Greene Ford Compares 2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid VS 2018 Chevrolet Cruze Near Cumming, GA

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2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid

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2018 Chevrolet Cruze

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Ford Fusion are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Chevrolet Cruze doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

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 Cruze doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

The Fusion (except S) offers optional Active Braking, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Cruze offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature that would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

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

Both the Fusion and the Cruze have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

The Ford Fusion weighs 483 to 986 pounds more than the Chevrolet Cruze. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts. Crosswinds also affect lighter cars more.

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 110 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Cruze has not been fully tested, yet, but doesn’t qualify for 2017 “Top Pick.”

Warranty Comparison

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

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Chevrolet vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked 6th.

Engine Comparison

The Fusion’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 22 more horsepower (175 vs. 153) than the Cruze’s 1.4 turbo 4 cyl. The Fusion’s optional 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. produces 28 more horsepower (181 vs. 153) and 8 lbs.-ft. more torque (185 vs. 177) than the Cruze’s 1.4 turbo 4 cyl. The Fusion’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 87 more horsepower (240 vs. 153) and 93 lbs.-ft. more torque (270 vs. 177) than the Cruze’s 1.4 turbo 4 cyl. The Fusion Sport’s standard 2.7 turbo V6 produces 172 more horsepower (325 vs. 153) and 203 lbs.-ft. more torque (380 vs. 177) than the Cruze’s 1.4 turbo 4 cyl.

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




Zero to 60 MPH

6.8 sec

8.7 sec

Quarter Mile

15.1 sec

16.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91.6 MPH

82.7 MPH

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




Zero to 60 MPH

5.1 sec

7.6 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

13.3 sec

21.6 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

5.8 sec

8 sec

Quarter Mile

13.7 sec

15.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

101 MPH

89 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Fusion FWD’s standard fuel tank has 3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Cruze Diesel’s standard fuel tank (16.5 vs. 13.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Fusion AWD’s standard fuel tank has 4.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Cruze’s standard fuel tank (18 vs. 13.7 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 Cruze doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Fusion’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Cruze:




Front Rotors

11.8 inches

10.8 inches

Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

10.4 inches

The Fusion stops much shorter than the Cruze:





70 to 0 MPH

155 feet

171 feet

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Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Fusion has larger standard tires than the Cruze (215/60R16 vs. 195/65R15). The Fusion SE’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Cruze (235/50R17 vs. 225/45R17).

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 Cruze L/LS’ standard 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Fusion S has standard 16-inch wheels. Smaller 15-inch wheels are standard on the Cruze L/LS. The Fusion’s optional 19-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels optional on the Cruze LT/Premier.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For superior ride and handling, the Ford Fusion has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Chevrolet Cruze has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

The Fusion has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Cruze’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Fusion has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Fusion flat and controlled during cornering. The Cruze’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

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 Cruze’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

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 Cruze 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 Cruze doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Fusion’s wheelbase is 5.9 inches longer than on the Cruze (112.2 inches vs. 106.3 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Fusion is 1.9 inches wider in the front and 1.1 inches wider in the rear than on the Cruze.

The Fusion Sport AWD handles at .89 G’s, while the Cruze LT Sedan pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Fusion’s turning circle is 1.2 feet tighter than the Cruze’s (37.5 feet vs. 38.7 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 Cruze doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

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

Passenger Space Comparison

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the Fusion is rated a Mid-size car by the EPA, while the Cruze is rated a Compact.

The Fusion has 8.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Cruze (102.8 vs. 94).

The Fusion has .3 inches more front headroom, 2.3 inches more front legroom, 1.8 inches more front hip room, 2.9 inches more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear headroom, 2.2 inches more rear legroom, 2.5 inches more rear hip room and 3.7 inches more rear shoulder room than the Cruze Sedan.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Fusion has a much larger trunk than the Cruze Sedan (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 Cruze’s liftover is 27.4 inches.

To allow full utilization of available cargo room, the Fusion’s trunk lid uses concealed beam hinges that don’t intrude into the trunk. The Cruze’s useful trunk space is reduced by its intrusive beam hinge.

The Fusion’s standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The Cruze L/LS’ standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can’t share the rear seat.

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

Ergonomics Comparison

When two different drivers share the Fusion (except S), the optional memory system makes it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle. The Cruze doesn’t offer a memory system.

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 Cruze 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 Cruze’s power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its front windows open 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 Cruze 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 Cruze 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 has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Cruze doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The Fusion’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Cruze’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Fusion has standard extendable sun visors. The Cruze doesn’t offer extendable visors.

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 Cruze offers 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 Cruze doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

The Fusion (except S)’s optional dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Cruze doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Both the Fusion and the Cruze offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Fusion offers optional rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Cruze doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Fusion (except S) 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 Cruze doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

The Fusion (except S)’s optional Enhanced 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 Cruze 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 Cruze because it costs $279 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Fusion than the Cruze, including $227 less for a water pump, $220 less for an alternator, $34 less for front brake pads, $67 less for a starter, $106 less for fuel injection, $223 less for a fuel pump, $51 less for front struts and $181 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations Comparison

Strategic Vision rates overall owner satisfaction with vehicle quality. With a Total Quality Index of 855, Strategic Vision rated the Ford Fusion 13 points higher than the Chevrolet Cruze for 2015.

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

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

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

The Ford Fusion outsold the Chevrolet Cruze by 50% during the 2016 model year.

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