Fusion Energi Owner Defends His Much-Loved Plug-in Car

By · September 06, 2013

2013 Ford Fusion Energi

Ford’s 2013 Fusion Energi, which I purchased in late July, is a wonderful car. I bought the plug-in hybrid Fusion, first of all, to help save the planet. However, it’s also gorgeous, is built to world-class standards, is a technological marvel, and, in my view, is fairly priced when all things are considered. I’ve now driven 200 miles and have yet to use a single drop of gas!

And then, there is the trunk.

Professional car reviewers, including PluginCars.com’s Brad Berman in his New York Times review, say the Fusion Energi’s appeal is limited by the diminished size of the trunk—which was shrunk to make room for the car’s 7.6-kilowatt-hour battery pack. But for me, and many others, this isn’t a deal-killer at all. A substantial majority of Energi owners either have another car with ample cargo handling capacity, or usually travel alone (or with only one other person) so they can take advantage of the fold-down rear seat. In short, for its owners, the Fusion Energi’s relatively small trunk is a manageable issue. In fact, to the extent I’ve been able to find out, Fusion Energi owners love their car—and see it as the best battery-car on the market.

The Chevy Volt might have more all-electric range than the Fusion Energi, but if you’re looking for a workable electric-only range that covers most in-town trips and, as I did, and you also want a near-luxury car loaded with all the electronic goodies, then the Fusion Energi is really the only choice—other than possibly the Tesla Model S. But, even if you can afford it, if you drive more than 500 miles at a stretch, in states without Tesla’s Superchargers, the Tesla sedan may be a non-starter, at least until more Superchargers go into the ground.

An American Car with Door That Goes "Thunk"

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Mark Braunstein, a technologist on the faculty of Georgia Tech, recharging his Ford Fusion Energi for the first time.

Given my needs and desires, I didn’t even look at other cars. My reasons for making a beeline to the Fusion Energi seem to be shared by the fellow owners I’ve polled on the Energi Owner Forum at fordfusionenergiforum.com. I’ve received 25 responses and all cite “saving gas” as a deciding factor in the purchase decision. But 75 percent of respondents also mention styling and technology. By the way, all the respondents are men; 90 percent describe themselves as "techno-geeks;" and 75 percent are sure global warming is happening, caused largely or entirely by human activities.

I’ve owned BMWs. The Fusion Energi is an American car with the same satisfying door “thunk.” Except for a few minor issues—for example, the plastic electric port cover seems a bit flimsy— there’s no denying that the Fusion Energi is a solidly built, awesomely quiet car, with great handling even on the roughest streets of metro Atlanta.

To some, the interior appears spartan and monochromatic, particularly in black, my choice of color. For me, it’s a great example of elegant, understated styling. I can’t think of anything I would change—except maybe for lighted center cup holders—a feature of my wife’s 2010 Fusion Hybrid that she reminds me about. (However, I do have more color options for my LED accent lights.)
Another common complaint is that the car “feels heavy.” At first, I noted this myself but, after some time, I’m thinking it may be an effect of the car’s solidity and extreme quiet—because it handles so nimbly.

No Regrets for Eco-Geek

The technology on the car is impressive. My Energi taught me to drive efficiently via dashboard scores on acceleration, braking and cruising. (Owners boast about their scores on the Energi Owner Forum.) The collision system and lane monitoring systems have proven effective and helpful. The app that comes with the car—and on the related site—can remotely discover the car’s location and charge status, lock and unlock, or preset the cabin temperature. The car also learns your frequent destinations. If you are close enough to get there without using gas, the car will stay in all-electric mode even if the battery is low enough that it would normally switch to hybrid mode.

However, actually figuring out how to take advantage of all these features is sometimes not as easy as it should be. The inherent complexity of the car led me, a confirmed geek, to seek help at first from the nearly 400 members of the owners’ forum. There, since owners are mostly fellow technophiles, help was both prompt and expert. However, after only a few weeks, I now find myself extending an “expert” helping hand.

