2020 Kia Niro EV vs. 2020 Ford Fusion Plug-In Hybrid

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Safety

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

Both the Niro EV 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, 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 rear parking sensors.

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, with its optional vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system, with its optional vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Niro EV the rating of “Top Pick” for 2020, a rating granted to only 32 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Fusion Plug-In Hybrid last would have qualified as a “Top Pick” in 2017.

Warranty

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The Niro EV comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck 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.

Kia’s powertrain warranty covers the Niro EV 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Ford covers the Fusion Plug-In Hybrid. Any repair needed on the motor, batteries, 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.

Reliability

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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 Niro EV’s reliability 14 points higher than the Fusion Plug-In Hybrid.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Kia vehicles are better in initial quality than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia second in initial quality, above the industry average. With 13 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 Kia vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 20 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 16th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Kia vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Kia 7 places higher in reliability than Ford.

Engine

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The Niro EV’s standard electric motor produces 6 more horsepower (201 vs. 195) than the Fusion Plug-In Hybrid’s 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid.

As tested in Car and Driver the Kia Niro EV is faster than the Ford Fusion Plug-In Hybrid:

Niro

Fusion

Zero to 60 MPH

6.5 sec

8.6 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

17.6 sec

23 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.5 sec

9.3 sec

Quarter Mile

15.1 sec

16.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

93 MPH

86 MPH

Top Speed

108 MPH

104 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Niro EV gets better fuel mileage than the Fusion Plug-In Hybrid running on electricity (123 city/102 hwy vs. 109 city/97 hwy MPGe).

On the EPA test cycle the Niro EV gets better fuel mileage than the Fusion Plug-In Hybrid running its gasoline engine (123 city/102 hwy MPGe vs. 43 city/40 hwy).

The Niro EV’s maximum EPA estimated driving range is 239 miles on a full charge. The Fusion Plug-In Hybrid can only travel about 26 miles before it has to start its internal combustion engine.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Kia Niro EV higher (10 out of 10) than the Ford Fusion Plug-In Hybrid (7). This means the Niro EV produces up to 11.8 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Fusion Plug-In Hybrid every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Niro EV stops much shorter than the Fusion Plug-In Hybrid:

Niro EV

Fusion

70 to 0 MPH

170 feet

185 feet

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Suspension and Handling

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For better maneuverability, the Niro EV’s turning circle is 2.5 feet tighter than the Fusion Plug-In Hybrid’s (35 feet vs. 37.5 feet).

Chassis

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The Niro EV is 1 foot, 7.6 inches shorter than the Fusion Plug-In Hybrid, making the Niro EV easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity

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The Niro EV has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Fusion Plug-In Hybrid (18.5 vs. 8.2 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Niro EV has a standard rear wiper. The Fusion Plug-In Hybrid doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

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 Niro EV’s available headlights were rated “Good” by the IIHS, while the Fusion Plug-In Hybrid’s headlights are rated “Poor.”

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Kia Niro EV EX Premium has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Fusion Plug-In Hybrid doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends both the Kia Niro EV and the Ford Fusion Plug-In Hybrid, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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