2019 Ford Fusion Energi vs. 2019 Hyundai Nexo

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 Nexo doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

Both the Fusion Energi and the Nexo 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, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning and driver alert monitors.

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 Energi the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 154 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Nexo has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

There are almost 4 times as many Ford dealers as there are Hyundai dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Fusion Energi’s warranty.

Reliability

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

Engine

The Fusion Energi’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid produces 34 more horsepower (195 vs. 161) than the Nexo’s electric motor.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Fusion Energi running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the Nexo (104 city/91 hwy vs. 65 city/58 hwy MPGe).

The Fusion Energi 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 Nexo doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Fusion Energi has larger tires than the Nexo (235/45R18 vs. 225/60R17).

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 Nexo’s standard 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Fusion Energi has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Nexo.

Suspension and Handling

The Fusion Energi’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 Nexo doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Fusion Energi’s wheelbase is 2.4 inches longer than on the Nexo (112.2 inches vs. 109.8 inches).

Chassis

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

Passenger Space

The Fusion Energi has 2.8 inches more front legroom, 1 inch more front hip room, .6 inches more front shoulder room, .9 inches more rear hip room and 1.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Nexo.

Ergonomics

The Fusion Energi has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Nexo doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

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 Nexo’s passenger windows don’t 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 Energi’s exterior PIN entry system. The Nexo doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its Blue Link 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 Nexo’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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 Nexo has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The Fusion Energi has a standard heated steering wheel to take the chill out of steering on extremely cold winter days before the car heater warms up. A heated steering wheel is only available on the Nexo Limited.

Recommendations

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

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

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

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