In the end, however, I’ve yet to read a posting by even one owner who would swap his 2013 Ford Fusion Energi for a different car. I certainly wouldn’t.

Comments

· · 3 years ago

Thanks for sharing! It certainly is a sharp looking car. I just wish that Ford truly made them available. The closest dealer that is certified to sell them is 100 miles from me. I think if they were more available, they would handily outsell the Plug-In Prius, maybe even approach numbers like the Leaf.

I'm personally a fan of the Energi cars. They are the most electrified of the PHEV offerings, and offer a great balance of electric range and fuel economy. I almost traded in my Insight for one, but it's only a few years old and buying a new car for a somewhat marginal benefit wouldn't be the most environmentally friendly thing to do.

· · 3 years ago

More sublte Volt-bashing from an uninformed buyer trying to justify his purchase.

"The Chevy Volt might have more all-electric range than the Fusion Energi, but if you’re looking for a workable electric-only range that covers most in-town trips and, as I did, and you also want a near-luxury car loaded with all the electronic goodies, then the Fusion Energi is really the only choice..."

Sorry, but this is wishful thinking from the author who admitted he "didn't even look at other cars"?!

If he had actually bothered to test drive the Volt, he would have seen an upscale fit and finish equal (same Euro door "thunk") or better than the Energi, all the "electronic goodies" included or as options, great handling, and undeniably a better, seamless EV driving experience, 0 to 101 mph (whereas the Ford has varying amounts of speed and torque dependencies on the gasoline engine; the Volt has none) The Volt drives more like the Model S, the Fusion energi looks more like the Model S. End of story.

The Energi is a GREAT PHEV vehicle, and fits a niche for daily driving of around 20 mile range, with the ability to carry up to 5 passengers. A finer vehicle than the Plug in Prius. But there is no need to dishonestly put down the Volt as less upscale to try to prop up the Energi...let the cars sell themselves! The Volt also cost thousands less than the Fusion Energi...unlbess Ford wants to also drop prices.

· · 3 years ago

Brian,

I'm very lucky. The closest dealer to me is less than 5 miles away and is certified to sell the Energi. Hopefully, in time, Ford will increase the supply and the number of dealers who support this great car.

Mark

· · 3 years ago

Mark,

No intent to bash anything. This is actually the first Ford I've ever owned and I've owned a number of GM cars in the past. In fact, my last car was a Cadillac SRX. I didn't visit other dealers but I've actually driven a Volt and a Tesla S (have friends who own them). Both great cars and I would agree that they both probably out perform the Energi. But I wanted what I said I wanted - a plug-in with workable range, great styling and all the techno-goodies and feel the Energi best fills that niche. Each to his own, as they say.
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Mark

BTW, do you really drive your Volt at 100 mph?

· · 3 years ago

So why would you omit those things from your review?!

I stand by my criticism. I think your poor wording choice (of referencing the Volt and then writing) of: "but if) you also want a near-luxury car loaded with all the electronic goodies, then the Fusion Energi is really the only choice" simply perpetuates the long spread myth that the Volt is an econo-box. It really wasn't necessary to include, if it's an attempt to put the Fusion on a pedestal over the Volt...and it simply is not a true statement without a qualifier.

If reversed, someone wrote the same misleading words about the Energi (vs the Volt), I'd call them out just the same.

We'd all get along better in the EV community and work toward the same goal if we stop trying to say mine's "better than yours, yours is of lesser quality", etc, and stick to the data, and the true pros and cons of each vehicle's specs and features, and how well they can fill various gas-free driving niches.

· · 3 years ago

Ps No, I have taken my Volt to 101 mph...but I did briefly execeed 85 (in a 75 zone) In that situation, as you know, the Fusion Energi's gasoline engine is forced on (if not already on) to provide adequate torque.

