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2014 Ford Fusion Energi

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2014 Ford Fusion Energi Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.9

Fresh from its debut last year, the Ford Fusion continues to redefine the role of the midsize family sedan, including a plug-in hybrid electric model dubbed the Fusion Energi. Unlike the hybrid car, the Energi can run at high speeds up to 22 miles solely on electric power, after which the gasoline engine kicks on to power the vehicle. Those interested in more traditional methods of propulsion will be quite satisfied with Ford’s gasoline only offerings, including two small displacement turbo engines with big power and bigger fuel economy figures. All 2014 Fusion models offer stunning styling, a host of sophisticated electronic audio and communication options, and a sporty demeanor more commonly associated with Audi or VW than the big blue oval – all of which inspired us to name it one of the 10 Best Sedans Under $25,000 for 2014.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you’re looking for a sporty sedan, a luxurious touring car, a fuel-efficient family car or just something to impress the neighbors, you’ll find it all in the 2014 Ford Fusion.

You May Not Like This Car If...

While Ford is correct that its 4-cylinder EcoBoost engines are as powerful as some V6s, many customers may still prefer the larger engine’s low-end torque and smooth operation. Those looking for a sporty coupe model are also out of luck, as are diesel engine fans.

What's New for 2014

For 2014, the Ford Fusion receives some new color choice inside and out, as well as optional inflatable seatbelts for outboard rear passengers, a heated steering wheel and ventilated front seats. A new 1.5-liter turbocharged engine debuts, while the Fusion Hybrid gains a new, lower price trim level, the S.

Driving the Fusion Energi
Driving Impressions

If there is one area in which the 2014 Ford Fusion shines, it’s the car’s athletic driving character. The base 2.5-liter 4-cylinder isn’t going to win you any drag races,...

... but even at that level, the Fusion’s excellent suspension setup gives it small-car handling in a big package. Move up to the 1.5-liter and 1.6-liter turbo engines and your inner enthusiast will be most pleased, especially considering you can still get a manual transmission on the SE model. But, it’s the 2.0-liter turbo with its 240 horsepower that will make the most ardent V6 fan capitulate to this engine’s superiority. The Fusion Hybrid system’s transition between the gasoline engine and electric motor is nearly seamless, and the car can travel up to 62 mph on electric power alone. The Energi plug-in hybrid’s electric-only top speed is 85 mph, and the car is rated to travel up to 21 miles on electricity alone and up to 620 miles total.

HYBRID VERSION
Perhaps the best thing about the hybrid version of the Fusion is that you may not know it is one until you realize how little fuel you’re using. The Fusion Hybrid yields an EPA-estimated 47 mpg combined, and is a smooth operator while earning that lofty figure.

SMALL BUT EFFICIENT ENGINES
All of the gasoline powerplants used in the 2014 Ford Fusion are 4-cylinder engines, and all but the version in the base model are 2.0 liters or less. If that size makes you dubious, you need not be. These small engines pack a powerful punch thanks to turbocharging and direct-injection technology.

2014 Ford Fusion Energi Details
Interior

The 2014 Ford Fusion’s cabin is attractive for sure, but it doesn’t feel as open or wide as some of its competitors. Four adults can sit comfortably in the Fusion, or three kids can squeeze in the back seat. At 16 cubic feet, the Fusion’s trunk is bigger than the Honda Accord's, but smaller than the Hyundai Sonata's. In hybrid models, some space is eaten up by under-floor batteries. Still, even hybrid models allow the rear seats to fold for added cargo room. The cloth seats and foam inserts in Fusion Hybrid and Energi models are made from recyclable or renewable materials.

Exterior
2014 Ford Fusion Energi photo

We know the 2014 Ford Fusion is an affordable family sedan, but with its Aston Martin-like grille, it looks more like an expensive European luxury car. Ford adds its own subtle styling cues in the form of numerous original wheel designs, interesting colors and aggressive headlights. The clever EasyFuel capless gas filler system means you’ll never again have to wrestle to open a fuel cap or wait for it to “click” into place. On Energi versions a lighted ring surrounds the charging port. The ring lights up as the car charges, with a fully lit circle indicating a full charge.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2014 Fusion is offered in eight trims: The gasoline and hybrid models are S, SE and Titanium, while the Energi is limited to SE and Titanium. Base S models include manual climate control, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, a 4-speaker AM/FM/CD player with auxiliary input, 16-inch wheels, and Ford’s SYNC wireless communication system with voice control. SE models add 10-way power driver’s seat, rear air vents, a 6-speaker audio system, and 17-inch wheels. Moving up to the Titanium model nets the powerful 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, 12-speaker Sony premium audio system with HD and satellite radio, dual-zone auto climate control, a rearview camera, leather seating, and 18-inch wheels.

Optional Equipment

In addition to more powerful turbocharged engines, features available on the 2014 Ford Fusion emphasize technology for making the car safer and commutes more comfortable. Among the offerings are a reverse-sensing system, Active Park Assist to help with parallel parking, adaptive cruise control, a navigation system, and a blind-spot monitoring system. One particularly interesting and potentially life-saving feature is the Lane Keeping System. Using a windshield-mounted camera, the car keeps a digital eye on road markings to detect if the car drifts into another lane. If that happens, the system alerts the driver by sounding a warning, vibrating the steering wheel and, ultimately, applying steering torque to get the car back into the lane.

