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Could 2013 Ford Fusion Energi Challenge Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid’s Dominance?

When it comes to plug-in hybrids, the 2013 Ford Fusion Energi can be considered a dark horse in its class. It is, after all, in the same class as the Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid, a car that, as part of the Prius family, has enjoyed quite a run of dominance for many a reason. But judging by the Fusion Energi’s numbers, the car is no pushover. Not only is it capable of a 21-mile range on electric power and 620 miles per full gas tank, it is also as pure a plug-in hybrid as they come.

Just like the regular Fusion Hybrid, the 2013 Ford Fusion Energi is capable of an EPA-estimated 47 mpg city and 47 mpg highway on its gas engine. Combined with its electric motor, the Energi is capable of 100 MPGe. In terms of electric range, the Energi is somewhere between the Chevrolet Volt, a car that can go 40 miles on its electric motor alone, and the best-selling Prius Plug-in Hybrid, which goes 15 miles on electricity.

With the 2-liter I4 gas engine and the electric motor combined, the 2013 Ford Fusion Energi produces a total of 188 horsepower, a very good figure for a plug-in hybrid. Revving up the Energi from a stop could tend to be a problem, but other than that, reviewers haven’t had much of a bone to pick with regarding the car’s driving feel, one many feel is superior to that of the Prius. Steering is a bit of an odd experience for reviewers, though mostly pleasant once you get used to the different setup of the Fusion Energi as opposed to other Fusions.


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