Admittedly, likely a rare scenario but it speaks to the powertrain design differences of an EREV (aka EV+H) like the Volt, the now defunct Fiskar, and the upcoming BMW i3 versus a PHEV, such as the Energi twin, Plug in Prius, and the rest of current "small battery", ICE-toting crop.

· · 3 years ago

Mark,

The Volt is selling like hotcakes so it's hardly got a bad image and, as Brad just posted, so are plug-in cars in general. I'm with you and everyone else here on that -- we're the pioneers trying to get everyone else to follow. Cars are, in the end, a personal choice and, to a large degree, a matter of taste. I expressed mine, nothing more and nothing less.

Mark

· · 3 years ago

I meant "have NOT" taken my Volt to 101...but you can see youtube videos of it. :)

· · 3 years ago

I would agree that Ford needs to make their PHEVs more available. We ordered our C Max Energi in January and received it in March. The range of the electric batteries for me is between 28 and 30 miles, so I can run all my errands and return to charge before the batteries are empty. We make 2 or more trips each month to help with family and that is the only time I use any gasoline (300 miles round trip). We're averaging 65-70 mpge. I did drive a Volt before we ordered our car. It was OK, but I'm certain a wheelchair wouldn't fit in it. It also can't match the mileage we get. Our last car was a GM. It was a Saturn. We bought 3 of them and would have happily bought another if GM hadn't cancelled the line. We love our C Max and don't have any complaints about it. If Ford would make more of them available, they would sell like hotcakes.

· · 3 years ago

Mark B.,

Very well then, and thanks for the clarification in your replies. I get it, *For you*, the Fusion Energi was on the only choice.

Remember just a few years ago when the only plug in choices were to spend months or years (and perhaps $20k+) on a conversion (that MIGHT go 40 miles under ideal conditions) or spring $100 grand for two seater Tesla Roadster?

It is GREAT to have choices. Brands, styles, ranges, powertrain mixes, etc.

Bring on the ECUVs and ETrux!

· · 3 years ago

Mark,

Glad we've settled this amicably. Its because of pioneers like us that there will be more and better choices in the future so we should all be proud of that.

Mark

· · 3 years ago

While shopping for a car this June, I examined a wide range of cars including the '13 Chevrolet Volt, '13 Lexus IS250AWD & ES350, '13 Honda Accord EX-L 4 & 6 cylinders, '13 Mercedes C250AWD, '13 BMW 328AWD, '13 Cadillac ATS 2.0T AWD, '13 Toyota Avalon Limited, '13 Kia Optima 2.0T and '13 Sorento, '13 Audi A4 FWD, 2014 Mazda 6 GT and finally the loaded 2013 Nissan Altima 3.5SL with Technology package. My must have features were lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, rear reverse camera with cross traffic warning, a quiet engine & interior, and finally a low cost of ownership (monthly payment and fuel economy).

Chevrolet was offering a base Volt for $269 a month + tax and a $2,500 down payment for 36 months. Most of the other cars were between $311 and $350 a month including tax with $2,000 - $4,200 down. Nissan was willing to sell the loaded top trim Altima V-6 for $325 a month including tax and $0 down. The Altima is relatively fast, comfortable, very quiet and smooth. When not doing 0-60 in 5.7 seconds and stopping from 60 MPH in 114 feet, with a tender right foot the car's V-6 and CVT returns a decent average of 27+ MPG in mixed driving on 87 octane gasoline. (I will never see those quick performance figures thanks to my conservative driving.) The Volt was a very nice car but it missed too many of the things that I was looking for in a new car. It had a backseat that was not useable for anyone with legs, there was no options for a sunroof or power seats, it had fewer electronic safety nannies and it wouldn't have started to save money until around the end of the 36 month lease based on driving 8,000 miles a year and $3.75/gallon for fuel.

