2020 Toyota Avalon vs. 2020 Ford Fusion

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Safety

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The Avalon has standard Whiplash Injury Lessening Seats (WIL), which use a specially designed seat to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the WIL system allows the backrest to travel backwards to cushion the occupants and the headrests move forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Fusion doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Avalon has a standard Secondary Collision Brake, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Fusion doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Avalon Limited/Touring offers optional Rear Cross-Traffic Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Fusion doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Avalon Limited/Touring offers an optional Bird’s Eye View Camera 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 Avalon and the Fusion have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear 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, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Toyota Avalon is safer than the Ford Fusion:

Avalon

Fusion

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

3 Stars

HIC

302

400

Neck Injury Risk

25%

65%

Neck Stress

180 lbs.

230 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Toyota Avalon is safer than the Ford Fusion:

Avalon

Fusion

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.8 inches

.9 inches

Abdominal Force

156 G’s

269 G’s

Hip Force

318 lbs.

338 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

266

327

Spine Acceleration

41 G’s

56 G’s

Hip Force

686 lbs.

805 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

13 inches

16 inches

Spine Acceleration

38 G’s

45 G’s

Hip Force

719 lbs.

721 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

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 front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Avalon its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 46 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Fusion was last qualified as only a standard “Top Pick” in 2017.

Warranty

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Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Avalon for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota 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 Avalon has a standard 582-amp battery. The Fusion’s 500-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

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 Avalon’s reliability 50 points higher than the Fusion.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 38 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 16th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Ford is ranked 18th.

Engine

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The Avalon’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 126 more horsepower (301 vs. 175) and 92 lbs.-ft. more torque (267 vs. 175) than the Fusion S’ standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. The Avalon’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 120 more horsepower (301 vs. 181) and 82 lbs.-ft. more torque (267 vs. 185) than the Fusion SE/SEL’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. The Avalon’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 56 more horsepower (301 vs. 245) than the Fusion Titanium’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Toyota Avalon is faster than the Fusion Titanium 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.:

Avalon

Fusion

Zero to 60 MPH

6.1 sec

6.8 sec

Quarter Mile

14.6 sec

15.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

98.4 MPH

91.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Avalon gets better fuel mileage than the Fusion Titanium FWD 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. (22 city/31 hwy vs. 21 city/31 hwy).

Transmission

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

Brakes and Stopping

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

Avalon TRD

Fusion

Front Rotors

12.9 inches

11.8 inches

Tires and Wheels

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The Avalon XLE’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Fusion S’ standard 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Avalon XLE has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Fusion S.

The Avalon 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 Avalon 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 Avalon is .1 inches wider in the front and 1.1 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Fusion.

The Avalon Touring executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Fusion Titanium (26.8 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 27.2 seconds @ .64 average G’s).

Chassis

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The Avalon offers available computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Fusion doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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The Avalon has .8 inches more front hip room, .5 inches more front shoulder room, 2 inches more rear legroom, .4 inches more rear hip room and .2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Fusion.

Servicing Ease

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The Avalon 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.

Ergonomics

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The Avalon Limited/Touring has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation 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 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 Avalon’s available headlights were rated “Good” by the IIHS, while the Fusion’s headlights are rated “Poor.”

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the Avalon Limited/Touring has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Fusion doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The Avalon’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 Avalon Limited/Touring 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.

The Avalon has standard heated front seats. Heated front seats cost extra on the Fusion, and aren’t available on the Fusion S. The Avalon Limited/Touring 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 Avalon 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 Avalon and the Fusion offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Avalon 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 Toyota Avalon offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Fusion doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Avalon owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Avalon will cost $305 less than the Fusion over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Avalon is less expensive to operate than the Fusion because typical repairs cost much less on the Avalon than the Fusion, including $188 less for a muffler, $63 less for front brake pads and $323 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Toyota Avalon, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Ford Fusion isn't recommended.

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