Refreshed 2017 Fusion Energi Gets Range Bump, Better MPG

2 years ago by Jay Cole 73

Refreshed Fusion Energi Gets Some More All-Electric Range, Better Efficiency

Refreshed Fusion Energi Gets Some More All-Electric Range, Better Efficiency

New 2017 Ford Fusion Window Sticker

New 2017 Ford Fusion Window Sticker

The 2017 edition of the Ford Fusion Energi is notable for several reasons.

Not only does the car receive its first “refreshedbody appearance package inside and out, but the base price is lowered for 2017 (see full SE sticker below for standard features), while another premium package is added for all of those who need all the “whiz-bang” on their plug-in.

“The 2017 Fusion Energi SE Luxury will start at $33,995 with destination, $780 less than the 2016 model. However, the biggest change is a $1,610 price cut on the Titanium model, which will start at $34,995. A new top-spec Platinum version will start at $41,995 and come standard with the latest safety tech.”

2017 Ford Fusion Sport (ICE) New Tech Feature List

2017 Ford Fusion Sport (ICE) New Tech Feature List

EPA Data For "Old" 2016 Edition Of The Fusion Energi

EPA Data For “Old” 2016 Edition Of The Fusion Energi

When Ford announced the changes earlier this year it also alluded to an unknown increase in performance and efficiency:

“…while more efficient electric motors are expected to contribute to better fuel economy and a purer range of electric driving”

Now thanks to a 2017 edition window sticker spotted by a IEV reader (hat tip to Alan!) we can pass along the new numbers:

*- all electric range moves to 21 miles from 19 miles

*- 2017 Fusion Energi rated at 42 MPG, a 10.5% gain over the 39 MPG found in the 2016s

*- overall/blended efficiency now stands at 97 MPGe, the 2016 is rated at 88 MPG3

(The EPA has yet to upgrade its online portal to reflect 2017 Fusion Energi data)

Here is a look at the full sticker sheet for the new, based-priced 2017 Ford Fusion Energi SE:

2017 Ford Fusion Energi - Base Pricing And Options

2017 Ford Fusion Energi – Base Pricing And Standard Features, ex the $795 nav option (click to enlarge)

2017 New Ford Fusion Sport (ICE) - interior

2017 New Ford Fusion Sport (ICE) – interior

Hat tip to Alan C!

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73 responses to "Refreshed 2017 Fusion Energi Gets Range Bump, Better MPG"

  1. beta995 says:

    Any news on the CMAX?

    1. Tim F. says:

      The C-Max is getting a minor update for 2017 with new wheels, headlights and SE & Titanium trim packages available on both Hybrid and Energi. The fuel economy and electric range are expected to stay the same.

    2. Bloggin says:

      Since the C-Max Energi and Fusion Energi have the same EXACT drivetrain and software that runs the system, it’s expected the 2017 C-Max Energi should offer a similar increase.

      Order Banks for the 2017 C-Max Energi don’t open until 8/15/16, with production start 11/16/16, so don’t expect to see an updated details until early November.

  2. Mike says:

    These are really nice cars and they would be more appealing to the general public if they didn’t have such a compromised truck.

    1. Ziv says:

      Wouldn’t you love to have an edit feature? LOL!

      I looked at your post and I was like, “What does the F-150 have to do with… Oh.”

      I don’t use the trunk that much so I wouldn’t care one way or the other about that, but I think 30 miles of AER is probably the minimum I will accept after owning a Volt.

  3. Michael Will says:

    42mpg for a sedan isn’t that impressive anymore – highlander suv from Mitsubishi uses electric plugin to get more than 100mpg. And what’s mpge – European mpg lol

    1. David Murray says:

      I think you mean the outlander, not the highlander (that’s a toyota product) but seriously, that MPG number you state is not how much it gets when running on gas only. That 42 mpg stated by Ford is based on gas only driving. I’m sure it is more efficient than the outlander.

      1. Michael Will says:

        Thanks for clarifying.

    2. sven says:

      @Michael Will
      Aren’t you the guy who predicted that yesterday was “going to be a tsunami of hurt” for Tesla short sellers?

