2019 Ford Fusion Energi Sedan

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2019 MODEL
$36,595

7.3

Overall Rating

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2019 Ford Fusion Energi Sedan Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Anuron Deka Content Writer Updated on: November 9, 2019


Many manufacturers are shifting focus onto the electric mode of transportation and gradually phasing out of gasoline. With the advent of Plug-ins, hybrids today have an extended range than the old-school hybrid variants. A point worth noting is that the market and industry for these cars are still on the rise. However, it is yet to reflect on the sales charts.

The Ford Fusion Energi comes with a spacious interior alongside an impressive list of safety, tech and convenience features. But there are some aspects that the rivals have done better than the Fusion - and that starts off with the aging design. As the manufacturer is slowly phasing out in favor of producing larger body sized vehicles, this may very well be the last Fusion we see.

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Pros

Plush cabin

Good acoustic insulation

Impressive and user-friendly SYNC 3 Infotainment System

Comfortable seating arrangements

Cons

Cramped cargo capacity as compared to some of its rivals

Sluggish and medicore engine performance

Limited battery range

What's New?

The SE Luxury and Platinum trims have been discontinued for 2019

Some feature revision plus an increase in electric range. Aside from these, the Fusion Hybrid goes unchanged into 2019.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$36595

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

122 cu.in.

horsepower

141 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

129 lbs.-ft @ 4000 rpm

transmission

continuously variable-speed automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

62.3/62

dimensions

wheelbase

112.2 in.

length

191.8 in.

width

72.9 in.

height

58 in.

curb weight

3986 lbs.

ground clearance

7.8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

37.5 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

9.6 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

TBD/42/TBD mpg

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr. / 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

60 months. / 60000

corrosion warranty

5 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

5 yr. / 60000 mi.


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Styles

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Ratings

Features

7.5

Engine And Performance

7.4

Interior

7.5

7.3

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Ford Fusion Energi Sedan Titanium

Titanium

power
141 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Electric
mpg
42 combined

$36,595


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Titanium 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) Starting at $36,595 MSRP (42/) 141 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2 L, I-4, electric
continuously variable-speed automatic front wheel drive 5   Magnetic Metallic
  Ingot Silver Metallic
  Blue Metallic
  Oxford White

Expert Review

7.3

Overall Rating


The 2019 Ford Fusion Energi is mostly unchanged from the previous iteration, barring a few tweaks. It is powered by the 2.0L inline-4 supported by an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack. Kitted with a host of impressive safety tech and standard convenient features, the plug-in sedan sees a competition with the likes of Chevrolet Volt, Toyota Camry Hybrid, and its own Hybrid sibling the Ford Fusion Hybrid. Can the least likely Fusion triumph? Let's find out.

2019 Ford Fusion Energi Angular Front View
2019 Ford Fusion Energi Angular Front View
2019 Ford Fusion Energi Angular Rear View
2019 Ford Fusion Energi Angular Rear View

7.5/10
Features

 

7.4/10
Engine and Performance

 
 

7.5/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2019 Ford Fusion Energi Sedan Features

7.5/10

The Ford Fusion Energi is offered in one single configuration and comes standard with a standard 2.0L inline-4 engine mated to an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack. Unlike the previous iteration, Ford does not offer any optional packages except for a Sunroof.

The Titanium offers an abundant list of safety tech and convenient features and comes standard with an FWD option. Included standard on trims is the SYNC 3 Infotainment system and Ford’s Co-pilot360 Protection Package that adds a host of safety packages.
 

Trim Titanium
MSRP $37,490
Key Features Fold-down split rear seat-back (60/40)
  Dual-zone electronic automatic temperature control (DEATC)
  4.2" driver configurable LCD display in instrument cluster
  Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  Reverse Sensing System
  Chrome Mesh Grille

We Recommend

Except for a sunroof, the Energi doesn’t offer any optional package nor does it come with further trims. It is completely kitted with the highest features of the top trim. Thus, we recommend you get this PHEV in Ruby Red Metal Tinted clearcoat as it accentuates the overall design of the exterior shell.

2019 Ford Fusion Energi Sedan Engine and Performance

7.4/10
“The Fusion Energi is quick enough, and smooth, but any semblance of fun evaporates from there. The frustratingly clunky brake modulation and milquetoast grip will frustrate drivers. Its steering and handling have no bad manners per se, but nor do they stand out in the class.” -edmunds

Engine and Transmission

The sedan comes packed with a 2.0L inline-4 cylinders HYBRID engine paired to an electric motor and lithium-ion battery pack to combine 188 horses and 129-pound feet of torque. Albeit being quick and smooth, the powertrain feels uninspiring and dull. There is nothing spirited about driving the sedan while jabbing the throttle translates to sluggish engine response but feels calm and composed. Cruising around the city is where the Energi will thank you for, but on the highway, you’d not want to expect any kind of power deliverance.

