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Plug and Play: 2019 Ford Fusion Energi Titanium Test Drive

For 2019 the Ford Fusion Energi Titanium has a few new tricks up its sleeve to help it stay competitive in the ever-growing plug-in hybrid segment. The second generation Fusion was released in 2013, and with beautiful and modern styling, it was an instant hit with consumers. Thanks to some revised battery technology the Energi sees a 4-mile bump in EV range to 25 miles (up from 21), which means fewer fuel stops if a fast charger is accessible.

As this is a hybrid, the Fusion Energi also employs petrol powered 2.0-liter  I4 engine that, that when combined with the 88kW electric motor, makes for a combined range of up to 108 MPGe and a total power output of 188 horsepower —not too shabby!

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2019 Ford Fusion Energi Titanium Exterior

Back in 2017, Ford stylists set forth to give the Fusion sedan a bit of a facelift, and now two years later, the trend continues. With a revised lower front fascia with chrome accents, new recessed auxiliary driving lights, a restyled grille, a new rear deck lid and updated LED taillights, the Fusion comes to us with a revised new look that Ford hopes will continue to drive sales. There are also configurable daytime running lamps with LED surrounds, an integrated spoiler on the trunk to help with aerodynamics, and fashionable 17-inch aluminum alloys that wear 225/50-series Michelin Energy Saver all-season tires.

For 2019 Ford has also removed the small fender badges, and the Fusion now makes do with a single Energi badge on the rear. That aside, onlookers will be hard pressed to figure out the Fusion comes with plug-in capabilities. The left front fender is home to the vehicles charge port and is complemented by an LED trim ring that lights up when plugged in while a standard fuel door occupies the rear left quarter. Other niceties include an optional power moonroof, and a European style roof antenna. It’s to see that even six years after its initial unveiling, that the second generation Fusion still looks great.

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2019 Ford Fusion Energi Titanium Interior

Nicely optioned with technology galore, the Titanium edition of the Fusion Energi comes complete with everything you’ll ever need from a modern plug-in hybrid. While the mechanics of the vehicle are solely focused on economy, the interior is centered on comfort and convenience. The leather-covered front seats offer both heat and ventilation, while rear passengers are treated to copious amounts of head and legroom. Ford has utilized good quality materials, however from a touch perspective, they are starting to feel a bit dated.

Ford’s SYNC 3 infotainment system works well and offers unique hybrid electric content, while at the same time being user-friendly. This allows for quick connectivity to mobile devices, vehicle settings and even the Energi’s SmartGauge with EcoGuide, a system that lets drivers optimize vehicle efficiency by providing real-time feedback. This information is also available through the SmartGauge screen that is located to the left of the Fusions analog speedometer. It’s fully customizable to show instant fuel economy, fuel economy history, a battery regeneration meter, plus much more. 2019 also sees the addition of Ford’s new Co-Pilot360, a suite of driver assist technologies that are designed to help you stay safe and sound.

Manual HVAC controls have also been retained on the Energi and I must say that they’re quite welcome. There’s no fishing through a touchscreen to access the heat or AC (although that is an option), but instead, clean intuitive controls that are presented front and center. Outward visibility is quite good with the cabin delivering a quiet experience once underway. The only downside is that cargo space is limited to 8.2 cubic-feet, as the Energi’s batteries utilize much of the available trunk space.

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2019 Ford Fusion Energi Titanium Performance

Open the hood and folks will notice the familiar 2.0-liter Atkinson-Cycle I4 plug-in hybrid engine that’s been with the Fusion Energi since it’s inception. The petrol/hybrid drivetrain sends power through a rev-happy CVT transmission and delivers a combined EPA rated maximum of 103-MPGe. For 2019 that means an improved EV range of up to 25-miles with a combined city/highway output of 42-mpg overall*. For those seeking to use a standard 110v outlet, charge time is about 7.5-hours, where a 220v Level 2 fast charger takes an average of 2.5-hrs. Combined power output comes in at 188 horsepower and 129 lb-ft of torque, with both drive systems working together seamlessly.

Acceleration is respectable for the class, and the Fusion will get to 60 mph in 8.5-seconds. Handling and braking characteristics are also on par with others in the segment, and the Fusion feels sure-footed regardless of the road surface. As a plug-in the Fusion Energi works very well. But don’t overlook that the Fusion also comes in a standard hybrid version, which delivers similar real-world mpg figures for a bit less money.

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2019 Ford Fusion Energi Titanium Safety

Ford’s big news for 2019 is the addition of Co-Pilot360. This is a suite of advanced technology that’s designed to keep you aware of your surroundings by providing standard features such as pre-collision assist, automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, lane-keep assist, along with a rearview camera. Co-Pilot360 aside, the Fusion also offers AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control, airbags throughout the cabin, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, traction control, and an electronic-assist parking brake. Additional safety features can be viewed at Ford.com.

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2019 Ford Fusion Energi Titanium Overall

As a commuter, the Fusion Energi is a great machine. Its quiet cabin delivers stress-free driving, while 25 miles of EV range means fewer trips to the fuel station. A family car, however, this is not, as the paltry 8.2 cubic-feet of storage space in the trunk means there’s very little room for extended trips that involve luggage. If however storage space is not a priority, then rest assured that the 2019 Ford Fusion Energi Titanium is poised to provide its new owner with years of economical driving at an as-tested price of just $36,858**.

Drop by your local AutoNation Ford dealer today to check one out!

*Fuel economy values (mpg) are EPA estimates. Actual mileage will vary and depends on several factors including driving habits and vehicle condition.

**Vehicle MSRP of $36,858.00 excludes taxes, title, transportation, options, and dealer fees.

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