2019 Ford Fusion Hybrid vs. 2019 Hyundai Sonata 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 Sonata Hybrid doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

The Fusion Hybrid has standard Reverse Sensing System to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or, optionally, in front of the vehicle. The Sonata Hybrid doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

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 Sonata Hybrid doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Fusion Hybrid and the Sonata Hybrid 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, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras and rear cross-path warning.

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 Hybrid’s warranty.

Reliability

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

Fuel Economy and Range

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 Sonata Hybrid doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

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 Sonata Hybrid doesn’t offer a CVT.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Fusion Hybrid has larger standard tires than the Sonata Hybrid (225/50R17 vs. 205/65R16). The Fusion Hybrid’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Sonata Hybrid (235/45R18 vs. 215/55R17).

The Fusion Hybrid’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Sonata Hybrid’s standard 65 series tires. The Fusion Hybrid’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Sonata Hybrid’s optional 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Fusion Hybrid has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Sonata Hybrid. The Fusion Hybrid’s optional 18-inch wheels are larger than the 17-inch wheels optional on the Sonata Hybrid.

Suspension and Handling

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 Sonata Hybrid doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Fusion Hybrid’s wheelbase is 1.8 inches longer than on the Sonata Hybrid (112.2 inches vs. 110.4 inches).

Chassis

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 Sonata Hybrid doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The Fusion Hybrid has 2.7 inches more rear legroom and .4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Sonata 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 Sonata Hybrid’s useful trunk space.

Ergonomics

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 Sonata Hybrid’s standard passenger windows don’t open or close automatically. With the Sonata Hybrid Limited’s power windows, only the front windows open or close automatically.

If the windows are left open on the Fusion Hybrid 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 Sonata Hybrid can only operate 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 Hybrid’s exterior PIN entry system. The Sonata Hybrid 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 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 Sonata Hybrid’s 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 Sonata Hybrid offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

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 Sonata 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 Sonata Hybrid doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations

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

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

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

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