Son's Automotive Group Compares 2015 Hyundai SONATA VS 2015 Ford Fusion Near Braselton, GA

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2015 Hyundai SONATA

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2015 Hyundai SONATA

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2015 Ford Fusion

Safety Comparison

Both the Sonata and the Fusion 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, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

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

Sonata

Fusion

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

20%

28%

Neck Stress

164 lbs.

200 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

197

254

Neck Injury Risk

33%

52%

Neck Stress

145 lbs.

197 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 Hyundai Sonata is safer than the Ford Fusion:

Sonata

Fusion

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

3 Stars

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

12 inches

16 inches

HIC

213

268

Spine Acceleration

35 G’s

46 G’s

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

Warranty Comparison

The Sonata comes with a full 5 year/60,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24 hour roadside assistance. The Fusion’s 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Sonata 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Ford covers the Fusion. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Fusion ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The Sonata’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Fusion’s (7 vs. 5 years).

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Sonata first among midsize cars in their 2013 Initial Quality Study. The Fusion isn’t in the top three.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are better in initial quality than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 22 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 16th.

Engine Comparison

The Sonata has more powerful engines than the Fusion:

Horsepower

Torque

Sonata Eco 1.6 turbo 4 cyl.

177 HP

195 lbs.-ft.

Sonata 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

185 HP

178 lbs.-ft.

Sonata Sport 2.0T 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

245 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

Fusion 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

175 HP

175 lbs.-ft.

Fusion 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

181 HP

185 lbs.-ft.

Fusion 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

240 HP

270 lbs.-ft.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Sonata Eco gets better fuel mileage than the Fusion w/Start/Stop 1.5 ECOBoost (28 city/38 hwy vs. 25 city/37 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Sonata SE with its standard engine gets better fuel mileage than the Fusion FWD with its standard engine (25 city/37 hwy vs. 22 city/34 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Hyundai Sonata uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Fusion with the 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. engine requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Sonata has 2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Fusion FWD’s standard fuel tank (18.5 vs. 16.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Sonata has a gallon more fuel capacity than the Fusion AWD’s standard fuel tank (18.5 vs. 17.5 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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

Sonata

Sonata Sport 2.0T

Fusion

Front Rotors

12 inches

12.6 inches

11.8 inches

The Sonata stops much shorter than the Fusion:

Sonata

Fusion

70 to 0 MPH

165 feet

175 feet

Car and Driver

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better maneuverability, the Sonata’s turning circle is 1.7 feet tighter than the Fusion’s (35.8 feet vs. 37.5 feet).

Passenger Space Comparison

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the Sonata is rated a Large car by the EPA, while the Fusion is rated a Mid-size.

The Sonata has 3.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Fusion (106.1 vs. 102.8).

The Sonata has 1.2 inches more front headroom, 1.2 inches more front legroom, .3 inches more front hip room, .1 inches more front shoulder room, .2 inches more rear headroom and 1.7 inches more rear hip room than the Fusion.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Sonata has a larger trunk than the Fusion (16.3 vs. 16 cubic feet).

With its sedan body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the Sonata offers cargo security. The Fusion’s non-lockable folding seat and non-lockable remote release defeat cargo security.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Sonata’s available trunk can be opened just by waiting momentarily behind the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Fusion doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its trunk, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Sonata has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Fusion doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

Consumer Reports rated the Sonata’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Fusion’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

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

When the Sonata 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.

Both the Sonata and the Fusion offer available heated front seats. The Sonata also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Fusion.

Both the Sonata and the Fusion offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Sonata has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Fusion S doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

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