2017 Ford Fusion Energi Gets Improved EPA Scores

The 2017 Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid’s efficiency is incrementally improved over the 2016 model.

With release today on the U.S. EPA’s website of the car’s numbers, the 2017 model get 42 mpg over 38 last year, and 97 MPGe over 88 last year, as well as 22 miles “Elec+Gas” range, over 20 miles for 2016.

This extra 2 miles range is essentially EV range, but the EPA qualifies things because the gas engine – still a 2.0-liter four – can come on briefly in the cycle.

All-electric range is also now 21 versus 19 last year, and in either case, careful drivers may get 21-22 miles range without the gas coming on, assuming their route does not dictate enough power to initiate that.

In the process, Ford noted that with the same 14.0-gallon gas tank size as last year, range of EV plus gas has increased from 550 miles to 610.

And to get the message out, the automaker commissioned a Haris poll, which touts range saying, “Online Harris Poll finds 40 percent of U.S. adult drivers frustrated with their vehicle’s range,” and “Ford now has a plug-in hybrid vehicle that can go further than any other.”

The poll also suggests consumers may have serious misconceptions about plug-in hybrid total gas plus electric range.

“The March 2016 Harris Poll of more than 1,000 U.S. adults also finds Americans believe the longest-range plug-in hybrid can go 261 miles – less than half the Fusion Energi’s range,” says a press release.

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Click to expand. 2017 Hyundai numbers not posted yet.

Well, that un-numbered quantity of American who guessed 261 miles are incorrect, because as you can see the Volt is rated 420 miles, and the 2016 Hyundai Sonata PHEV is good for 600 miles – so it beat the 2016 Fusion Energi, and now the 2017 beats it by 10 miles.

Actually, range is a function largely of fuel tank size. Efficiency wise, the Chevy Volt tops both in “MPGe,” and its 42 mpg equals the Energi’s – though notable is the Energi has a larger engine and is a larger car.

But of course, the goal with the Volt – which is more attainable than with any other PHEV – is to avoid gas. Its 8.9 gallon tank still allows GM’s compact to go more than 900 miles between fill-ups in the hand of users, according to GM Onstar data.

The Volt’s major advantage is the 53-miles EV range which is pure EV, and being a purpose-built plug-in extended-range EV, it can do this, albeit at the expense of size, and rear seat room.

But in any case, there are pros and cons to any choice, and the Fusion Energi is improved over 2016.