2013 Ford Fusion Energi First Drive Automotivebox

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2013 Ford Fusion First Drive

2013 Fusion Energi First

West Los Angeles is a brutal environment. Streets are crowded lots of people in lots of and everyone is in a big, fat, hurry to get somewhere. On the unusually and dreary day during which I am evaluating a new 2013 Ford Energi plug-in hybrid, riding shotgun while the is trying to see how far it will take us on before the gasoline engine up and starts consuming unleaded.

As a we’re in no hurry at all.

surrounds the Ice Storm Metallic Energi as we slowly and silently along crumbling city ensconced on standard leather-wrapped and front seats. Conversation is in the quiet cabin, and the ride is sublime. If only I could the front passenger’s seat off of the for greater comfort and a better out.

Perhaps the Fusion roomy back seat have been a better

In any case, thanks to heavy I’ve got plenty of time to the details Ford shared the new Fusion Energi prior to our on the short, purely urban route. This midsize sedan is equipped with a plug-in hybrid powertrain and refined driving dynamics, few compromises required in exchange for its 100 combined fuel efficiency

2013 Ford Fusion First Drive: Energized Hybrid Powertrain

The 2013 Fusion Energi is based on the Hybrid, and is equipped with the 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle 4-cylinder 88 kW electric motor, and eCVT as that model. The difference is the Fusion Energi swaps a 7.6 kWh battery pack in for the Fusion much smaller 1.4 kWh battery. is turn, reduces trunk from 12 cu.-ft. to 8.2 cu.-ft. and 250 pounds of weight to the vehicle, the base curb weight to pounds.

Total system horsepower is too, at 195 compared to 188.

The other modifications are “Energi” a free 5-year subscription to a Mobile smartphone application, and a port mounted to the left fender. The charge port is by a translucent ring that in quartiles to convey an estimate of the pack’s state of charge. A specific measure of remaining is offered in the Fusion Energi’s with EcoGuide cluster, or via the Mobile App.

In addition to battery charge information, the Energi’s MyFord Mobile App access to a variety of information. can schedule battery recharging for when utility rates are find the nearest charging learn what the car is saving in of fuel costs and carbon-dioxide and pre-condition the cabin on hot and cold running the heater or air conditioner the car is still plugged into the Additionally, this mobile helps the owner to find the car in a parking lot, remotely the engine, and remotely lock and the car’s doors.

2013 Fusion Energi First Issues of Range and Recharging

to Ford, the new 2013 Fusion provides its driver with up to 21 of EV range, and a total of 620 miles of range once the gasoline kicks in. In addition to 17-inch wrapped in low rolling-resistance tires, equipment includes a charging designed to work with a household outlet, and it takes 7 to top off a drained battery. Owners can opt for a quick-charger that cuts time down to 2.5 hours.

Three driving modes are selected using the “EV” on the Fusion Energi’s center The driver can select EV mode for pure electric propulsion at up to 85 mph is desirable, and if the driver decides to the car’s full battery it can be driven purely using the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder gasoline The third driving mode is hybrid, in which the battery and electric motor are used to the vehicle, and then the gasoline propels the car at higher speeds.

says the 2013 Fusion is rated to get 108 MPGe in the city, 92 in the highway, and 100 MPGe in combined The SmartGauge with EcoGuide includes a screen depicting leaves that multiply the efficiently the car is driven. If you don’t see many green leaves, not driving efficiently. Another shows the regenerative braking Brake Coach feature, displays the percentage of kinetic energy recaptured with stop.

The higher the percentage, the efficiently the driver is driving.

Ford Fusion Energi Drive: Model Lineup

offers the new Fusion Energi in two of specification. The SE version is $1,400 expensive than the Titanium because it doesn’t include a premium audio system HD Radio and 12 speakers, expanded services, rear parking sensors, a reversing camera, or Access with keyless That’s right.

The Fusion SE has a switchblade-style key that gets in a conventional ignition cylinder. upgrades that are standard on the Energi Titanium include engine starting, ambient lighting, doorsill scuff chrome accented door and a rear spoiler.

Both models can be optioned a Driver Assist Package contains a Blind-spot Information a Cross Traffic Alert a Lane Departure Warning a Lane Keep Assist and Driver Monitoring technology. this package includes high-beam headlights, rain-sensing and a 110-volt power outlet, its $1,140 price look a real bargain.

