2019 Ford Fusion Hybrid vs. 2019 BMW 3 Series Sedan

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Ford Fusion Hybrid are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The BMW 3 Series Sedan doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The rear seatbelts of the Fusion Hybrid Titanium 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 3 Series Sedan doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

The Fusion Hybrid’s 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 3 Series Sedan doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Fusion Hybrid and the 3 Series Sedan have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, 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 available front parking sensors.

Warranty

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Ford’s powertrain warranty covers the Fusion Hybrid 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than BMW covers the 3 Series Sedan. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the 3 Series Sedan ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 9 times as many Ford dealers as there are BMW dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Fusion Hybrid’s warranty.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Fusion Hybrid third among midsize cars in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The 3 Series Sedan 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 BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 6 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 11th.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Fusion Hybrid gets better fuel mileage than the 330i RWD running its gasoline engine (43 city/41 hwy vs. 26 city/36 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ford Fusion Hybrid uses regular unleaded gasoline. The 3 Series Sedan requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Fusion Hybrid 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 3 Series Sedan doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

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The Fusion Hybrid has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The 3 Series Sedan doesn’t offer a CVT.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Fusion Hybrid’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the 3 Series Sedan (235/45R18 vs. 225/35R20).

Suspension and Handling

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The Fusion Hybrid’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 3 Series Sedan doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

Chassis

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The Fusion Hybrid uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The 3 Series Sedan doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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The Fusion Hybrid has .5 inches more front headroom, 2.3 inches more front legroom, 1.8 inches more front shoulder room, .2 inches more rear headroom, 3.1 inches more rear legroom and 2.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the 3 Series Sedan.

The front step up height for the Fusion Hybrid is .7 inches lower than the 3 Series Sedan (15.8” vs. 16.5”). The Fusion Hybrid’s rear step up height is 1.1 inches lower than the 3 Series Sedan’s (15.25” vs. 16.3”).

Cargo Capacity

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A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the Fusion Hybrid easier. The Fusion Hybrid’s trunk lift-over height is 24.4 inches, while the 3 Series Sedan’s liftover is 26.7 inches.

Ergonomics

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The Fusion Hybrid’s optional easy entry system raises the steering wheel and 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 3 Series Sedan doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Fusion Hybrid’s exterior PIN entry system. The 3 Series Sedan doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its BMW Assist can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

Standard air-conditioned seats in the Fusion Hybrid Titanium keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The 3 Series Sedan doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

The Fusion Hybrid (except S) 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 3 Series Sedan doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Recommendations

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The Fusion Hybrid was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” in 2010. The 3 Series Sedan has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

Motor Trend selected the Fusion Hybrid as their 2010 Car of the Year. The 3 Series Sedan has never been chosen.

The Fusion Hybrid was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2010. The 3 Series Sedan 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 3 Series Sedan has never been chosen.

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