Hybrids are the future due to higher mandatory EPA figures that are on the horizon but being green comes at a cost. Have any of the Hybrid owners that are still reading this done a cost analysis comparing your car to a similarly equipped gasoline (or diesel) version? How long should it take or how many miles until you will see a "return on investment" for the added cost of purchasing a Hybrid? I'm looking forward to 2016 when they Hybrid market will be bigger and better able to compete for my business with a lower cost for drivetrain components (batteries & motors).

Thanks!

· · 3 years ago

I can't stand the look of the Volt or the Prius or any other plug-in car on the market (with the exception of the Tesla). Ford deserves a standing ovation for making a beautiful car. If the Volt looked like the Fusion I would have got it in an instant. If the Fusion cost a couple thousand more exterior styling and interior room/comfort override any superiority the Volt may have. I don't care about the trunk. The most I ever use it for is one or two suitcases and a few bags of groceries.

· · 3 years ago

I have owned about every type of car around ...Cadillac, Audi, Alfa, Stealth, etc, etc and my Ford Fusion Energi Titanium is the best car I've ever owned by far. I've driven 300 + miles so far on one gallon of gas.
I just love it. I can fit 5 passengers in comfort. The Volt only seats 4. The Fusion is way better looking car too.

· · 3 years ago

13' Altima,

Same old argument, that Hybrid or BEV vehicles don't make economic sense. I have two problems with this approach, first when the automobile magazines use this approach they never use the same criteria when comparing super cars, Porsche, Ferrari, Jaguar, BMW, etc to more, "affordable" options. For someone looking for quickness and performance they should buy a Mustang or Camaro using your cost to value logic.

The second and greatest flaw in this way of thinking is in thinking that your purchase doesn't make a difference. All of us who have been leading edge consumers in Hybrid and BEV technology consider climate change to be real. Your calculations didn't take the underestimated costs of global warming into your consideration. Some sources have estimated that CO2 recapture and sequestration costs could be in the $ 50.00 per ton range.

Customers who make the choice, like Mark Braunstein to support new, less polluting and more efficient modalities are doing as Mark said; " It's because of pioneers like us that there will be more and better choices in the future so we should all be proud of that." Buying a standard technology car (Altima) for a simple sub-optimized payback calculation is nothing to crow about at a website named Plug In Cars.

Let's get back to the numbers, 8,000 miles per year is 21 miles per day, Sounds like the Volt was your best choice, You could save 1,111 per year in gas costs by driving all in electric mode. The 56 dollars a month difference saves you another 2,000 over 36 months. The Volt will save you about $ 2,700 over three years.

· · 3 years ago

I own a 2013 C-Max Energi after trading in a Ford Escape hybrid. It is a great car so far and it is working out quite well for our family. It has really good handling, plenty of room inside for its size, nice head room as I'm 6 ft 2 in, and goes usually 25 to 27 miles for me on a charge. My wife and I now drive together and I drop her off downtown and pick her up thus saving the fuel we would have used for her car (Ford Escape V6). I plug in near my work at the public library and walk the 1/2 mile back and forth to pick it up after charging.

I considered the Volt initially and I think its a great plug in but I like being able to put 3 in the back seat of the C-Max and so the Volt fell out of consideration. We regularly shop for groceries after work and a load of grocery bags fit fine in the cargo area on top of the battery. We have hauled around larger items with the back seat(s) down.

I'm at a loss for why the Energi models, in particular the C-Max are not selling as well as the Prius plug in. I know of 2 possible reasons. My sister who owns both a Leaf and Prius plug in (and who I would consider well versed in EV) stated after we were talking about the subject that she didn't want to take a chance on unproven new tech from Ford. When I pointed out that both the Toyota and Ford hybrid drivetrains have both been in existence for the same time and are nearly identical, she chose not to believe it and then discount it. The Ford dealership where I purchased did not have a shortage of Energis to choose from; at the time at least 4 C-Max Energis as well as 2 Fusion Energis. However I knew much more than the salesman who was a fine guy nonetheless. He was also not aware of either the federal or CA state tax credit and incentives. I've now become his unofficial guru (his words) on plug in info via email. So the lower sales could be partially attributed to a bias even among EV advocates as well as poorly trained and or interested dealerships.

