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2017 Ford Fusion Energi review: Great car, so-so plug-in hybrid
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By: AutoweekUSA On: 07-27-2017 Model(s): I like this Fusion Energi largely because it’s based on the standard Fusion, a great starting point. 2017 Ford Fusion Energi
Author Experience: Expert review

I like this Fusion Energi largely because it’s based on the standard Fusion, a great starting point. It’s high-quality, comfortable, and it looks good inside and out.

The powertrain is just OK. It drives like a "normal" Fusion, a good thing. Without looking at the instruments showing power output and such, I couldn’t really tell when it was in electric-only mode or when the engine was running or when both were working. So it’s smooth, in other words. Power is decent, sapped largely by -- you guessed it -- the CVT. The ride is tuned toward comfort, and the extra battery weight is barely noticeable. The stop/start works fine – couldn’t really feel it. As we’ve mentioned before, the batteries do whack half of the trunk space.

My biggest beef, as with most other hybrids I can think of, is brake feel. With regenerative braking, the car is just not smooth. The Energi’s brakes felt mushy and provided inconsistent stopping power. Maybe I need more practice.

I found the seats simply outstanding. I usually reserve such praise for Volvo’s seats but these are right there with them.

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