Ford Fusion Plug-IN Hybrid 2021 – Review, Photos/Pictures Gallery

The new Ford Fusion Plug-IN Hybrid 2021 has managed to prove itself over the years, having received only one recall in 2021 for potential exposure to high voltage sources. And though J.D. Power is yet to accord the 2021 year model of the Fusion Hybrid Energi with a predicted reliability rating, we except its dependability to be high – it scored 78 out of 100 for the 2021 model year. Ford backs the plug-in hybrid with a standard three-year/36,000-mile limited bumper-to-bumper warranty, a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty, and with eight years/100,000 miles worth of hybrid component coverage.

The new 2021 Ford Fusion Plug-IN Hybrid has tremendous versatility in a hotly contested segment. There are four available engine options, one of which can be had with all-wheel drive, and two that are hybrids. There are also six trim levels that range from basic to near-luxury. The Fusion isn’t as special or refined as the Honda Accord and Mazda 6, but its crisp styling, comfortable ride, and roomy cabin make for a satisfying ride. With Ford angling away from the car market it’s hard to say what will happen to the Fusion in the long run, but for 2021, it’s here to stay.

New Ford Fusion Plug-IN Hybrid 2021

Plug-in hybrids are a fantastic step forward towards electrification – the benefits of plugging in and using only electric power for a while without the anxiety of running out of juice. But for the Ford Fusion Energi, the fact that it wasn’t designed with plug-in intentions from day dot seems to count against it, with specialized rivals like the Toyota Prius Prime and the Chevrolet Volt staring it down in the midsize hybrid segment. In comparison, the Fusion Energi seems a little feeble as a hybrid vehicle, despite its claimed all-electric range of 26 miles. Facing many compromises, like a near non-existent trunk, the Energi still has a comprehensive list of standard features, offers a quiet and modern cabin, and a class-leading infotainment system – so it’s not all bad.

As with the previous model year, the front wheels of the Energi are once again powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, integrated with a 7.6 kW electric motor for peak combined outputs of 188 horsepower. Servicing the standalone model, titled the Energi Titanium, is a stock CVT automatic. Overall, the Energi is an easy car to live with and offers many of the benefits of a family sedan – but the question remains, why buy the Energi when all it offers and more can be found in better packages?

Interior

The Ford Fusion Plug-IN Hybrid 2021 offers seating for up to five passengers. It’s a relatively straightforward affair, with a rotary transmission dial on the center console alongside two cupholders and in front of a small storage area. If you’re a fan of physical buttons, rejoice, because there are plenty of them for the climate controls and, depending on options, the base radio. The gauge cluster has a single physical dial (the speedometer) flanked by, in its most expensive setup, two smaller screens with adjustable settings.

From cloth seats to quilted leather, from a small audio screen to an 8.0-inch touchscreen, a Fusion can be spartan or luxurious. Overall, the Fusion’s multiple interior trims are attractive and in step with the rest of the class, but drivers of the base model might feel they’ve gotten a raw deal if they see a richly appointed Platinum model rolling down the street.

The gas-powered Fusion holds as much cargo as most competitors, but the hybrid and plug-in hybrid models suffer mightily for their battery packs, which reside in the trunk. The Fusion Energi we tested held a measly two carry-on bags in its trunk while the standard Fusion held six.

The Energi seats five passengers in reasonable comfort; but the back seat is rather confined, with the center providing a cramped space suited for nothing more than a young teen. The seats themselves are nonetheless exceptionally comfortable, adorned with leather-trimmed Sport seating surfaces. Front seats feature ample adjustability, heating, and even ventilation as standard. While room upfront is decent all-round, the Energi’s rearward sloping roofline impedes headroom to some degree for the rear occupants. Fortunately, outward visibility isn’t hindered at all – all-around sight-lines are uninterrupted, and the Energi’s many driver-aids make for easy driving.

  • Seating capacity 5-seater

Exterior

In appearance, the 2021 Ford Fusion Plug-IN Hybrid sedan looks identical to that of the regular Fusion Hybrid, differentiated only by a charge-port cap located on the front left fender. The front end of the hybridized sedan sports LED signature lighting, daytime running lights, headlights, and fog lamps. It’s perched on 17-inch Sparkle Silver-painted alloy wheels, and fitted with power heated exterior mirrors. At the rear, it flaunts LED taillights, a decklid spoiler, and a single chrome exhaust tip.

2021 Ford Fusion Energi Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2021 Fusion Energi?

Ford saw it fit to delete the adjustable lumbar support and memory settings on the front passenger seat for the 2021 model year. Beyond that, there are no other alterations or enhancements for the new model year.

  • Jam-packed with features
  • Pleasantly quiet cabin at all speeds
  • Modern and high-quality interior
  • Ample passenger room
  • Class-leading infotainment system
  • Considerably floaty ride quality
  • Significant compromise in practicality
  • Unimpressive all-electric range

The Energi measures identically to the standard hybrid variant and differs only in height and weight to the gasoline one. It measures 191.8 inches long and 72.9 inches wide; while the plug-in and hybrid measure 58 inches in height, the gasoline variant measures 0.2 inches taller. The Energi carries the heaviest curb weight of the three variants – at 3,986 lbs, it’s around 300 lbs heavier than the standard hybrid’s 3,668 lbs in its heaviest form. This makes it around 500 lbs heavier than the regular gasoline variant.

