2018 Ford Fusion Energi

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MSRP: $33,400 - 41,400

2018 Ford Fusion Energi Review

With its low electric range, small trunk area, and lethargic highway acceleration, the 2018 Ford Fusion Energi sits near the bottom of our midsize car rankings. On the plus side, it does have a user-friendly infotainment system and ample passenger space. 

7.9

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.9
Performance: 7.5
Interior: 7.6
Safety: N/A
Reliability:
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Pros & Cons

  • User-friendly infotainment system
  • High-quality interior
  • Sluggish highway acceleration
  • Cramped trunk
  • Less electric-only range than other hybrids

Is the Ford Fusion Energi a Good Car?

The Ford Fusion Energi isn't a bad midsize car; it delivers a comfortable ride and good acceleration in the city. Still, there are plenty of other plug-in hybrids worth considering – most of which have a better electric driving range.

Should I Buy the Ford Fusion Energi?

The Fusion Energi has some admirable qualities, such as a high-quality cabin, a generous standard features list, and an easy-to-use infotainment system, but it offers a limited electric range. If you're willing to look past the below-average driving range to get amenities that make for a great family sedan, you should consider the Fusion Energi. If you're constantly taking long trips, you should look elsewhere. Some rivals have lengthier electric-only ranges and additional cargo space.

Should I Buy a New or Used Ford Fusion Energi?

The Fusion Energi's current generation began with the 2013 model year. Ford did not make any notable changes to the Fusion Energi for 2018, so you may want to consider the virtually identical 2017 model for a chance to save thousands of dollars. The 2017 Fusion Energi saw some major upgrades that make it a better choice than previous models. Chief among these additions are the SYNC 3 infotainment system (which replaced the unpopular MyFord Touch setup), a new Platinum trim level, and refreshed interior and exterior styling. The SYNC 3 system has quick response times, simple gesture controls, and smartphone integration via Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

To research some other models in this generation, check out our reviews of the 2015, 2016, and 2017 Ford Fusion Energi. If you decide an older model is right for you, visit our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts on used vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 28 Reviews Analyzed

We researched and analyzed 28 professional reviews and combined that analysis with information like performance specs, available safety features, gas mileage estimates, and much more to create our comprehensive 2018 Ford Fusion Energi review. This 2018 Ford Fusion Energi review incorporates applicable research for all model years in this generation, which spans the 2013 through 2018 model years.

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How Much Does the Ford Fusion Energi Cost?

The 2018 Ford Fusion Energi has a base sales price of $33,400, and the top-of-the-line Platinum trim goes for $41,400. There is one package available with the Fusion Energi: the Driver Assist package ($1,320). It includes features like blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and lane keep assist. Other add-ons are available as well, such as adaptive cruise control and pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection ($1,190). 

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Ford Fusion Energi Versus the Competition

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

The Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid gets slightly better mileage of 99 mpg-equivalent combined city/highway (97 mpg-e combined in the Fusion Energi) and has a higher all-electric driving range of 28 miles (compared to the Ford’s 21-mile range). However, the differences end there. Both cars have comfortable rides but bland driving dynamics. Similarly, city acceleration is more than adequate in both models, but they struggle to get up to highway speeds. No matter which vehicle you choose, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone connectivity features are standard.

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

The nonhybrid Ford Fusion offers agile handling, unlike the heavier plug-in Fusion Energi. If you're looking for a good mix of green driving and fun handling, the Ford Fusion Hybrid might be the right car for you. This hybrid not only has an excellent fuel economy rating of 43 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the highway, but also sporty driving dynamics. Its steering is responsive, and it maintains composure in corners. The Fusion Energi comes with more standard features, but the majority of these features are available as add-ons in the Fusion Hybrid. If you can do without the Energi’s electric-only range, choose the Fusion Hybrid for its good balance of fuel efficiency and performance.

Which Is Better: Ford Fusion Energi or Chevrolet Volt?

