The 2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi are strong contenders that contend well versus the Toyota Camry and Hyundai Sonata Hybrids– and are selling well. The elegant and well-received Ford Fusion mid-size sedan has actually never been so popular, with its factories building every car they can manage. And the 2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid versions are profiting from that appeal, as they remain the most fuel-efficient models in the lineup.
All-new for the 2013 model year, the Fusion is not only appealing– reminding a few of critics of an Aston-Martin sports car in its lines– but also handles well, and provides a wide range of powertrains, including two of Ford’s EcoBoost turbocharged engines. Those engines, nevertheless, may not resemble their EPA gas-mileage scores when driven hard, and without a doubt the greatest fuel economy scores in the variety are those earned by the Hybrid and Energi models.
The brand-new hybrid Fusion faces an increasingly large number of competent performers in its segment, the hybrid mid-size sedan group. Starting with the hybrid Toyota Camry that introduced the segment, then adding brand-new hybrid designs of the Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima, and, for this model year, the Honda Accord. There’s likewise the Toyota Prius, though it’s a five-door hatchback with unique lines.
On the plug-in front, the 2014 Fusion Energi contends only with the Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid, the Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid, and the Chevrolet Volt. At the moment, Hyundai, Kia, and Toyota don’t provide plug-in designs of their hybrid sedans.
The Fusion’s body shape has been much appreciated, with a streamlined fastback four-door shape and an easy, low, big oblong grille opening. It’s remarkably sensitive to colors– in basic, light colors make the shape appearance somewhat heavier, while darker colors play up the sleekness– however Camrys are dowdy and Sonatas overstyled in comparison. The most current Honda Accord, however, comes off all right next to a Fusion; it’s not as merged, but the Accord’s crispness will appeal to numerous buyers.
The interior space isn’t really especially greater than the earlier Fusion, but rear headroom takes a favorite from the streamlined fastback roofline. There’s sufficient knee room for 4 six-foot grownups, though the front wheel wells push feet toward the center of the car.
Both Fusion hybrid designs use a smaller 2.0-liter 4 than the earlier Fusion Hybrid. That engine is coupled to the most up to date version of Ford’s two-motor hybrid system, successfully an electronic constantly variable transmission (eCVT) that shifts power to and from a lithium-ion battery pack in the trunk– a higher-capacity and bigger pack in the case of the plug-in hybrid Energi model, which has a charging port on its left-front fender too.
For the 2014 Fusion Hybrid, the EPA scores are 47 mpg in all three test cycles: integrated, city, and highway. Not just do the Fusion hybrids beat the hybrid variations of the Camry (41 mpg incorporated), Optima and Sonata (38 mpg) in gas mileage, they’re more fun to drive. And with the 2014 revisions, electric-only speeds have risen from 62 mph to about 80 miles per hour under particular circumstances.
The Fusion Energi, at 43 mpg combined when not working on battery power, rates simply below the Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid, at 46 mpg. The plug-in Fusion surpasses the Chevrolet Volt (at 37 mpg in range-extending mode), nevertheless, and it has a fifth seat as well as substantially even more interior room and luggage space. The Volt is a compact hatchback, to be fair, while the Fusion Energi and Accord Hybrids are mid-size sedans. Keep in mind that the non-plug-in Fusion Hybrid handles to keep a fold-down rear seat– which not all its rivals do. The charging port is under a flap in the left front fender; the Fusion Energi has a 3.3-kilowatt charger that will certainly recharge a completely diminished battery pack in 3 to 4 hours.
As for array, the Volt outshines both cars, with an EPA approximated electric variety of 38 miles. The Fusion Energi gets a 21-mile score, and the Accord Plug-in Hybrid is noted at 13 miles.
Real-world fuel economy data has revealed that few owners consistently achieve the Fusion Hybrid’s 47-mpg mark– the EPA is looking into the disparity. For 2014, Ford has modified numerous aspects of the Fusion Hybrid’s car and climate control software application, to make it more cost-effective under particular conditions. Still, it’s worth bearing in mind that even at 40 mpg, the difference in actual gallons of fuel between 40 and 47 mpg is relatively little.
On the road, the 2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid and Energi retain the smoothness of earlier Ford hybrids. Ford makes use of active sound cancellation, which assesses the sound in the cabin and broadcasts anti-noise with the door speakers to cancel out certain regularities that make the vehicle sound strained or are most likely to be undesirable to occupants.
The 2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid share great handling with the remainder of the variety, though they’re heavier and less easy to consider than the Fusion fitted with the 1.6-liter 4 and a six-speed manual. Still, dealing with is especially superior to the Camry and Sonata hybrids, though the Volt is probably the best-planted of all the competitors. Ford has kept sound from the low-rolling-resistance tires relatively low, and the suspension not only holds the roadway however provides a company but forgiving trip. Our one grumble would be that the steering is low-geared enough that it took more steering angle than we expected to shuffle the Fusion through a series of back-and-forth turns.
8 airbags are standard, and the 2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid gets the Top Safety Pick classification and the greatest “Good” ratings from the IIHS for all categories except its new small-overlap front crash test, where it scores an “Acceptable”. The NHTSA provides the vehicle 5 stars (its highest score) overall, and five for frontal crash. Side crash and rollover are ranked at 4 stars.
Requirement features in the Fusion Hybrid include Bluetooth pairing. A large range of choices consist of parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot screens, a rearview video camera, and lane-departure and lane-correction systems. The rearview camera can likewise be bought as part of a technology package that includes the 8-inch LCD touchscreen for the MyFord Touch system. A sunroof, remote starting, natural leather seats, and 18-inch alloy wheels are other options. There’s also the excellent Ford active park help capability, which determines a parking space and steers the car into it while the motorist increases and brakes.
2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid price
The Fusion Hybrid is priced from $26,995, and has offered well for Ford thus far. The Fusion Energi plug-in beginnings at $39,495. For more on the gas-only variation of this sedan, see our review of the 2014 Ford Fusion.