2019 Hyundai Nexo vs. 2019 Ford Fusion Energi

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Nexo has a standard Limited to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Fusion Energi only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

Both the Nexo and the Fusion Energi have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning and driver alert monitors.

Warranty

The Nexo comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Fusion Energi’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Nexo 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Ford covers the Fusion Energi. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Fusion Energi ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The Nexo’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Fusion Energi’s (7 vs. 5 years).

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are better in initial quality than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai third in initial quality, above the industry average. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked fifth.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 28 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 16th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Hyundai 8 places higher in reliability than Ford.

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Hyundai Nexo higher (10 out of 10) than the Ford Fusion Energi (7). This means the Nexo produces up to 11.8 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Fusion Energi every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Nexo’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Fusion Energi:

 

Nexo

Fusion

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

12.4 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Nexo Limited’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Fusion Energi (245/45R19 vs. 235/45R18).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Nexo Limited has standard 19-inch wheels. The Fusion Energi’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

Suspension and Handling

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Nexo is 1.6 inches wider in the front and 1.8 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Fusion Energi.

For better maneuverability, the Nexo’s turning circle is .8 feet tighter than the Fusion Energi’s (36.7 feet vs. 37.5 feet).

Chassis

The Nexo is 7.9 inches shorter than the Fusion Energi, making the Nexo easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The Nexo has .2 inches more front headroom, .2 inches more rear headroom and .3 inches more rear legroom than the Fusion Energi.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Nexo’s rear seats recline. The Fusion Energi’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The Nexo has a much larger cargo volume than the Fusion Energi (29.6 vs. 8.2 cubic feet).

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, just waiting momentarily behind the back bumper can open the Nexo Limited’s power liftgate, leaving your hands completely free. The Nexo’s power liftgate can also be opened or closed by pressing a button. The Fusion Energi doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening trunk.

Servicing Ease

The Nexo uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Fusion Energi uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

Ergonomics

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Nexo has a standard rear wiper. The Fusion Energi doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

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