2015 Ford Fusion Titanium Energi

The 2015 Ford Fusion Energi is a hybrid with a little extra.

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2015 Ford Fusion Titanium Energi

This is the Titanium trim level -- top of the line.

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2015 Ford Fusion Titanium Energi

The Fuson Hybrid is good for an estimated 38 mpg combined.

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2015 Ford Fusion Titanium Energi

Under the hood is a 2.0-liter Atkinson cycle four-cylinder gasoline engine and an 88 kW permanent magnet AC synchronous electric motor.

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2015 Ford Fusion Titanium Energi

The 2015 Ford Mustang has the Fusion to thank for many elements of its design.

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2015 Ford Fusion Titanium Energi

The Kinetic design is also shared with the likes of the Focus and the Fiesta.

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2015 Ford Fusion Titanium Energi

The low profile spoiler doesn't attract a lot of attention, but adds a nice touch to the Fusion's rear.

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2015 Ford Fusion Titanium Energi

Being a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) the Fusion has an enlarged battery pack tucked into it's trunk.

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2015 Ford Fusion Titanium Energi

The 7.6kWh lithium-ion battery blocks the rear seat pass-through and nearly halves the amount of cargo room.

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2015 Ford Fusion Titanium Energi

The Fusion's battery can be recharged by plugging in to add up to 20 miles of full-electric range.

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2015 Ford Fusion Titanium Energi

Charging from a wall outlet takes about 7 hours, but using a 240V fast charger cuts that time down to 2 and a half hours.

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2015 Ford Fusion Titanium Energi

Depending on your driving habits and charging frequency, the Fusion Energi's tailpipe may not see much use.

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2015 Ford Fusion Titanium Energi

Although the gasoline engine can recharge its battery pack enough to continue operating as a hybrid, plugging in is required to totally recharge the pack.

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2015 Ford Fusion Titanium Energi

On the road, the Fusion Energi is quiet and comfortable.

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2015 Ford Fusion Titanium Energi

Acceleration is good and the transitions between gasoline and electric power is seamless.

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2015 Ford Fusion Titanium Energi

Hard acceleration causes the engine to hum loudly and tunelessly, but the electric torque keeps things running smoothly.

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2015 Ford Fusion Titanium Energi

The interior has a premium look and a well-appointed feel.

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2015 Ford Fusion Titanium Energi

The only transmission option is an eCVT. There's no sport or eco program; it just works.

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2015 Ford Fusion Titanium Energi

Banks of buttons awkwardly placed on the edges of the center tunnel provide quick access to driver aid and safey features.

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2015 Ford Fusion Titanium Energi

The audio and climate controls are also scattered haphazardly across the dashboard, but I like the large central volume knob.

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2015 Ford Fusion Titanium Energi

MyFord Touch is a mixed bag. Parts of this infotainment system are well designed and snappy, others are laggy and weird.

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2015 Ford Fusion Titanium Energi

Map data in particular takes a few seconds to load. You can watch chunks of street pop into view.

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2015 Ford Fusion Titanium Energi

Fortunately, the Ford Sync voice command system is just a steering wheel button away. This has always been one of the best voice activation systems in the biz.

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2015 Ford Fusion Titanium Energi

We also like the MyFord Touch digital dashboard with its dual screens and large physical speedometer.

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2015 Ford Fusion Titanium Energi

Drivers can customize these displays on the fly to display as much or as little information as possible.

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2015 Ford Fusion Titanium Energi

Extremely detailed hybrid and EV data help the driver to maximize fuel economy.

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2015 Ford Fusion Titanium Energi

The inflatable seatbelts on the rear seats are a unique safety feature.

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2015 Ford Fusion Titanium Energi

The MyFord Touch system has built in tools and timers to allow the owner to schedule their Fusion Energi charge when electricity is the cheapest.

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2015 Ford Fusion Titanium Energi

Most of the audio inputs can be found in the center console. The SD card slot, however, is dedicated to the map data.

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2015 Ford Fusion Titanium Energi

The optional Ford Active Park Assist feature is an automatic parallel parking system that can find and steer into a space with minimal driver input. The system default to scanning the right side of the car, but activating the left turn signal can scan the other side of the road.

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