2020 Toyota Prius vs. 2020 Ford Fusion Hybrid

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Safety

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The Prius 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 Hybrid doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Prius LE/XLE/Limited has standard Parking Support Brake that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Fusion Hybrid doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Prius offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Fusion Hybrid doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The Prius LE/XLE/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 Hybrid doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

Both the Prius and the Fusion 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.

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

Prius

Fusion Hybrid

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

157

254

Neck Stress

173 lbs.

197 lbs.

Neck Compression

46 lbs.

50 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, results indicate that the Toyota Prius is safer than the Ford Fusion Hybrid:

Prius

Fusion Hybrid

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

3 Stars

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

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 “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 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 101 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Fusion Hybrid was last qualified as a “Top Pick” in 2017.

Warranty

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Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Prius 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 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’ reliability 47 points higher than the Fusion 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 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Ford is ranked 18th.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Prius FWD CVT gets better fuel mileage than the Fusion Hybrid CVT (58 city/53 hwy vs. 43 city/41 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping

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The Prius stops shorter than the Fusion Hybrid:

Prius

Fusion Hybrid

60 to 0 MPH

135 feet

140 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

149 feet

153 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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The Prius LE FWD 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 Hybrid; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

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The Prius Limited executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.4 seconds quicker than the Fusion Hybrid SE (26.3 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 28.7 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Prius’ turning circle is 4 feet tighter than the Fusion Hybrid’s (33.5 feet vs. 37.5 feet). The Prius Limited/XLE FWD’s turning circle is 2.1 feet tighter than the Fusion Hybrid’s (35.4 feet vs. 37.5 feet).

Chassis

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The Toyota Prius may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 450 to 650 pounds less than the Ford Fusion Hybrid.

The Prius is 11.8 inches shorter than the Fusion Hybrid, making the Prius easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The front grille of the Prius 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 Hybrid doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

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The front step up height for the Prius is 1.7 inches lower than the Fusion Hybrid (14.1” vs. 15.8”). The Prius’ rear step up height is .3 inches lower than the Fusion Hybrid’s (15” vs. 15.25”).

Ergonomics

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The Prius (except L/LE) offers an available 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 Hybrid doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Prius has a standard rear wiper. The Fusion 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 Prius’ headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Fusion Hybrid’s headlights are rated “Poor.”

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Prius (except L/LE) offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Fusion Hybrid doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The Prius’ standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Ford only offers heated mirrors on the Fusion Hybrid SEL/Titanium.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Toyota Prius XLE/Limited has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Fusion Hybrid doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

The Prius LE/XLE/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 Hybrid doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Prius owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Prius will cost $715 less than the Fusion Hybrid over a five-year period.

The Prius will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Prius will retain 44.07% to 45.12% of its original price after five years, while the Fusion Hybrid only retains 40.01% to 40.9%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Toyota Prius will be $4672 to $5851 less than for the Ford Fusion Hybrid.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® chose the Toyota Prius as its “Top Pick,” the highest scoring vehicle in its category, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Ford Fusion Hybrid isn't recommended.

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