Greene Ford Compares 2016 Ford Fusion VS 2016 Chevrolet Impala Near Buford, GA

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2016 Ford Fusion

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2016 Chevrolet Impala

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 Impala Limited 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 Impala Limited 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 Impala Limited 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 Impala Limited doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Fusion offers optional Reverse Sensing System to help warn drivers about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or, optionally, in front of their vehicle. The Fusion also has a standard backup monitor to help drivers see any and all obstacles behind their vehicle. The Impala Limited doesn’t offer any parking assist 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 Impala Limited 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 Impala Limited 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 Impala Limited doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Fusion and the Impala Limited 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 and daytime running lights.

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 Chevrolet Impala Limited:

Fusion

Impala Limited

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

125

223

Neck Injury Risk

28%

28%

Neck Stress

200 lbs.

279 lbs.

Neck Compression

24 lbs.

239 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Compression

.3 inches

.6 inches

Neck Compression

50 lbs.

59 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

14/11 lbs.

698/316 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 Chevrolet Impala Limited:

Fusion

Impala Limited

Front Seat

STARS

3 Stars

2 Stars

HIC

74

130

Chest Movement

1.3 inches

1.7 inches

Hip Force

277 lbs.

515 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

225

350

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

16 inches

16 inches

HIC

268

290

Spine Acceleration

46 G’s

63 G’s

Hip Force

597 lbs.

765 lbs.

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

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety ( IIHS) performs roof strength tests. In that test the Fusion earned the top rating of “Good” because its roof supported over four times the Fusion’s weight before being crushed five inches. The Impala Limited was rated lower at “Acceptable.”

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the general design of front seat head restraints for their ability to protect front seat occupants from whiplash injuries. The IIHS also performs a dynamic test on those seats with “good” or “acceptable” geometry. In these ratings, the Fusion with standard seats is safer then the Impala Limited:

Fusion

Impala Limited

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Head Restraint Design

GOOD

GOOD

Distance from Back of Head

11 mm

42 mm

Distance Below Top of Head

1 mm

46 mm

Dynamic Test Rating

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Seat Design

Pass

Fail

Neck Force Rating

Low

Low

Max Neck Shearing Force

18

57

(Lower numerical results are better in all tests.)

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 Impala Limited is not a “Top Pick.”

Warranty Comparison

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

Engine Comparison

The Fusion’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 8 lbs.-ft. more torque (270 vs. 262) than the Impala Limited’s 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 Impala Limited (25 city/37 hwy vs. 18 city/30 hwy).

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

Fusion

Impala Limited

FWD

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

22 city/34 hwy

n/a

1.5 ECOBoost/Auto

24 city/36 hwy

n/a

2.0 ECOBoost/Auto

22 city/33 hwy

18 city/30 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto

AWD

2.0 ECOBoost/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 Impala Limited doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

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 Impala Limited doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

In an emergency stopping situation, many drivers don’t press the brakes with enough force to stop the vehicle in the shortest distance. The Fusion has a standard brake assist system to detect emergency braking situations (by how hard and how quickly the brake pedal is pressed) and then automatically apply maximum braking immediately in order to help prevent a collision. The Impala Limited doesn’t offer a brake assist feature.

The Fusion stops much shorter than the Impala Limited:

Fusion

Impala Limited

60 to 0 MPH

125 feet

141 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

137 feet

155 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 Impala Limited LTZ’s 50 series tires.

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

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Fusion has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Impala Limited doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

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 Impala Limited doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Fusion’s wheelbase is 1.7 inches longer than on the Impala Limited (112.2 inches vs. 110.5 inches).

For better maneuverability, the Fusion’s turning circle is .5 feet tighter than the Impala Limited w/16" or 17" wheels’ (37.5 feet vs. 38 feet). The Fusion’s turning circle is 2.5 feet tighter than the Impala Limited LTZ’s (37.5 feet vs. 40 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Fusion is 8.7 inches shorter than the Impala Limited, making the Fusion easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

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 Impala Limited doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Fusion has 2 inches more front legroom and .7 inches more rear legroom than the Impala Limited.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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

Ergonomics Comparison

To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the Fusion has a telescoping steering wheel. Much better than just a tilt steering wheel or adjustable seat, this allows a short driver to sit further from the steering wheel while maintaining contact with the pedals. The Impala Limited doesn’t offer a telescoping steering wheel.

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 Impala Limited 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 Impala Limited 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 Impala Limited’s power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its driver’s window opens automatically.

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 Impala Limited 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 Impala Limited 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.

Intelligent Access optional on the Fusion (except S) allows you to unlock the driver’s door, trunk and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Chevrolet Impala Limited doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

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 Impala Limited’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 Impala Limited 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 Impala Limited offers 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 Impala Limited doesn’t offer air conditioned seats.

On extremely cold Winter days, the Fusion SE/Titanium’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Impala Limited doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Fusion (except S)’s optional automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Impala Limited doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

For greater rear passenger comfort, the Fusion has standard rear heat vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The Impala Limited doesn’t offer rear 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 Impala Limited doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Optional 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 Impala Limited doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

The Fusion SE/Titanium’s available GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that plots alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Impala Limited’s available navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

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

The Fusion SE/Titanium offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Impala Limited 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 Impala Limited 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 Impala Limited is rated higher at a number “8” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Fusion is less expensive to operate than the Impala Limited because typical repairs cost much less on the Fusion than the Impala Limited, including $220 less for a water pump, $436 less for an alternator, $100 less for front brake pads, $223 less for a starter, $265 less for fuel injection, $247 less for a fuel pump, $156 less for front struts, $185 less for a timing belt/chain and $1469 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

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

Fusion

Impala Limited

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

n/a

Kiplinger’s Awards

3

0

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

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

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

The Ford Fusion outsold the Chevrolet Impala by almost three to one during the 2015 model year.

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