9. Ford Fusion Energi: Electric Boogaloo
Base price range: $34,775 – $36,605
Fuel economy rating: 88 MPGe; 38 MPG
Standout styling, a sophisticated plug-in hybrid drivetrain, and reasonable-for-the-class pricing make the 2015 Ford Fusion Energi a must-see for buyers looking for a top fuel-efficient car.
The Energi trumps other midsize plug-in hybrids such the Honda
Accord and upcoming Hyundai
Sonata because it’s available in all 50 states. The battery pack in this car is good for about 20 miles of all-electric driving before the gasoline four-cylinder engine takes over, turning it into a standard gas/electric hybrid. The system works well. We wish we could say the same for the frustrating MyFord Touch infotainment system. The company has not announced plans to upgrade the Fusion line to its redesigned Sync 3 platform, which is supposed to make MyFordTouch more reliable and easier to operate. Hopefully this will come later in the 2016 model or, at worst, 2017. Still, this should not distract you from checking out the Fusion Energi, especially if you live in a state where other plug-in-hybrid midsize sedans are unavailable