2020 Toyota Prius Prime vs. 2020 Ford Fusion Plug-In Hybrid

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Safety

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The Prius Prime 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.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Prius Prime Limited has standard Parking Support Brake 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 Prius Prime Limited has standard Intelligent Clearance Sonar 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 Prius Prime 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, 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, its standard front crash prevention system, its “Acceptable” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Prius Prime the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 138 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Fusion Plug-In Hybrid last qualified as a “Top Pick” in 2017.

Warranty

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Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Prius Prime 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 Plug-In Hybrid.

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 Prius Prime’s reliability 53 points higher than the Fusion Plug-In Hybrid.

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 2019 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota third in reliability. Ford is ranked 16th.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Prius Prime running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the Fusion Plug-In Hybrid running on electricity (145 city/121 hwy vs. 109 city/97 hwy MPGe).

On the EPA test cycle the Prius Prime running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the Fusion Plug-In Hybrid running its gasoline engine (55 city/53 hwy vs. 43 city/40 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping

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The Prius Prime stops shorter than the Fusion Plug-In Hybrid:

Prius

Fusion

70 to 0 MPH

184 feet

185 feet

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Suspension and Handling

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For better maneuverability, the Prius Prime’s turning circle is 4.1 feet tighter than the Fusion Plug-In Hybrid’s (33.4 feet vs. 37.5 feet).

Chassis

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The Toyota Prius Prime may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 600 pounds less than the Ford Fusion Plug-In Hybrid.

The Prius Prime is 8.9 inches shorter than the Fusion Plug-In Hybrid, making the Prius Prime easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The front grille of the Prius Prime 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.

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

Prius

Fusion

At idle

27 dB

32 dB

Full-Throttle

71 dB

75 dB

70 MPH Cruising

67 dB

68 dB

Cargo Capacity

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The Prius Prime has a much larger trunk than the Fusion Plug-In Hybrid (19.8 vs. 8.2 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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The Prius Prime Limited 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 Plug-In Hybrid 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 Prius Prime’s headlights were rated “Acceptable” 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 Toyota Prius Prime XLE/Limited has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Fusion Plug-In Hybrid doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

The Prius Prime Limited’s Intelligent Parking Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Fusion Plug-In Hybrid doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Prius Prime is less expensive to operate than the Fusion Plug-In Hybrid because it costs $290 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Prius Prime than the Fusion Plug-In Hybrid, including $122 less for a muffler, $2 less for front brake pads and $330 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

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Both are recommended, but Consumer Reports® chose the Toyota Prius Prime as its “Top Pick,” the highest scoring vehicle in its category, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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