2019 Ford Fusion Hybrid vs. 2019 Toyota Prius

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Safety

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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 Prius doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

Compared to metal, the Fusion Hybrid’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Toyota Prius has a metal gas tank.

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

The Ford Fusion Hybrid weighs 448 to 658 pounds more than the Toyota Prius. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

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 Toyota Prius:

Fusion Hybrid

Prius

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

125

244

Neck Injury Risk

28%

30%

Neck Stress

200 lbs.

344 lbs.

Neck Compression

24 lbs.

42 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

167/333 lbs.

290/353 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Compression

.3 inches

.4 inches

Neck Injury Risk

52%

53%

Leg Forces (l/r)

14/11 lbs.

203/179 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 Toyota Prius:

Fusion Hybrid

Prius

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

2 Stars

HIC

268

288

Spine Acceleration

46 G’s

48 G’s

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty

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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 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 Prius 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.

Engine

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The Fusion Hybrid’s 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid produces 67 more horsepower (188 vs. 121) than the Prius’ 1.8 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Ford Fusion Hybrid is faster than the Toyota Prius:

Fusion

Prius

Zero to 30 MPH

3.4 sec

3.6 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

8.3 sec

10.3 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

5.4 sec

6.5 sec

Quarter Mile

16.5 sec

17.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

89.7 MPH

81 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Fusion Hybrid has 3.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Prius AWD-e’s standard fuel tank (14 vs. 10.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Fusion Hybrid has 2.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the Prius FWD’s standard fuel tank (14 vs. 11.3 gallons).

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 Prius doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Fusion

Prius

Front Rotors

11.8 inches

10 inches

Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

10.2 inches

The Fusion Hybrid stops much shorter than the Prius:

Fusion

Prius

60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

131 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Fusion Hybrid has larger standard tires than the Prius (225/50R17 vs. 195/65R15). The Fusion Hybrid’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Prius (235/45R18 vs. 215/45R17).

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 Prius’ standard 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Fusion Hybrid has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 15-inch wheels are standard on the Prius. The Fusion Hybrid’s optional 18-inch wheels are larger than the 17-inch wheels on the Prius XLE/Limited.

Suspension and Handling

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

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 Prius doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Fusion Hybrid’s wheelbase is 5.9 inches longer than on the Prius (112.2 inches vs. 106.3 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Fusion Hybrid is 2.5 inches wider in the front and 1.8 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Prius.

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 Prius doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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The Fusion Hybrid has 9.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Prius (102.8 vs. 93.1).

The Fusion Hybrid has 2 inches more front legroom, 1.6 inches more front hip room, 2.8 inches more front shoulder room, .4 inches more rear headroom, 4.9 inches more rear legroom, 2.5 inches more rear hip room and 3.9 inches more rear shoulder room than the Prius.

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 Prius’ liftover is 26.5 inches.

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Fusion Hybrid. The Prius doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics

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The Fusion Hybrid offers a 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 Prius doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

When two different drivers share the Fusion Hybrid SEL/Titanium, the memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The Prius doesn’t offer a memory system.

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 Prius doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The power windows standard on both the Fusion Hybrid and the Prius 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 Prius prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

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 Prius 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 Prius doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

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 Prius’ standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Fusion Hybrid has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. When the ignition turns off, the headlights turn off after a delay timed to allow you to securely get to your front door. The Prius has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the XLE/Limited.

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 Prius offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

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 Prius doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

The Fusion Hybrid’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Prius doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Both the Fusion Hybrid and the Prius 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 Prius 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 Prius 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 Prius has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

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

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

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