Son's Automotive Group Compares 2017 Honda Accord Sedan VS 2017 Ford Fusion Near Norcross, GA

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2017 Honda Accord Sedan

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2017 Honda Accord Sedan

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2017 Ford Fusion

Safety Comparison

The Accord Sedan 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 doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the Accord Sedan and the Fusion have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems and front parking sensors.

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

 

Accord Sedan

Fusion

 

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

3 Stars

HIC

211

254

Neck Injury Risk

35%

52%

Neck Stress

173 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 Honda Accord Sedan is safer than the Ford Fusion:

 

Accord Sedan

Fusion

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.7 inches

1.3 inches

Abdominal Force

150 G’s

401 G’s

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

58 G’s

61 G’s

Hip Force

569 lbs.

790 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

39 G’s

46 G’s

Hip Force

558 lbs.

597 lbs.

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

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Accord Sedan its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2017, a rating granted to only 45 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Fusion is only a standard “Top Pick” for 2017.

The Honda Accord Sedan has a better fatality history. The Accord Sedan was involved in fatal accidents at a rate 13% lower per vehicle registered than the Fusion, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Reliability Comparison

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Accord Sedan has a standard 550-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 their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Accord Sedan’s reliability will be 20% better than the Fusion.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Accord Sedan third among midsize cars in their 2016 Initial Quality Study. The Fusion isn’t in the top three.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 7th in reliability, above the industry average. With 78 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 31st.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Consumer Reports the Honda Accord Sedan 4 cyl. is faster than the Ford Fusion turbo 4 cyl. (automatics tested):

 

Accord

Fusion

Zero to 60 MPH

7.7 sec

9.2 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.9 sec

6.1 sec

Quarter Mile

16 sec

17 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91.7 MPH

84.5 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Accord Sedan gets better fuel mileage than the Fusion:

 

 

Accord

Fusion

 

FWD

4 cyl./Manual

23 city/32 hwy

n/a

 

 

4 cyl./Auto

27 city/36 hwy

21 city/32 hwy

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

 

Sport 4 cyl./Auto

26 city/34 hwy

23 city/34 hwy

1.5 ECOBoost/Auto

 

V6/Auto

21 city/33 hwy

21 city/31 hwy

2.0 ECOBoost/Auto

AWD

 

n/a

20 city/29 hwy

2.0 ECOBoost/Auto

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Accord Sedan V6’s fuel efficiency. The Fusion doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Honda Accord Sedan 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.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Accord Sedan Sport/Touring’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Fusion:

 

Accord Sport/Touring

Fusion

Front Rotors

12.3 inches

11.8 inches

The Accord Sedan stops shorter than the Fusion:

 

Accord

Fusion

 

70 to 0 MPH

173 feet

178 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

120 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Accord Sedan Sport handles at .87 G’s, while the Fusion SE pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Road and Track skidpad test.

The Accord Sedan Touring executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Fusion SE (26.6 seconds @ .67 average G’s vs. 27.4 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The Honda Accord Sedan may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 to 300 pounds less than the Ford Fusion.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Accord Sedan has .6 inches more front hip room, .8 inches more front shoulder room, .2 inches more rear legroom and .3 inches more rear hip room than the Fusion.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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

Ergonomics Comparison

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 Accord Sedan’s available headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Fusion’s headlights are rated “Poor.”

Both the Accord Sedan and the Fusion offer available heated front seats. The Accord Sedan 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 Accord Sedan 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 and isn’t available on the Fusion S.

The Accord Sedan’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Fusion S doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

Both the Accord Sedan and the Fusion offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Accord Sedan EX/EX-L/Touring 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.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Accord Sedan is less expensive to operate than the Fusion because it costs $180 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the Accord Sedan than the Fusion, including $13 less for front brake pads and $102 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations Comparison

The Honda Accord Sedan has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

 

Accord Sedan

Fusion

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

TRUE

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

FALSE

Car and Driver performed a comparison test in its November 2012 issue and the Honda Accord Sedan EX won out over the Ford Fusion SE.

Strategic Vision rates overall owner satisfaction with vehicle quality. The Honda Accord Sedan is ranked above average in the Mid-Size Car category. The Ford Fusion is ranked below average.

The 2017 Accord was chosen one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” and has been for the past 31 years. The Fusion Hybrid hasn’t been picked since 2010.

The 2016 Accord was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” and has been for 2 of the last 4 years. The Fusion Hybrid hasn’t been picked since 2010.

The Honda Accord outsold the Ford Fusion by 25% during the 2016 model year.

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