· · 3 years ago

@joe8120,

I feel the same way - I don't fully understand why Ford Energis (CMax and Fusion) aren't each outselling the PiP, let alone combined! I feel a major factor is availability. The nearest certified dealer to me is 100 miles away. You have to be a pretty serious customer to make that trip just to see the car.

· · 3 years ago

Saying that a substantial majority of Fusion Energi owners don't mind having a small trunk is like saying a substantial majority of Hummer owners don't mind the low gas mileage. Of course the lack of trunk space isn't an issue for them: if it was, they wouldn't have bought the car in the first place. It's not like this is something one discovers by accident after one buys this car. :-)
The lack of cargo space is a big reason why the car isn't selling as well as it would otherwise. I know that is why I didn't buy one (I got the Volt - it logically put the battery under the car, rather than in the trunk). There is no use sugar coating it. If Ford built this car with ample cargo space, it would be selling much, much better than it is now. It's a beautiful car, though - I just wish the battery/trunk was designed better.

· · 3 years ago

@Danville44: "The lack of cargo space is a big reason why the car isn't selling as well as it would otherwise. I know that is why I didn't buy one (I got the Volt - it logically put the battery under the car, rather than in the trunk)"

The irony here is that the C-Max Energi has almost twice the cargo volume as the Volt - 19.2cu.ft to Volt's 10.6. How? The C-Max is just a larger package to begin with. I would definitely buy the C-Max over the Volt due to its greater trunk space.

Oh, and the Volt's battery isn't "under" the car, like the Leaf or Tesla. It is right down the middle, in between the passengers.

· · 3 years ago

Ok, I wish I could remove that last comment. The Fusion's trunk is certainly smaller than the Volt.

::removes foot from mouth::

· · 3 years ago

"But I wanted what I said I wanted - a plug-in with workable range, great styling and all the techno-goodies and feel the Energi best fills that niche. Each to his own, as they say."

So, I am NOT going to argue over the styling b/c everyone has their own taste. I used to love the look of the Fusion, but the more I look at it, the less I like it. The rear and side profile are still great. But the front is almost too much if you stare at it...

Anyway, what techno-goodies that is available on the Energi that is NOT available on the loaded Volt?

Fusion Energi is almost $4k more expensive than the Volt and has smaller trunck. Sure, it sits 5. But if you don't need the trunk, you won't need the 5th seat either.

As far as performance goes, I easily get 40 miles range and I have gotten my Volt up to 98 mph with no problem. Its lower center of gravity is super stable at 98 mph and its handling is still great at that speed.

You can claim that you like the look and is willing to spend more $$$ for it. But don't knock other people's choice.

Energi models don't sell better is no different than why Prius Plugin don't sell better than regular Prius. Both of the plugins offer minimal EV range at significant price increase over the regular hybrid models. Most people buy with $$$ in mind, the small saving is very difficult to justify the significant price tag. The Energi model will get at least 10% less in MPG in extended model comparing to its hybrid version.

I think Volt's 40 miles EV range is a "minimum" range for any plugins.

· · 3 years ago

Hi Mark - unlike some I am not to bashful to admit to having seen the message in the driver information center informing me that my Volt's speed had been electronically limited. It was an awesome ride. And as to range, well - I'm a supercommutter traveling over 175 miles a day, and the Volt typically gives me an initial electric range of 48 - 52 miles before switching over to the gas generator. Your Fusion is pretty, but if it were making my commute, it would have run out of battery power before I cleared the first hill on the way in to work. And it's rated 43 mpg is just barely better than the Volt's 40 mpg rating so the lower battery range of the Fusion truly makes it a much less economical ride than the Volt for distances under about 250-300 miles (I figure the crossover point at about 275 miles).

