2020 Nissan Leaf vs. 2020 Ford Fusion Plug-In Hybrid

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Safety

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In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Leaf are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Fusion Plug-In Hybrid doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

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

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Leaf has standard Rear Automatic Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Fusion Plug-In Hybrid doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Leaf (except S) offers an optional Around View® Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Fusion Plug-In Hybrid 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 Leaf and the Fusion Plug-In Hybrid have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger 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, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, available daytime running lights and driver alert monitors.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 15th in reliability. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 16th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Nissan 5 places higher in reliability than Ford.

Engine

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The Leaf PLUS’ standard electric motor produces 19 more horsepower (214 vs. 195) than the Fusion Plug-In Hybrid’s 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid.

As tested in Car and Driver the Nissan Leaf (base engine) is faster than the Ford Fusion Plug-In Hybrid:

Leaf

Fusion

Zero to 30 MPH

2.7 sec

3.1 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7.4 sec

8.6 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

7.3 sec

9.3 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

2.8 sec

4.6 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

4.5 sec

6 sec

Quarter Mile

15.8 sec

16.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

88 MPH

86 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Leaf gets better fuel mileage than the Fusion Plug-In Hybrid:

MPGe

Leaf

Electric Motor

123 city/99 hwy

S PLUS Electric Motor

118 city/97 hwy

SV/SL PLUS Electric Motor

114 city/94 hwy

Fusion Plug-In Hybrid

Electric Motor

109 city/97 hwy

MPG

2.0 4-cyl. Hybrid

43 city/40 hwy

The Leaf’s maximum EPA estimated driving range is 149 to 226 (Leaf PLUS) 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 Nissan Leaf higher (10 out of 10) than the Ford Fusion Plug-In Hybrid (7). This means the Leaf 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 Leaf’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 Plug-In Hybrid are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels

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The Leaf has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Fusion Plug-In Hybrid doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

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For better maneuverability, the Leaf S’ turning circle is 2.7 feet tighter than the Fusion Plug-In Hybrid’s (34.8 feet vs. 37.5 feet). The Leaf SV/SL’s turning circle is 1.4 feet tighter than the Fusion Plug-In Hybrid’s (36.1 feet vs. 37.5 feet).

Chassis

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The Nissan Leaf may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 50 to 450 pounds less than the Ford Fusion Plug-In Hybrid.

The Leaf is 1 foot, 3.4 inches shorter than the Fusion Plug-In Hybrid, making the Leaf easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Leaf SV is quieter than the Fusion Plug-In Hybrid Titanium:

Leaf

Fusion

At idle

25 dB

32 dB

Full-Throttle

67 dB

75 dB

70 MPH Cruising

65 dB

68 dB

Cargo Capacity

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The Leaf has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Fusion Plug-In Hybrid (23.6 vs. 8.2 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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

Both the Leaf and the Fusion Plug-In Hybrid offer available heated front seats. The Leaf SL also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Fusion Plug-In Hybrid.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Leaf owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Leaf will cost $1465 to $1870 less than the Fusion Plug-In Hybrid over a five-year period.

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