2019 Ford Fusion Energi vs. 2019 Honda Accord Hybrid

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The rear seatbelts of the Fusion Energi 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 Hybrid doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

Both the Fusion Energi and the Accord 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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras and driver alert monitors.

The Ford Fusion Energi weighs 558 to 644 pounds more than the Honda Accord Hybrid. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford Fusion Energi is safer than the Honda Accord Hybrid:

 

Fusion Energi

Accord Hybrid

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

143

261

Neck Compression

38 lbs.

74 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

208/329 lbs.

231/338 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

168

266

Chest Compression

.3 inches

.4 inches

Neck Stress

132 lbs.

140 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

13/13 lbs.

378/216 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 Energi is safer than the Honda Accord Hybrid:

 

Fusion Energi

Accord Hybrid

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

164

386

Spine Acceleration

59 G’s

62 G’s

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

236

242

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

Warranty

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 Energi’s warranty.

Reliability

The Fusion Energi has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Accord Hybrid doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the car’s engine.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Fusion Energi third among midsize cars in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The Accord Hybrid isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 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 fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 21 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 23rd, below the industry average.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Fusion Energi running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the Accord Hybrid (104 city/91 hwy MPGe vs. 48 city/48 hwy).

The Fusion Energi can drive on battery power alone for up to 20 miles. The Accord Hybrid must run its internal combustion engine to move.

The Fusion Energi has 1.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Accord Hybrid (14 vs. 12.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Fusion Energi has larger tires than the Accord Hybrid (235/45R18 vs. 225/50R17).

The Fusion Energi’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Accord Hybrid’s standard 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Fusion Energi has standard 18-inch wheels. Only 17-inch wheels are available on the Accord Hybrid.

Suspension and Handling

The Fusion Energi’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (54.2% to 45.8%) than the Accord Hybrid’s (60.7% to 39.3%). This gives the Fusion Energi more stable handling and braking.

For better maneuverability, the Fusion Energi’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the Accord Hybrid’s (37.5 feet vs. 38.1 feet).

Passenger Space

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

Cargo Capacity

To allow full utilization of available cargo room, the Fusion Energi’s trunk lid uses concealed beam hinges that don’t intrude into the trunk. Its intrusive beam hinge reduces the Accord Hybrid’s useful trunk space.

Ergonomics

Unlike the driver-only memory system in the Accord Hybrid EX-L/Touring, the Fusion Energi Titanium has a passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position (with optional power wheel adjuster) and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

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

The Fusion Energi’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 Hybrid’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 Energi’s exterior PIN entry system. The Accord Hybrid doesn’t offer an exterior PIN 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 Energi’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Accord Hybrid’s standard intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

The Fusion Energi’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Honda only offers heated mirrors on the Accord Hybrid EX/EX-L/Touring.

The Fusion Energi has standard 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 Hybrid offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

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

Both the Fusion Energi and the Accord Hybrid offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Fusion Energi has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Accord Hybrid doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

The Fusion Energi has a 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 Hybrid doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The Fusion Energi’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 Hybrid doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations

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

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

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