Then there's the issue of maintenance - I've gone almost 50K miles in mine so far, had it serviced at the dealership for six (6) service intervals to date at a total cost for all six service intervals combined of $174. That's for ALL six service intervals, not just one - with your parallel hybrid engine technology I'm betting your service intervals will cost way more than that. Oh, yeah, that price also includes the one oil change I've needed to date (next one looks to be about 16K away - but the car will tell me when it needs the oil changed - not the dealer). In fact, my largest maintenance cost within the first 100K of driving is shaping up to be a new set of tires sometime in the future. As to the trunk space - yeah, that's a bit of a letdown - I was only able to fit a 7' tall curio cabinet in the back of my Volt and take it home from Costco - guess I won't complain too much - the Fusion Energi wouldn't have been able to do that, not even by leaving the trunk open.

I spent a lot of time trying to nail down what Ford's offering with the Energi twins were going to be like and ultimately decided that outside of carrying a 5th passenger, the advantages all went to the Volt - a car that was then available while the Fords were still pie-in-the-sky when I decided to buy. And then, the debacle with having to admit that they (Ford) overstated their mileage to the EPA and having to pay off their owners with $500 of hush-money also didn't encourage great thoughts about Ford and their products. All that said, the styling on the Fusion is really pretty good and I love the color changing LED interior. Just not enough to have waited for them to finally hit the market. I'm glad your Fusion is working out for you - would really like to hear more from you when you've got 50K miles on it and then again at 100K miles. Do keep us posted.

· · 3 years ago

I traded in my much loved Toyota and decided to get a Ford Fusion Energi. I went to the Toyota dealership first, he mentioned the volt to me I was impressed when I went home and saw the specs for the volt. But I've seen the documentary from sony " Who Killed The Electric Car" and my stomach started turning since it was a documentary about EV1 a car from GM. GM smashed their electric cars and did not fight the big fight back then and should have. Also point blank, I think it is a hideous car, I think the black one looks the best but I don't like black cars. I also went to a BMW lot and to me it looked like a graveyard I was flabbergasted 24mpg???German???What is so great about BMW and Lexus? I am so confused and can't figure it out. Most of my friends prefer BMW or Lexus. I loved my Toyota but uhh the radiation in the sea killing the sea life....I can't Japan...I just CAN NOT....No reminders please.

My husband and I live in Los Angeles in a Condo so now I will have to get electricians over here to give me quotes and explain how I could get an EV charger in one of our parking spots and then of course I will present that to the board here, hoping it doesn't cost too much. In the mean time I have been charging my car thanks to Helms Bakery by a solar powered ev station for free,it is amazing I have driven 300 miles and have not needed to go to the gas station yet. When we move out of this condo and into a home I will definitely look into solar panels.

My Austrian friend who is an architect said she really liked my new car and that it reminded her of an old man, then I noticed most the old men I see are driving around in convertibles and Cadillacs.

I went with the Ford Fusion Energi ultimately because I am an old man in a young beautiful woman's body and I have fancy taste. Ford Fusion Energi is luxury meets American meets saving the world.

· · 3 years ago

At the risk of re-igniting things (which I really don't want to do) but, since this has been raised twice now, here is a list of techno-goodies (in no particular order) that are on my fully loaded Fusion Titanium and that I don't believe come on the fully loaded Volt (I just double-checked this on the Volt site, but maybe I missed them):

1) Blind spot information system (This one is non-negotiable with my wife who is fairly short and has trouble seeing cars to her side. I'm also a believer now that I have it and I'm 6' 3").

2) Auto parallel parking (clearly not essential but "cool" nevertheless and it actually works!)

3) Automatic windshield wipers (a feature I've always wanted in a car and I really like it now that I have it)

4) Auto dimming high beam head lights

5) Back lighted Fusion door plates (dealer installed option that I love)

6) 7-color choices of ambient lighting (hardly an essential feature but fun)

7) Fuel efficient driver training. Thanks to this I can now go 27 miles on a charge rather than the initial 21.