      What happened? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

      http://insideevs.com/tesla-reports-1st-quarter-earnings-moves-production-guidance-to-500k-by-2018/#comment-842301

      1. Michael Will says:

        Ha ha yeah. Give it a few months 🙂 I keep buying monthly whenever the shorts sell and keep it for 2 years. Should have waited to noon yesterday tho 🙂

        1. sven says:

          Too late. I took your advice, and closed out all my Tesla shorts after reading your comment. You cost me a lot of money! 😉

          /s

          1. ffbj says:

            It would probably be ok to close out at least some of your shorts and take profits at this point.

    3. pjwood1 says:

      It is starting to matter more whether a 40+ mpg car can run on 87 octane, versus requiring ~50 cent more expensive premium gas.

      On most drivers profiles, if you don’t need rear seat space, the Volt will put in far more electric miles, and have better EV performance, to boot.

      1. ModernMarvelFan says:

        New Volt uses regular gas also.

    4. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      Michael Will said:

      “highlander [Outlander?] suv from Mitsubishi uses electric plugin to get more than 100mpg.”

      Perhaps fake MPG, but certainly not real MPG.

      In a PHEV, measurements of actual MPG and electric range should always be measured separately. Mixing the two and calling that “MPG” degrades a useful metric, Miles Per Gallon, into nonsense.

  4. David Murray says:

    I seriously have to wonder WHAT was changed? After all, the car originally had a 21 mile range to begin with, which then got dropped to 19 because the efficiency wasn’t what Ford claimed it was. (as well as the fuel economy drop) So why do I get the impression that the car is essentially EXACTLY the same as before and somebody has just figured out a way to fudge some numbers again? And I don’t want to hear about any firmware tweaks. Unless Ford can point to some hardware that has been upgraded in the car, I’m not really convinced anything has changed except what is on paper.

    1. carcus says:

      Good point. Kinda looks like they just “recaptured” their original numbers somehow.

      /On the positive side, Ford does seem to be optioning up the car fairly well for the price.

    2. kdawg says:

      Maybe it got the tweaked chemistry from LG, and are also digging a bit deeper into the battery?

      1. David Murray says:

        That would explain the range, but not the fuel economy increase.

  5. CDAVIS says:

    With Ford Fusion offering less than half the AER of Chevy Volt at near the same price level why would a consumer choose the Fusion over the Volt?

    For Ford’s plug-in hybrids, Ford needs to match or better Chevy Volt’s 53 miles AER.

    The Chevy Volt clearly takes the tittle of king-of-the-hill for plug-in hybrid.

    1. sven says:

      Even the Prius Prime has more AER than the refreshed 2017 Ford Fusion, not to mention much better MPG.

      1. Jay Cole says:

        Just on a personal note. I had one of these on a recent extended weekend on the road, and putting aside AER/EV variables compared to other plug-ins (ironic considering where we are), the Fusion Energi is just a really nice, true mid-size car, and a nice driver.

        The Fusion Energi feels huge inside moving from a Volt, and it has a very nice level of refinement for the passengers. Even the rear seating in the Fusion is much larger than the front of the Volt. To be fair, we probably should not even compare these cars they are different animals, but nonetheless:

        Fusion rear headroom 37.8 (37 Volt front)
        Fusion rear legroom 44.0 (42 Volt front)

        If you are looking for maximum EV abilities in a extended range car, the Volt is for sure your huckleberry, and it is still a nice offering…but the Fusion Energi is far a superior “car specific” platform to really anything in the plug-in space at (or near) its price-point.

        Just my own personal opinion (not speaking for the site), but if you took all the plug-ins under $50,000 and lined them up, then made them all equal…converted them all to ICE drive, the Fusion would seem to be the superior product.

        Put another way, if there was no federal, state incentives at all, the Fusion Energi could stand on its own and still sell ~1,000 copies/month…and I don’t think you could make that argument for any other EVs (not from Tesla) today.

        I do get for many of us following the segment so religiously we tend to always want better, faster, longer range, design specific plug-in vehicles. However, sale-able plug-in products to the mass market is equally (if not more) important at this point too.