Under the Hood

The base engine in the 2014 Ford Fusion is a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder. Better options are the 1.5-liter, 1.6-liter or 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engines, all of which can run on regular gasoline. For 2014, the 1.6-liter is manual-transmission only, while the new 1.5-liter offers start/stop functionally that cuts engine power at idle to save fuel. Front-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive limited to the 2.0-liter engine. The Fusion Hybrid uses a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine and electric motor to achieve a 47-mpg city/highway-combined figure. The plug-in Fusion Energi uses the same engine and motor setup, but offers a larger lithium-ion battery pack that can be recharged via an AC outlet. The Energi can travel 21 miles in pure-electric mode, and up to 620 miles total before having to recharge the battery or fill the gasoline tank. Recharge time is projected at seven hours on a 120-volt outlet, or 2.5 hours on a 240-volt outlet.

2.5-liter inline-4
175 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
175 lb-ft of torque @ 4,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/34 mpg

1.5-liter turbocharged inline-4
178 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
177 lb-ft of torque @ 1,500-4,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/36 mpg (non-Auto Start-Stop) 25/37 mpg (with Auto Start-Stop)

1.6-liter turbocharged inline-4
178 horsepower @ 5,700 rpm
184 lb-ft of torque @ 2,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 25/37 mpg

2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4
240 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm
270 lb-ft of torque @ 3,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/33 mpg (front-wheel drive), 22/31 mpg (all-wheel drive)

2.0-liter inline-4 and permanent magnet AC synchronous motor (hybrid)
188 horsepower (total)
129 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm (gasoline engine only)
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 47/47 mpg

2.0-liter inline-4 and permanent magnet AC synchronous motor (plug-in hybrid)
195 horsepower (total, with full battery charge)
129 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm (gasoline engine only)
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 44/41 mpg

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2014 Ford Fusion Energi Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.4
Out of 10

Based on 29 Ratings for the 2013 - 2017 models.

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  • Value
    8.9/10
    Quality
    9.0/10
  • Reliability
    9.1/10
    Performance
    9.0/10
  • Comfort
    9.5/10
    Styling
    9.5/10

Almost a great car

By on Friday, April 29, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 25,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Energy efficiency, quiet, styling & handling"

Cons: "Defrosting capability, recalls, rattles/squeaks"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"Love the gas efficiency, the quiet and the way the car looks and handles. We're nearing the end of our 3-yr lease and will not be purchasing the car due to the many rattles emerging and the lousy defrosting capabilities (and we're not even in a cold climate). Additionally, we can't keep up with the many recalls we've had on the car. We were very impressed with Ford with this car but think they have a way to go to beat the longevity of more upscale cars."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Happy With This Car

By on Monday, April 25, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fun to drive, efficient, luxurious"

Cons: "Small trunk, short range in electric only mode"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I have owned a 2014 Ford Fusion for almost 2 years now and use this car mostly for commuting. It's a win win to me because I get great efficiency and it is nice inside and out as well as smooth and quiet. I still really enjoy this car. My previous car was a BMW and I have had other luxury cars prior to that and this car does not feel like a step down to me."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

One of the best cars I have ever owned.

By on Monday, February 8, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,200

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Price, creature comforts, luxuries, mileage, quiet"

Cons: "Lack of trunk space - I'll take my wife's Sorento"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have owned from everything from a high end Mercedes to a Scirocco to a 68 Camaro Big Block which I loved to tinker with. Always felt Toyato made the best auto. Then came KIA and two of my sons and my wife own KIAS. My other son drives a Hyundai Sonata. However, 3 years ago I bought a Ford Fusion hybrid which I loved, but my friend / patient is the fleet manager at a Ford dealership and he invited me to test drive a Pearl White Ford Fusion Energi Titanium - bought on the spot! This Ford Fusion Energi Titanium is the best auto I have ever owned. It is nicely appointed with all the creature comforts inside the cabin and quiet as heck as I average 120 mpg. My electric bill has increased $45 per month and my daily commute is 18 miles total per day. Anyone could complain about its small trunk, but who cares when I have only filled up the gas tank once since November 18th 2015. And do not forget - this car has it all from lane departure to self parking to a beautiful sunroof to a frightening quiet car - they need to put in place a noise of some sort as driving around the parking lots is scary for me. And as for power - I would take my 1968 396 Camaro SS big block with over 400 hp any day, but there is just something about the torque of an electric engine - silky smooth and powerful enough for me. I used to laugh at my friends with the lack of confidence to buy a hybrid, but know I wonder what in the world are they thinking when I drive this plug in. Once again - best car I have ever owned."

18 people out of 18 found this review helpful

Hope it doesn't Break

By on Tuesday, December 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 23,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Carpool Sticker, Comfort, cheap on gas"

Cons: "Impossible to repair"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"I have a 2014 Fusion Energi, it was a great car until it wasn't any more. It just stopped working about a month ago and the dealer is still trying to figure out why it won't start. They have been replacing parts but still have no clue what to do to fix the problem. Up until I had the electronic failure I thought the car was great. I'm just hoping that I get it back before its another year older!"

8 people out of 8 found this review helpful

2016 Fusion Energi Titanium PHEV

By on Wednesday, July 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,036

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Looks, Ride, Cost to Owen, Fun to Driveby gas pump"

Cons: "No trunk space, No spare tire, not a hatch back."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"What is to say about near to perfect just needs a few things like trunk space, spare tire, hatch back, over all I am getting over 88 MPG and I only see a gas station about once a month or less my current cost Gas & Electric about $38.00 most of that is Electric per month, great warranty, dealer is near my home and has great service department. the best part is it's range 620 miles till it needs to see a gas pump. So much better than all Electric mileage range, and great looks that turn heads when I drive by gas stations."

14 people out of 23 found this review helpful

Best Car I have ever owned

By on Friday, June 12, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,700

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
Not Rated

Pros: "great milage, handles amazingly."

Cons: "i wish It had seat heaters"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Bought this car in February 2915. By far the best car I have ever owned. I am amazed at the gas this car in town on the hihyway"

12 people out of 21 found this review helpful

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