Thinking of buying the Ford Fusion Energi? Need to move up from the four seat Chevy Volt to comfortable seating for five adults?
Comparing these two hybrid cars is like comparing apples with oranges. Sure, the Volt has that name and has been around in its present iteration for some time, and is synonymous with good value and for generally keeping its advertised promises.
But the limitations of the Volt are becoming apparent to growing families. The great-looking Chevy Volt which never seems to age, only seats four, (two of which must be children or smallish adults) in order to fit into the back seat — while the Fusion has plenty of room for five adults and is better looking than the Volt. Give credit to Ford’s styling department, which, happily for Fusion owners allows the Fusion Energi look more expensive than it really is.
The Fusion gets 100 mpg (equivalent) on battery power, and it drives on 100% battery power for the first 21 miles of every trip — assuming it begins the trip on a full charge.
If you live less than 21 miles from work, and start your drive with a fully-charged battery, (and plug it in when you get to work) you can drive it back home on 100% battery power. Keep this up all year, and you might never again burn a gallon of gas.
Most Volt and Fusion owners report that they spend about $1.00 for electricity (per driving day) on average — depending on your electricity rate, and the time of day you choose to charge. And if you drive within the 100% electric range of either car every day, you may eventually forget that the car has a gas tank.
The only exception to this rule, is when driving in very cold temperatures as battery life is temporarily shortened for the duration of any cold snap, and in either car, the computer will start-up the engine well within the advertised 100% EV battery range to; 1) add charge to the battery and 2) make certain the gas engine is properly warmed up and 3) up to the task of moving the car under any driving conditions.
For youngish families that originally chose the Chevy Volt but now find they need more room, the 2014 Ford Fusion Energi is a roomy, stylish and affordable choice.
Here is AutoTrader’s right-to-the-point video, entitled, “2014 Ford Fusion Energi: 5 Reasons to Buy.“
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