Greene Ford Compares 2016 Ford Fusion VS 2016 Kia Optima Near Cumming, GA

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2016 Ford Fusion

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2016 Kia Optima

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 Optima doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

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

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 Optima 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 Optima 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 Optima have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available collision warning systems, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front and rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

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 Optima has not been tested, yet.

Warranty Comparison

The Fusion’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Optima runs out after 100,000 miles.

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

Engine Comparison

The Fusion’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 10 lbs.-ft. more torque (270 vs. 260) than the Optima SX/SXL’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Fusion 2.0 ECOBoost is faster than the Optima SX/SXL Turbo:

Fusion

Optima

Zero to 60 MPH

6.8 sec

7.3 sec

Quarter Mile

15.1 sec

15.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91.6 MPH

90.3 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Fusion 2.0 ECOBoost FWD gets better fuel mileage than the Optima SX/SXL 2.0 Turbo (22 city/33 hwy vs. 22 city/32 hwy).

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

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Fusion stops much shorter than the Optima:

Fusion

Optima

70 to 0 MPH

175 feet

185 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

117 feet

123 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Fusion has larger standard tires than the Optima (215/60R16 vs. 205/65R16). The Fusion SE’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Optima (235/50R17 vs. 225/45R18).

The Fusion S’ standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Optima LX’s standard 65 series tires. The Fusion Titanium’s optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the Optima SX/SXL’s 45 series tires.

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 Optima 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 Optima (112.2 inches vs. 110.4 inches).

The Fusion SE handles at .85 G’s, while the Optima LX Turbo pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Fusion Titanium executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Optima LX Turbo (27.2 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 27.8 seconds @ .62 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 Optima doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Fusion has 2.7 inches more rear legroom and .5 inches more rear shoulder room than the Optima.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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

Ergonomics Comparison

The Fusion offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Optima doesn’t offer a remote starting 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 Optima’s standard power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its driver’s window opens automatically. With the Optima’s optional power windows, only the front windows open or close automatically.

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 Optima doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry 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 Optima’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.

The Fusion has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. When the ignition turns off, the headlights turn off after a delay timed to allow you to securely get to your front door. The Optima only offers an automatic headlight on/off feature as an extra cost option.

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 Optima offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

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 Optima 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 Optima doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations Comparison

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

Fusion

Optima

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

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Kiplinger’s Awards

3

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

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

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

The Ford Fusion outsold the Kia Optima by almost two to one during the 2015 model year.

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