Greene Ford Compares 2017 Ford Fusion VS 2017 Mazda 6 Near Buford, GA

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2017 Ford Fusion

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2017 Mazda 6

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 Mazda 6 doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

The Fusion offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Mazda 6 doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The Fusion (except S) 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 Mazda 6 doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

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 Mazda 6 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Compared to metal, the Fusion’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Mazda 6 has a metal gas tank.

Both the Fusion and the Mazda 6 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, 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 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 Mazda 6:

 

Fusion

Mazda 6

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

125

130

Neck Stress

200 lbs.

266 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 Mazda 6:

 

Fusion

Mazda 6

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

74

154

Hip Force

277 lbs.

437 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

225

356

Spine Acceleration

61 G’s

64 G’s

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

268

271

Hip Force

597 lbs.

671 lbs.

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

Warranty Comparison

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

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Mazda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 25 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mazda is ranked 26th, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The Fusion’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 61 more horsepower (245 vs. 184) and 90 lbs.-ft. more torque (275 vs. 185) than the Mazda 6’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. The Fusion Sport’s standard 2.7 turbo V6 produces 141 more horsepower (325 vs. 184) and 165 lbs.-ft. more torque (350 vs. 185) than the Mazda 6’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Fusion turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Mazda 6 (automatics tested):

 

Fusion

Mazda 6

Zero to 60 MPH

6.8 sec

7.7 sec

Quarter Mile

15.1 sec

16 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91.6 MPH

87.9 MPH

As tested in Car and Driver the Fusion Sport 2.7 turbo V6 is faster than the Mazda 6 (base engine) (automatics tested):

 

Fusion

Mazda 6

Zero to 60 MPH

5.1 sec

7.3 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

13.3 sec

20.9 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

5.8 sec

7.5 sec

Quarter Mile

13.7 sec

15.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

101 MPH

89 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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 Mazda 6 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Fusion AWD’s standard fuel tank has 1.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Mazda 6 (18 vs. 16.4 gallons).

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 Mazda 6 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Fusion stops much shorter than the Mazda 6:

 

Fusion

Mazda 6

 

80 to 0 MPH

216 feet

221 feet

Road and Track

70 to 0 MPH

155 feet

177 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

117 feet

124 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

137 feet

141 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Fusion SE’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Mazda 6 (235/50R17 vs. 225/55R17).

The Fusion’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 Mazda 6 Touring/Grand Touring’s 45 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Fusion offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The Mazda 6’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

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 Mazda 6 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Fusion Sport AWD handles at .89 G’s, while the Mazda 6 Grand Touring pulls only .86 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Fusion Titanium executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Mazda 6 Touring (27.2 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 27.6 seconds @ .62 average G’s).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Fusion has 3.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Mazda 6 (102.8 vs. 99.7).

The Fusion has .8 inches more front headroom, 2.1 inches more front legroom, .7 inches more front shoulder room, .7 inches more rear headroom and 1.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Mazda 6.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Fusion has a much larger trunk than the Mazda 6 (16 vs. 14.8 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 Mazda 6’s liftover is 28.5 inches.

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Fusion. The Mazda 6 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 Mazda 6 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The power windows standard on both the Fusion and the Mazda 6 have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Fusion is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Mazda 6 prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

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 Mazda 6 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 Mazda 6 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 Mazda 6 Sport’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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 Mazda 6 has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the Touring/Grand Touring.

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 Mazda 6 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

The Fusion (except S) 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 Mazda 6 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

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 Mazda 6 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 Mazda 6 because it costs $115 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Fusion than the Mazda 6, including $20 less for a water pump, $21 less for front brake pads, $48 less for a starter, $99 less for fuel injection, $234 less for a fuel pump and $109 less for front struts.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Ford Fusion and the Mazda 6, based on reliability, safety and performance.

Motor Trend selected the Fusion as their 2010 Car of the Year. The Mazda 6 has never been chosen.

The Fusion Hybrid was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2010. The Mazda 6 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 Mazda 6 has never been chosen.

The Ford Fusion outsold the Mazda 6 by almost six to one during the 2016 model year.

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