Greene Ford Compares 2018 Ford Fusion VS 2018 Honda Accord Near Cleveland, GA

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2018 Ford Fusion

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2018 Honda Accord

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 Accord doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

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

Both the Fusion and the Accord 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, 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, rear cross-path warning and driver alert monitors.

Warranty Comparison

There are almost 3 times as many Ford dealers as there are Honda dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Fusion’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Fusion’s reliability 20 points higher than the Accord.

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 Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 19 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 20th, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The Fusion has more powerful engines than the Accord:

 

Horsepower

Torque

Fusion 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

240 HP

270 lbs.-ft.

Fusion Sport 2.7 turbo V6

325 HP

380 lbs.-ft.

Accord 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

192 HP

192 lbs.-ft.

Accord 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

252 HP

273 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Fusion turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Honda Accord 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. (automatics tested):

 

Fusion

Accord

Zero to 60 MPH

6.8 sec

7.6 sec

Quarter Mile

15.1 sec

15.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91.6 MPH

89.3 MPH

As tested in Car and Driver the Fusion Sport 2.7 turbo V6 is faster than the Honda Accord 1.5 (automatics tested):

 

Fusion

Accord

Zero to 60 MPH

5.1 sec

7.3 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

13.3 sec

19.1 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

5.8 sec

8 sec

Quarter Mile

13.7 sec

15.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

101 MPH

91 MPH

Top Speed

131 MPH

131 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 Accord doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Fusion FWD’s standard fuel tank has 1.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the Accord (16.5 vs. 14.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Fusion AWD’s standard fuel tank has 3.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Accord (18 vs. 14.8 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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

 

Fusion

Accord

Front Rotors

11.8 inches

11.5 inches

Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

11.1 inches

The Fusion stops much shorter than the Accord:

 

Fusion

Accord

 

70 to 0 MPH

155 feet

170 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

117 feet

135 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

137 feet

142 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 Accord doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Fusion SE handles at .85 G’s, while the Accord EX pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Fusion Titanium executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Accord EX (27.2 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 27.7 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Fusion’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the Accord’s (37.5 feet vs. 38.1 feet). The Fusion’s turning circle is 1.9 feet tighter than the Accord Sport Manual/Sport 2.0T/EX-L 2.0T/Touring 2.0T’s (37.5 feet vs. 39.4 feet).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Fusion has 2 inches more front legroom, .5 inches more rear headroom and .4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Accord.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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 Accord’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 Accord’s standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can’t share the rear seat.

Ergonomics Comparison

The power windows standard on both the Fusion and the Accord 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 Accord prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

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 Accord’s standard rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

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/Sport/Titanium/Platinum’s exterior keypad. The Accord doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system, and its HondaLink Assist can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

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

On extremely cold winter days, the Fusion’s optional (except S) heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Accord doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Both the Fusion and the Accord 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 Accord doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

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 Accord doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

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 Accord doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations Comparison

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

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

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

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