Greene Ford Compares 2016 Ford Fusion VS 2016 Buick Regal Near Cleveland, GA

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2016 Ford Fusion

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2016 Buick Regal

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 Regal doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

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 Regal doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Fusion and the Regal 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, front and rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

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 Buick Regal:




5 Stars

4 Stars



5 Stars

5 Stars




Neck Injury Risk



Neck Stress

200 lbs.

254 lbs.

Neck Compression

24 lbs.

33 lbs.



4 Stars

4 Stars




Chest Compression

.3 inches

.6 inches

Leg Forces (l/r)

14/11 lbs.

98/371 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 flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Ford Fusion is safer than the Buick Regal:



Rear Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars




Spine Acceleration

61 G’s

65 G’s

Hip Force

790 lbs.

846 lbs.

Into Pole


5 Stars

5 Stars




Spine Acceleration

46 G’s

48 G’s

Hip Force

597 lbs.

618 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 Regal is not a “Top Pick” for 2015.

Warranty Comparison

The Fusion’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Regal’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 Regal only offers a standard 438-amp battery.

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 Regal eAssist (25 city/37 hwy vs. 25 city/36 hwy).

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





20 city/31 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Manual

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

22 city/34 hwy

19 city/31 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

1.5 ECOBoost/Auto

24 city/36 hwy


2.0 ECOBoost/Auto

22 city/33 hwy

21 city/30 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto


2.0 ECOBoost/Auto

22 city/31 hwy

19 city/27 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

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

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Fusion stops much shorter than the Regal:



80 to 0 MPH

216 feet

238 feet

Road & Track

60 to 0 MPH

125 feet

134 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

137 feet

145 feet

Consumer Reports

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 Regal doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Fusion’s wheelbase is 4.4 inches longer than on the Regal (112.2 inches vs. 107.8 inches).

The Fusion SE handles at .87 G’s, while the Regal eAssist pulls only .85 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Fusion’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the Regal’s (37.5 feet vs. 38.1 feet).

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 Regal doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Fusion has 6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Regal (102.8 vs. 96.8).

The Fusion has .4 inches more front headroom, 2.2 inches more front legroom, 1.1 inches more front shoulder room, 1 inch more rear headroom, 1 inch more rear legroom, 2.1 inches more rear hip room and 2.5 inches more rear shoulder room than the Regal.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Fusion has a much larger trunk than the Regal (16 vs. 14.2 cubic feet). The Fusion has a much larger trunk than the Regal eAssist (16 vs. 11.1 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 Regal’s liftover is 30 inches.

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

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 Regal doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

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 Regal’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 Regal 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 Regal 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 Regal’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 Regal 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 Regal has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Optional air conditioned seats in the Fusion Titanium keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The Regal doesn’t offer air conditioned seats.

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 Regal doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Fusion owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Fusion with a number “3” insurance rate while the Regal is rated higher at a number “5” rate.

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 Regal.



Five Year

35% to 37%


Three Year

47% to 49%


According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Fusion is less expensive to operate than the Regal because typical repairs cost much less on the Fusion than the Regal, including $418 less for a water pump, $667 less for an alternator, $115 less for front brake pads, $159 less for a starter, $212 less for fuel injection, $58 less for a fuel pump, $621 less for front struts and $38 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 $5758 to $6522 less than for the Buick Regal.

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 Regal has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

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

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

The Ford Fusion outsold the Buick Regal by almost 15 to one during the 2015 model year.

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