and oddly shaped. They were more positive about the Fusion Energi’s cabin, reporting that it has plenty of space, premium materials and an attractive design. The 2013 Ford Fusion Energi comes standard with a power driver’s seat, heated seats, Ford’s Sync with MyFord Touch infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, USB and auxiliary inputs, Bluetooth and a 110-volt power outlet. Optional features when it was new include a rearview camera, active park assist, remote start, dynamic cruise control and navigation.

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Other Cars to Consider

Though it doesn’t have the electric-only range that the Fusion Energi does, reviewers liked the 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid better than the Fusion Energi. The Fusion Hybrid gets very good fuel economy for the class, and reviewers said it has very good handling. 

If your heart is set on a plug-in hybrid, the 2013 Toyota Prius Plug-in has better fuel economy when driven in gas/electric mode. It also has a larger cargo space than the Fusion Energi.

Compare the Fusion Energi, Fusion Hybrid and Prius Plug-in »

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