Rankings & Research

The 2018 Ford Fusion Energi ranking is based on its score within the 2018 Affordable Midsize Cars category. Currently the Ford Fusion Energi has a score of 7.9 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 30 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

7.9

Overall

Scorecard

Overall: 7.9
Critics' Rating: 7.9
Performance: 7.5
Interior: 7.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.2
Safety:
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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Reliability:
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2018 Ford Fusion Energi Review

The 2018 Ford Fusion Energi places in the bottom third of our midsize car rankings. While this plug-in hybrid features a generous amount of passenger space and appealing tech options, its rivals offer more refined performance and more cargo space.

Pros & Cons

  • Roomy interior
  • User-friendly infotainment system
  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Sluggish highway acceleration
  • Small trunk

Is the 2018 Ford Fusion Energi a Good Used Car?

The Fusion Energi is a decent midsize car that treats its occupants well, but there are some key shortcomings to consider before you decide if this is the one for you.

You'll notice many of the 2018 Fusion Energi's main strengths from the inside:

  • Front and rear seats are spacious and comfortable
  • Upgraded SYNC 3 infotainment system has straightforward menus and lots of appealing features
  • Estimates for fuel and maintenance are among the lowest in the class

Its notable weaknesses are linked with performance:

  • Plug-in hybrid powertrain can be noisy when gas engine kicks on
  • Not as fuel-efficient as similar plug-in hybrids
  • Small trunk

You may also want to check out the 2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid and the gas-only 2018 Ford Fusion, which we review separately.

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How Much Is the 2018 Ford Fusion Energi?

We currently do not have pricing information for the 2018 Fusion Energi. However, you can view listings of the 2018 Fusion Energi for sale on our site.

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How Much Does the 2018 Ford Fusion Energi Cost to Own?

The 2018 Fusion Energi’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $17,900, or $3,580 per year. That’s below-average for a midsize car.

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

For 2019, the new Fusion Energi comes standard with a comprehensive set of advanced driver assistance features. This suite ensures that safety essentials – such as a pre-collision system with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection – are now included with all trim levels.

That said, these same systems are available on all 2018 Fusion Energi models, and they are standard in the 2018 Fusion Energi Platinum. Savvy shoppers may still be able to get these advanced safety features – and spend less money – by seeking out a properly equipped 2018 model. 

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The 2018 Fusion Energi belongs to a generation that was launched for 2013. We recommend used car shoppers start with the 2017 model. Its notable enhancements include the standard SYNC and available SYNC 3 infotainment systems, which replaced the frustrating MyTouch system found in earlier models. Additionally, the luxurious Platinum trim joined the lineup for 2017, and safety systems such as forward collision warning and adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality became available.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 Ford Fusion Energi?

The 2018 Ford Fusion Energi has a slightly above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2018 Ford Fusion Energi Recalls

At the time of writing, there are no recalls for the 2018 Ford Fusion Energi.

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Which Used Ford Fusion Energi Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2018 Ford Fusion Energi comes in three trims: SE, Titanium, and Platinum. The core differences between these are their standard amenities and optional features, as all come with the same 188-horsepower plug-in-hybrid powertrain.

For the best set of features for a price that's likely to be lower than that of the range-topping Platinum, we recommend the Titanium trim with the Driver Assist package.

  • Ford Fusion Energi SE: The base SE comes standard with an 11-speaker sound system, satellite radio, push-button start, remote start, heated front seats, leather upholstery, and a power-adjustable driver's seat. The standard SYNC 3 system features an 8-inch touch screen, two USB ports, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. The optional Driver Assist package adds a heated steering wheel, rain-sensing windshield wipers, rear cross traffic alert, lane keep assist, and blind spot monitoring.
  • Ford Fusion Energi Titanium: The Titanium model comes with the base trim's features plus leather-trimmed sport seats up front, as well as a 12-speaker sound system and HD Radio. The Driver Assist package is also available for this trim
  • Ford Fusion Energi Platinum: The top-of-the-line Platinum trim gets premium leather upholstery, 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, a moonroof, a heated steering wheel, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane keep assist, rain-sensing windshield wipers, adaptive cruise control, active parallel and perpendicular park assist, and pre-collision assist with pedestrian protection.

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What Does Ford’s Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Ford offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles five years old or less, and with fewer than 80,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale’s date. 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 Ford 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.

This level of coverage is about average compared to what other luxury brands offer, according to our analysis. You may be able to get a higher level of CPO coverage through a brand such as Kia or Chevrolet.

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How Safe Is the Fusion Energi?