The Chevrolet Volt is a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle that exceeds the Fusion Energi's fuel economy estimates and electric-only range, with 106 mpg-equivalent combined city/highway and an all-electric driving range of 53 miles. Comparatively, the Fusion Energi gets 97 mpg-e combined, and it can go 21 miles on a full charge. In addition, the Volt has quick acceleration, and is more fun to drive than the Fusion Energi.

The Volt's cabin has an attractive design, but there are quite a few hard plastics. Both cars have similar standard features, like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, but the Volt also comes with a Wi-Fi hot spot. Because of its hatchback body style, the Volt has more cargo space than the Fusion Energi (10.6 cubic feet versus 8.2 cubic feet). You can also fold its rear seats to expand its capacity further. If you can handle some plastics in your cabin, choose the Volt for its better mileage and performance.

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Fusion Energi Interior

How Many People Does the Fusion Energi Seat?

There is seating for five in the 2018 Ford Fusion Energi. Leather upholstery, heated front seats, and a 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat are standard. A heated steering wheel is available.

There is good head- and legroom in the front seats, though the sloping roofline cuts into headroom for tall passengers in the back. The Fusion Energi's seats are comfortable and supportive, though some may find them a bit narrow. The adjustable driver's seat and tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel make it easy to find an ideal driving position.

Fusion Energi and Car Seats

There are two sets of lower anchors in the rear outboard seats and three top tethers for installing child safety seats.

Fusion Energi Interior Quality

The Fusion Energi is built with high-quality materials throughout its cabin. It has a sleek and organized dashboard. The pricey top-of-the-line trim adds luxurious trimmings – including additional leather – throughout the cabin.

Fusion Energi Cargo Space

The placement of the Fusion's battery intrudes on cargo space, leaving 8.2 cubic feet of trunk space, which is small for both the midsize sedan class and among hybrids and plug-in hybrids. For more space, the Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid has 9.9 cubic feet, and the Chevy Volt, which is a hatchback, has 10.6 cubic feet, and its rear seats can be folded down to expand the space even further.

Fusion Energi Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The 2018 Ford Fusion Energi comes with a fair share of technology. Standard features include an 11-speaker sound system, push-button start, remote start, and the SYNC 3 infotainment system, which includes an 8-inch touch screen, two USB ports, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay for smartphone integration. It also comes with AppLink, which lets you use voice commands to access apps on your phone. Available features include voice activated navigation and a moonroof.

The SYNC 3 system is user friendly, and the touch screen is responsive. It is easy to integrate your smartphone into the system, and it responds well to voice commands. Physical buttons lay underneath the touch screen to control some audio and climate functions.

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto? Then, see the Best Cars With Apple CarPlay and Best Cars With Android Auto.

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Ford Fusion Energi Performance

Fusion Energi Engine: Highway Struggles

The 2018 Ford Fusion Energi comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor that make a combined 188 horsepower. A continuously variable automatic transmission is standard.

The Fusion Energi can pull away from a stop with ease, thanks to the boost it gets from the electric motor. On the highway, however, the Fusion Energi struggles a bit when accelerating to highway and passing speeds. Fortunately, the transition from electric to gas is mostly unnoticeable.

Fusion Energi Gas Mileage: Good, but Not the Best

The 2018 Fusion Energi gets an estimated 42 mpg combined city/highway in hybrid mode. The Chevrolet Volt also gets 42 mpg combined, while the Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid gets 39 mpg combined.

The Fusion Energi has an all-electric driving range of 21 miles. This is a bit less than the Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid, which has an all-electric driving range of 28 miles. The Chevrolet Volt, however, beats them both with an all-electric driving range of 53 miles.

The Fusion Energi comes standard with a 120-volt charging cord, which allows you to fully charge your car in about seven hours.

Fusion Energi Ride and Handling: Comfortable, Not Exciting

You won't be carving corners in the Fusion Energi, but you will enjoy a cushioned drive over bumps and dips in the road. The Fusion Energi's tires are made for fuel efficiency, not road grip. Additionally, the Fusion Energi's steering is light, offering little feedback. Front-wheel drive is standard. The Chevy Volt, on the other hand, feels composed through corners.

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Ford Fusion Energi Reliability

Is the Ford Fusion Energi reliable?

