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Test drove the Energi Titanium today


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#1 OFFLINE   machoman1337

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Posted 29 March 2015 - 05:04 PM

I went to the Vancouver auto show today (practically a religious pilgrimage for me by now), and the venue had an area to test drive hybrids, plug-ins, and full electrics. Sadly there were no Teslas. I saw the Toyota Camry hybrid, all the Prius variants, the Lexus ES hybrid, the Lexus CT, the Lexus NX hybrid, BMW i3, Ford Focus Electric, Ford C-Max Energi, and of course the Fusion Energi.

 

I actually wanted to test the BMW i3 but the lineup was too long, so I settled with the ES300h and NX300h. Both those cars drove quite well - the ES in particular was much quieter than the FFH in terms of engine sound (they're equally quiet in EV mode but the FFH's engine is pretty loud when you step on it). However neither car gets the killer mileage of the FFH so that's a tradeoff.

 

I was about to leave after having some fun with those two Lexuses, and then I suddenly saw the Energi pull in. I thought, "Hey, I may already own an FFH but why not try it out?" The lineup for the Energi was nonexistent (I guess we can thank the BMW for attracting all the attention) so I was immediately able to hop in after the last test-driver got out.

 

This model I drove was a fully loaded Titanium with everything - BLIS, rain sensing wipers, park assist, you name it. Very nice stuff. I also got to try the Titanium seats for the first time and I actually find them more comfortable than on the SE O_O.

 

Unfortunately, a lot of people had already driven the Energi before I did so there was almost no juice left in the battery, meaning no pure-EV acceleration for me to try out. So I had to "deal" with the Energi's engine being on most of the time during my test drive. Here's where things get interesting.

 

When accelerating, I discovered that the Energi with its engine on was nowhere near as loud as my FFH - and in fact the low level of noise was comparable to what I experienced in the Lexus ES300h. Seriously, I floored it pretty hard from 0 to 60 km/h and was shocked that it didn't produce the annoyingly loud noise I'm used to hearing in the FFH.

 

So guys, is this awesomeness an Energi thing or did 2015 models get updated with improved acoustic silencing? I'm all ears!


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My precious: 2013 Fusion Hybrid SE Ice Storm - Luxury Package (Dune), Navigation, Tech Package, Active Park Assist, Moonroof (ugh), 18" premium painted luxury wheels. Built in July 2012, bought CPO (former demonstrator) in May 2014. 6.3L/100 km lifetime fuel economy

 

Current temporary ride: 2003 Lexus LS430 w/navigation and parking sensors. Bought in December 2002, selling when I graduate








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#2 OFFLINE   acdii

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Posted 29 March 2015 - 05:20 PM

That is a good question, HB? How does your Energi compare to the FFH*2 you had? 


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#3 OFFLINE   hybridbear

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Posted 30 March 2015 - 01:45 PM

When accelerating, I discovered that the Energi with its engine on was nowhere near as loud as my FFH - and in fact the low level of noise was comparable to what I experienced in the Lexus ES300h. Seriously, I floored it pretty hard from 0 to 60 km/h and was shocked that it didn't produce the annoyingly loud noise I'm used to hearing in the FFH.

 

So guys, is this awesomeness an Energi thing or did 2015 models get updated with improved acoustic silencing? I'm all ears!

Could it be from what's discussed in these threads?

http://fordfusionhyb...999-air-intake/

http://fordfusionhyb...r-installation/


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Current Vehicles

2013 Ford Fusion Energi Titanium - White Platinum Metallic

2013 Ford Focus Electric - Ice Storm

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Previous Vehicles

2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid SE x2

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#4 OFFLINE   machoman1337

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Posted 30 March 2015 - 05:11 PM

Could it be from what's discussed in these threads?

http://fordfusionhyb...999-air-intake/

http://fordfusionhyb...r-installation/

 

Wow nice, I'm reading through these threads now! I think I definitely need to buy one of these. Might need to hop across the border first though, we'll see.

 

Thanks for the links, now I can make my Job 1 car even more awesome. I already got the Job 2 version of the sunglasses holder module (containing the moonroof controls and light switches) from my last service visit and this will bring my car just a step closer :)


Edited by machoman1337, 30 March 2015 - 05:13 PM.

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My precious: 2013 Fusion Hybrid SE Ice Storm - Luxury Package (Dune), Navigation, Tech Package, Active Park Assist, Moonroof (ugh), 18" premium painted luxury wheels. Built in July 2012, bought CPO (former demonstrator) in May 2014. 6.3L/100 km lifetime fuel economy

 

Current temporary ride: 2003 Lexus LS430 w/navigation and parking sensors. Bought in December 2002, selling when I graduate





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