2018 Ford Fusion Energi
- Well-equipped with features, even in its base form
- Quiet and comfortable at highway speeds
- High-quality interior materials, especially in the luxe Platinum
- Battery range is limited to 21 miles
- Difficult to justify the price premium over the Fusion Hybrid
- Battery pack takes up a significant amount of trunk space
2018 Ford Fusion Energi pricingin Ashburn, VA
Which Fusion Energi does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating3.5 / 5
Plug-in hybrids are perfect for buyers who like the idea of a fully electric car but don't want to worry about their typically limited driving range. A well-known example is the 2018 Ford Fusion Energi. Ford's been selling the Energi since 2013, and consumer reviews on Edmunds seem to indicate that most owners are happy. The Energi pairs a bigger lithium-ion battery pack with the regular Fusion Hybrid's gasoline-electric powertrain. This allows the Energi to drive up to 21 miles on pure electric power before the gas engine kicks on and delivers fuel economy comparable to the Fusion Hybrid.
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.
Trim levels & features
The 2018 Ford Fusion Energi is one of the only midsize plug-in hybrid sedans on the market and can be ordered in three trims: SE Luxury, Titanium and Platinum. The SE Luxury is equipped with pretty much everything you'd want in a vehicle in this price class, including leather upholstery, heated front seats and the Sync 3 infotainment system. The Titanium is slightly more expensive and adds an upgraded audio system and sport seats, among other upgrades. The Platinum is considerably more expensive — it includes the Titanium's features, nearly all of its options and upgraded leather upholstery.
Every Ford Fusion Energi is driven by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine paired to an electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery pack (188 total system horsepower, but can be temporarily boosted to 195 hp). This front-wheel-drive sedan can travel up to 21 miles on electric power alone, at speeds up to 85 mph.
Standard features on the Energi's base SE Luxury trim include 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, LED headlights and taillights, heated mirrors, remote ignition, keyless entry and ignition, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, dual-zone automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, an eight-way power driver seat (with power lumbar adjustment), a six-way power passenger seat, heated front seats, a 60/40-split fold-down rear seat, driver-seat memory settings and leather upholstery.
Standard tech features include voice controls, the Sync 3 interface (with an 8-inch touchscreen and twin 4.2-inch configurable screens in the instrument cluster), Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth and an 11-speaker sound system with a CD player, satellite radio and two USB ports.
The Titanium trim adds LED foglights, an auto-dimming driver mirror, a rear spoiler, ambient interior lighting, front sport seats, an eight-way power passenger seat, and an upgraded Sony audio system with 12 speakers and HD radio.
Optional on the SE Luxury and Titanium is the Driver Assist package, which bundles automatic high-beam control, automatic wipers, a blind-spot monitoring system, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning and intervention, and a heated steering wheel. On the SE Luxury, this package also adds the auto-dimming exterior mirror.
Selecting the Driver Assist package allows you to add adaptive cruise control (includes forward collision warning and mitigation). Also available are an automated parallel and perpendicular parking feature (includes front and side parking sensors), a sunroof and a navigation system. On the Titanium, you can also get ventilated front seats.
The Platinum includes all above features, in addition to upgraded leather upholstery, additional leather trim and a power-adjustable steering wheel.
All trims can be equipped with 18-inch wheels and inflatable rear seat belts.
Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our Full Test of the 2013 Ford Fusion Energi SE (2.0L inline-4 plug-in hybrid | CVT automatic | FWD).
NOTE: Since this test was conducted, the current Fusion Energi has received various revisions, including additional standard and optional features throughout the years, updated exterior and interior styling in 2017 and the replacement of the MyFord Touch infotainment interface with the superior Sync 3 system (also in 2017). Still, our findings remain broadly applicable to this year's Fusion Energi.
Noise & vibration4
Ease of use3
Getting in/getting out3.5
Audio & navigation3.5
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Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite Fusion Energi safety features:
- Adaptive Cruise Control
- Maintains a set distance between the Fusion Energi and the car in front, and automatically adjusts your speed.
- Enhanced Active Park Assist
- Guides the Fusion Energi into an adjacent parallel or perpendicular parking spot using proximity sensors and automated steering.
- Reverse Sensing System
- Sounds an alert as the Fusion Hybrid approaches an object located behind the car.
2018 Ford Fusion Energi for Sale
The 2018 Ford Fusion Energi is one of the few cars that combines the fuel efficiency offered by a plug-in hybrid with the versatility and roominess of a midsize sedan. Like most Ford vehicles, the Fusion Energi is offered in several trims, but the number of available packages and stand-alone options is uncharacteristically short.
The 2018 Fusion Energi can be ordered in three trims: SE Luxury, Titanium and Platinum. The base SE Luxury is generously equipped, helping justify the Energi's starting price (high compared to the standard Fusion and Hybrid, but less than many competing plug-ins). Standard features include LED headlights, keyless entry and ignition, rear parking sensors, the Sync 3 infotainment system (with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto) and leather upholstery. We think the SE Luxury offers so much value that it's our recommended trim.
If you want the maximum number of features, though, stepping up to the Titanium doesn't increase the price tag much and adds sport front seats, ambient interior lighting and a Sony audio system with HD radio. Both of these trims offer a suite of advanced driver aids that Ford calls the Driver Assist package. Others, such as adaptive cruise control and automated parking, are available as stand-alone options.
The range-topping Platinum includes everything above, plus upgraded leather and additional leather trim throughout the cabin. It's much more expensive than the Titanium, but the rich interior appointments make it feel like a luxury sedan that just happens to carry a Ford badge.
Provided you don't have a long-distance commute, the Energi's 21 miles of electric range may keep you away from the gas pump for weeks at a time. This electrified future comes at a cost; as with other plug-ins, the Energi carries a higher price tag than its hybrid and gas-engine-only counterparts. Buyers are strongly advised to take the cost of electricity into account if cost savings are a primary consideration for choosing an Energi over its siblings. If you decide the 2018 Ford Fusion Energi is for you, use the unparalleled shopping tools provided by Edmunds to build and find the perfect car.
2018 Ford Fusion Energi Overview
The 2018 Ford Fusion Energi is offered in the following submodels: Fusion Energi Sedan. Available styles include SE Luxury 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT), Titanium 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT), and Platinum 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT).
What do people think of the 2018 Ford Fusion Energi?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Ford Fusion Energi and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 Fusion Energi 5 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2018 Fusion Energi.
Edmunds Expert Reviews
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What's a good price for a New 2018 Ford Fusion Energi?
2018 Ford Fusion Energi SE Luxury 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
The 2018 Ford Fusion Energi SE Luxury 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $34,275. The average price paid for a new 2018 Ford Fusion Energi SE Luxury 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) is trending $7,913 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
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The average savings for the 2018 Ford Fusion Energi SE Luxury 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) is23.1% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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Should I lease or buy a 2018 Ford Fusion Energi?
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