2015 Ford Fusion Energi Review

The 2015 Ford Fusion Energi has responsive handling for a hybrid, and it boasts a stylish cabin. However, its tiny trunk and slow highway acceleration contribute to its poor standing in our midsize car rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Attractive cabin with premium materials
  • Athletic handling for a hybrid
  • Lackluster highway passing power
  • Low electric-only range
  • Confusing MyFord Touch infotainment system
  • Small trunk, even compared to other midsize hybrids

Rankings & Research

The 2015 Ford Fusion Energi's #13 ranking is based on its score within the 2015 Hybrid Cars category. Currently the Ford Fusion Energi has a score of 7.8 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 30 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

7.8

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.9
Performance: 7.2
Interior: 7.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.5
Safety: 9.5
Reliability:
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2015 Ford Fusion Energi Overview

Is the 2015 Ford Fusion Energi a Good Used Car?

Despite its low ranking, the 2015 Fusion Energi is a decent midsize car. It gets good fuel economy and has one of the most stylish cabins in the class. Still, it’s held back by tricky infotainment controls and a lower all-electric range than many of its plug-in hybrid competitors.

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How Much Is the 2015 Ford Fusion Energi?

Prices for the used 2015 Ford Fusion Energi range from about $16,050 for the SE base trim to $17,290 for the Platinum trim. The price you pay depends on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2015 Ford Fusion Energi Cost to Own?

The 2015 Ford Fusion Energi's five-year projected costs for fuel, insurance, maintenance, and repairs are about $18,490 per year, or nearly $3,700 per year. That's below average for a midsize car.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Fusion Energi?

You’ll spend more to get a 2019 Fusion Energi (MSRP: $34,595) than a used 2015 Fusion Energi, but you’ll also get more standard features, including Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, as well as the Co-Pilot360 safety package, which includes features like forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking. The 2019 Fusion Energi also gained a longer all-electric driving range of 26 miles, thanks to an improved lithium-ion battery pack. If the 2019 Fusion Energi's added equipment are of interest to you, it's worth the investment. If not, stick with the used 2015 Fusion Energi.  

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Most new midsize cars cost a lot more than the average price for a 2015 Fusion Energi. However, some new compact cars have starting prices near the top of the Energi's price range. For example, the 2019 Kia Forte has good fuel efficiency, lots of passenger and cargo space, and several more standard features, such as lane departure warning and dual-zone automatic climate control, which don’t come standard in the 2015 Fusion Energi.

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Which Model Year of the Ford Fusion Energi Is Best?

The 2015 Fusion Energi is part of a generation that launched for the 2013 model year. For 2014, Ford added a few available features like ventilated front seats and a heated steering wheel. The 2015 Fusion Energi gained a standard rearview camera.

There were no major changes for 2016, but the 2017 Fusion Energi received refreshed interior and exterior styling, a new SYNC 3 infotainment system (replacing the fussy MyFord Touch system), and added a high-end Platinum trim. There were no major changes for the 2018 model year.

If you want the best infotainment and tech features without paying for a new Fusion Energi, shop for a 2017 model. Budget-minded shoppers that can do without the 2017's additional features should stick with an older model.  

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Ford Fusion Energi?

The 2015 Ford Fusion Energi has a reliability rating of three out of five from J.D. Power, which is about average.

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2015 Ford Fusion Energi Recalls

There are six safety recalls for the 2015 Ford Fusion Energi. These recalls involve a charge cord that may overheat and cause a fire, a steering wheel that could detach, front seat belts that may improperly restrain occupants, the potential loss of power steering assist from road salt corrosion, and the ability to remove the key from the ignition when the transmission is still in gear. Make sure a Ford dealer has addressed these recalls before purchasing a 2015 Ford Fusion Energi.

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Which Used Ford Fusion Energi Model Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Ford Fusion Energi comes in two trims: SE and Titanium.

The base SE trim has a solid list of features that includes heated front seats, an 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system, and a rearview camera. But since there’s not a huge price difference between it and the Titanium, you may want to splurge for the top trim instead. Doing so will get you features like a 12-speaker premium audio system and push-button start.