Colors

  • Rapid Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat
  • Alto Blue Metallic Tinted Clearcoat
  • White Platinum Metallic Tri-Coat
  • Magnetic Metallic
  • Iconic Silver Metallic
  • Agate Black Metallic
  • Oxford White
  • Velocity Blue Metallic

Fuel economy

From a thirsty twin-turbo V-6 to a parsimonious plug-in hybrid with double-digit EV range, the Fusion’s powertrains cover a lot of ground. The reliance on turbocharged gasoline engines in most versions could mean that drivers have a hard time replicating EPA fuel-economy numbers in the real world. Our Sport test vehicle delivered a 26-mpg result over our 200-mile highway fuel-economy test and the plug-in Energi managed 39 mpg.

The Ford Fusion Energi is the top of the Fusion family ladder for buyers looking for a midsize sedan that maximizes fuel economy. The five passenger FWD Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid uses a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine in combination with an electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery. To link the gas engine and electric motor together, an electronic continuously variable transmission, also known as an eCVT, is used to optimally match the power and gearing. Safety features include 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with panic brake assist, AdvanceTrac electronic stability and traction control, LED aillights, daytime running lights, headlamps and fog lamps, security system, MyKey restricted driving mode, eight-airbags, tire pressure monitoring system and Ford Co-Pilot360 with blind spot information, forward automatic emergency braking, rear cross-traffic alert and pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection. The Fusion Energi carries over for 2021 with minimal changes.

The Ford Fusion Energi is the top of the Fusion family ladder for buyers looking for a midsize sedan that maximizes fuel economy. The five passenger FWD Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid uses a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine in combination with an electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery. To link the gas engine and electric motor together, an electronic continuously variable transmission, also known as an eCVT, is used to optimally match the power and gearing. Safety features include 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with panic brake assist, AdvanceTrac electronic stability and traction control, LED aillights, daytime running lights, headlamps and fog lamps, security system, MyKey restricted driving mode, eight-airbags, tire pressure monitoring system and Ford Co-Pilot360 with blind spot information, forward automatic emergency braking, rear cross-traffic alert and pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection. The Fusion Energi carries over for 2021 with minimal changes.

Horsepower

If variety is the spice of life, the Ford Fusion is practically running its own Bedouin bazaar. Counting its electrified variants, there are five different powertrains available for the 2021 Fusion. Its base engine is a 2.5-liter I4 that makes 175 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque. All Fusions mate their engines to six-speed automatic transmissions, with more powerful engines offering manual gear selection, as well as engine stop-start tech.

The mid-range gas engine, a 1.5-liter turbocharged I4, bumps output up to 181 hp and 185 lb-ft, but if you’re really angling for something sprightly, there’s a 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 that makes 245 hp and 275 lb-ft, and it’s available on multiple trims. Sadly, the 325-horsepower Fusion Sport was discontinued after the 2021 model year, so it does not reappear for 2021. Front-wheel drive is standard, but the 2.0-liter engine can also pick up all-wheel drive.

Technical specifications

The 2021 Ford Fusion Plug-In Hybrid Titanium for sale at Supreme Ford in Slidell, LA – close to New Orleans, Metairie, and Chalmette – proves you don’t have to sacrifice luxury to be ecofriendly. This plug-in hybrid sedan features all LED lighting, chrome mesh grille, rear decklid spoiler, and 17-inch sparkle silver-painted aluminum wheels for an unforgettable look. Go longer between fillups, thanks to the 2.0L i-VCT Atkinson-cycle hybrid engine and electric motor that generate a combined 188 horsepower. You’ll still get 43 mpg in the city, 41 mpg on the highway, and a 103 combined MPGe1. Inside the 2021 Ford Fusion Plug-In Hybrid Titanium, there’s room for five in leather-trimmed sport upholstery with heated and cooled front seats.

The SYNC® 3 infotainment system with capacitive touchscreen displays features voice-activated navigation system with SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link® and a 12-speaker Sony® audio system with HD Radio™ technology. You’ll also love the peace of mind provided by Ford Co-Pilot360™: including BLIS® with cross-traffic alert, lane keeping system, auto high beam headlamps, pre-collision assist with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go, and rear view camera You won’t find a better selection of new Ford vehicles anywhere else. See the latest models and take advantage of low-interest rates on new auto loans. Visit Supreme Ford today at 400 East Howze Beach Road, Slidell, LA, and take your 2021 Ford Fusion Plug-In Hybrid Titanium test drive.