        Cars like the Fusion Energi and Prius Prime play a large roll in getting new butts in the seats…especially if you take away/see an end to the federal credit program. The Fusion Energi is really akin more to a Voltec-enabled Malibu – if GM were to build such an animal.

        1. SparkEV says:

          People who own Ford EV/PH seem to love their cars, and some publications had FFE as low cost Tesla for it’s features. But I don’t think Energi would do well without subsidy when base Fusion starts at $22.5K. At $11K over, that’s too high a premium for 22 miles AER. Might as well go for gasser and save up for Tesla 3, or even a used SparkEV with the savings.

          1. Jay Cole says:

            That is a fair point, but the Fusion Energi trim level still has a lot of options over the base…which not a lot of Fusion buyers opt for the base (lots of trim levels – avg buy is more like 27-28k), remember this is a step up story. The price conscious are more likely to buy a Focus here.

            Historically (as Ford is given to do with its EVs), they price them higher, but always have them 3-4k off…a perpetual sale if you will. Not sure anyone has bought an EV from Ford at full price yet, lol. So acquiring a Fusion Energi at 27-28k (before $4k rebate) isn’t too difficult (and the base hybrid starts at 25k).

            In the real world, you can walk away with one of these from $23-24k after credit, and get 22 miles range/42 mpg/97 MPGe equipped in a nice package. As far as new mid-size cars go, the Fusion Energi is probably as close to being able to compete on an even footing with an ICE as we have on the market today.

            Again, I’m not saying for myself I am buying one (I tend toward the more ‘purist’ side of things), but it is a surprising car.

            Even if one doesn’t have designs for it, but just an interest following the plug-in segment in general, it’s worth just going to your Ford dealer and checking out in person. Definitely an outlier to the group atm.

            1. Assaf says:

              Jay, can you change article text to match the sticker – i.e., 22 miles AER and not 21?

              It’s a 50% bump in the range bump!!!!1111

              🙂

              1. Chip says:

                Jay, the sticker says “all electric driving range 0 to 21 miles”.
                The 22 miles seems to be under section of the ‘driving range’ diagram with the label “electricity + gasoline”, before the section labelled ‘gasoline only’. That seems to be imply that the car is rated as 22 miles in blended mode before moving to gasoline only.
                Please clarify which figure is actually the official EPA AER.

              2. Jay Cole says:

                We lost a few posts last night in the switchover…and also the “22 miles” discussion. The Fusion Energi is rated up to 21 full miles (you have to look at the pica type on the sticker below the 22)

        2. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

          Jay, thanks for giving us your personal opinion of the PHEV field!

          I hafta wonder if the main reason GM isn’t putting Voltec in larger cars is because they don’t want to offer compelling PHEVs which would cut into sales of their more popular gasmobiles. Well, if GM continues to sit on its hands this way, some other company will come along and eat its lunch, just as happened with Nissan and the Leaf.

          I admit to being rather torqued off that 5-1/2 years after the debut of the Volt, there is still only one PHEV that has an electric range of 35+ miles.

          1. Jay Cole says:

            Without putting ‘too’ much focus on it, I think it is somewhat significant that Ford choose their most popular car by far to electrified.

            That said, Ford’s views towards electrification is always somewhat of a conundrum … each press release/news bit seems to be the exact opposite sentiment of the previous one. Not sure if that intentional, or just one hand has no clue what the other is doing…but probably the latter.

        3. ModernMarvelFan says:

          ” if there was no federal, state incentives at all, the Fusion Energi could stand on its own and still sell ~1,000 copies/month…”

          No way that is true.

          With non-plugin version so much cheaper, it won’t sell at all unless Ford gave it away with super discount.

          The only reason it even sells today is because Ford is putting close to $5K to $7K on the hood of those things in California!

    2. David Murray says:

      That’s almost the same as asking why somebody would buy a Chevy Tahoe over a Spark, considering the better fuel economy of the Spark? Obviously there are other factors that go into vehicle purchases besides fuel economy, or in this case EV range.

    3. philip d says:

      Beyond the factors you mentioned I think there is one other factor that makes a very important distinction between the two and is often overlooked. And that is the size of the electric motors and the resulting driving experience while driving in pure EV mode.

