2019 Toyota Mirai vs. 2019 Ford Fusion Energi

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Mirai’s optional pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Fusion Energi doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

For enhanced safety, the front shoulder belts of the Toyota Mirai are height-adjustable, and the rear seat shoulder belts have child comfort guides to move the belt to properly fit children. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages children to buckle up. The Ford Fusion Energi has only front height-adjustable seat belts.

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

Both the Mirai 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, rear cross-path warning and driver alert monitors.

Warranty

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

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Mirai for 3 years and 35000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Ford doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Fusion Energi.

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 Mirai’s reliability 30 points higher than the Fusion Energi.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 38 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 16th.

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

Chassis

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Mirai is quieter than the Fusion Energi Titanium:

 

Mirai

Fusion

Full-Throttle

67 dB

75 dB

70 MPH Cruising

66 dB

68 dB

Cargo Capacity

The Mirai has a much larger trunk than the Fusion Energi (12.8 vs. 8.2 cubic feet).

With its sedan body style, valet key and remote trunk release lockout, the Mirai offers cargo security. The Fusion Energi’s non-lockable folding seat and non-lockable remote release defeat cargo security.

Servicing Ease

The Mirai 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

When the Mirai 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.

Both the Mirai and the Fusion Energi have standard heated front seats. The Mirai also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Fusion Energi.

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