2016 Ford Fusion Energi Performance Review

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

Scorecard

Performance: 7.5

The 2016 Ford Fusion Energi has responsive handling for a hybrid, reviewers say, and lively acceleration in the city. However, some report that the Fusion Energi doesn't ride as well as some non-hybrid rivals because of the extra weight of its hybrid components. They also complain that the Fusion Energi's regenerative brakes don’t operate smoothly, and they say it has unimpressive acceleration on the highway, particularly in electric-only mode.

  • "While its fuel economy is a big part of its appeal, the Fusion Energi also offers the same handsome styling, nimble handling, smooth ride and quiet cabin as the rest of the Fusion lineup." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • The Energi has a firm suspension that keeps its 3986 pounds under control, but weighing 622 more pounds than a conventional, gas-powered Fusion SE takes its toll on the Energi's athleticism." -- Car and Driver (2013)

Acceleration and Power

The 2016 Ford Fusion Energi has a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor that produce a combined 188 horsepower. A continuously variable transmission, which is a type of automatic, is standard. Using electricity alone, the Fusion Energi can travel at up to 85 mph, according to Ford. On a fully charged battery, the Fusion Energi has an EPA-estimated 19 miles of range. The EPA says the 2016 Fusion Energi gets 88 mpg-equivalent (mpg-e) when running on electricity. Most pure electric vehicles and several plug-in hybrids, including the 2016 Chevrolet Volt, can go faster and farther on electricity alone and have higher mpg-e ratings.

After the Fusion Energi’s battery is depleted, or if you need more power than the electric motor can provide by itself, the gasoline engine will turn on. The EPA says the Fusion Energi gets 40/36 mpg city/highway when the gas engine and electric motor are running. That's worse than the fuel economy of many plug-in and conventional hybrids, including the Ford Fusion Hybrid. However, the Fusion Energi still uses much less fuel than a typical midsize sedan.

The 2016 Ford Fusion Energi has plenty of power for driving around town, test drivers say, but it accelerates more slowly on the highway, especially when it's in all-electric mode. Reviewers note that the Fusion Energi transitions seamlessly between gas and electric power.

  • With both power sources working, the 2015 Ford Fusion Energi produces acceptable acceleration in daily driving. Highway passing maneuvers will require a bit of forethought at first, as speed builds more gradually here than what you may be used to, but in general the Energi will seem a lot like any other midsize sedan." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • Electrics deliver all their power instantly, so the car squirts away from stoplights just fine. It's suitable for steady-state highway cruising. But electrics have little left to give once the car is underway, so flooring the throttle at, say, 30 mph results in a very sluggish increase in velocity." -- USA Today (2013)
  • "The Energi starts out smoothly, accelerates briskly and switches back and forth from electric to gas to hybrid and back again transparently and without fuss or worry." -- Forbes (2013)

Alternative Fuels/Charging

The 2016 Ford Fusion Energi’s battery recharges in seven hours when plugged into a standard 120-volt household outlet or in 2.5 hours using a 240-volt outlet. A ring of LED lights around the charging port displays the battery’s charge level, and you can monitor the battery or find charging stations using the MyFord Mobile smartphone app.

Handling and Braking

The 2016 Ford Fusion Energi has sharp handling compared to other hybrids, test drivers report. Some reviewers write that the Fusion Energi has a comfortable ride as well, though others note that it rides with less composure than non-hybrid rivals due to the extra weight of its hybrid components. Additionally, because the Fusion Energi has regenerative brakes, auto writers say it can be difficult to stop smoothly.

  • "Around town and on the highway, the Fusion Energi has a pleasingly quiet and smooth ride. It's also pretty responsive and precise around turns, which is something not many hybrid models can claim. The only negative here is that, as with most hybrids, the Energi's brakes can be tricky to smoothly modulate until you get used to the pedal's feel." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "We found Ford's blending of regenerative and conventional friction braking in the Energi left much to be desired. Like feedback. Or any sense of where that threshold lies. It's as if the brake lines were filled with something from Orange Julius." -- Car and Driver (2013)
  • Weighing in a good 300 lbs heavier than the Hybrid and 400 lbs heavier than the FWD Ecoboost Fusion has an effect. It's not a ride killer, but it is definitely noticeable." -- Forbes (2013)
  • "The car is hundreds of pounds heavier than others of its size, and that shows up over rippled asphalt, where Fusion Energi seems to bound a bit, as if the suspension is working hard to control two tons of car." -- USA Today (2013)

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