Greene Ford Compares 2014 Ford Fusion VS 2014 Acura ILX Near Cleveland, GA

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2014 Ford Fusion

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2014 Acura ILX

Safety Comparison

The rear seatbelts optional on the Fusion inflate when a collision is detected, helping to spread crash forces over a much larger area of the body and limiting head and neck movement. This can help prevent spinal and internal injuries. The ILX doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

The Fusion SE/Titanium offers an optional collision warning system, which detects an impending crash through forward mounted sensors and flashes a bright light and sounds a loud, distinctive tone to warn the driver to brake or maneuver immediately to avoid a collision. The system also pre-charges the brakes to begin deceleration more quickly. The ILX doesn't offer a collision warning system.

The Fusion offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The ILX doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The Fusion SE/Titanium’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The ILX doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Fusion SE/Titanium’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The ILX doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the Fusion SE/Titanium’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The ILX doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Fusion SE/Titanium’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The ILX doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

The Fusion has standard SYNC ®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The ILX doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Fusion and the ILX have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford Fusion is safer than the Acura ILX:

Fusion

ILX

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

125

160

Neck Injury Risk

28%

32%

Neck Stress

200 lbs.

291 lbs.

Neck Compression

24 lbs.

27 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

167/333 lbs.

558/587 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Compression

.3 inches

.4 inches

Neck Stress

197 lbs.

220 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

14/11 lbs.

488/422 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Ford Fusion is safer than the Acura ILX:

Fusion

ILX

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Spine Acceleration

46 G’s

53 G’s

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

For its top level performance in the IIHS moderate overlap frontal impact, side impact, rear impact, roof-crush crash tests, an “Acceptable” rating in the newer small overlap frontal crash test, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Fusion its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2014, a rating granted to only 28 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The ILX has not been fully tested, yet, but doesn’t qualify for “Top Pick Plus.”

Warranty Comparison

There are over 14 times as many Ford dealers as there are Acura dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Fusion’s warranty.

Engine Comparison

The Fusion has more powerful engines than the ILX:

Horsepower

Torque

Fusion 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

175 HP

175 lbs.-ft.

Fusion 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

178 HP

177 lbs.-ft.

Fusion 1.6 turbo 4 cyl.

182 HP

184 lbs.-ft.

Fusion 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

240 HP

270 lbs.-ft.

ILX 1.5 Hybrid 1.5 SOHC 4 cyl.

111 HP

127 lbs.-ft.

ILX 2.0L 2.0 SOHC 4 cyl.

150 HP

140 lbs.-ft.

ILX 2.4L 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

205 HP

174 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Ford Fusion 1.5 ECOBoost is faster than the ILX 2.0L (automatics tested):

Fusion

ILX

Zero to 30 MPH

3.2 sec

3.5 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

9.2 sec

9.4 sec

Quarter Mile

17 sec

17.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

84.5 MPH

83 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Fusion ECOBoost 1.6 Manual FWD gets better fuel mileage than the ILX 2.4L Manual (25 city/37 hwy vs. 22 city/31 hwy).

The Fusion FWD’s standard fuel tank has 3.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the ILX (16.5 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Fusion AWD’s standard fuel tank has 4.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the ILX (17.5 vs. 13.2 gallons).

The Fusion has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The ILX doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Fusion’s brake rotors are larger than those on the ILX:

Fusion

ILX

Front Rotors

11.8 inches

10.3 inches

Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

10.2 inches

The Fusion stops much shorter than the ILX:

Fusion

ILX

70 to 0 MPH

175 feet

178 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

125 feet

136 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

137 feet

146 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Fusion has larger standard tires than the ILX (215/60R16 vs. 205/55R16). The Fusion SE’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the ILX (235/50R17 vs. 215/45R17).

The Fusion Titanium’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the ILX’s optional 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Fusion Titanium offers optional 19-inch wheels. The ILX’s largest wheels are only 17-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Fusion’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The ILX doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Fusion’s wheelbase is 7.1 inches longer than on the ILX (112.2 inches vs. 105.1 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Fusion is 3.3 inches wider in the front and 2.1 inches wider in the rear than on the ILX.

The Fusion SE handles at .87 G’s, while the ILX 2.4L pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Fusion Titanium executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2 seconds quicker than the ILX 1.5 Hybrid (27.2 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 29.2 seconds @ .54 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The front grille of the Fusion uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The ILX doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the Fusion is rated a Mid-size car by the EPA, while the ILX is rated a Compact.

The Fusion has 13.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the ILX (102.8 vs. 89.3).

The Fusion has 1.3 inches more front headroom, 2 inches more front legroom, 4.8 inches more front hip room, 2.2 inches more front shoulder room, 1.9 inches more rear headroom, 4.3 inches more rear legroom, 2.8 inches more rear hip room and 3.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the ILX.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Fusion has a much larger trunk than the ILX (16 vs. 12.4 cubic feet).

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the Fusion easier. The Fusion’s trunk lift-over height is 25 inches, while the ILX’s liftover is 28.7 inches.

To allow full utilization of available cargo room, the Fusion’s trunk lid uses concealed beam hinges that don’t intrude into the trunk. The ILX’s useful trunk space is reduced by its intrusive beam hinge.

The Fusion’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The ILX 1.5L Hybrid doesn’t offer folding rear seats, only a ski pass-through.

The Fusion’s standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The ILX’s standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can’t share the rear seat.

Ergonomics Comparison

When three different drivers share the Fusion (except S), the optional memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for all three. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The ILX doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Fusion’s optional easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The ILX doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The power windows standard on both the Fusion and the ILX have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Fusion is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The ILX prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Fusion’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The ILX’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Fusion SE/Titanium’s exterior keypad. The ILX doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system.

The Fusion SE/Titanium’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The ILX’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Fusion SE/Titanium detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The ILX doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Fusion has standard extendable sun visors. The ILX doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Fusion offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The ILX offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The Fusion Titanium’s optional air conditioned front seats cool the driver and front passenger and help take the sting out of hot leather in Summer. The ILX doesn’t offer air conditioned front seats.

Both the Fusion and the ILX offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Fusion SE/Titanium has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The ILX doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Fusion SE/Titanium offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The ILX doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

The Fusion SE/Titanium offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet in the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The ILX doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The Fusion SE/Titanium’s optional Active Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The ILX doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Fusion owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Fusion will cost $620 less than the ILX over a five-year period.

The Fusion will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. Kiplinger’s estimates that the Fusion will retain a greater percentage of its original price after three and five years than the ILX.

Fusion

ILX

Five Year

40% to 43%

36%

Three Year

53% to 58%

50%

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Fusion is less expensive to operate than the ILX because it costs $245 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Fusion than the ILX, including $61 less for a water pump, $208 less for a starter, $167 less for fuel injection, $52 less for a fuel pump, $57 less for a timing belt/chain and $222 less for a power steering pump.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Ford Fusion will be $1160 to $2840 less than for the Acura ILX.

Recommendations Comparison

The Ford Fusion has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

Fusion

ILX

Consumer Reports® Recommends

FALSE

TRUE

Kiplinger’s Awards

2

0

The Fusion Hybrid was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” in 2010. The ILX has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

Motor Trend selected the Fusion as their 2010 Car of the Year. The ILX has never been chosen.

The Fusion Hybrid was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2010. The ILX has never been an “All Star.”

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the Fusion Hybrid as the 2010 North American Car of the Year. The ILX has never been chosen.

The Ford Fusion outsold the Acura ILX by over 14 to one during 2013.

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