Greene Ford Compares 2014 Ford Fusion VS 2014 Volkswagen Passat Near Flowery Branch, GA

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2014 Ford Fusion

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2014 Volkswagen Passat

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 Passat 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 Passat 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 Passat 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 Passat 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 Passat 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 Passat 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 Passat doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Fusion and the Passat 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 Volkswagen Passat:

Fusion

Passat

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

125

227

Neck Stress

200 lbs.

218 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 Volkswagen Passat:

Fusion

Passat

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

268

305

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 Passat is only a standard “Top Pick” for 2014.

Warranty Comparison

There are over 6 times as many Ford dealers as there are Volkswagen dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Fusion’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2013 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 13th in reliability. With 47 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 28th.

Engine Comparison

The Fusion has more powerful engines than the Passat:

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.

Passat 2.5L 2.5 DOHC 5 cyl.

170 HP

177 lbs.-ft.

Passat 1.8T 1.8 turbo 4 cyl.

170 HP

184 lbs.-ft.

Passat V6 3.6 DOHC V6

280 HP

258 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Ford Fusion 1.5 ECOBoost is faster than the Passat TDI (automatics tested):

Fusion

Passat

Zero to 30 MPH

3.2 sec

3.6 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

9.2 sec

9.8 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

6.1 sec

6.1 sec

Quarter Mile

17 sec

17.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

84.5 MPH

81.9 MPH

As tested in Consumer Reports the Ford Fusion 2.0 ECOBoost is faster than the Passat 2.5L (automatics tested):

Fusion

Passat

Zero to 30 MPH

3 sec

3.4 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7.4 sec

9.7 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.5 sec

6.4 sec

Quarter Mile

15.8 sec

17.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

92 MPH

82.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Fusion ECOBoost FWD gets better fuel mileage than the Passat 2.5L:

Fusion

Passat

FWD

1.6 ECOBoost/Manual

25 city/37 hwy

22 city/32 hwy

2.5 5 cyl.

1.5 ECOBoost/Auto

23 city/36 hwy

22 city/31 hwy

2.5 5 cyl.

On the EPA test cycle the Fusion gets better fuel mileage than the Passat:

Fusion

Passat

FWD

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

22 city/34 hwy

22 city/31 hwy

2.5L 5 cyl.

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

22 city/33 hwy

20 city/28 hwy

V6

AWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

22 city/31 hwy

n/a

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Fusion 1.5 ECOBoost offers an optional system to automatically turn off the engine when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Passat doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ford Fusion uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended with the 1.6 turbo 4 cyl. engine for maximum performance). The Passat V6 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

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 Passat doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Fusion stops much shorter than the Passat:

Fusion

Passat

70 to 0 MPH

175 feet

191 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

117 feet

130 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

137 feet

147 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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 Passat’s optional 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Fusion Titanium offers optional 19-inch wheels. The Passat’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Fusion has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Passat’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

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 Passat doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Fusion’s wheelbase is 1.8 inches longer than on the Passat (112.2 inches vs. 110.4 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Fusion is .6 inches wider in the front and 1.4 inches wider in the rear than on the Passat.

The Fusion SE handles at .87 G’s, while the Passat SEL pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Fusion Titanium executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Passat SE (27.2 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 28.1 seconds @ .59 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 Passat doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Fusion SE is quieter than the Passat SEL:

Fusion

Passat

At idle

40 dB

40 dB

Full-Throttle

71 dB

78 dB

70 MPH Cruising

67 dB

72 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

The Fusion has .9 inches more front headroom, 1.9 inches more front legroom and .9 inches more front shoulder room than the Passat.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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 Passat’s liftover is 28.2 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 Passat’s useful trunk space is reduced by its intrusive beam hinge.

Ergonomics Comparison

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 Passat doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

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 Passat’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

If the windows are left down on the Fusion the driver can raise them all using the keyless remote; on a hot day the driver can lower the windows. The driver of the Passat can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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 Passat doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system, and its Car-Net can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

The Fusion’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Passat’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted. 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.

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 Passat doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

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 Passat 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 Passat doesn’t offer air conditioned front seats.

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 Passat doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

The Fusion’s standard steering wheel mounted cruise control is close at hand. The Passat’s standard cruise control is on an over-crowded turn signal stalk.

Standard SYNC AppLink for the Fusion allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, playing internet radio stations, following twitter accounts and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Passat doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

With standard voice command, the Fusion offers the driver hands free control of the radio, climate controls, cell phone and the navigation computer by simply speaking. The Passat doesn’t offer a voice control system.

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 Passat 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 Passat doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

The Fusion will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The Intellichoice estimates that the Fusion will retain 47.06% to 50.22% of its original price after five years, while the Passat only retains 43.96% to 45.68%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Fusion is less expensive to operate than the Passat because typical repairs cost much less on the Fusion than the Passat, including $357 less for a water pump, $17 less for front brake pads, $43 less for a starter, $260 less for fuel injection, $265 less for a fuel pump, $143 less for front struts and $399 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

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

Fusion

Passat

Consumer Reports® Recommends

FALSE

TRUE

Kiplinger’s Awards

2

0

Car and Driver performed a comparison test in its November 2012 issue and they ranked the Ford Fusion SE two places higher than the Volkswagen Passat SE.

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

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

The Ford Fusion outsold the Volkswagen Passat by almost three to one during 2013.

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