Amongst the competition, the Honda Accord displays better performance and the highest amongst the competition. The Fusion Hybrid shares the same powertrain as the Energi PHEV sedan but the plug-in model sees an extra battery apparatus while the Chevrolet Volt displays weak engine output but a very strong torque.

Models

Ford Fusion Energi Titanium

Ford Fusion Hybrid Titanium

Honda Accord

Honda Insight LX

Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid

Toyota Camry LE Hybrid

Toyota Avalon XLE Hybrid

Chevrolet Volt LT

MSRP

$37,490

$34,485

$25,320

$22,830

$28,945

$29,070

$34,395

$37,420

Engine

2.0L i4

2.0L i4

1.5L Inline-4

1.5L i4

1.8L i4

2.5L i4

2.5L i4

1.5L i4

Transmission

Continuously variable automatic

Continuously variable automatic

Continuously Variable Automatic

Continuously variable automatic

1-speed direct drive

Continuously variable automatic

Continuously variable automatic

1-speed direct drive

Horsepower

188 hp@ 6000 rpm

188 hp@ 6000 rpm

212 hp 6200 rpm

151 hp@ 6000 rpm

160 hp@ 5700 rpm

208 hp@ 5700 rpm

215 hp@ 5700 rpm

149 hp

Torque

129 ft-lbs@ 4000rpm

129 ft-lbs@ 4000rpm

232 lb-ft

99 ft-lbs@ 5000 rpm

184 ft-lbs@ 2500 rpm

163 ft-lbs@ 3600 rpm

163 ft-lbs@ 3600 rpm

294 ft-lbs@ 0 rpm

Acceleration

It’s typical of a hybrid sedan to take their own pace in completing a drag test – thanks to their sluggish performance. But the Fusion Energi takes a decent 8.5s from naught to 60 mph and 16.1 in the quarter to a mile strip, a noticeably slow time when compared to its Hybrid sibling. Its competitors take almost similar time, however the Accord demolishes the stereotype of a hybrid sedan’s acceleration pace while also doing the same in the field. The Volt has a laudable pace of finishing in 7.5s.

Models

Ford Fusion Energi Titanium

Ford Fusion HybridTitanium

Honda Accord

Honda Insight LX

Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid

Toyota Camry LE Hybrid

Toyota Avalon XLE Hybrid

Chevrolet Volt LT

0-60 MPH

8.5

8.3

6.7

8 sec

8.5 sec

N/A

N/A

7.5

Quarter mile

16.3

16.1

15.4

16 sec

15.8

N/A

N/A

N/A

Engine

2.0L i4

2.0L i4

1.5L i4

1.5L i4

1.8L i4

2.5L i4

2.5L i4

1.5L i4

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

N/A

N/A

3.4

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Ride and Handling

The Fusion Energi has an OK handling and ride quality. It doesn’t feel sporty or athletic, but just about enough comfort, poise and nimbleness. Unlike the gasoline variant, the Hybrid Fusion doesn’t feel as enthusiastic on the tarmac.

Speaking of the steering, however, the feedback is mediocre and almost lifeless, giving you a feeling of being distant from the tarmac alongside feeling heavy. But the ride quality redeems the sedan. Its suspension easily absorbs bumps and handling the sedan when cornering is effortless but leans heavily with noticeable body roll. However once you do sit inside, you’d forgive the dull powertrain and ride quality.

Braking

Simply lackluster is what we could tell you about the braking in this sedan. The regenerative braking and the mechanical stoppage is far from good. It sometimes borderlines frustration when using the pedals for there is little modulation and smoothness. Taking 129 feet to stop, this is not the best result for a PHEV sedan. Its rivals do much better in this segment, including its sibling the Fusion Hybrid.

Model

Ford Fusion Energi Titanium

Ford Fusion Hybrid Titanium

Honda Accord

Honda Insight LX

Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid

Toyota Camry LE Hybrid

Toyota Avalon XLE Hybrid

Chevrolet Volt LT

Brake Front (in.)

11.8

11.8

11.5

11.1

11.8

12

N/A

11

Brake Rear (in.)

11.9

11.9

11.1

10.2

11.3

11.1

N/A

10

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3986

3668

3342

3000

3366

3472

3638

3519

60-0 MPH (ft.)

129

123

120

121

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

2019 Ford Fusion Energi Sedan Fuel Economy

Hybrid sedans have the advantage of slowly burning a hole in your pocket, rather than those fast-paced gasoline cars. With 26 mile range on pure battery, the Energi is quite a disappointment. The Fusions have a frugal powertrain and its thrifty fuel efficiency clearly showcases that but it comes across as subpar when compared to its rivals. Take a look at the Camry Hybrid and the Japanese sedan thrashes the field alongside the Honda Insight.

