We love our Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles here on TestDrive, it's always a shame when one of them gets killed off. Our Spotlight is on this 2020 Ford Fusion Titanium Plug-in Hybrid (Energi).
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We're trying to feature as many of the sedans killed off in 2020 before they leave us for good. One of those is this 2020 Ford Fusion Titanium Plug-in Hybrid, formerly known as the Energi. This mid-size PHEV sedan might be aged in the segment, but it still offers a lot to buyers who want a reasonably well equipped car with approximately 37km of full EV range.
We go over all the specifications for this Fusion Plug-in including the 2.0L Atkinson 4 cylinder engine, CVT, 9 kWh battery, and how it all stacks up against the two major competitors we've driven: the 2020 Kia Optima PHEV and 2020 Honda Clarity PHEV.
We discuss important buying questions shoppers will have including the MSRP, incentives available in Canada & Québec, trunk space, and interior room. We also go over the options available on this Titanium trim to price it up TestDrive style. We then take the 2020 Ford Fusion Energi on a road test to talk about how this vehicle handles our 100km fuel economy tests, including how far we can drive on a single charge in EV mode, how many electric kilometres we can drive during our 100km Test Loop, and what our overall fuel economy was during that drive.
We also discuss how the car handles and performs on the road, and some of the reasons why you might want to consider the Fusion as your next car. A number of PHEV tests we look at is whether or not you can run the A/C and climate systems while the vehicle is charing, if you can remotely start the engine while the vehicle is plugged in, if the charging port locks with the doors, and what sort of information the car gives you in terms of fuel economy/consumption and hybrid mode status.
We wrap up our episode going over our final thoughts on this car, and some ideas we have for Ford in order to keep this vehicle in the North American market.