2019 BMW i3 vs. 2019 Ford Fusion Energi

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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The i3 has standard Park Distance Control to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or, optionally, in front of the vehicle. The Fusion Energi doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

Both the i3 and the Fusion Energi have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available crash mitigating brakes.


The i3 comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Fusion Energi’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The i3’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the Fusion Energi’s (12 vs. 5 years).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the i3 for 3 years and 36,000 miles. BMW will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Ford doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Fusion Energi.


A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the i3’s reliability 49 points higher than the Fusion Energi.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 25 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 16th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks BMW 10 places higher in reliability than Ford.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the i3 REx running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the Fusion Energi (107 city/93 hwy vs. 104 city/91 hwy MPGe)

The i3 REx’s maximum driving range in pure electric mode is 126 miles, over 6 times as far as the Fusion Energi’s 20-mile range.

Brakes and Stopping

The i3’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Fusion Energi are solid, not vented.

The i3 stops much shorter than the Fusion Energi:



Fusion Energi


70 to 0 MPH

163 feet

185 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the i3 has standard 19-inch wheels. Only 18-inch wheels are available on the Fusion Energi. The i3 offers optional 20-inch wheels.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the i3’s turning circle is 5.1 feet tighter than the Fusion Energi’s (32.4 feet vs. 37.5 feet). The i3s’ turning circle is 3.7 feet tighter than the Fusion Energi’s (33.8 feet vs. 37.5 feet).


The BMW i3 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 700 to 1050 pounds less than the Ford Fusion Energi.

The i3s is 2 feet, 9.7 inches shorter than the Fusion Energi, making the i3 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity

The i3 has a much larger trunk with its rear seat up than the Fusion Energi (15.1 vs. 8.2 cubic feet).

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that BMW service is better than Ford. J.D. Power ranks BMW 8th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 46% lower rating, Ford is ranked 24th.


To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the i3 has a standard rear wiper. The Fusion Energi doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The i3’s headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Fusion Energi’s headlights are rated “Poor.”

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the i3 has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Fusion Energi doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the i3 is less expensive to operate than the Fusion Energi because typical repairs cost less on the i3 than the Fusion Energi, including $9 less for front brake pads.


Consumer Reports® recommends the BMW i3, based on reliability, safety and performance.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the i3 third among small premium cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Fusion Energi isn’t in the top three in its category.

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