2018 Ford Fusion Energi
The Ford Fusion has been around since 2005, and it has become a dependable, trust-worthy mid-size sedan, pretty much a family car staple in its segment. It has a nice, fuel-friendly engine that offers good fuel economy numbers that have made it stand out between its peers.
Now… what would happen if the Ford Fusion was not only a regular car, but a hybrid, plug-in car? Well, since 2013, we have known the answer in the form of the Ford Fusion Energi.
Let’s start from the obvious and pretty much most important aspect of the 2018 Ford Fusion Energi: Its core, its heart.
Under its hood, we find a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine paired to an electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery pack. This combo gives us between 188 and 195 horsepower. This is a car with front-wheel drive, and can offer up to 21 miles on electric power by itself. Here comes the really good stuff. According to the EPA, the combined power of the regular and the electric engine offers us the equivalent of 97 combined (city/highway average) miles per gallon. And, at last, but not least, the regular engine alone can put out 42 combined mpgs.
So, as you can see, these numbers are the stronger selling point for the 2018 Ford Fusion Energi.
The 2018 Ford Fusion Energi is offered in three different trims: SE Luxury, Titanium and Platinum.
There is a wide array of features between the three trims, but I know the base trim, the SE Luxury, covers pretty much all of our needs.
The SE Luxury trim offers us automatic headlights, LED headlights and taillights, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, dual-zone automatic climate control, 17-inch alloy wheels, heated mirrors, leather upholstery, auto-dimming rearview mirror, eight-way power driver seat, heated front seats, driver-seat memory settings, remote ignition and keyless entry and ignition.
It also has useful and cool features such as voice controls, the Sync 3 interface, Bluetooth connectivity, an 11-speaker sound system with a CD player, satellite radio and two USB ports; and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
The ‘hybrid twin’
On the driving front, the 2018 Ford Fusion Energi handles just like a regular Ford Fusion. It’s a fun car to drive, either on the streets or on the highway.
The only downside that I felt was that the acceleration on the electric only mode feels way slower that the gas only and hybrid modes.
And regarding its interior, again, is just the Ford Fusion all over: wide space and confortable enough for city rides or highway adventures.
At the beginning of the article, I mentioned that the regular Ford Fusion is a dependable, trust-worthy mid-size sedan. The same goes for the Energi, with the added bonus of a wider fuel economy. A hybrid marvel.