2019 Ford Fusion Energi vs. 2019 Toyota Mirai

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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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 Mirai doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

Both the Fusion Energi and the Mirai have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee 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 Mirai has not been tested, yet.


There are over 2 times as many Ford dealers as there are Toyota dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Fusion Energi’s warranty.


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 Mirai 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 Mirai 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 Toyota vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 15 more problems per 100 vehicles, Toyota is ranked 17th, below the industry average.


The Fusion Energi’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid produces 44 more horsepower (195 vs. 151) than the Mirai’s electric motor.

As tested in Car and Driver the Ford Fusion Energi is faster than the Toyota Mirai:




Zero to 60 MPH

8.6 sec

9.4 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

23 sec

34.2 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

6 sec

6.3 sec

Quarter Mile

16.6 sec

17.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

86 MPH

80 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Fusion Energi running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the Mirai (104 city/91 hwy vs. 67 city/67 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 Mirai doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

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




Front Rotors

12.4 inches

11.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.4 inches

11.41 inches

The Fusion Energi stops shorter than the Mirai:





70 to 0 MPH

185 feet

194 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Fusion Energi has larger tires than the Mirai (235/45R18 vs. 215/55R17).

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 Mirai’s standard 55 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 Mirai.

Suspension and Handling

For superior ride and handling, the Ford Fusion Energi has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Toyota Mirai has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

The Fusion Energi has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Mirai’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Fusion Energi has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Fusion Energi flat and controlled during cornering. The Mirai’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The Fusion Energi has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Mirai doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

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 Mirai doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Fusion Energi’s wheelbase is 2.7 inches longer than on the Mirai (112.2 inches vs. 109.5 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Fusion Energi is 1.8 inches wider in the front and 1 inch wider in the rear than on the Mirai.

The Fusion Energi Titanium handles at .80 G’s, while the Mirai pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.


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 Mirai doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Fusion Energi Titanium is quieter than the Mirai (32 vs. 36 dB).

Passenger Space

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Fusion Energi a Mid-size car, while the Mirai is rated a Subcompact.

The Fusion Energi has standard seating for 5 passengers; the Mirai can only carry 4.

The Fusion Energi has 17.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Mirai (102.8 vs. 85.7).

The Fusion Energi has .7 inches more front headroom, 1.8 inches more front legroom, 1.6 inches more front hip room, 3.5 inches more front shoulder room, 1 inch more rear headroom, 8.2 inches more rear legroom, 2 inches more rear hip room and 3.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Mirai.

Cargo Capacity

The Fusion Energi’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Mirai doesn’t offer folding rear seats.


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 Mirai doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

Unlike the driver-only memory system in the Mirai, 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 Mirai 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 Mirai prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

If the windows are left open on the Fusion Energi the driver can close them all from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can also lower the windows the same way. The driver of the Mirai can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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 Mirai doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

Standard air-conditioned seats in the Fusion Energi keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Mirai doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

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 Mirai 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 Mirai doesn’t offer an automated parking system.


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

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

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

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