      Not only does the Fusion Energi have half the range it also has only 118hp/ 88kW output in EV mode to the Volt’s 160hp max. in EV mode. And to make things worse the Fusion Energi weighs in at 3,900 lbs., a full 400 lbs. more than the Volt.

      And even when you allow the Fusion Energi to burn gas to get full performance in blended mode the new Volt can match that performance while it’s still in EV mode.

    4. kubel says:

      Because Ford passes on at least the entire tax credit ($4007 for 2017, $9257 for 2016) in the form of capitalized cost reduction, whereas GM hordes most of the tax credit for themselves on leases. Fusion is also a larger car with comfortable rear passenger space. It also handles and rides better than the Volt and has a higher residual value than the Volt.

      But I agree, I would rather have a Volt just because of the better drivetrain and technology. It’s just not as terrible of deal as people think.

      1. pjwood1 says:

        The Volt has a much lower CG. I’ve driven both, but spread apart in time. My impression was the opposite. Volt = “Unflappable”.

    5. 3laine says:

      The Fusion has several inches more rear legroom, several more inches more rear hip room, and a few more inches rear headroom.

      It would be far more roomy in a situation when you have to put 3 people in the back. That’s one of the Volts biggest weaknesses.

      There are other reasons that are more personal preference, but the Fusion is legitimately significantly larger in the rear seats.

      1. philip d says:

        But the Fusion’s cargo space is practically useless. I use my hatch cargo space with folding seats far, far more often than hauling 3 adults in the backseat long distances.

        I suspect the majority of others probably do as well but the perception is that a big back seat is a more important.

      2. ModernMarvelFan says:

        “The Fusion has several inches more rear legroom, several more inches more rear hip room, and a few more inches rear headroom.”

        Such terrible terms. NOt precise at all.

        0.7 inch more head room and 2 inch more leg room…

    6. kdawg says:

      “why would a consumer choose the Fusion over the Volt?”
      —–
      Passenger room.
      (but you lose trunk/cargo space)

    7. jdbob says:

      Nobody needs to match the AER of the Volt. The Volt is an outlier in the PHEV market and as anyone can see a lot of ~20 mile PHEV’s are sold to satisfied customers.

  6. Goaterguy says:

    “why would a consumer choose the Fusion over the Volt?”
    Ford fanboi, Chevy hater. Plenty out there.

    1. EVBlogger says:

      I would would always go for better AER. But for most people it matters how big their second home is 🙂

    2. sven says:

      A usable (roomy/spacious) backseat.

      1. Dork101 says:

        Yep, midsize car vs compact car with compromised back seating. Also the Fusion is supposed to have a pretty good fun-to-drive factor from what i hear.

        1. philip d says:

          Compact with compromised back seating with good cargo configuration vs. midsize with compromised cargo configuration with good back seat.

          The Volt is also fun to drive. 2 gen handles much better. Has an awesome 2.6 sec. 0-30. Has a same 0-60 in its EV mode as the Fusion gets with its gas blended mode. The Fusion in EV mode is a dog.

      2. philip d says:

        And an unusable cargo space. The Volt’s cargo space on paper isn’t any bigger but it’s shape and it’s hatch configuration with foldable seats is far more practical and usable.

        I use my cargo space much more often than having adults in my back seat much less having 3 adults in my back seat.

        1. kdawg says:

          I haven’t flipped my Volt seats up in 3 years 🙂

  7. ffbj says:

    Holy popcorn five stories in a row and no mention of you know who…I’m shocked.

    1. Jay Cole says:

      Want further evidence the world is ending? Much delayed move to larger/dedicated servers will be happening overnight to better serve the increased traffic, faster.

      1. ffbj says:

        Cool. Maybe they could foot the bill for a new sleeping bag too. (world)

        1. Kdawg says:

          You know you want one.

      2. Trollnonymous says:

        We’ve heard that before…….lol

        Those Linux services are a pain to migrate from host to new hosts.

        Don’t ask me how I know.

