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2017 Ford Fusion Energi vs 2017 Nissan Leaf

2017 Ford Fusion Energi

There are a number of ways you can be a little kinder to the environment with the vehicle you drive, but some form of electrification has to be involved if you're going to be serious about the whole thing. Let's look at two different ways of going about it by comparing the 2017 Ford Fusion Energi vs 2017 Nissan Leaf. The Fusion Energi is a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) while the Leaf is an all-electric vehicle (EV), so let's see which comes out on top in this Ford vs Nissan battle.


With the 2017 Ford Fusion Energi being a PHEV, it means you can drive on purely electric power or as a conventional hybrid where the internal combustion engine works with the electric motor to deliver excellent performance and outstanding fuel economy. The Fusion Energi has a relatively modest all-electric range of around 20 miles, but you're not shackled by having to wait a long time to recharge the battery if you're travelling long-distance. There's no internal combustion engine to bail you out in the 2017 Nissan Leaf if you deplete the battery, so you will have to plan longer journeys carefully. The Leaf's range is therefore a lot better than the all-electric range of the Ford at around 107 miles, but the greater flexibility and practicality of the Fusion Energi's PHEV system draws first blood in this first round of our Fusion Energi vs Leaf comparison.

Exterior styling

The Leaf is a very different car to the Fusion Energi, but that's no excuse for a lack of attractiveness or desirability. The Fusion Energi is obviously almost identical to the very highly regarded Ford Fusion, and as it's generally accepted as being one of the most attractive cars of its kind right now, that's a big head start for the Fusion Energi. The Leaf is a design all on its own, and it shouts to the world that it's something different. That's fine if you want to broadcast your EV credentials to the world, but if you don’t you’re stuck with a model everyone knows is all about not being gas-powered. Different isn’t bad, of course, but the Leaf isn’t even a particularly good-looking car regardless of its powertrain, so this is another win for the Ford.


As the Fusion Energi is a midsize sedan, there's a more than decent amount of internal space, comfort and practicality on offer. There's 102.8 cu.-ft. of passenger volume in the Ford, which translates into 44.3 inches of front legroom, 38.3 inches of rear legroom and 37.8 inches of rear headroom. The Leaf may be a compact, but if Nissan is going to ask as much money for it as it does for the Leaf it's only fair to compare it to the midsize Fusion Energi. The Leaf only has 92.4 cu.-ft. of passenger volume, so there's less room by every measure than the Ford offers, including a massive five inches less rear legroom. This is another easy win for the Ford.

Models and cost

Both the Leaf and the Fusion Energi are now available in three different trim levels. The Ford can be had in SE, Titanium and Platinum trims while the Nissan Lead is available as an S, an SV and an SL. The Fusion Energi SE costs from $33,120, but you can get into a 2017 Nissan Leaf S for just $30,680. We can argue about which represents the best value for money, but the Nissan can be bought for less so this round goes to the Leaf.


The 2017 Nissan Leaf may be the standard bearer for electric vehicle technology, but it's now being overtaken by a number of rivals so it's going to have to up its game considerably to stay relevant. The 2017 Ford Fusion Energi is a superb car that anyone can live with as it's a much more practical way of reducing you automotive environmental footprint, and you can save a load of money on gas into the bargain. For us then, the Fusion Energi is a much better option than the Nissan Leaf.

The 2017 Ford Fusion Energi is available now, so get in touch with us here at Southern California Ford Dealers to find out more.