Greene Ford Compares 2017 Ford Fusion VS 2017 Buick Regal Near Flowery Branch, GA

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2017 Ford Fusion

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2017 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 (except S)’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 crash mitigating brakes, 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

5 Stars




Neck Injury Risk



Neck Stress

200 lbs.

254 lbs.

Neck Compression

24 lbs.

33 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:





Front Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars




Chest Movement

1.3 inches

1.7 inches

Hip Force

277 lbs.

330 lbs.


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 all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Fusion the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 103 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Regal has not been fully tested, yet.

Warranty Comparison

There are almost 2 times as many Ford dealers as there are Buick dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Fusion’s warranty.

Engine Comparison

The Fusion has more powerful engines than the Regal:




Fusion 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

175 HP

175 lbs.-ft.

Fusion 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

181 HP

185 lbs.-ft.

Fusion 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

245 HP

275 lbs.-ft.

Fusion Sport 2.7 turbo V6

325 HP

350 lbs.-ft.

Regal 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

182 HP

172 lbs.-ft.

Regal Turbo/GS 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

259 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Car and Driver the Fusion Sport 2.7 turbo V6 is faster than the Regal Turbo/GS 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.:




Zero to 60 MPH

5.1 sec

6.4 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

13.3 sec

16.6 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

5.8 sec

6.9 sec

Quarter Mile

13.7 sec

15 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

101 MPH

95 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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







2.5 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

21 city/32 hwy

19 city/30 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto


1.5 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

23 city/34 hwy

21 city/29 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto


2.0 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

21 city/31 hwy




2.0 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

20 city/29 hwy

19 city/27 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Fusion 1.5 ECOBoost’s engine automatically turns off 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 Regal 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 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 and Track

70 to 0 MPH

155 feet

172 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

125 feet

134 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

137 feet

141 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 Sport AWD handles at .89 G’s, while the Regal Turbo 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.

The Fusion Platinum uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Regal doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

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).

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the Fusion easier. The Fusion’s trunk lift-over height is 24.4 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 (except S)’s optional easy entry system raises the steering wheel and 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/Sport/Platinum’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’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 (except S) 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 (except S/SE) 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 (except S)’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

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Fusion is less expensive to operate than the Regal because it costs $567 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Fusion than the Regal, including $418 less for a water pump, $663 less for an alternator, $119 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 $2431 to $9147 less than for the Buick Regal.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Ford Fusion and the Buick Regal, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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 over thirteen to one during the 2016 model year.

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