2020 Ford Fusion vs. 2019 Kia Stinger

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Ford Fusion have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Kia Stinger doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

Both the Fusion and the Stinger have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras and available rear parking sensors.

Warranty

The Fusion’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Stinger runs out after 100,000 miles.

There are almost 4 times as many Ford dealers as there are Kia 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 first among midsize cars in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Stinger was rated third in its category.

Engine

As tested in Consumer Reports the Fusion Titanium 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Stinger 2.0L 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.:

Fusion

Stinger

Zero to 60 MPH

7.4 sec

7.5 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.5 sec

4.8 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Fusion gets better fuel mileage than the Stinger:

MPG

Fusion

FWD

1.5 Turbo 4-cyl.

23 city/34 hwy

2.0 Turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/31 hwy

2.5 DOHC 4-cyl.

21 city/31 hwy

AWD

2.0 Turbo 4-cyl

20 city/29 hwy

Stinger

RWD

2.0 Turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/29 hwy

3.3 Turbo V6

17 city/25 hwy

AWD

3.3 Turbo V6

17 city/25 hwy

The Fusion AWD’s standard fuel tank has 2.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Stinger (18 vs. 15.9 gallons).

The Fusion has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Stinger doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Ford Fusion higher (5 to 7 out of 10) than the Kia Stinger (3). This means the Fusion produces up to 24.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Stinger every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

In an emergency stopping situation, many drivers don’t press the brakes with enough force to stop the vehicle in the shortest distance. The Fusion has a standard brake assist system to detect emergency braking situations (by how hard and how quickly the brake pedal is pressed) and then automatically apply maximum braking immediately in order to help prevent a collision. The Stinger doesn’t offer a brake assist feature.

The Fusion stops shorter than the Stinger:

Fusion

Stinger

80 to 0 MPH

216 feet

217 feet

Road and Track

60 to 0 MPH

117 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

137 feet

142 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Fusion SE’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Stinger (235/50R17 vs. 225/40R19).

Suspension and Handling

The Fusion’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Stinger doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

Chassis

The front grille of the Fusion uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Stinger doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

The Fusion has 9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Stinger (102.8 vs. 93.8).

The Fusion has .9 inches more front headroom, 1.7 inches more front legroom, 1.4 inches more front shoulder room, .8 inches more rear headroom, 1.9 inches more rear legroom and 2.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the Stinger.

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 Stinger’s liftover is 27.5 inches.

Towing

The Fusion has a 1000 lbs. towing capacity. The Stinger has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

The Fusion SEL/Titanium has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Stinger doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Fusion’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Stinger’s parking brake has to released manually.

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 Stinger’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

If the windows are left open on the Fusion the driver can close them all from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can also lower the windows the same way. The driver of the Stinger can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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’s exterior PIN entry system. The Stinger doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

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’s exterior PIN entry system. The Stinger doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

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 Stinger’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Consumer Reports rated the Fusion’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the Stinger’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

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 Stinger doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Fusion owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Fusion will cost $1175 less than the Stinger over a five-year period.

The Fusion will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Fusion will retain 39.28% to 42.37% of its original price after five years, while the Stinger only retains 36.32% to 37.7%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Ford Fusion will be $13018 to $21482 less than for the Kia Stinger.

Recommendations

The Ford Fusion outsold the Kia Stinger by over 10 to one during 2018.

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