Greene Ford Compares 2016 Ford Fusion VS 2016 Buick LaCrosse Near Cumming, GA

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2016 Ford Fusion

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2016 Buick LaCrosse

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 LaCrosse doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

The Fusion offers optional Reverse Sensing System to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or, optionally, in front of the vehicle. The LaCrosse doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

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 LaCrosse doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Fusion and the LaCrosse 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, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available collision warning systems, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Ford Fusion is safer than the Buick LaCrosse:



Rear Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

790 lbs.

794 lbs.

Into Pole


5 Stars

4 Stars




Spine Acceleration

46 G’s

54 G’s

Hip Force

597 lbs.

912 lbs.

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, and an “Acceptable” rating in the newer small overlap frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the Fusion as a “Top Pick” for 2015. The LaCrosse is not a “Top Pick” for 2015.

The Ford Fusion has a better fatality history. The Fusion was involved in fatal accidents at a rate 11% lower per vehicle registered than the LaCrosse, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Warranty Comparison

The Fusion’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the LaCrosse’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

There are over 40 percent more Ford dealers than there are Buick dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Fusion’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Fusion has a 500-amp battery. The LaCrosse only offers a standard 438-amp battery.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Fusion’s reliability will be 11% better than the LaCrosse.

Engine Comparison

The Fusion’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 6 lbs.-ft. more torque (270 vs. 264) than the LaCrosse’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Fusion w/Start/Stop 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. gets better fuel mileage than the LaCrosse eAssist (25 city/37 hwy vs. 25 city/36 hwy).

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




2.5 4 cyl./Auto

22 city/34 hwy


1.5 ECOBoost/Auto

24 city/36 hwy


2.0 ECOBoost/Auto

22 city/33 hwy

18 city/28 hwy



2.0 ECOBoost/Auto

22 city/31 hwy

17 city/26 hwy


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

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 LaCrosse doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

Chassis Comparison

The Ford Fusion may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 350 pounds less than the Buick LaCrosse.

The Fusion is 5.2 inches shorter than the LaCrosse, making the Fusion easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Fusion has 1.2 inches more front headroom, 2.6 inches more front legroom, .4 inches more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear headroom, .5 inches more rear hip room and .9 inches more rear shoulder room than the LaCrosse.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Fusion has a much larger trunk than the LaCrosse (16 vs. 13.3 cubic feet). The Fusion has a much larger trunk than the LaCrosse eAssist (16 vs. 10.8 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 LaCrosse’s liftover is 29.5 inches.

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Fusion. The LaCrosse doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Fusion’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The LaCrosse’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to 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 LaCrosse 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 LaCrosse doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system, and its OnStar ® 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 LaCrosse’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 LaCrosse doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

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 LaCrosse 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. Kiplinger’s estimates that the Fusion will retain a greater percentage of its original price after three and five years than the LaCrosse.



Five Year

35% to 37%

23% to 29%

Three Year

47% to 49%

35% to 43%

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Ford Fusion will be $6642 to $7010 less than for the Buick LaCrosse.

Recommendations Comparison

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



Consumer Reports® Recommends



Kiplinger’s Awards



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

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

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

The Ford Fusion outsold the Buick LaCrosse by over six to one during the 2015 model year.

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