2019 Ford Fusion vs. 2019 Honda Accord

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The rear seatbelts of the Fusion 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 doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

The Fusion offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Accord doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

Both the Fusion and the Accord 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 and rear 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 is safer than the Honda Accord:

 

Fusion

Accord

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

234

261

Neck Compression

26 lbs.

74 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 flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Ford Fusion is safer than the Honda Accord:

 

Fusion

Accord

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

121

140

Hip Force

338 lbs.

431 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

327

386

Spine Acceleration

56 G’s

62 G’s

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

721 lbs.

756 lbs.

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’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Fusion third among midsize cars in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The Accord 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.

Engine

The Fusion has more powerful engines than the Accord:

 

Horsepower

Torque

Fusion 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

240 HP

270 lbs.-ft.

Fusion Sport 2.7 turbo V6

325 HP

380 lbs.-ft.

Accord 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

192 HP

192 lbs.-ft.

Accord 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

252 HP

273 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Fusion 2.0 Turbo is faster than the Honda Accord 1.5T (automatics tested):

 

Fusion

Accord

Zero to 60 MPH

6.8 sec

7.6 sec

Quarter Mile

15.1 sec

15.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91.6 MPH

89.3 MPH

As tested in Car and Driver the Fusion Sport is faster than the Honda Accord 1.5T (automatics tested):

 

Fusion

Accord

Zero to 60 MPH

5.1 sec

7.3 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

13.3 sec

19.1 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

5.8 sec

8 sec

Quarter Mile

13.7 sec

15.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

101 MPH

91 MPH

Top Speed

131 MPH

131 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Fusion 1.5 ECOBoost’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Accord doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Fusion FWD’s standard fuel tank has 1.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the Accord (16.5 vs. 14.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Fusion AWD’s standard fuel tank has 3.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Accord (18 vs. 14.8 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

Fusion

Accord

Front Rotors

11.8 inches

11.5 inches

Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

11.1 inches

The Fusion stops much shorter than the Accord:

 

Fusion

Accord

 

70 to 0 MPH

155 feet

170 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

117 feet

135 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

137 feet

142 feet

Consumer Reports

Suspension and Handling

The Fusion SE handles at .85 G’s, while the Accord EX pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Fusion Titanium executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Accord EX (27.2 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 27.7 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Fusion’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the Accord’s (37.5 feet vs. 38.1 feet). The Fusion’s turning circle is 1.9 feet tighter than the Accord Sport Manual/2.0T’s (37.5 feet vs. 39.4 feet).

Passenger Space

The Fusion has 2 inches more front legroom, .5 inches more rear headroom and .4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Accord.

Cargo Capacity

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the Fusion easier. The Fusion’s trunk lift-over height is 24.4 inches, while the Accord’s liftover is 26.5 inches.

To allow full utilization of available cargo room, the Fusion’s trunk lid uses concealed beam hinges that don’t intrude into the trunk. Its intrusive beam hinge reduces the Accord’s useful trunk space.

The Fusion’s standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The Accord LX’s standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can’t share the rear seat.

Towing

The Fusion’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Accord’s (1000 vs. 0 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Honda Accord is only 1000 pounds. The Fusion offers up to a 2000 lbs. towing capacity.

Ergonomics

The power windows standard on both the Fusion and the Accord have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Fusion is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Accord prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Fusion’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’s 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 SE/SEL/Titanium/Sport’s exterior keypad. The Accord doesn’t offer an exterior keypad 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’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’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 SEL/Titanium/Sport 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 offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

On extremely cold winter days, the Fusion Titanium/Sport’s standard heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Accord doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Fusion (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 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The Fusion (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 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Fusion owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Fusion with a number “1” insurance rate while the Accord is rated higher at a number “8” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Fusion is less expensive to operate than the Accord because typical repairs cost much less on the Fusion than the Accord, including $137 less for a water pump, $259 less for a starter, $163 less for fuel injection, $308 less for a fuel pump, $150 less for front struts and $157 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

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

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