I’m going to assume that you’re already aware of the relatively new Ford Fusion….Ford’s highly-acclaimed, Aston-Martin-styled mid-sized 4-door sedan.
It starts in the low $20’s, and comes with the expected variety of trim levels, engine and transmission options…even offering an EPA rated 47 MPG hybrid.
Here, tho’, we’re going to look strictly at Ford’s “Energi” version of the Fusion…a plug-in with electric motor, battery, and 2.0 liter 4-cylinder gas engine…..driving through a continuously variable automatic.
This set up is EPA rated at an incredible 108 MPG city and 92 HWY….for a nice, round average of 100.
What’s the secret? Just plug this baby into either a 240 or standard 120 outlet….juice it up while you sleep each night….and your first 21 miles can be electric-only.
Per the EPA, they estimate that your annual fuel cost for an Energi driven 15,000 miles / year will be only $950….and that includes the cost of your electricity!
I think we both know a more than one person driving a full-sized SUV who spends that much every three months, right?
So…..what do you have to sacrifice to get 100 MPG?
Nothing except trunk space and a few more dollars.
The Fusion Energi SE…like any of the Fusion SE’s….gas or hybrid….offers what are today pretty much expected levels of luxury for this sized / priced vehicle….like standard heated leather seating.
Our test Energi had $5,125 in options like active park assist, reverse sensing system, adaptive cruise control, nav, rear video cam, lane-keeping alert system, cross-traffic alert and rear inflatable seat belts….bringing the total sticker to $44,620 including transportation.
And as for Ford’s SYNC system, SYNC offers voice-activated music search, audible texting, personalized news / weather / sports and more. They, like a number of manufacturers today, are trying to develop systems that allow you to control most of your otherwise distracted-driving activities by voice…..allowing you to keep your eyes where they belong…on the road.
The Fusion Energi does carry a $7,000+ surcharge over a “regular” Fusion hybrid, but if you’re the type who wants to be the greenest guy or girl on the block, Ford’s Fusion Energi is one of the few choices on the road that can get you a real 100 MPG!