2019 Mazda 6 vs. 2019 Ford Fusion Hybrid

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Mazda 6 has standard Whiplash Reducing Headrests, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Whiplash Reducing Headrests system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Fusion Hybrid doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Mazda 6 Signature has a standard 360-degree View Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Fusion Hybrid only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the Mazda 6 and the Fusion Hybrid 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 and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Mazda 6 is safer than the Ford Fusion Hybrid:

 

Mazda 6

Fusion Hybrid

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

23%

28%

Neck Compression

24 lbs.

24 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

43/70 lbs.

167/333 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

249

254

Neck Stress

133 lbs.

197 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 Mazda 6 is safer than the Ford Fusion Hybrid:

 

Mazda 6

Fusion Hybrid

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

3 Stars

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

14 inches

16 inches

Spine Acceleration

36 G’s

46 G’s

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

For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, its “Good” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Mazda 6 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 62 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Fusion Hybrid was last qualified as a “Top Pick” in 2017.

Reliability

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Mazda 6’s reliability 35 points higher than the Fusion Hybrid.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Mazda vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mazda 14th in reliability. With 8 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 16th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Mazda vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Mazda third in reliability. Ford is ranked 18th.

Engine

The Mazda 6 Grand Touring/Signature’s standard 2.5 turbo 4 cyl. produces 62 more horsepower (250 vs. 188) than the Fusion Hybrid’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid.

As tested in Motor Trend the Mazda 6 (base engine) is faster than the Ford Fusion Hybrid:

 

Mazda6

Fusion Hybrid

Zero to 60 MPH

7.3 sec

8.5 sec

Quarter Mile

15.6 sec

16.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

90.6 MPH

87.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Mazda 6 (except Turbo)’s fuel efficiency. The Fusion Hybrid doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

The Mazda 6 has 2.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Fusion Hybrid (16.4 vs. 14 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Mazda 6 Touring/Signature’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Fusion Hybrid:

 

Mazda6 Turbo

Fusion

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

11.8 inches

The Mazda 6 stops shorter than the Fusion Hybrid:

 

Mazda 6

Fusion

 

60 to 0 MPH

132 feet

140 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

137 feet

153 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Mazda 6 Touring/Grand Touring/Signature has standard 19-inch wheels. The Fusion Hybrid’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

The Mazda 6 has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the Fusion Hybrid; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

The Mazda 6 Grand Touring executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.6 seconds quicker than the Fusion Hybrid SE (27.1 seconds @ .63 average G’s vs. 28.7 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Mazda 6’s turning circle is .8 feet tighter than the Fusion Hybrid’s (36.7 feet vs. 37.5 feet).

Chassis

The Mazda 6 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 100 to 450 pounds less than the Ford Fusion Hybrid.

Cargo Capacity

The Mazda 6 has a much larger trunk than the Fusion Hybrid (14.7 vs. 12 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

The Mazda 6 Grand Touring Reserve and Signature have a standard heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Fusion Hybrid doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Mazda 6’s available headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Fusion Hybrid’s headlights are rated “Poor.”

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Mazda 6 Grand Touring Reserve/Signature has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Fusion Hybrid doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Both the Mazda 6 and the Fusion Hybrid offer available heated front seats. The Mazda 6 Grand Touring Reserve/Signature also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Fusion Hybrid.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Mazda 6, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Ford Fusion Hybrid isn't recommended.

The Mazda 6 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 2 of the last 6 years. The Fusion Hybrid hasn’t been picked since 2010.

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