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2016 Ford Fusion Energi Review

The 2016 Ford Fusion Energi has its upsides – an impressive interior, responsive handling, lively acceleration in the city – but it finishes near the bottom of this competitive class. It has a finicky infotainment system, poky highway power, and low fuel economy for a hybrid.

Pros & Cons

  • Stylish cabin with upscale materials
  • Good fuel economy for a midsize sedan
  • Responsive handling for a hybrid
  • Lower fuel economy than hybrid rivals
  • Sluggish acceleration at highway speeds
  • Complicated MyFord Touch infotainment system
  • Touchy brakes




Critics' Rating: 8.1
Performance: 7.5
Interior: 7.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.4
Safety: 9.5
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2016 Ford Fusion Energi Overview

Is the 2016 Ford Fusion Energi a Good Used Car?

The 2016 Ford Fusion Energi is a good car with a hybrid plug-in problem. In most ways – handling, interior comfort, and technology – the Fusion Energi is a good enough product in a highly competitive class. However, it falters compared with other hybrids and plug-in hybrids, offering neither their fuel economy nor electric range.

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How Much Is the 2016 Ford Fusion Energi?

On average, you’ll pay $18,700 for a 2016 Fusion Energi. Prices can fluctuate from around $15,900 to $21,500, depending on the car’s condition, mileage, and regional demand.

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How Much Does the 2016 Ford Fusion Energi Cost to Own?

You should expect to pay around $19,400 over five years to insure, fuel, repair, and maintain a 2016 Fusion Energi. This estimate is similar to the 2016 Ford Fusion Hybrid’s five-year upkeep costs, and it undercuts the cost estimates of the nonhybrid Ford Fusion by about $2,100.

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

You are probably better off buying a used 2016 Fusion Energi. To start, the used model is significantly cheaper. You’ll spend $18,700 (on average) for a 2016 Fusion Energi, whereas a 2018 Fusion Energi has a starting MSRP of $31,400. Many buyers can take advantage of a roughly $4,000 federal tax credit on the 2018 model, but even after you apply these savings, the 2018 Fusion Energi still costs an additional $8,700 over the 2016. Ford has made some minor enhancements to this plug-in hybrid (slight changes to the interior and exterior styling, plus an upgraded infotainment system), but these changes won’t justify the steep price increase for most buyers.

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Among new cars, there aren’t any other hybrids – plug-in or otherwise – that cost less than $19,000 (the average price of a 2016 Fusion Energi). To get a new car at this price point, you'll have to look at the compact car class, which has a number of fuel-efficient nonhybrid options.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Ford Fusion Energi?

The 2016 Ford Fusion Energi has a reliability score of three out of five from J.D. Power. That’s average compared with all other used vehicles.

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2016 Ford Fusion Energi Recalls

As of this writing, four recalls have been issued on the 2016 Fusion Energi. The two largest recalls replace a steering wheel bolt (to prevent the steering wheel from detaching) and fix a potentially defective front seat belt. Other recalls replace a possibly cracked fuel tank and a faulty driver’s seat – but these issues affect fewer than 1,000 vehicles. Before you buy a used car, ensure that any applicable issues have been addressed.

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Which Model Year of the Ford Fusion Energi Is Best? 

The 2016 Fusion Energi is the fourth model year of a generation that launched with the 2013 model and includes the 2018 Fusion Energi. To date, Ford has made only minor changes to this generation. Additionally, all models have similar scores. To save money, you should consider shopping for a nearly identical 2014 or 2015 Fusion Energi instead of the 2016 model. 

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Which Used Ford Fusion Energi Model Is Right for Me?

The 2016 Ford Fusion Energi is available in SE and Titanium trims. (The Ford Fusion Hybrid and nonhybrid Ford Fusion are reviewed separately.) The SE trim has heated, leather, power-adjustable front seats; the MyFord Touch infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen; a 10-speaker audio system; and rear parking sensors. The Titanium trim adds aluminum accents, a 12-speaker audio system with HD Radio, push-button start, and remote-start capabilities. The nicely equipped SE trim is the better choice.

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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. According to our analysis, 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 2016 Ford Fusion Energi five out of five stars overall, with four stars in the rollover crash test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety did not crash test this vehicle.

The Fusion Energi comes standard with a rearview camera and Ford’s MyKey system, which lets you set speed and audio volume limits for other drivers. Available safety features include automatic parallel parking assist, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring, active lane keep assist, and inflatable rear seat belts.

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2016 Ford Fusion Energi Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Ford Fusion Energi or 2016 Chevrolet Volt?

The 2016 Chevrolet Volt is a plug-in hybrid compact car with an all-electric range of 53 miles, which is much better than the Fusion Energi’s 19-mile range. According to the EPA, the Volt has better combined fuel economy when its gas engine kicks in, too. The Chevy offers lively highway acceleration and a user-friendly infotainment system, as well as a couple extra cubic feet of trunk space (10.6 cubic feet versus the Fusion Energi’s 8.2 cubic feet). The Chevrolet Volt is the better choice overall.

Which Is Better: 2016 Ford Fusion Energi or 2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid?

The 2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid provides 27 miles of all-electric range, which tops the Fusion Energi’s 19-mile range. The Hyundai also gets better EPA fuel economy estimates than the Ford when its gas engine is running. Throw in a larger trunk, and the Sonata Plug-in Hybrid is the better choice.

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2016 Fusion Energi Performance

How Does the 2016 Ford Fusion Energi Drive?

The 2016 Ford Fusion Energi has a four-cylinder gas engine and an electric motor that produce a combined 188 horsepower. There is plenty of power for city driving, but the powertrain feels sluggish when trying to accelerate or make passing maneuvers at highway speeds. This sedan has a comfortable ride and sharper handling than other hybrids. The Fusion Energi's regenerative brakes – which capture energy when the car slows – are a bit grabby. That can make it difficult to stop smoothly.

Does the 2016 Ford Fusion Energi Get Good Gas Mileage?

According to the EPA, the Fusion Energi can travel on electricity alone for up to 19 miles, and you can recharge the battery in as little as 2.5 hours using a 240-volt outlet. When running on gas alone, the Fusion Energi earns a combined 38 mpg city/highway. In comparison, the Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid can go 27 miles on a full charge, and earns 40 mpg combined city/highway when running on gas alone.

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2016 Fusion Energi Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 Fusion Energi Seat?

The 2016 Ford Fusion Energi seats five and comes standard with leather upholstery and power-adjustable, heated front seats. Ventilated front seats and a heated steering wheel are available. Forward and side visibility are great, but rearward visibility is limited. The rear seats have ample legroom and enough headroom for tall passengers.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Ford Fusion Energi?

There are two complete sets of LATCH child-seat connectors on the outboard rear seats and a middle-seat tether anchor.

2016 Ford Fusion Energi Features

The 2016 Ford Fusion Energi comes standard with dual-zone automatic climate control, a 10-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, satellite radio, and the MyFord Touch infotainment system. Available features include remote start, a 12-speaker Sony audio system, and navigation. MyFord Touch is tricky to use, as it has slow responses and buries some functions deep in the menus.

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2016 Ford Fusion Energi Dimensions

Ford Fusion Energi Cargo Space

The 2016 Ford Fusion Energi has 8.2 cubic feet of trunk space, which is tiny for a midsize sedan. It’s also less space than some plug-in hybrid rivals offer.

Ford Fusion Energi Length and Weight

The Fusion Energi is just under 16 feet long. It has a 3,913-pound curb weight.

Where Was the 2016 Ford Fusion Energi Built?

Ford built the 2016 Fusion Energi in Mexico.

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