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The Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid offers optional Rear Parking Sensors to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or in front of their vehicle. The Fusion Plug-In Hybrid doesn’t offer a front parking aid.
Both the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid and the Fusion Plug-In Hybrid 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, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.
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 Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 106 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Fusion Plug-In Hybrid was last qualified as a “Top Pick” in 2017.
The Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Fusion Plug-In Hybrid’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.
Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Ford covers the Fusion Plug-In Hybrid. 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 Plug-In Hybrid ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.
The Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Fusion Plug-In Hybrid’s (7 vs. 5 years).
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are better in initial quality than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai third in initial quality, above the industry average. With 12 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked fourth.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 22 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 16th.
From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Hyundai 10 places higher in reliability than Ford.
On the EPA test cycle the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the Fusion Plug-In Hybrid running on electricity (123 city/114 hwy vs. 109 city/97 hwy MPGe).
On the EPA test cycle the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the Fusion Plug-In Hybrid running its gasoline engine (53 city/52 hwy vs. 43 city/40 hwy).
The Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid’s maximum driving range in pure electric mode is 29 miles, 12% further than the Fusion Plug-In Hybrid’s 26-mile range.
For better maneuverability, the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid’s turning circle is 2.7 feet tighter than the Fusion Plug-In Hybrid’s (34.8 feet vs. 37.5 feet).
The Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 650 pounds less than the Ford Fusion Plug-In Hybrid.
The Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid is 1 foot, 3.8 inches shorter than the Fusion Plug-In Hybrid, making the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
The front grille of the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Fusion Plug-In Hybrid doesn’t offer active grille shutters.
The front step up height for the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid is 1.3 inches lower than the Fusion Plug-In Hybrid (14.5” vs. 15.8”). The Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid’s rear step up height is .8 inches lower than the Fusion Plug-In Hybrid’s (14.5” vs. 15.25”).
The Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid has a much larger cargo volume than the Fusion Plug-In Hybrid (23 vs. 8.2 cubic feet).
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 Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid’s available headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Fusion Plug-In Hybrid’s headlights are rated “Poor.”
To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Fusion Plug-In Hybrid doesn’t offer cornering lights.
Insurance will cost less for the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid will cost $680 to $1325 less than the Fusion Plug-In Hybrid over a five-year period.
The Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid will retain 42.08% to 42.09% of its original price after five years, while the Fusion Plug-In Hybrid only retains 33.66%.
IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid will be $10304 to $13540 less than for the Ford Fusion Plug-In Hybrid.
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