While the scandal regarding Ford’s phony efficiency ratings for several of its cars may have affected the model’s on-paper characteristics, on the road, cars like the Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid do make a case for themselves, particularly for those who have a short commute to work or some other daily trip.
CNET tried out the Fusion Energi and found nothing really wrong with it, seeing its purpose both as a self-standing model and one that is part of the larger and more diversified Fusion range.
It’s the heaviest and most expensive Fusion you can currently buy, and its characteristics don’t fit all drivers – some may be better off with the regular hybrid, while others may find even that unnecessary and just get the 1.6-liter turbo which is still pretty efficient if you have a sensible right foot.
Obviously, being a CNET review, it focuses not only on the car’s on road behavior, but also its gadgets and their level of intricacy. Here, the Fusion again fares well, but since most functions are controlled through the same MyFord Touch interface that’s known to be quite laggy, it’s probably the main letdown of the user interaction experience.
By Andrei Nedelea