2018 Honda Accord Hybrid vs. 2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Using vehicle speed sensors and seat sensors, smart airbags in the Accord Hybrid deploy with different levels of force or don’t deploy at all to help better protect passengers of all sizes in different collisions. The Accord Hybrid’s side airbags will shut off if a child is leaning against the door. The Fusion Hybrid’s side airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.

Both the Accord Hybrid and the Fusion Hybrid 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 blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 12 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 16th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2018 Auto Issue reports that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Honda 6 places higher in reliability than Ford.

Engine

The Accord Hybrid’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid produces 24 more horsepower (212 vs. 188) than the Fusion Hybrid’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Accord Hybrid gets better fuel mileage than the Fusion Hybrid (47 city/47 hwy vs. 43 city/41 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

Accord

Fusion

Front Rotors

12.3 inches

11.8 inches

Suspension and Handling

The Accord Hybrid 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 Fusion Hybrid’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Accord Hybrid is .7 inches wider in the front and 1.4 inches wider in the rear than on the Fusion Hybrid.

Chassis

The Honda Accord Hybrid may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 350 pounds less than the Ford Fusion Hybrid.

The front grille of the Accord Hybrid uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Fusion Hybrid doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

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

The Accord Hybrid has 2.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Fusion Hybrid (105.6 vs. 102.8).

The Accord Hybrid has .3 inches more front headroom, .3 inches more front hip room, .5 inches more front shoulder room, 2.1 inches more rear legroom and .6 inches more rear hip room than the Fusion Hybrid.

Cargo Capacity

The Accord Hybrid has a much larger trunk than the Fusion Hybrid (16.7 vs. 12 cubic feet).

With its sedan body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the Accord Hybrid offers cargo security. The Fusion Hybrid’s non-lockable folding seat and non-lockable remote release defeat cargo security.

Ergonomics

The Accord Hybrid Touring has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Fusion Hybrid doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

When the Accord Hybrid Touring is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Fusion Hybrid’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

Both the Accord Hybrid and the Fusion Hybrid offer available heated front seats. The Accord Hybrid Touring also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Fusion Hybrid.

Recommendations

The Accord was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 2018 and 22 of the last 24 years. The Fusion Hybrid hasn’t been picked since 2010.

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