        1. Jay Cole says:

          Hehe, I know all about this pain, (=

          As a fun sidenote: we’ll be putting the “old server” in hold/maintenance mode soon (aiming for ~6 ET). So this is everyone’s chance to really utter the profanities, torture your fellow man for a few hours and get away with it… before having it all magically wiped away at the new digs.

    2. Rick (no, not that Rick) says:

      He was busy launching rockets this morning.

  8. Mad says:

    Leased a 2016 because of the deals going. Lease ends in 2019 when I can choose between 3-5 200 mile BEVs.

    Fun to drive. EV mode isn’t bad for city driving. Nice interior. It’s not a mom car (sorry C-Max owners). It looks good. It’s a really good car. The Trunk is my only gripe. If they fixed the trunk, they would have sold 10x as many energies.

    1. philip d says:

      I agree with the trunk thing. If GM would have made the new Volt on a midsize platform it would have also sold 10x as many even if it took a 8-10 mile hit to its EV range.

      1. Daniel says:

        Agreed, I think there is a little more “head room” as far as price in the mid-size market as well. Lets face it <$35k or more if optioned nicely is pretty steep for basically a compact car. The Voltec drive can only add so much value to the Volt then it becomes an over priced compact in the eyes of the public at large (who don't read or participate in these forums on a regular basis)or thanks to GM lack of marketing fail to see the benefits the Volt offers.

        I currently have a Volt but would much rather have a Voltec Malibu "with a plug" even if the AER was no better than a Gen1 Volt I'll be coming out of.

    2. Carcus says:

      Yep. The trunk seriously hobbles the practicality of this car. Fold down seats and decent sized pass through are mandatory in today’s sedan designs.

  9. Elroy says:

    Yes, I rented a regular Fusion for my 800 mile trip to the Bay area from So Cal. Beautiful car, luxurious interior, comfortable, quiet, and surprisingly good handling. 40mpg is excellent for a car this size. This is the best value for a plug in sedan of this size. The Volt is not even in the same category. And for how small it is, the gas MPG of the Volt is unimpressive compared to how good the Fusion is for its size.

    1. pjwood1 says:

      “The Volt is not even in the same category.”

      That’s where it started to look like you’re trying to throw more shade at the Volt, than you care about the Fusion.

      1. Spider-Dan says:

        No, I think most Volt proponents would fully agree that the Volt is in a completely different category than the Fusion Energi.

  10. JohnFFE says:

    As a current owner of a 2014 Fusion Energi I found the seats to be way more comfortable than the volt. That alone sold me on the car since I spend a good 3 hours a day in it traveling for my job. Volt had much cooler tech and AER but comfort always wins in my opinion.

  11. Elroy says:

    It’s pretty simple, the volt is a better electric car than the fusion. But the Fusion is a better car in general than the Volt.Roomier seating, more comfortable, better looking,just as good gas MPG considering the size. But if you plan on driving on all EV, obviously the Volt is the stronger performer.For myself Volt would make more sense.For my whole family,Fusion easily wins.

    1. Spider-Dan says:

      The Fusion is better at carrying people but MUCH worse at carrying cargo. If you don’t regularly transport 4 adults, it is an inferior car across the board (before even considering the drivetrain).

  12. Terawatt says:

    I have to hand it to Ford. Getting anyone to fork out over $33k for this severely compromised car is salesmanship of the highest order!

    If it had been me, I’m pretty sure I would be rather angry within about six months, when Ford drops the price to something a bit less ridiculous.

    Please don’t tell me it is possible to sell this alongside Bolt ($30k after incentives, much lower center of gravity, actual luggage space, twice the performance, double the electric range), or even the 2017 BMW i3. Or is it??

    I hope to one day be able to see YouTube videos showing Energi buyers test driving their neighbor’s new Model 3 and learning it cost $27,500. Usually I don’t wish such cruelty on anyone, but it would be too funny. And Ford buyers kinda deserve it..! 😉

  13. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

    “all electric range moves to 21 miles from 19 miles”

    Gosh, I don’t know if I can stand the excitement. [/snark]

  14. JohnFFE says:

    I don’t see it as a severely compromised car. After rebates I paid $28,500 for a loaded Fusion titanium energi which is less than an ICE Titanium Fusion. I have no hatred for the volt but after having two GM lemons in my lifetime I would never give them another penny. I have never regretted my decision. I will have it paid off just in time for my model 3.

