2017 Ford Fusion Energi Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Ford Fusion Energi was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.4

The 2017 Ford Fusion Energi has an upscale and polished interior design, according to test drivers. Materials throughout are high quality, especially in the all-new Platinum trim, which has rich leather. The dash is elegant and uncluttered, since most controls are integrated into the touch-screen infotainment system.

It's easy to find a good driving position thanks to the standard power-adjustable driver's seat. The rear seats can accommodate most adults, but the sloped roof limits headroom a bit. The new SYNC 3 infotainment system is easy to use. Cargo room is low not only compared to midsize cars, but also to other plug-in hybrids.

  • "Inside, the dashboard is marked by flowing lines, contoured shapes and plenty of soft-touch surfaces." -- Left Lane News
  • "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 … touchscreen system." -- Edmunds (2016)
  • "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 five-seat 2017 Fusion Energi comes standard with leather upholstery, a 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat, a six-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, and heated front seats. A heated steering wheel, ventilated front seats, and a 10-way power-adjustable front passenger seat are optional.

The driver will have no trouble getting into a comfortable driving position thanks to the standard 10-way power-adjustable seat. The back seats offer enough headroom for most average-sized adults, but the roof does slope toward the rear, so tall occupants may find headroom lacking. The rear seat is wide, too, so you can fit three kids comfortably. You can install two car seats in the rear outboard seats using two full sets of LATCH anchors. There's also an additional upper tether in the center seat.

If you're concerned about space in the rear, the Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid may be worth a look. It has an incredibly roomy cabin, with a rear seat that rivals the spaciousness of large cars.

The view of the road ahead and out to the sides of the Fusion Energi is excellent, however the sloped roof limits visibility to the rear. The Fusion Energi comes with a standard rearview camera, which should help when backing up.

  • It doesn't feel particularly airy, but it's roomy enough for four adults, and three kids can fit in back without ‘He's on my side!’ arguments." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)
  • "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 (2016)
  • "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)

Interior Features

The Fusion Energi comes standard with dual-zone automatic climate control, an 11-speaker audio system, satellite radio, the SYNC 3 infotainment system, an 8-inch touch screen, push-button start, proximity key, remote start, MyKey, rear parking sensors, and a rearview camera.

Optional features include navigation, a 12-speaker Sony audio system, HD Radio, a power moonroof, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, active lane keep assist, active park assist, and the SYNC Connect telematics system.

For the 2017 model year, Ford replaces the Fusion Energi's old, clunky MyFord Touch infotainment system with an all-new SYNC 3 infotainment system. Whereas MyFord Touch was slow to respond and had cumbersome menus, SYNC 3 has speedy responses and is easy to use. It'll feel familiar to smartphone owners since you can control it with gestures like pinches and swipes. Speaking of smartphones, SYNC 3 includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, so you can use some of your favorite apps directly on the infotainment screen.

Some trims come with the SYNC Connect telematics system, which lets you start, lock and unlock, or find your car using a smartphone app. Parents of young drivers will appreciate the standard MyKey, which lets you set speed and volume limits for individual drivers.

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  • "Ford is pushing its Sync 3 infotainment system as significantly improved and more phone-like than before." -- Autoblog
  • "We recommend upgrading to Sync 3 if possible, as its slick 8-inch touchscreen is more intuitive and gives the center console a more modern look. If you were wary about buying a Fusion with the outgoing MyFord Touch system, rest assured that Sync 3 is much improved. A horizontal row of large virtual buttons allows the user to move among various screens with ease, and the optional navigation system incorporates pinch-to-zoom and swiping motions." -- Edmunds
  • "There are no less than 20 available safety features that have been engineered to be impressively functional, not merely affordable, the Sync3 infotainment system has a graphic layout on the center screen that matches with the standardized look we're finally seeing from consumer electronics, and Siri has taught us all about the possibilities of voice activation." -- Automobile Magazine

Cargo

Hybrids and plug-in hybrids need large battery packs, and car manufacturers often have to make space for them in existing models. In most cases, they fit them into the trunk, so models with hybrid powertrains have less cargo space than their gas-only siblings. The gasoline-powered Fusion has 16 cubic feet of trunk room, and the Fusion Hybrid has 12 cubic feet. The Fusion Energi loses almost 4 more cubes, leaving it with only 8.2 cubic feet. Not only is that small for a midsize sedan, but it's less than what many plug-in hybrid competitors offer as well. The Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid and the Chevy Volt, which is a hatchback, both have closer to 10 cubic feet of cargo space.

  • "Hope you really like the Fusion Energi's styling, because that 8.2 cubic feet falls below the 2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In's 9.9, the 2016 Volt's 10.6, and the 2015 Prius Plug-In's 21.6." -- Motor Trend
  • "… the battery pack on hybrid and especially plug-in hybrid models compromises luggage space." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)
  • "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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