2019 Kia Niro EV vs. 2019 Ford Fusion Energi

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Niro EV has standard Active Headrests, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Headrests system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Fusion Energi doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Niro EV EX Premium has standard Parking Assist to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or, optionally, in front of the vehicle. The Fusion Energi doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

Both the Niro EV and the Fusion Energi 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, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

The Niro EV 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.

Kia’s powertrain warranty covers the Niro EV 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.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Kia vehicles are better in initial quality than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia second in initial quality, above the industry average. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked fifth.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Kia vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 20 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 16th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Kia vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Kia 13 places higher in reliability than Ford.

Engine

The Niro EV’s standard electric motor produces 6 more horsepower (201 vs. 195) than the Fusion Energi’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid.

As tested in Car and Driver the Kia Niro EV is faster than the Ford Fusion Energi:

Niro

Fusion

Zero to 60 MPH

6.5 sec

8.6 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

17.6 sec

23 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.5 sec

9.3 sec

Quarter Mile

15.1 sec

16.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

93 MPH

86 MPH

Top Speed

108 MPH

104 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Niro EV gets better fuel mileage than the Fusion Energi running on electricity (123 city/102 hwy vs. 104 city/91 hwy MPGe).

On the EPA test cycle the Niro EV gets better fuel mileage than the Fusion Energi running its gasoline engine (123 city/102 hwy MPGe vs. 43 city/41 hwy).

The Niro EV’s maximum EPA estimated driving range is 239 miles on a full charge. The Fusion Energi can only travel about 20 miles before it has to start its internal combustion engine.

Environmental Friendliness

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

Brakes and Stopping

The Niro EV stops much shorter than the Fusion Energi:

Niro

Fusion

70 to 0 MPH

170 feet

185 feet

Car and Driver

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the Niro EV’s turning circle is 2.7 feet tighter than the Fusion Energi’s (34.8 feet vs. 37.5 feet).

Chassis

The Niro EV is 1 foot, 7.6 inches shorter than the Fusion Energi, making the Niro EV easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity

The Niro EV has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Fusion Energi (18.5 vs. 8.2 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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

When the Niro EV with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Fusion Energi’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

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