2016 Ford Fusion Energi Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Ford Fusion Energi was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.3

Auto writers are impressed with the 2016 Ford Fusion Energi's sleek interior styling and premium cabin materials. The Fusion Energi also earns praise for its spacious rear seats. However, critics say the standard touch-screen infotainment system could be easier to use, and the Fusion Energi has a much smaller trunk than most rivals, hybrid or not.

  • "There's a cool and urbane style to the seats and dash, a tone set largely by the high-quality finishes and, of course, the lack of center-stack buttons afforded by the … MyFord Touch touchscreen system." -- Edmunds
  • "Inside, the dashboard is marked by flowing lines, contoured shapes and plenty of soft-touch surfaces." -- Left Lane News (2015)
  • "The test car was a Titanium high-end version, and the interior was suitably sumptuous. Exceptional leather upholstery pleasing to the eye and the tush; crisp, tasteful dashboard and interior layout and trim." -- USA Today (2013)

Seating

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 optional.

Reviewers write that it's simple to adjust the Fusion Energi's driver's seat into a comfortable position. Visibility out of the front and sides of the Fusion Energi is great, according to critics, but rearward visibility is limited. Test drivers say the rear seats have ample legroom and enough headroom for 6-foot passengers.

  • "The driver seat is easy to adjust into a just-right position and provides good sight lines out the front and sides of the car. It's harder to see through the sloping rear window, so it's helpful that a rearview camera comes standard." -- Edmunds
  • "Rear passengers will likely have few complaints. Although the fastback rear roofline presents a challenge, Ford's engineers were up to the task, as there's enough headroom for 6-footers. Legroom is generous, as well." -- AutoTrader (2014)
  • "Plenty of rear leg room in the two outboard seats, but the middle slot's compromised by the center tunnel." -- USA Today (2013)

Interior Features

The 2016 Ford Fusion Energi comes standard with a rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, a six-speaker audio system, a USB port, Bluetooth, satellite radio, the MyFord Touch infotainment system and Ford’s voice-activated SYNC system. Ford’s MyKey system, which lets you set speed and audio volume limits, is also standard. Available features include rear parking sensors, automatic parallel park assist, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic monitoring, lane keep assist, inflatable rear seat belts (which inflate during a crash to help reduce the risk of injury), remote start, a 12-speaker Sony audio system, a moonroof and navigation.

The MyFord Touch infotainment system is versatile, test drivers say, but requires some study to adjust simple settings. They also write that it sometimes responds slowly to user inputs.

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  • "Any review of a contemporary Ford must also address the optional MyFord Touch infotainment interface. … Backed by many redundant voice commands, it can be a powerful tool for configuring and controlling the car and your smartphone. But depending on your comfort level with technology, it might take you a while to get accustomed to using MyFord Touch even for basic functions. And although the system works significantly better than when it debuted, it can still be sluggish at processing touch inputs." -- Edmunds
  • "The Ford system of controls remains too awkward, but was manageable and didn't act up." -- USA Today (2013)

Cargo

The 2016 Ford Fusion Energi has 8.2 cubic feet of trunk space, which is tiny for a midsize sedan. It's also less cargo space than plug-in hybrid rivals like the Chevrolet Volt. A 60/40 split-folding rear seat is standard.

  • "… the battery pack on hybrid and especially plug-in hybrid models compromises luggage space." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "With the oversize battery pack eating up a good chunk of cargo space, there are just 8.2 cubic feet available -- 4 cubic feet less than the Fusion Hybrid's and roughly half of what's available on standard models." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "The big battery pack takes up a lot of space in the trunk, leaving a tricky, narrow cargo compartment that's smaller than the Hybrid's 12.0 cubic foot space or the gasoline Fusion's 16.0 cubic foot trunk." -- Forbes (2013)

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