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2015 Ford Fusion Energi

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 4/30/2015 Stefan Ogbac

New for 2015

All variants of the 2015 Ford Fusion Energi now come standard with a rearview camera and configurable daytime running lights. SE models gain a six-way power passenger seat while Titanium variants get a 10-way power passenger seat and 17-inch wheels as standard. The Terracotta package for SE and Titanium trims now comes with 18-inch wheels. Four exterior colors are new for 2015: Bronze Fire Tinted Clearcoat Metallic, Guard, Tectonic Silver, and Magnetic.

Vehicle Summary

The 2015 Ford Fusion Energi is the plug-in (PHEV) variant of the Fusion family sedan and has an estimated all-electric range of 20 miles. It is powered by a 2.0-liter hybrid I-4 with a total system output of 188 hp mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Fuel economy is good for the class at 40/36 mpg city/highway but is less than the non-PHEV Fusion because the larger batteries add weight.


In terms of performance, the Fusion Energi offers decent acceleration and handling and takes corners fairly well. The car's steering and brakes are a strong point since they don't feel unnatural (some hybrids struggle with this). Interior space is also much more generous than some of its competitors', with plenty of room for five adults. The 2015 Ford Fusion Energi has a five-star overall safety rating (out of a possible five stars) and is considered a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS, achieving a Good score in four categories and Acceptable in the small overlap front test. (Good is the highest possible score.)

What We Think

The 2015 Ford Fusion Energi is a great choice in its class since it doesn't have many of the quirks associated with hybrid vehicles. In a 2014 First Test review, we said that the steering and brakes "performed nearly as naturally as a non-hybrid" vehicle and that the car handles decently when thrown into a corner. While interior space is generous for passengers, cargo volume takes a hit because the larger batteries used in the Fusion Energi cut into the trunk, reducing it to 8.2-cubic feet versus the non-hybrid's 16 cubic feet and the non-PHEV's 12 cubic feet.

You'll Like

  • Doesn't drive like a hybrid
  • Useful electric-only range
  • Spacious cabin

You Won't Like

  • Larger batteries add extra weight and decrease fuel economy
  • Fuel economy is lower than the non-PHEV Fusion Hybrid
  • Small trunk

Key Competitors

  • Honda Accord PHEV
  • Chevrolet Volt
  • Toyota Prius PHEV
  • Hyundai Sonata PHEV
  • Volkswagen Passat TDI


4 star


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