8) Warning of cars approaching from the side when backing out of a parking space (I got hit once when I didn't see one so I value this feature that I didn't even know the car had when I purchased it.)

NOTE: Having said this, the Energi is considerably more expensive so you would expect to get more stuff which is exactly what I wanted and was willing to pay for. Cars are very much a personal decision. I am not criticizing the Volt or anyone who bought one, just stating what I believe to be facts in answer to questions posed by others.

· · 3 years ago

Nice looking car. I'd love to drive one sometime.

· · 3 years ago

I've been eyeing hybrids, plug ins, and EV cars for years. I almost went with a Volt when it came out, but I just got the Fusion Energi thanks to the super awesome lease incentives right now in my area. My payments are $330/month for 12k miles per year on a nearly fully optioned out Titanium. In my mind, leasing is the way to go until I have confidence in tech. Plus, all those techie goodies just keep getting better every few years. I think in a few years, my car will be a mifi hotspot to run all my children's Kindles while tooling around town.

Which leads me to the original reason for my comment. I need the space for 3 passengers in the back with 3 kids under 5, and I think the trunk space is fine. I have a minivan for trips and hauling big stuff. The majority use of this car for me will be work / preschool commute and errand running. We rarely need all the cargo space of the minivan. I'm 90% sure the trunck won't fit the double stroller we'll be buying in the next few months, but we aren't really much of a stroller family anyway.

Every car has it's niche. I like the statement and the look of the Volt. I really love the look of the Fusion. For my driving habits, I'm super excited about not having to stop the gas station or get the oil changed for a really long time. I'm sure my husband will appreciate it, too, since I always happened to need a fill up on days when he drove the car. Lol.

· · 3 years ago

This Volt vs Fusion thread is about beaten to death, but as a new Energi owner who though long and hard about the differences, I thought I'd put this forward.

Here's my pros/cons list:
Purchase Cost - Volt (but Ford incentives and big dealer discounts on 2013 models made it pretty competitive. $8k from the feds tilts it toward the Volt, but it's not apples to apples as the bare bones Volt does not have the same features as the SE Energi)

Operating Cost - Volt

Resale Value - probably leans toward the Fusion since it is so similar to Hybrids, but who really knows.

Seat Comfort - Fusion
Exterior Styling - Fusion
Interior Styling - Fusion
Technology Integration (Radio/HVAC/etc.) - Fusion. Honestly, it's not close. The Volt buttons are a hot mess and overall, the design/layout needs some serious help.

Storage Space - Volt (but flip down seating does make overal stoarage comperable.

My final decision really came when I realized I could buy the Energi (with $4k Fed Credit and an additional $2k in incentives) for a little less than the Fusion Hybrid and will get better overall MPG(e). It feels like a normal car and hopefully will depreciate similar to one. If that's true, the total cost to own compared to other new vehicles for the next 6-8 years will be very, very low.

· · 3 years ago

I purchased an Energi SE on new year's eve 2013. I have become enamored with this car. I have driven it daily for 25 days and I still have a half tank of gas from the dealer fillup. I have averaged 71 miles per gallon (14 gallon tank). The tech features in the car are outstanding as are the fit and finish. It is fun running silent on EV mode. I am sure the Volt is a great car too, we need more plug in options. I chose the Fusion because of the styling and local dealer service options. The trunk is very small, so if you want to carry golf clubs that is not a good option. I have an SUV that I use for my dogs so that is not a problem for me. But the car does have a feature that will solve the trunk space problem if you are carrying clean items (not like my dirty golf clubs). The rear seat fold s down in a 70-30 type split seat, very easily with the pull of a lever and provides you with a carpeted top that sits flat. So, for instance I put paper goods and non messy groceries there and then put the milk, eggs, frozen goods in the trunk. It works well. I will know more after owning this car over time in relation to reliability. This is my first American car in 31 years and I hope to see good results. But for the first 3 weeks, this car was a home run at 32K and still getting a 4K rebate on taxes.

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