Model

Ford Fusion Energi Titanium

Ford Fusion Hybrid Titanium

Honda Accord

Honda Insight LX

Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid

Toyota Camry LE Hybrid

Toyota Avalon XLE Hybrid

Chevrolet Volt LT

MPG (city)

43 (109 MPGe)

43

48

55

49

51

43

42

MPG (highway)

41 (98 MPGe)

41

48

49

43

53

44

42

MPG (combined)

42 (103 MPGe)

42

48

52

46

52

44

42

2019 Ford Fusion Energi Sedan Interior

7.5/10
“Almost everyone should find the Fusion's interior pleasant and accommodating. It's easy to get in and out of, the driving position is nicely adjustable, and the cabin offers a good amount of space. Tall passengers might take issue with the sloping rear roofline when getting into the back seat.” -edmunds

Seating and Comfort

Inside the Ford Fusion, the interior is designed to seat 5 passengers with comfort and easy entry and exit. Its roomy cabin allows good legroom and headspace, of which the latter would disappoint if you are 6” tall and decided to sit in the rear seat – thanks to the sloping roofline of the sedan.

The interior has a nice level of detailing with an aplenty premium leather finish and feel around the cabin and dash, but it has begun to feel dated when compared to its rivals. Adjustable seats amplify comfort, and 60/40 foldable rear seats make sure you can squeeze in a bit more cargo.

The seats are stitched in leather upholstery and feel top quality and comfortable. Its cabin is isolated from the outside world with little to none humming resonation of the powertrain. Outward visibility is quite good in spite of thick pillars in the windshield.

Model

Ford Fusion Energi Titanium

Ford Fusion Hybrid Titanium

Honda Accord

Honda Insight LX

Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid

Toyota Camry LE Hybrid

Toyota Avalon XLE Hybrid

Chevrolet Volt LT

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.2/57.8/44.3

39.2/57.8/44.3

39.5/58.3/42.3

39.3/56.9/42.3

39.1/58.5/41.5

38.3/57.7/42.1

38.5/42.1/58.3

37.8/56.5/42.1

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.8/56.9/38.3

37.8/56.9/38.3

37.3/55/40.4

36.9/55.0/37.4

37.5/57.1/38.1

37.6/55.7/38.0

37.9/40.4/57.1

35.8/53.2/34.7

Infotainment System

The excellent 8” SYNC 3 infotainment system provided in the Fusion is one of the best in the segment; it is easy to use, intuitive and can be controlled via big physical buttons and swiping the menus. The system has the following standard features –

  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • 2 USB ports
  • Bluetooth
  • Voice-Activated Navigation System with SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link
  • Satellite Radio
  • Navigation

Cargo volume

Due to the battery pack that sucks up most of the cargo space, the Fusion can accommodate a measly 8.2 cubic feet of luggage. Its rivals can accommodate far more than the Energi is able to. Its sibling, the Fusion hybrid holds 12 cubic feet of boot space but still falls behind some of the class leaders in this segment. The Toyota siblings, Camry, and Avalon alongside Honda Insight have broader trunk space than the Fusions.

Model

Ford Fusion Energi Titanium

Ford Fusion Hybrid Titanium

Honda Accord

Honda Insight LX

Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid

Toyota Camry LE Hybrid

Toyota Avalon XLE Hybrid

Chevrolet Volt LT

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

8.2

12

16.7

15.1

13.0

15.1

16.1

10.6

Interior Features

The cabin features included in the Fusion Hybrid are –

  • Power door locks
  • Sport Seats with Leather Seating Surfaces
  • Ambient Lighting
  • Steering wheel with cruise and redundant audio controls
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Dual-zone electronic automatic temperature control (DEATC)
  • Intelligent Access with Remote Start System

2019 Ford Fusion Energi Sedan Exterior

“Some stars age well. Case in point: The 2019 Ford Fusion, which is just as eye-catching today as it was when it bowed in 2012.” -thecarconection”

Design and Dimension

Menacing Aston Martin-esque front fascia incorporates chrome mesh grille flanked by LED headlights and Auto high beams on either side and LED foglights underneath them. Hard lines claw downward the hood, met by the resting Ford insignia. To call it conservative would be an understatement, but to call it radical would be an overstatement. The Ford Fusion Hybrid is somewhere between the end of those two worlds.

Riding the 4000-pound heavy sedan are 17-inch wheels on all four sides. In a mix of the aggressive angular package, the design incorporates, the manufacturer has sculpted the sedan with a dash of elegance along the curvaceous body found on either end.

