7.8

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.8
Performance: 7.1
Interior: 7.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.5
Safety: 9.5
Reliability:
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2014 Ford Fusion Energi Review

The Fusion Energi offers a roomy, upscale interior and very good safety ratings. However, a small trunk and slow touch screen push this Ford to the back of its competitive class.

Pros & Cons

  • Premium cabin materials
  • Athletic handling
  • Cumbersome touch screen
  • Very small trunk

2014 Ford Fusion Energi Overview

Is the 2014 Ford Fusion Energi a Good Used Car?

The 2014 Ford Fusion Energi is a fair option if you’re shopping for a used midsize car. The Fusion’s agile handling and premium cabin make it a pleasure to drive, and its efficient hybrid system contributes to big savings at the pump – thanks in part to its good electric-only range. Ultimately, though, there are more capable plug-in hybrid models available. The Chevrolet Volt offers double the electric-only driving range, and the Toyota Prius Plug-in has superior cargo space and better fuel economy.

Used 2014 Ford Fusion Energi Performance and Interior

The Ford Fusion Energi is a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, or PHEV. It features a four-cylinder engine and an electric motor, which produce up to 195 horsepower combined. A continuously variable automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard. Like a regular hybrid, the Fusion Energi runs on gas and electric power, and it gets an EPA-estimated 38 mpg city/highway combined. Unlike a typical hybrid, though, it can drive up to 19 miles using electricity alone. Its battery can recharge in 2.5 hours using a 240-volt charging station.

The Fusion zips up to speed confidently – whether in hybrid or EV mode – and it offers fine passing power at higher speeds. The responsive transmission is well-mannered, and shifts between gas and electric power are smooth. The Fusion Energi feels athletic on winding roads thanks to its crisp steering and strong brakes. That said, ride quality is rather firm over rough pavement. The engine sounds quite buzzy under hard acceleration as well.

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The Ford Fusion Energi seats five in a pleasant, posh, roomy cabin. The front seats are plush and nicely contoured. The rear seats are comfortable as well, and there’s generous head- and legroom in both rows. There are two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child seats. Heated leather seats are standard; ventilated front seats are available. Unfortunately, the placement of the Fusion’s battery pack behind the rear seats cuts into the trunk space significantly, leaving just 8.2 cubic feet of cargo room. The rear seats fold to reveal a slim pass-through for fitting longer items.

Ford equips the Fusion Energi with a standard 8-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, USB ports, and satellite radio. A navigation system is available. The audio and climate control buttons are simply arranged on the dashboard, but the MyFord Touch infotainment system can be very slow to respond to inputs.

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Used 2014 Ford Fusion Energi Prices

The price of a used 2014 Fusion Energi ranges from about $16,300 for an SE model to around $17,500 for the Titanium trim. Prices will vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Ford Fusion Energi?

The Ford Fusion Energi has average reliability, earning a score of three out of five from J.D. Power and Associates.

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How Safe Is the Fusion Energi?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Ford Fusion a 2014 Top Safety Pick+. It earned Good safety ratings in four out of five areas tested, and an Acceptable rating in the fifth – the small overlap front crash. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Fusion Energi a perfect five-star rating for overall, front, and side impact safety, as well as four stars for rollover crash safety.

Ford offers the Fusion Energi with available front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, parallel park assist, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and lane keep assist.

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Should I Consider Another Used Fusion?

The 2014 Fusion Energi marks the second model year of the vehicle’s first generation. Aside from the addition of an available heated steering wheel and ventilated front seats, there were no major changes for 2014. As a result, you may find similarly equipped 2013 models at a lower price.

You may also want to consider the 2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid. The Fusion Hybrid shares all of its tech and safety features with the Fusion Energi, and it earns better hybrid fuel economy (41 mpg combined). The main difference is that it lacks the Energi’s plug-in charging ability and 19-mile electric driving range. Used models are typically far less expensive, so unless you desire that EV-only range, the Fusion Hybrid is a better buy.

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Which Used Ford Fusion Energi Is Right for Me?

Ford offers the 2014 Fusion Energi sedan in two trim levels: SE and Titanium. The Fusion Energi SE has an 8-inch touch screen, SYNC voice recognition, Bluetooth, USB inputs, AM/FM/satellite radio, a CD player, dual-zone climate control, leather upholstery, heated seats up front, remote keyless entry, and cruise control. The Ford Fusion Energi Titanium trim adds a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, remote start, and proximity keyless entry. Available features include a navigation system, a moonroof, ventilated seats up front, and a suite of active safety features.

You may also want to consider a certified pre-owned Fusion Energi. For all of its certified pre-owned vehicles, Ford extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles and provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty. Each CPO vehicle must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Ford warranty page carefully.

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2014 Ford Fusion Energi and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Ford Fusion Energi or 2014 Chevrolet Volt?

The 2014 Chevrolet Volt is not a perfect car. The compact Volt only seats four, and its rear seats are much more cramped than those in the roomier midsize Fusion. That said, the Volt is the superior plug-in hybrid. It has an EV range of 38 miles, which is double the Energi’s range. Used models are typically more affordable as well.

Which Is Better: 2014 Ford Fusion Energi or 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in?

The 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in boasts a more luxurious interior than the Fusion Energi, as well as a better reliability rating, higher fuel economy when running in hybrid mode (46 mpg combined), and far more standard features. The trade-off is that it has a shorter EV range of 13 miles and used models are often much more expensive. Neither are top picks in this class.

Which Is Better: 2014 Ford Fusion Energi or 2014 Toyota Prius Plug-in?

The 2014 Toyota Prius Plug-in trails the Fusion Energi in terms of interior quality, driving enjoyment, and EV range (11 miles). However, it offers far better fuel economy in hybrid mode (a superb 50 mpg combined), a much larger cargo area, and class-leading reliability. It’s the more practical plug-in vehicle.

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