🚘Price

The 2021 Ford Fusion Hybrid Energi’s MSRP of $35,000 is average for the segment – this price excludes Ford’s destination charge of $995, an acquisition fee of $645, as well as any tax, registration, or licensing fees. There aren’t any additional packages available for the Energi, only an option to install a power moonroof for $1,095. Two of the Energi’s exterior color options also have an extra charge of either $395 or $595 – there isn’t much more to pricing on the Energi. As a plug-in hybrid, the Fusion Energi may be eligible for certain eco incentives depending on which state the buyer purchases the vehicle in.

  • S: $24,165
  • SE: $25,495
  • SEL: $29,685
  • Hybrid SE: $28,995
  • Titanium: $35,445
  • Energi: $35,995

The SEL model represents a well-equipped and affordable option in the Fusion lineup. With a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine as the only option, buyers looking for an all-wheel-drive model will have to upgrade to the 2.0-liter four-cylinder. Other notable features include the Sync 3 infotainment system, Ford’s Co-Pilot360 driver-safety package, and front heated seats.

Motors

The Fusion Energi is equipped with the same engine found in the regular Fusion hybrid, a 2.0-liter inline-four Atkinson cycle engine augmented with an 88 kW electric motor, and mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission. The front wheels of the Energi are powered by combined outputs of 188 hp, which accelerates the Energi from 0-60 mph in a reasonable 7.8 seconds. This doubles to 15 seconds in forced EV-only mode and drops slightly in maximum attack ‘charge depletion’ mode, which also unlocks a further 7 hp. With ample electrified torque at hand, acceleration off-the-line is effortless; getting up to speed can be gradual, but power – and enough of it – is always there for unhurried, relaxed driving. Responses from the powertrain as a whole are accurate and consistent throughout, and the engine makes for comfortable inner-city driving. The CVT is as seamless as expected, further underscoring the Energi’s penchant for low to mid-range speeds.

  • Engine – 2.0-liter Inline-4 Plug-in Hybrid
  • Transmission – Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)

Powertrain offerings in the Fusion start with a lackluster 175-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder, a competent six-speed automatic, and front-wheel drive. The six-speed carries over throughout the Fusion’s gasoline-powered models. A 181-hp turbocharged 1.5-liter or a 245-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter, both four-cylinders, are available in upper trim levels. The 2.0-liter engine can be mated to all-wheel drive, if desired. The Sport model has a 325-hp twin-turbo 2.7-liter V-6 and standard all-wheel drive. The Fusion is also available as a hybrid. That model has a 2.0-liter four-cylinder paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) and an electric motor that together make 195 horsepower. There is also a plug-in hybrid, with the same powertrain as the hybrid teamed up with a larger battery pack.

In most guises, the Fusion pairs a comfortable ride with agile handling for an engaging driving experience. The Fusion Sport in particular can feel more like a sports sedan than a family car when pushed hard, thanks to its standard adaptive dampers—though its ride and handling still aren’t sharp enough to be thoroughly convincing. The plug-in Energi model doesn’t acquit itself well, suffering from soft suspension tuning and overly light steering that robs it of prowess in the corners. Gas-powered Fusions have responsive, nimble steering, but again, the Energi falls short, delivering scant feedback and an artificial, overboosted feel.

Configurations

The 2021 Ford Fusion is available in eight separate trims, split between gas and electrified versions. There are S, SE, SEL and Titanium variants of the non-hybrid Fusion, while the Fusion Hybrid is limited to SE, SEL and Titanium trims. The Fusion PHEV is relegated to just the Titanium version.

The base Fusion S starts at $23,170. There’s an okay amount of standard stuff in there, including the aforementioned Ford Co-Pilot360, in addition to that small Sync screen, a 4.2-inch configurable display in the gauge cluster, push-button start and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The $24,500 Fusion SE adds the 1.5-liter gas engine, 17-inch alloy wheels, the Sync 3 infotainment system and rear parking sensors, while the $28,690 SEL adds keyless entry, a power driver’s seat and an 11-speaker audio system. At the top of the gas-only pops is the $34,450 Fusion Titanium, which picks up a power moonroof, embedded navigation, front seat ventilation and a 12-speaker Sony audio system.

The Fusion Hybrid’s base SE trim starts at $28,000, with the SEL rising to $31,630 and the Titanium landing at $34,595. The most expensive Fusion is the Titanium PHEV, which starts at an even $35,000.

An eight-inch LCD touchscreen display takes center stage in the Energi, featuring Ford’s class-leading Sync 3 infotainment software which includes Android Auto and Apple CarPlay functionality as standard, as well as voice-activated navigation with SiriusXM radio connectivity, Live Traffic, and Travel Link. There’s also Bluetooth smartphone connectivity and audio streaming, HD Radio connectivity, FordPass Connect functionality, as well as an AM/FM/MP3 stereo with CD-player. A premium 12-speaker Sony surround-sound audio system is standard fare. There are two USB ports in the dash available for device charging and connectivity, along with a single 12-volt power outlet. Ford’s Sync 3 system is one of the most user-friendly systems available and is highly intuitive and user-friendly; the visuals on the LCD screen are crisp, and responses are accurate and fast.

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