2020 Genesis G70 vs. 2020 Ford Fusion

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Safety

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The G70 Prestige/Sport has a standard 360-degree Multi-view Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Fusion 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 G70 and the Fusion have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, 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, driver alert monitors and available all wheel drive.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the G70 its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 55 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Fusion was last qualified as only a standard “Top Pick” in 2017.

Warranty

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The G70 comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes free 24-hour roadside assistance. The Fusion’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

Genesis’ powertrain warranty covers the G70 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Ford covers the Fusion. 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 ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The G70’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Fusion’s (7 vs. 5 years).

Genesis pays for scheduled maintenance on the G70 for 3 years and 36,000 miles. Genesis will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Ford doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Fusion.

Reliability

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To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the G70 has a standard 800-amp battery. The Fusion’s 500-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

The battery on the G70 is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the G70’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The Fusion’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Genesis vehicles are better in initial quality than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Genesis first in initial quality, above the industry average. With 20 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked fourth.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Genesis vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Genesis 6 places higher in reliability than Ford.

Engine

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The G70 has more powerful engines than the Fusion:

Horsepower

Torque

G70 2.0T 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

252 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

G70 2.0T 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

255 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

G70 3.3T 3.3 turbo V6

365 HP

376 lbs.-ft.

Fusion S 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

175 HP

175 lbs.-ft.

Fusion SE/SEL 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

181 HP

185 lbs.-ft.

Fusion Titanium 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

245 HP

275 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Consumer Reports the G70 2.0T 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Fusion SE/SEL 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. (automatics tested):

G70

Fusion

Zero to 60 MPH

7.8 sec

9.2 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

3.5 sec

6.1 sec

Quarter Mile

16.1 sec

17 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91 MPH

84.5 MPH

As tested in Motor Trend the G70 3.3T 3.3 turbo V6 is faster than the Fusion Titanium 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. (automatics tested):

G70

Fusion

Zero to 60 MPH

4.7 sec

6.8 sec

Quarter Mile

13.2 sec

15.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

107.3 MPH

91.6 MPH

Transmission

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The G70 offers a manual transmission for better acceleration, control and fuel economy. The Fusion doesn’t offer a manual transmission.

An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Genesis G70, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the Fusion.

The G70’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The Fusion doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the G70’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Fusion:

G70 2.0T

G70 3.3T/6-speed

Fusion

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

13.8 inches

11.8 inches

Rear Rotors

12.4 inches

13.4 inches

11.9 inches

The G70’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Fusion are solid, not vented.

The G70 stops much shorter than the Fusion:

G70

Fusion

60 to 0 MPH

106 feet

117 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the G70 has larger standard tires than the Fusion (225/45R18 vs. 215/60R16).

The G70’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Fusion S’ standard 60 series tires. The G70 3.3T/2.0T Manual/Sport’s 255/35R19 rear tires have a lower 35 series profile than the Fusion Titanium’s 40 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the G70 has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Fusion S.

The G70 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; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

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The G70 offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The Fusion’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the G70 is .1 inches wider in the front and 1.4 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Fusion.

The G70 handles at .95 G’s, while the Fusion SE pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Road and Track skidpad test.

The G70 Standard executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2 seconds quicker than the Fusion Titanium (25.2 seconds @ .75 average G’s vs. 27.2 seconds @ .64 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the G70’s turning circle is 1.4 feet tighter than the Fusion’s (36.1 feet vs. 37.5 feet). The G70 AWD’s turning circle is .1 feet tighter than the Fusion’s (37.4 feet vs. 37.5 feet).

Chassis

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The G70 is 7.4 inches shorter than the Fusion, making the G70 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity

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To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the G70’s trunk can be opened just by waiting momentarily behind the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The G70 3.3T Prestige/3.3T Sport also has a standard power trunk, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button. The Fusion doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening trunk.

Servicing Ease

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The G70 uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Fusion 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.

The engine in the G70 is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Fusion. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because the accessory belts are in front.

Ergonomics

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The G70 Prestige/Sport has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Fusion doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The G70’s power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The Fusion’s cruise control switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

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 G70’s headlights were rated “Good” by the IIHS, while the Fusion’s headlights are rated “Poor.”

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the G70 3.3T Elite/Prestige/Sport has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Fusion doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The G70’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Heated mirrors cost extra on the Fusion and aren’t offered on the Fusion S.

When the G70 3.3T/Elite/2.0T Manual/Prestige/Sport 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’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

Both the G70 and the Fusion offer available heated front seats. The G70 Prestige/Sport also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Fusion.

The G70 has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning costs extra on the Fusion.

Both the G70 and the Fusion offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the G70 has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Fusion doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Genesis G70 3.3T Elite/Prestige/Sport has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Fusion doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Recommendations

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The G70 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” in 2019. The Fusion Hybrid hasn’t been picked since 2010.

Motor Trend selected the G70 as their 2019 Car of the Year. The Fusion was Car of the Year in 2010.

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