Plug-in hybrid and electric cars are some of the fastest-depreciating cars on the market. These alternative fuel vehicles are still relatively new to the market, which is part of the reason why they lose so much of their value so quickly. The early adopters are eager to buy or lease these cars when they’re new — but once they have a few miles and a few years on them, they’re just not worth nearly as much on the used market.
This can be a huge plus if you’re in the market for one of these cars and you’re on a budget — and one of the best values out there right now is the Ford Fusion Energi. "Energi" is the name that Ford gives to plug-in hybrid vehicles. This is not to be confused with the Fusion Hybrid, which has a conventional hybrid powertrain, kind of like a Toyota Prius.
Being a plug-in hybrid, the Ford Fusion Energi runs on electricity and has a gasoline engine that kicks on when you run out of electric juice. It only has about 20 miles of all-electric range, which really isn’t that great — but it’s all you need if your commute is shorter than that, or if you do most of your driving around town. And even when the battery does run out, you get an EPA-estimated 38 combined miles per gallon, which is pretty strong.
What’s great about the Fusion Energi is that it gives you the advantages of a plug-in hybrid in a normal-looking car. A lot of green cars are very showy about being green — like the BMW i3 and the Nissan Leaf. But the Fusion blends right in. And while the second-generation Fusion isn’t as competitive as it used to be, it initially marked a return to the top of the mid-size sedan game for Ford, thanks to an attractive exterior, a nice, roomy interior and some generous available tech.
Sure, the Fusion Energi isn’t the greenest, nor is it the most exciting in the world of electrified cars — but I still think it’s a great value. These cars can be had on the used market for less than $20,000, even with the 2017 facelift. Everyone you drive past will think it’s just a regular Fusion — but if you want to keep your environmental friendliness subtle, a gently used Fusion Energi is a great way to do it.