2019 Ford Fusion Hybrid vs. 2019 Honda Accord Hybrid

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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 Accord Hybrid doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

Both the Fusion Hybrid 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, driver alert monitors and available front parking sensors.

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

 

Fusion Hybrid

Accord Hybrid

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

125

261

Neck Compression

24 lbs.

74 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

167/333 lbs.

231/338 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 post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Ford Fusion Hybrid is safer than the Honda Accord Hybrid:

 

Fusion Hybrid

Accord Hybrid

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

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 Hybrid’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Fusion Hybrid 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

The Fusion Hybrid 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 Hybrid’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Accord Hybrid (235/45R18 vs. 225/50R17).

The Fusion Hybrid’s optional 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 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Fusion Hybrid offers optional 18-inch wheels. The Accord Hybrid’s largest wheels are only 17-inches.

Suspension and Handling

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

Passenger Space

The Fusion Hybrid 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 Hybrid’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

The power windows standard on both the Fusion Hybrid and the Accord Hybrid have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Fusion Hybrid 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 Hybrid’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 Hybrid’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 Hybrid’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 Hybrid SEL/Titanium 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 Hybrid Titanium’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 Hybrid and the Accord Hybrid offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Fusion Hybrid 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 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 Accord Hybrid doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The Fusion Hybrid (except S)’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 Hybrid 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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