2017 Ford Fusion Energi Review

The 2017 Ford Fusion Energi features a high-end interior and a user-friendly infotainment system. However, its meager highway acceleration and tight trunk contribute to its place in the bottom half of our midsize car rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Luxe interior
  • User-friendly infotainment system
  • Smaller electric-only range than rival plug-in hybrids
  • Slow acceleration at high speeds
  • Tiny trunk

New for 2017

  • SYNC 3 replaces MyFord Touch
  • Refreshed interior and exterior styling
  • New top-of-the-line Platinum trim

7.7

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.1
Performance: 7.5
Interior: 7.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.2
Safety:
This rating isn’t available yet for the current model year. In the meantime, last year’s rating of 9.5 for safety is being used to calculate this vehicle’s overall score.
TBD
Reliability:
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2017 Ford Fusion Energi Overview

Is the 2017 Ford Fusion Energi a Good Used Car?

The 2017 Ford Fusion Energi is a decent choice if you’re shopping for a midsize car. It has a composed ride, peppy acceleration in the city, and a luxe cabin with an intuitive infotainment system. That said, this plug-in hybrid has a low all-electric range, a cramped trunk, and slow acceleration on the highway.

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How Much Is the 2017 Ford Fusion Energi?

At this time of writing, we do not have pricing information for the 2017 Ford Fusion Energi.

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How Much Does the 2017 Ford Fusion Energi Cost to Own?

Five-year estimated costs for fuel, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2017 Ford Fusion Energi are about $18,460 – or $3,690 per year. That’s below average for a hybrid. Five-year costs for the 2017 Chevrolet Volt are about $50 higher, and the 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid's estimates are around $600 higher.

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

The Fusion Energi sees no major changes for 2018. We recommend the 2017 Ford Fusion Energi. It's almost identical to the 2018 Ford Fusion Energi, and you can most likely get it for less than the 2018 Fusion Energi.

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Which Model Year of the Ford Fusion Energi Is Best?

The 2017 Ford Fusion Energi is part of a generation that debuted for the 2013 model year. The 2014 Fusion Energi gained an available heated steering wheel and ventilated front seats. The 2015 Fusion Energi added a standard rearview camera. For 2017, this Ford received refreshed interior and exterior styling, a top-of-the-line Platinum trim, and the SYNC3 infotainment system (replacing the much-maligned MyFord Touch). Pre-2017 models likely cost less, but they have a finicky infotainment system. Stick with the 2017 or a later model.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Ford Fusion Energi?

The 2017 Ford Fusion Energi has a predicted reliability rating of three out of five from J.D. Power. While that’s about average for all vehicles, it’s a little subpar for the class.

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2017 Ford Fusion Energi Recalls

At the time of this writing, there are three safety recalls for the 2017 Ford Fusion Energi. The steering wheel may detach, the torque converter connection may fail, and the pivots on the left rear seat backs may fail, which could increase the risk of a crash. Make sure these recalls are resolved before purchasing the Fusion Energi. 

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Which Used Ford Fusion Energi Is Right for Me?

The 2017 Ford Fusion Energi comes in three trim levels: SE, Titanium, and Platinum. The base trim has a good amount of features for most drivers. It comes with leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, push-button start, and dual-zone automatic climate control. The standard SYNC 3 infotainment system features an 8-inch touch screen, an 11-speaker audio system, the SYNC Connect telematics system, two USB ports, and satellite radio. Standard safety features include a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, and MyKey, which allows you to set speed and audio volume limits for other drivers.

The Titanium trim adds a 12-speaker audio system, HD Radio, and ambient lighting. For more advanced safety features, you'll have to step up to the top-tier Platinum trim. It includes adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, active lane keep assist, active park assist, a moonroof, ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and navigation.

Other equipment packages were available when the 2017 Fusion Energi was new, so some models may come with more than their standard features.

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Certified Pre-Owned Ford Fusion Energi Warranty

Ford’s certified pre-owned program doesn’t offer as many benefits as programs from many rival brands. However, you may want to consider purchasing a CPO Fusion Energi for added peace of mind. For 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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How Safe Is the Fusion Energi?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration did not perform crash safety tests on the Ford Fusion Energi.

Standard safety features include a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, and Ford's MyKey, which allows you to set speed and audio volume limits for other drivers. Some models also come with adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, active lane keep assist, and active park assist.

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2017 Ford Fusion Energi Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Ford Fusion Energi or 2017 Chevrolet Volt?

The 2017 Chevrolet Volt is a sprightly compact plug-in hybrid with a longer all-electric range than the Fusion Energi. It comes standard with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, two features you won’t find in the Ford. As a hatchback, the Volt also has more cargo space than the Ford sedan. The Volt is a better car overall, but only if you don’t need the Fusion Energi’s extra passenger space.

Which Is Better: 2017 Ford Fusion Energi or 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid?

If you're willing to forego the Fusion Energi's EV range, consider purchasing the 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid. The Fusion Hybrid offers good fuel efficiency, a more enjoyable driving experience, and a larger trunk. Both sedans have a quality cabin and the same amount of passenger space, but the Fusion Energi comes with more standard features. Nonetheless, the Fusion Hybrid is a more well-rounded vehicle overall.

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2017 Fusion Energi Performance

How Does the 2017 Ford Fusion Energi Drive?

A 188-horsepower four-cylinder engine and an electric motor power 2017 Ford Fusion Energi. This Ford has a good amount of pep for city driving, but some drivers may wish for more power on the highway. However, transitions between gas and electric power are smooth, and you can also dictate how often you want the gas engine to kick in. The Fusion Energi comes with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) and front-wheel drive. The Fusion Energi is a good commuter vehicle thanks to its composed ride over uneven pavement.

Does the 2017 Fusion Energi Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2017 Fusion Energi has a 21-mile all-electric range and an EPA-estimated 97 MPGe combined city/highway. When it's in hybrid mode, it delivers a fuel economy rating of 42 mpg combined. The Fusion Energi is pretty fuel-efficient for a plug-in hybrid, but its electric-only range is low. For more information, check out What Is MPGe?

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2017 Fusion Energi Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Fusion Energi Seat?

The 2017 Ford Fusion Energi seats five in two rows of comfortable, supportive seats. The front seats have a good amount of space, but the sloped rear roofline may pose a problem for taller passengers. Leather seats, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and power-adjustable front seats are standard. Some models also come with ventilated front seats, premium leather upholstery, and a heated steering wheel.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Ford Fusion Energi?

The 2017 Fusion Energi has two sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats and an upper tether on the middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has not rated the Energi’s LATCH system for ease of use.

2017 Ford Fusion Energi Features

Standard features include the SYNC 3 infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, an 11-speaker audio system, SYNC Connect telematics system, two USB ports, and satellite radio. Some models have a 12-speaker audio system, HD Radio, and navigation.

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2017 Ford Fusion Energi Dimensions

Ford Fusion Energi Cargo Space

2017 Ford Fusion Energi has 8.2 cubic feet of trunk space, which is low for a midsize car and for a hybrid.

2017 Fusion Energi Length and Weight

The 2017 Fusion Energi is roughly 16 feet long. Its curb weight is about 3,990 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Ford Fusion Energi Built?

Ford built the 2017 Fusion Energi in Michigan and Mexico.

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