Additional include Adaptive Cruise ($995), a power moonroof a universal garage door ($995), Active Park with Forward Sensing ($895), a navigation system extra-cost paint ($395-$595), floor mats ($75), and a cargo net ($25).

2013 Fusion Energi First Ford Fusion Energi Tax Credits and Rebates

The least version of the 2013 Ford Energi SE costs $39,495, the $795 destination charge. the Energi Titanium trim and the price rises to $40,895. Add all the to the Energi Titanium, and now the sticker $46,410.

Clearly, that’s

The good news is that the Energi models qualify for a federal tax credit. Additionally, launched the car with a $1,500 and state, local, and employer may be offered for purchases of green For example, the state of California $2,500 in your pocket for a Fusion Energi, and provides access to carpool lanes on state’s congested freeways.

incentives, a California resident buys a Fusion Energi for $32,000, and gets to drive in the lane while everyone sits in traffic. That might be worth the car’s tag.

2013 Ford Energi First Drive: and Convenience

Silent and refined when in EV mode, the Fusion Energi’s is as modern and appealing as its exterior. My sample’s Dune leather looked terrific, thanks to the door panels and dashboard, simultaneously appear upscale cutting glare and reflections in the on sunny days.

Aside the aforementioned complaint about how low the passenger’s seat is mounted, the Fusion is a comfortable car, and the model is equipped with leather seats that are in front. Rear seat is not compromised by the installation of a larger pack. Rather, the bigger chews up trunk space, yet the Energi retains its 60/40-split rear seat, allowing the car to longer items, such as with ease.

The number of display screens, menus, and associated with the SmartGauge EcoGuide system and the MyFord infotainment system is overwhelming at but as is true of any new technology, once got everything configured the way you want it, acclimate quickly. I will say however. The latest version of Touch is more intuitive and than the original flavor.

Ford Fusion Energi

Ford Fusion Energi Drive: Driving Impressions

10 miles of cross-town traffic, of which were covered in EV mode, we came to a stop on a overlooking the Pacific Ocean and I into the driver’s seat, as I stepped into the car that the port’s translucent ring 50% of the battery charge remaining. My had driven responsibly and efficiently, slower than surrounding for most of those 10 miles. But was of the essence, I had photos to shoot, and we to get the car back to Ford on time.

Zoom! Off I went down the California Incline ramp from Santa Monica to the Coast Highway, where moves at a good clip it can. Then, we burned up battery moving and positioning the car for at the beach.

Then, I performed a merge onto PCH and started the Fusion Energi through afternoon traffic.

It was that merge that revealed the Energi’s leisurely acceleration placed in EV mode. Electric deliver all of their torque off the line, and it trails off not long As a result, the Fusion Energi lively at low city speeds, but up to 60 mph or more requires patience, and room.

My recommendation would be for Energi owners to switch to gas-electric hybrid propulsion to advantage of all the available horsepower and when strong acceleration is

In other ways, the Fusion weight gain is masterfully The car doesn’t feel like it almost two tons, testament to the tuned suspension that the driver as much as it connects the to the road surface. Ford out how to properly execute electric years ago, and the Fusion tiller feels natural, and properly weighted.

Better the Fusion Energi’s regenerative pedal feels nearly as as one connected to a traditional 4-wheel-disc

Given that I was driving the Energi like I would any car, without regard to battery life, it’s no that this Fusion its Energi right around 15. That’s short of the claimed range on a full battery, as as the 17-mile range indicated by our test vehicle when we set out on the This shortened battery is reflected in the MPGe number we during the 20-mile city

Remember, the EPA says this car get 108 MPGe in the city. We averaged MPGe.

2013 Ford Energi First Drive: Thoughts

While introducing the Energi to assembled members of the Ford talked about how the Hybrid attracts the youngest in the midsize segment, and in California’s cities, about 75% of buyers are new to the brand. Not only are they new for Ford, but they’re also in luxury vehicles to get into a Hybrid. The reason, aside the Fusion Hybrid’s 47-mpg driving fuel economy is styling.

Indeed, the Ford is an attractive car. It’s comfortable, refined, sophisticated, and technologically advanced. And in Fusion format, it leapfrogs all of its direct by offering plug-in technology with elegant, tasteful, design.

Check. And mate.

invited Autobytel to participate in a event for the Fusion Energi in Los

2013 Ford Fusion SE photos by Christian Wardlaw

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