Critics' Rating: 7.9
Performance: 7.2
Interior: 7.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.1
Safety: 9.4
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2015 Ford Fusion Energi Review

The 2015 Ford Fusion Energi has one of the sleekest cabins in the class, but a poor reliability rating, small trunk, and sluggish engine push it toward the bottom of the midsize car class.

Pros & Cons

  • Attractive cabin with premium materials
  • Athletic handling for a hybrid
  • Slow acceleration at highway speeds
  • Confusing MyFord Touch infotainment system
  • Small trunk
  • Poor predicted reliability rating

2015 Ford Fusion Energi Overview

Is the 2015 Ford Fusion Energi a Good Used Car?

While there are a number of standard hybrids in the midsize car class, the 2015 Ford Fusion Energi is the only plug-in version. It struggles to compete with an abundance of well-rounded sedans. Aside from its elegant cabin, the Fusion Energi offers few advantages over its class rivals – including the hybrids. Most midsize cars have more trunk space, greater engine power, and better reliability. Additionally, competing hybrids earn better fuel economy estimates.

Used 2015 Ford Fusion Energi Performance and Interior

The 2015 Fusion Energi is a front-wheel-drive plug-in hybrid sedan. Its powertrain consists of a four-cylinder engine and an electric motor that make 188 horsepower combined. A continuously variable automatic transmission is standard. The Fusion Energi produces satisfactory power around town, but it struggles to find additional power once it’s moving. The ride is more composed than in most rival hybrid sedans, but it’s not as athletic as what you’d find in the gas-only Ford Fusion. The 2015 Fusion Energi has regenerative brakes and conventional friction brakes. Like most regenerative brakes, however, they tend to be overly sensitive. The Energi gets EPA fuel economy estimates of 38 mpg city/highway combined when running on gas alone. It can travel 19 miles on a fully charged battery.

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The five-seat Fusion Energi offers upscale cabin materials and inviting styling. The front seats are supportive, and the back seats have a good amount of space for adults. Still, the sedan could use more headroom throughout, and there's only 8.2 cubic feet of trunk space. The 2015 Fusion Energi has complete sets of LATCH child-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats. The rear middle seat has an upper tether anchor and the ability to borrow one lower tether anchor from each outboard seat.

The 2015 Ford Fusion Energi comes with leather upholstery, heated front seats, a SYNC with MyFord Touch infotainment system, and an 8-inch touch screen. Available features include a 12-speaker Sony stereo, push-button start, remote start, navigation, and numerous driver assistance features. The MyFord Touch infotainment system has complicated menus and responds slowly to touch inputs.

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Used 2015 Ford Fusion Energi Prices

Prices range from about $19,000 for a used 2015 Fusion Energi SE (the base model) to around $20,100 for the Fusion Energi Platinum. Your exact price will depend on the car's condition, mileage, equipment, and location.

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We Did the Research for You: 26 Reviews Analyzed

Our used car rankings and reviews are based on our analysis of other professional automotive reviews, as well as information like crash test scores, reliability ratings, and ownership expenses. We researched 26 Ford Fusion Energi reviews to help you decide if it’s the right used car for you.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Ford Fusion Energi?

On J.D. Power and Associates' five-point predicted reliability scale, the 2015 Ford Fusion Energi has a score of 2.5. That's considered below average for the automotive industry, as well as for the class.

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How Safe Is the Fusion Energi?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2015 Ford Fusion Energi a Top Safety Pick and gave it the highest rating of Good in all but one crash test – the small overlap front test. For that evaluation, the Fusion Energi received the second-highest rating of Acceptable. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2015 Fusion Energi five out of five stars overall and in its frontal and side crash evaluations. The Fusion Energi earned four stars in the rollover crash test.

The 2015 Ford Fusion Energi is the first model year that includes a standard rearview camera and rear parking sensors. Several advanced safety features are available, including parallel park assist, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with brake support, blind spot monitoring, front parking sensors, rear cross traffic alert, and active lane keep assist.

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Should I Consider Another Used Fusion Energi?

The 2015 Ford Fusion Energi is a part of the vehicle's first generation, which began production with the 2013 model year and continues through 2017. Although earlier models may be less expensive, the extra cost of the 2015 model year may be worth it for the added standard rearview camera and rear parking sensors.

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Which Used Ford Fusion Energi Is Right for Me?

The Ford Fusion Energi is the plug-in hybrid counterpart to the separately reviewed Ford Fusion sedan. A non-plug-in Ford Fusion Hybrid model is also available. The Ford Fusion Energi is available in two trims: SE and Titanium. 

Most shoppers will be pleased with the SE trim, which includes leather upholstery, heated front seats, SYNC with MyFord Touch, an 8-inch touch screen, rear parking sensors, and a rearview camera.

The Titanium trim adds aluminum accents, ambient lighting, a 12-speaker Sony stereo, HD Radio, push-button start, remote start, and a rear spoiler. Features available in both trims include adaptive cruise control, active park assist, front parking sensors, forward collision warning with brake support, a power moonroof, and navigation.

You may also want to consider one of Ford's certified pre-owned vehicles. 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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2015 Ford Fusion Energi and Other Cars to Consider            

Which Is Better: 2015 Ford Fusion Energi or 2015 Ford Fusion Hybrid?

The major difference between these two Ford sedans is that the Fusion Hybrid lacks the plug-in Fusion Energi’s ability to travel solely on electric power. The Fusion Hybrid is the better buy; it offers a strong, smooth engine with good acceleration, as well as a slightly longer total range. We named it our 2015 Best Hybrid Car for Families.

Which Is Better: 2015 Ford Fusion Energi or 2015 Chevrolet Volt?

The Chevrolet Volt – part of the compact car class – is the superior plug-in hybrid vehicle. It performs better than the Fusion Energi, offering a combination of zippy acceleration and composed handling. It travels twice as far on a full charge and earns about the same combined mpg. Despite being a small car, the Volt has a couple more cubic feet of trunk space than the Fusion Energi. 

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