Jones Ford Verde Valley Compares 2015 Ford Fusion VS 2015 Honda Accord Near Camp Verde, AZ

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2015 Ford Fusion

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2015 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 Sedan doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

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

To help make backing safer, the Fusion SE/Titanium’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Accord Sedan doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

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 Accord Sedan 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 Accord Sedan 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 Accord Sedan 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 and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

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 Honda Accord Sedan:

Fusion

Accord Sedan

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

125

144

Neck Injury Risk

28%

30%

Neck Stress

200 lbs.

236 lbs.

Neck Compression

24 lbs.

89 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

167/333 lbs.

92/455 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Compression

.3 inches

.7 inches

Leg Forces (l/r)

14/11 lbs.

535/546 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 post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Ford Fusion is safer than the Honda Accord Sedan:

Fusion

Accord Sedan

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

46 G’s

49 G’s

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

Warranty Comparison

There are almost 4 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 their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Ford Fusion 2.5’s reliability will be 6% better than the Accord Sedan with the best reliability rating.

Engine Comparison

The Fusion has more powerful engines than the Accord Sedan:

Torque

Fusion 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

185 lbs.-ft.

Fusion 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

270 lbs.-ft.

Accord Sedan 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

181 lbs.-ft.

Accord Sedan Sport 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

182 lbs.-ft.

Accord Sedan EX-L V6/Touring 3.5 SOHC V6

252 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Fusion turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Accord Sedan Sport 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. (automatics tested):

Fusion

Accord Sedan

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

90.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Fusion FWD 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. gets better fuel mileage than the Accord Sedan EX-L V6/Touring V6 (24 city/36 hwy vs. 21 city/34 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 Accord Sedan 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 Accord Sedan 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 Accord Sedan:

Fusion

Accord Sedan LX

Accord Sedan Sport/EX/EX-L/Touring

Front Rotors

11.8 inches

11.1 inches

11.5 inches

Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

11.1 inches

11.1 inches

The Fusion stops much shorter than the Accord Sedan:

Fusion

Accord Sedan

80 to 0 MPH

216 feet

223 feet

Road & Track

70 to 0 MPH

175 feet

184 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

125 feet

139 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

137 feet

150 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Fusion has larger standard tires than the Accord Sedan (215/60R16 vs. 205/65R16).

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 Accord Sedan LX’s standard 65 series tires. The Fusion Titanium’s optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the Accord Sedan Sport’s 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Fusion Titanium offers optional 19-inch wheels. The Accord Sedan’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

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 Sedan doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Fusion’s wheelbase is 2.9 inches longer than on the Accord Sedan (112.2 inches vs. 109.3 inches).

The Fusion SE handles at .85 G’s, while the Accord Sedan EX-L pulls only .77 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Fusion Titanium executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.2 seconds quicker than the Accord Sedan EX-L (27.2 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 28.4 seconds @ .54 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Fusion’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the Accord Sedan’s (37.5 feet vs. 38.1 feet). The Fusion’s turning circle is 2.1 feet tighter than the Accord Sedan Sport’s (37.5 feet vs. 39.6 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 Accord Sedan doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Fusion has .1 inches more front headroom, 1.8 inches more front legroom, .3 inches more rear headroom and .4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Accord Sedan.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the Fusion easier. The Fusion’s trunk lift-over height is 25 inches, while the Accord Sedan’s liftover is 27.8 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 Accord Sedan’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 Sedan’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 Fusion’s optional easy entry system 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 Accord Sedan doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The power windows standard on both the Fusion and the Accord Sedan 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 Sedan 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 Sedan’s standard passenger windows don’t open or close automatically. With the Accord Sedan EX/EX-L/Touring’s 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 Accord Sedan doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system.

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 Accord Sedan’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Fusion SE/Titanium detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Accord Sedan 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 Accord Sedan offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The Fusion Titanium’s optional air conditioned front seats cool the driver and front passenger and help take the sting out of hot leather in Summer. The Accord Sedan doesn’t offer air conditioned front seats.

On extremely cold Winter days, the Fusion SE/Titanium’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Accord Sedan doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

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 Accord Sedan 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 Accord Sedan doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Fusion owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Fusion with a number “3” insurance rate while the Accord Sedan is rated higher at a number “8” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Fusion is less expensive to operate than the Accord Sedan because it costs $135 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Fusion than the Accord Sedan, including $68 less for an alternator, $319 less for a starter, $2 less for a fuel pump and $96 less for front struts.

Recommendations Comparison

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

Motor Trend selected the Fusion as their 2010 Car of the Year. The Accord was Import Car of the Year in 1994.

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the Fusion Hybrid as the 2010 North American Car of the Year. The Accord Sedan has never been chosen.

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