2019 Ford Fusion Energi

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#19 out of 19 in Midsize Cars

$36,595 MSRP
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2019 Ford Fusion Energi Performance Review

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Performance: 7.4

The 2019 Ford Fusion Energi is a solid everyday car. It struggles to accelerate to passing speeds on the highway, but its acceleration from a standstill is good among plug-in hybrids. The Energi favors comfort over performance. While the car tends to lean around corners, you’ll cruise smoothly over dips and bumps in the pavement.

  • "The Ford Fusion Energi steers, brakes and handles with the same poise and confidence of the standard Fusion. Except, of course, for the 20-ish all-electric miles it offers. Forced EV-only mode is painfully slow; use the Auto Hybrid/EV mode instead." -- Edmunds (2018)
  • "Driven sensibly, the Energi is pleasant, and the silent electric-mode operation and smooth ride are totally in character with the Platinum version's luxury pretensions." -- Car and Driver (2017)

Acceleration and Power

The 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 (CVT) is standard. With a standard 110-volt outlet, you can fully charge the Energi’s battery in about seven hours. That time shrinks to around 2.5 hours with a Level 2 charger.

The Energi is a fine city driver. Its CVT operates seamlessly, and the electric motor gives it enough power to comfortably cruise around town and accelerate quickly from a stop. However, the Energi struggles when getting up to highway and passing speeds. Transitions from electric to gas are generally smooth.

The EPA has not yet released estimates for the 2019 Fusion Energi’s fuel economy, but the similar 2018 Fusion Energi gets an estimated 97 MPGe in electric-only mode. It gets 42 mpg combined city/highway with the gas engine running, which is an average figure among midsize hybrids. With its updated battery, the Energi now has an all-electric driving range of 25 miles. Though improved, that range is still less than that of many plug-in hybrids.

  • "Like all CVT automatic-equipped cars, the Fusion Energi seamlessly adjusts gearing — there is zero shift shock. It feels pretty natural when pulling away from stops, with no pronounced rubber-band sensation. The engine ignites with a light grumble but no shove." -- Edmunds
  • "As for the 2019 Ford Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Hybrid Energi, they drive like typical midsize sedans but with an automatic CVT … that smooths the flow of power from the gas engine and electric motor." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Around town, electric operation is pretty punchy and swift thanks to the characteristics of electric motors, which provide maximum torque right off the line. That smooth, rapid acceleration peters out, however, once you get above roughly 40 mph, making highway on-ramps an exercise in patiently planning your actions well in advance. The Energi is an extremely quiet car even with the gasoline engine in operation, making for a serene cruising experience at just about any speed." -- Cars.com (2017)

Handling and Braking

The front-wheel-drive Fusion Energi soaks up road imperfections with ease, delivering a cushioned, quiet ride. However, it is not particularly sporty. It leans heavily around corners, and its steering is light.

  • "The Fusion's steering is weighted just slightly on the light side, and it offers minor indication of the grip available at the front tires. It has good precision for this type of car. Though the steering lacks feel, there's a reasonably good sense of the straight-ahead around center." -- Edmunds
  • "Steering feel is reasonably good, but handling is not the Fusion Energi's strongest attribute. … It leans through corners with considerably more body roll than its siblings, and its tires are better suited for fuel economy than spirited grip." -- Cars.com (2017)
  • "The low-rolling-resistance tires prioritize fuel economy over grip, so sharp maneuvers prompt a fair bit of squeal followed by urgent intervention from the stability-control system. Driven more calmly, both the steering and the brakes offer wonderfully natural feel." -- Car and Driver (2017)
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