  15. Koenigsegg says:

    That’s one cheap ass looking interior

    My Smart Car’s interior looks and feels better than that rofl

    1. Elroy says:

      You are kidding I hope. Go look on the Ford Website at a leather optioned Focus, and compare it to the Smart Car. The Fusion interior and its cluster display system holds it own against many luxury cars costing much more. Have you read what some of us are saying? This car is a great road car for the whole family on a 1000 mile trip. Whole different car than a Smart Car.

      1. Elroy says:

        Looking at the window sticker, it now comes with LED tail lights, AND headlights. Rear view camera, and leather seats for the $33K. Not a bad deal at all.

  16. Jay Cole says:

    Chip,

    you had a comment here about what the actual EPA range would be 21 miles or 22 miles (the comment got destroyed in the move from the old server to the new). The EPA rating on the site (when the 2017 numbers are published) will be 21 miles.

    /sorry about the confusion on the comment system

  17. james says:

    But then the big argument would become, 2017 Malibu Hybrid vs. Fusion Energi with a plug.

    Malibu = 47MPG City/ 46MPG Hwy… Starting at $28,645-ish…

    Ford didn’t fare well in this year’s Consumer Reports reliability index…

    Malibu possesses newer hybrid system design with Voltec parts. Fusion is straight HSD.

    Fusion trades trunk space for battery pack.

    I used to kind of like the Fusion’s new look…With Aston Martin rip-off grille yet in person it kind of looks like a cheap photocopy of other cars – a mashup if you will of Euro cars but the horizontal character lines are both slanted and flat-horizontal, kind of sleek, but not really. Then we add the horribly hard plastics on the dash, center console and doors, and it’s design has gotten old fast ( for me, anyway ).

    Ford as a company ticks me off even more than GM in the way they play the electrification game. They’re not even trying to look “all-in”, where GM isn’t all-in, but tries to appear so with all it’s money spent on R&D with Voltec and Bolt EV. GM shows it’s hand with not supporting fast charging and selecting formats that won’t fly in the real world. GM throttles back production and doesn’t commit to mixed media advertising… But in the end, one has to toss the ring to GM for putting out more compelling electrified products ( and many more then Ford ).

  18. james says:

    Don’t know if this is new-server-related, but I am not experiencing the lag in typing my posts as has been frustrating for such a lightning-fast typist as myself…:)…

    Nice work!

    The nicest thing I can say for all these “baby step” 20 mile PHEVs entering the marketplace is that people who buy them will experience all-electric drive and thirst for much more of it. For me, 53 miles from Volt is minimal for me to pop $30,000 down. Cruze PHEV would likely kill Volt, as while they share the same platform, the Cruze got the stretch job and a back seat that can honestly, comfortably seat 3 humans. Cruze diesel vs. Volt may be a better comparison. And we now know how wonderful those DIESELS ARE…

    Ruh Roh….the lag is back…Thanks to Shockwave plugin…Grrrrr…

  19. james says:

    The big hope now is that GM will put the Malibu hybrid system in a couple more products, effectively trailing behind Toyota and Ford’s HSD by about 11 years or so… GM went the light hybrid route and flopped, which set them back in the segment…Fortunately for GM – Highlander Hybrids sell like, 900/month at best…So the motivation isn’t too high. I’m thinking GM has them engineered out, and they’re waiting in the wings should gas prices skyrocket.

    The hybrid version of an existing ICE model isn’t a big seller anywhere with anything. Prius still soars above all else in monthly/yearly sales.

    For me, an electrified product has to excite the world. And it seems high performance is the only thing that will motivate the mass market to look at them.

    What if GM made the “fake Jolt” that an enterprising web-wizard cobbled together on a fake Chevy website? The Tru 140S was customer-inspired, and the image of a sporty and fast sports coupe. A pure electric Volt RS or SS with programming leaning towards quickness 0-60, and/or independent rear suspension and stiffer spring rates would inspire lots of ink and attention.

    A sales success in a cheap-gas world needs more than frugality to move iron.