Limited crash test information is available on the 2018 Fusion Energi. It has no safety ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration only conducted the rollover test, in which it earned four out of five stars.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • rearview camera
  • Ford's MyKey (lets you do things like set speed and audio volume limits for secondary drivers)

Available advanced safety features:

  • automatic high-beam headlights
  • blind spot monitoring
  • rear cross traffic alert
  • lane keep assist
  • rear parking sensors
  • adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality
  • active parallel parking
  • pre-collision system with pedestrian detection
  • forward collision warning
  • automatic emergency braking
  • rain-sensing windshield wipers

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2018 Ford Fusion Energi Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2018 Ford Fusion Energi or 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid?

The 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid is an excellent midsize car to consider. Drivers that want great fuel efficiency without succumbing to a dull driving experience will enjoy the redesigned Camry Hybrid. The Toyota also comes standard with a rich set of advanced safety features, most of which are only available on upper level Fusion Energi trims. The Camry Hybrid is not a plug-in hybrid like the Fusion Energi, though, so there's no appreciable electric-only range. If you can do without the Ford's cushier seats and roomier cabin, the Camry Hybrid is the better pick overall.  

Which Is Better: 2018 Ford Fusion Energi or 2018 Ford Focus?

The 2018 Ford Focus is a compact car, so it's smaller than the Fusion Energi. The Focus comes in many forms, including an economical sedan, a fiery hatchback, and an all-electric vehicle. Its lists of standard and available features are nearly identical to the Fusion Energi's. In a side-by-side comparison with the Fusion Energi, the Focus will likely cost less when you buy it, though the Fusion Energi's saves you a significant amount of money for fuel and maintenance. Households that want well-cushioned seats and a spacious back seat should opt for the larger Fusion Energi.

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2018 Fusion Energi Performance

How Does the 2018 Ford Fusion Energi Drive?

The Fusion Energi is a plug-in hybrid. That means it generally drives and handles like a traditional car, but by plugging it in, you can extract up to 21 zero-emission miles when it's being powered by its electric motor. It has lively acceleration until you reach highway speeds, but once at speed, you may find it lacking for power. Additionally, its gasoline engine is noisy at times.

This Ford does better in the handling department, where the Fusion Energi receives nods of approval for its balanced suspension system and good maneuverability.

Ford builds two additional versions of this sedan as well. For more information, see our separate reviews of the Ford Fusion and Ford Fusion Hybrid.

  • Base powertrain: 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and electric motor that produce a combined 188 horsepower
  • Drivetrain: front-wheel drive
  • Transmission: continuously variable automatic (CVT)
Does the 2018 Ford Fusion Energi Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Fusion Energi gets great fuel economy for a midsize car, and can save the average driver around $800 a year in comparison to the nonhybrid Fusion.

  • 97 MPGe and 42 mpg combined city/highway
2018 Ford Fusion Energi Alternative Fuels and Charging

The Fusion Energi comes with a 7.6-kWh lithium-ion battery that gives it an all-electric range of 21 miles

The charging time depends on the method used:

  • 220-volt charging station: 2 hours and 30 minutes
  • Household outlet: 7 hours

 

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2018 Fusion Energi Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 Fusion Energi Seat?

The 2018 Fusion Energi seats five people. Its expansive cabin grants lots of room for travelers in both rows, with well-padded seats that enhance everyone's comfort.

Standard seating features:

  • leather upholstery
  • heated front seats
  • 10-way power-adjustable front seats
  • a leather-wrapped steering wheel

Available seating features:

  • ventilated front seats
  • heated steering wheel
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2018 Ford Fusion Energi?

The 2018 Fusion Energi has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats and an upper tether on the rear middle seat. Lower anchors from the outboard seats can be borrowed by the middle seat.

2018 Ford Fusion Energi Features                                                                                 

This Ford comes standard with the upgraded SYNC 3 interface. It has a large touch-screen display with straightforward menus. You can quickly and easily connect your smartphone with the SYNC 3 interface using its standard Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, or AppLink connectivity features.

  • Standard infotainment features: the SYNC 3 infotainment system, an 11-speaker premium audio system, an 8-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, satellite radio, and two USB ports
  • Available infotainment features: a 12-speaker sound system, HD Radio, and voice-activated navigation
  • Additional standard features: push-button start, proximity keyless access, remote start, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a 110-volt household-style power outlet
  • Other available features: a moonroof

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2018 Ford Fusion Energi Dimensions

Ford Fusion Energi Cargo Space

The Fusion Energi has an 8.2-cubic-foot trunk, which is one of the smallest among midsize cars. The trunk space is also oddly shaped, though it does come with a 60/40 split-folding rear seat.

These cargo dimensions are for comparative purposes. There is no substitute for visually examining the storage area in any car you’re considering.

2018 Ford Fusion Energi Length and Weight
  • Length: 16 feet
  • Curb weight: around 4,000 pounds

Where Was the 2018 Ford Fusion Energi Built?

Ford built the Fusion Energi in Mexico.

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