The 2018 Fusion Energi has an above-average predicted reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

Ford Fusion Energi Warranty

The 2018 Ford Fusion Energi is covered by a three-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. Hybrid powertrain components are covered for eight years or 100,000 miles. The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid have some of the best warranties in the class: a five-year/60,000-mile limited warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. Hyundai covers its hybrid battery with a lifetime warranty.

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Fusion Energi Safety

Fusion Energi Crash Test Results

The 2018 Ford Fusion Energi earns the highest rating of Good in all Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests, and it was named a 2017 Top Safety Pick. It has five out of five stars for overall safety from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, with five stars in the side crash test and four stars in the frontal and rollover evaluations.

Fusion Energi Safety Features

Standard safety features in the Fusion Energi include a rearview camera, rear park assist, and MyKey, which lets you set volume and speed limits for secondary drivers. Available safety features include adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection, blind spot monitoring, and parallel and perpendicular park assist.

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Which Ford Fusion Energi Model Is Right for Me?

The 2018 Ford Fusion Energi has a starting price of $33,400 and comes in three trim levels: SE, Titanium, and Platinum. All models come with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, an electric motor, and a continuously variable automatic transmission. 

Go for the Titanium trim with the Driver Assist package ($1,320). You'll get the base trim's tech and comfort features such as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, as well as the upgraded seating and sound system that the Titanium trim adds. You'll get some of the safety features that are included in the top-of-the-line Platinum trim – such as lane keep assist and rear cross traffic alert – by adding the Driver Assist package.

Ford Fusion Energi SE

The base Fusion Energi SE ($33,400) comes standard with an 11-speaker sound system, satellite radio, push-button start, remote start, rear park assist, heated front seats, leather-trimmed seats, a power-adjustable driver's seat, a rearview camera, and the SYNC 3 system, which includes an 8-inch touch screen, two USB ports, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration.

The Driver Assist package ($1,320) is available for this trim. It adds features like rain-sensing wipers, rear cross traffic alert, lane keep assist, a heated steering wheel, and blind spot monitoring.

Ford Fusion Energi Titanium

The Titanium model ($32,400) comes with base trim features and adds sport front seats with leather upholstery, a 12-speaker sound system, and HD Radio.

The Driver Assist package ($1,320) is also available for this trim.

Ford Fusion Energi Platinum

The top-of-the-line Platinum trim ($41,400) comes with lower trim features and adds premium leather seats, a leather wrapped instrument panel and armrests, ventilated front seats, voice activated navigation with predictive traffic and weather, two 4.2-inch driver-information displays, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane keep assist, rain-sensing wipers, adaptive cruise control, parallel and perpendicular park assist, pre-collision assist with pedestrian protection, a moonroof, and a heated steering wheel.

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The Final Call

The 2018 Ford Fusion Energi offers a luxurious cabin, an easy-to-use infotainment system, and a comfortable ride. However, it has a cramped trunk, sluggish highway acceleration, and its rivals offer longer electric-only driving ranges. It's a decent car but others, like the Chevy Volt, are better.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • As much as we like the Fusion, though, it's difficult to wholeheartedly recommend the Energi. It commands a hefty price premium over a comparable Hybrid, one that might take a considerable amount of time to recoup based on driving habits and electricity costs. The beefier battery pack takes a significant chunk out of usable trunk space, making it difficult to fit large pieces of luggage. The Energi's 21-mile range is also less than what you get from other plug-in sedans and downright paltry compared to the Chevrolet Volt's 53 miles. Overall, we think the 2018 Ford Fusion Energi is worth a look, but make sure to consider your options first." -- Edmunds
  • The Fusion Energi will be most pleasing to drivers who prefer to use it as an efficient commuter, not a back-road canyon carver." -- Cars.com (2017)
  • The hybrid and plug-in hybrid segments are about to become more crowded, with new entries from Hyundai, Honda, and Kia on the way. The Fusion hybrids aren't the most efficient or cargo-friendly in their classes, but they drive well and boast attractive looks in a sedan body style. At the right price, they might just make sense." -- Motor Trend (2017)
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