2017 Ford Fusion Energi vs 2017 Chevrolet Volt
It surely can’t be too far into the future when all new vehicles are powered by hybrid or even all-electric powertrains, and some automakers and some countries have even put dates on when they intend to only produce electrified new vehicles. If an EV isn’t yet a practical alternative for you there are now some very good hybrids, and plug-in hybrids are even closer to that big step of going all-electric. Take a look at our 2017 Ford Fusion Energi vs 2017 Chevrolet Volt comparison to see which of these two comes out on top in this Ford vs Chevrolet battle, and see if one of them might be for you.
The 2017 Ford Fusion Energi uses a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack. The combined output of the hybrid system is 195 horsepower, which is sent to the front wheels of the midsize sedan. The battery pack is considerably larger than the one found in the standard Fusion Hybrid, so it allows the Fusion Energi to reach speeds of up to 85 mph or to go up to 20 miles on electric power alone. The Volt uses a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine coupled to a pair of electric motors that also power the front wheels. Total output for the Volt is 149 horsepower and an impressive 294 lb.-ft. of torque, and Chevy quotes a 0 to 60 mph time of about 8 seconds. These are just the basics though, as the Volt system operates somewhat differently from that of the Fusion. So, this first round of the Fusion Energi vs Volt debate has to be declared a draw.
The Fusion is already one of the most attractive midsize sedans you can buy, so the Fusion Energi is built on pretty sound foundations as far as exterior styling is concerned. It has an almost coupe-like roofline, but one that's not sloping enough to restrict passenger space in the back. Plug-in hybrid or not, the Fusion is a great looking car. Chevy could have made the Volt look as different as its powertrain is from the crowd, but instead it went for a pretty attractive and sporty design. It does look a little too much like the Chevrolet Cruze though, so we have to give this round to the Fusion.
The Fusion Energi runs on electric-only at low speeds to start off with, but once you get above a certain speed or when the all-electric range has been depleted, the Energi operates like the Fusion Hybrid. In Hybrid mode, the Ford reaches 60 mph in 7.8 seconds, but in the electric-only EV Now mode the same task takes a pretty pedestrian 15 seconds to achieve. The Volt has an all-electric range of 53 miles, according to the EPA, so much of the time it will be running on purely electric. The rest of the time it operates as a hybrid, although much of the time the gasoline engine is used to generate electricity for the motors rather than powering the wheels itself. The Volt can get you from 0-60 mph in as little as 7.5 seconds, so this has to be a narrow victory for the Chevy.
Ford Offers three different trim levels for its Fusion Energi, which are the SE, the Titanium and the Platinum, and even the SE comes very well equipped indeed. There are just two versions of the Chevy Volt, which are the LT and the Premier, and once again, they both have very good levels of standard features and equipment. This round has to go to the Fusion Energi, if only for offering a little more choice.
This is a difficult comparison as the Volt has a pretty unique take on a plug-in hybrid system. But it's impossible to get away from the fact that well all is said and done, the Fusion Energi is still a Ford Fusion, and that's always going to make it hard to beat.
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