|The 2017 Ford Fusion Platinum Energi.|
Case in point: The 2017 Ford Fusion Platinum Energi.
|2017 Ford Fusion Platinum Energi.|
Those are some impressive numbers in this car's size class. The only way to improve on them in a Fusion are the Fusion Hybrid (which the Phoenix Bureau will be reviewing in a few days) or the Fusion Energi, a plug-in hybrid.
The advantage to the plug-in? A bigger battery pack than the Fusion Hybrid, allowing for 22 miles of range on pure electric power before the hybrid gas/electric powerplant kicks in. If you drive less than 22 miles a day, and plug it in every night, you can go a long time before touching a drop of the fuel in your tank. And, unlike a pure electric, it won't leave you stranded as long as you remember to actually buy gas when the needle heads for "E".
Also nifty: A charge from your home wall socket only takes about five hours. Two and a half if you have 240-volt capability. And that's because you're charging for 22 miles of range, not 100 as in some pure electrics that need 14 to 16 hours to charge.
The EPA gives the Fusion Energi two estimates: 97 MPG combined city/highway electric equivalent, and, for those of you who get lazy and don't always plug in, a straight 42 MPG when the battery pack is at zero and you're driving it as a normal hybrid (that's the same EPA estimate the Fusion Hybrid gets).
|2017 Ford Fusion Energi interior.|
The Fusion Platinum Energi has a base price of $41,120. That's because the Platinum trim level brings with it some very nice standard equipment, including dual-zone climate control, heated and cooled front seats, a 12-speaker Sony audio system, a power moonroof and a suite of safety features including blind spot information, enhanced active park assist, lane keeping and pre-collision assist.
And that's where the tab stops, save for $875 in destination and delivery charges...making the bottom line $41,995. But that's before the Fusion Energi Discount right there on the window sticker, so the real bottom line comes to $39,995. A reasonable price for what you get. And if your daily commute is less than 22 miles, the gasoline savings could be considerable.