2016 ford fusion-energi Model Overview
New for 2016
The 2016 Ford Fusion Energi gets a revised center stack, an available paint protection film, and a new exterior color called Shadow Black. A new option called the SE Cold Weather package has been added and comes with heated cloth seats, all-weather floor mats, and Power Code Remote Start.
The 2016 Ford Fusion Energi is the plug-in hybrid version of the Fusion midsize sedan and is only available in front-drive configuration. A non-plug-in version called the Fusion Hybrid is also available.
A 2.0-liter I-4 paired to an electric motor for a total output of 188 hp is the only engine available and it’s mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Fuel economy is good for the class at 40/36 mpg city/highway and 88 mpg-e, which is less than the non-plug-in Fusion Hybrid and the result of extra powertrain components. On electric power alone, the Fusion Energi can travel up to 20 miles. Trunk capacity is small at 8.2 cubic feet due to the extra powertrain components eating up space behind the rear seats; however, that can be expanded via the 60/40 split-folding rear seats. Charging the lithium-ion batteries take seven hours on a 110V outlet or 2.5 hours using a more powerful 240V charger.
In addition to the standard dual front, front-side, and side curtain airbags, the 2016 Fusion Energi also comes with knee airbags for the driver and front passenger. The available Driver Assist package adds blind spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, and automatic high beams. Adaptive cruise control with forward collision warning and brake support is available as a standalone option in both the SE and Titanium trims.
The 2016 Fusion earned a five-star overall safety score from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars). In IIHS evaluations, the car received a Good rating in four crash tests and Acceptable in the Small Overlap Front category, giving it the Top Safety Pick award (Good is the highest possible score). When equipped with adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning, the Fusion Energi earned a Basic rating in the IIHS’ front crash prevention test (front crash prevention ratings include Basic, Advanced, and Superior).
Trims, Packages, and What’s Standard
The base SE trim comes well equipped with heated front seats, leather upholstery, the Sync infotainment system with MyFord Touch, a rearview camera, dual-zone climate control, rear parking sensors, 17-inch alloy wheels, and Bluetooth connectivity. On the range-topping Titanium grade, additional standard features include a 12-speaker Sony audio system, leather upholstery, remote start, and a rear spoiler. Navigation and a moonroof are standalone option on both trim levels.
What We Think
While it isn’t fast, we noted in a 2014 First Test review that the Ford Fusion Energi doesn’t feel sluggish and has respectable power for passing and merging. Additionally, the car’s 20-mile electric only range makes it useful for city driving compared to the competitors like the Accord Hybrid, which can only travel for 13 miles before the gas engine turns on. On the road, the Fusion Hybrid is one of the better handling hybrids, featuring a nicely weighted steering and brakes that feel natural.
The Fusion Energi and C-Max Energi share the same powertrain and were the first plug-in hybrids from Ford.
- Useful EV-only range
- Good power for a hybrid
- Handles relatively well
You Won’t Like:
- Fuel economy is lower than in the non-plug-in variant
- Heavier curb weight than non-plug-in Fusion Hybrid