To keep out of any jazzy detail, body-colored door handles and mirrors dismiss any contrast to the side profile. LED lights up the rear taillamps, atop which curling character lines ornament the cargo area and a single exhaust pipe fitted to the right. To garnish it with a bit sporty aesthetic, the manufacturer has added a spoiler on the rear decklid of the Energi.

Model

Ford Fusion Energi Titanium

Ford Fusion Hybrid Titanium

Honda Accord

Honda Insight LX

Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid

Toyota Camry LE Hybrid

Toyota Avalon XLE Hybrid

Chevrolet Volt LT

Curb weight (lbs.)

3986

3668

3342

3000

3366

3472

3638

3519

Length(in)

191.8

191.8

192.2

183.6

194.2

192.1

195.9

180.4

Width(in)

72.9

72.9

73.3

71.6

73.0

72.4

72.8

71.2

Height(in)

58.0

58.0

57.1

55.5

57.9

56.9

56.5

56.4

Ground clearance (in)

N/A

N/A

5.8

N/A

5.9

5.7

5.3

N/A

Wheelbase (in)

112.2

112.2

111.4

106.3

111.4

111.2

113.0

106.1

Track width (in) F/R

62/62.3

62/62.3

63/63.4

60.9/61.6

62.6/62.5

63/63.2

62.3/63.6

60.6/61.8

Exterior Features

Some features included on the Fusion’s exterior are –

  • Chrome mesh grille
  • Auto high beams and LED headlights
  • LED Foglights
  • LED taillamps
  • Body-color exterior door handles
  • Body-color exterior dual power mirrors
  • Power heated exterior mirrors with security approach lamps, turn signal indicator, auto-dimming driver side, and memory

2019 Ford Fusion Energi Sedan Safety

The Fusion comes with a host of safety features that make it one of the most attractive sedans among its rivals. While NHTSA and IIHS are yet to test the sedan, complemented by solid crash test records from its previous iteration, this year’s Fusion blended with the robust list of safety tech makes sure to continue the trend. Amongst the list of safety features standard in the Titanium Energi include –

  • Dual-stage front driver and passenger airbags
  • AdvanceTrac with electronic stability control (ESC)
  • Lane-keeping assist
  • LATCH (lower anchor and tethers anchors for children) system
  • Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert
  • Child safety locks--rear doors
  • Electric-assist parking brake
  • Individual Tire Pressure Monitoring System 
  • SecuriLock Passive Anti-Theft System
  • Rearview Camera
  • Keyless entry key fob

2019 Ford Fusion Energi Sedan Competition

Ford Fusion Energi vs Honda Accord Hybrid

You’d think the Energi being a plug-in variant should perform better than the Accord? Well, guess what, it doesn’t. For an extended 26 miles of driving, you’d rather look at the Honda than the Ford as the American’s drivability, powertrain performance and frugality, and practicality is anything but great. Also, the price it offers makes no sense for its Hybrid variant costs around the same while the Energi is priced even higher. Either way, the Accord is the sedan you’d rather own.

Ford Fusion Hybrid vs Chevrolet Volt

One is a sedan while the other is termed a hatchback but really looks like a coupe and that folks are the Chevrolet Volt. It is more rapid and has better fuel efficiency as well as battery range alongside driving dynamics that are improved and better than the Fusion. The hatch also accommodates more space in the cargo than the sedan. However, the Fusion comes with a more premium interior and commodious seating space. Both are priced similarly and we’d recommend the Volt since it is an overall better car.

Ford Fusion vs Ford Fusion Energi

The Ford siblings have pretty much the same in every aspect of the sedan, but only differ under one principal – while the Hybrid comes with gasoline and electric motor, the Energi is a Plug-in Hybrid which can be charged plugged in to give a greater EV range. Of course, that would mean the PHEV is a better sedan but in the real world, the minimal distance it covers under all-electric driving and its price available only in one trim have the Hybrid winning the round here. Equip the Hybrid with similar packages and it will still cost cheaper than the Energi and quite frankly, worth it.

2019 Ford Fusion Energi Sedan Final Verdict

Go Green! You read that right; in the world today, with all those pollution talks and whatnots about global warming, we really need to start utilizing the alternatives and that’s where the automotive industry is headed.

With the Ford Fusion Energi, the manufacturer should’ve left some bits of the Hybrid as the drivability is better on that variant; in fact, we don’t really understand the extra cost of the plug-in configuration. All that has been done is take the Hybrid, place a battery and extend 26 miles – what? There are clearly better rivals out there and we’d suggest you consider those cars. Or, consider the Hybrid configuration itself. You aren’t really losing much.