When the 2015 Fusion Energi was new, navigation, a moonroof, and additional safety features like forward collision warning were also available. As a result, you may find a trim with more than its standard features.

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What Does Ford's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Ford offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 80,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Ford extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years from the original sale date or 100,000 miles. These vehicles also get a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty after the original three-year/36,000-mile new-car warranty expires. Each Ford CPO vehicle must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like vehicle history reports, towing, and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Ford warranty page carefully.

Ford does not have one of the better CPO programs among affordable carmakers. Chevy, GMC, Honda, Kia, and Mazda all have better programs.

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How Safe Is the Fusion Energi?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2015 Ford Fusion Energi an overall rating of five out of five stars, with five stars in the frontal and side crash tests and four stars in the rollover test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety did not perform crash tests on the 2015 Fusion Energi.

A rearview camera and rear parking sensors come standard. Available safety equipment includes blind spot monitoring, front parking sensors, rear cross traffic alert, active lane keep assist, parallel park assist, adaptive cruise control, and forward collision warning with brake support.

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2015 Ford Fusion Energi Versus the Competition

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

The 2015 Ford Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi have many similarities, including a good amount of passenger space, relatively agile handling, and decent acceleration for city driving. On the downside, both midsize cars also have sluggish acceleration at high speeds and touchy regenerative brakes. That said, there are some crucial differences that ultimately make the Fusion Hybrid a better vehicle overall. Despite its absence of an all-electric range, like the Fusion Energi, its total range is slightly longer than the Energi's. The Fusion Hybrid also has more cargo space than the Energi (12 versus 8.2 cubic feet), and it costs less than the plug-in model.

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

The 2015 Chevy Volt is a plug-in hybrid in the smaller compact car class. It has a similar combined mpg rating as the Energi while providing a significantly longer 38-mile all-electric range (19 miles in the Energi). Additionally, the Volt has strong passing power at high speeds (unlike the Energi) and a tad more trunk space. The Volt is a superior vehicle, but some shoppers may prefer the roomier rear seats of the Fusion Energi.

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2015 Fusion Energi Performance

How Does the 2015 Ford Fusion Energi Drive?

The 2015 Fusion Hybrid's powertrain consists of a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor that make a combined 188 horsepower. A continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is also standard.

The Fusion Hybrid delivers peppy acceleration in the city, but it struggles to keep up at higher speeds. As far as driving dynamics are concerned, it’s nimble and has a fairly smooth ride. That said, its regenerative brakes are grabby and can take some time to get used to.

Does the 2015 Ford Fusion Energi Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2015 Fusion Energi delivers an EPA-estimated 88 MPGe combined city/highway, and it has an all-electric range of 19 miles. In hybrid mode, its fuel economy rating is 38 mpg combined. The Fusion Energi is more fuel efficient than its non-hybrid rivals, but its electric-only range is low.

For more on alternative fuel ratings, check out What Is MPGe?

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2015 Fusion Energi Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 Fusion Energi Seat?

There's seating for up to five people in the 2015 Fusion Energi. Leather upholstery and heated and power-adjustable front seats are standard. Upgrades include a heated steering wheel and ventilated front seats. Average-sized adults should fit comfortably in both rows of seats, but the sloped roofline limits rear-seat headroom for taller passengers.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Ford Fusion Energi?

There are two sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats and an upper tether on the middle seat.

2015 Ford Fusion Energi Features

The Fusion Energi's standard MyFord Touch infotainment system comes with an 8-inch touch screen, a USB port, Bluetooth, satellite radio, and a six-speaker audio system. The system can be slow to operate, and the menu system is complicated.

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2015 Ford Fusion Energi Dimensions

Ford Fusion Energi Cargo Space

There's 8.2 cubic feet of trunk space in the Fusion Energi, which is low for even a midsize hybrid. Thankfully, 60/40 split-folding rear seats are standard, which make the small cargo area more expansive.

2015 Fusion Energi Length and Weight

The 2015 Fusion Energi is nearly 16 feet long, and its curb weight is over 3,910 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 Ford Fusion Energi Built?

Ford built the 2015 Fusion Energi in Mexico.

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