Jones Ford Casa Grande Compares 2010 Ford Fusion VS 2010 Honda Accord Near Casa Grande, AZ

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2010 Ford Fusion

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2010 Honda Accord

Safety Comparison

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

The Fusion (except S) offers optional Reverse Sensing System to help warn drivers about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind their vehicle. The Fusion SEL/Hybrid/Sport also offers an optional backup monitor to help drivers see any and all obstacles behind their vehicle. The Accord Sedan doesn’t offer any parking assist system.

The Fusion SEL/Hybrid/Sport’s optional blind spot warning system uses rear-aimed sensors monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Accord Sedan doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver's blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the Fusion SEL/Hybrid/Sport’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Accord Sedan doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Fusion and the Accord Sedan have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 38.5 MPH side impact tests on new cars. In this test, results indicate that the Fusion is safer than the Accord Sedan:

Fusion

Accord Sedan

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Rear Seat

STARS

4 Stars

3 Stars

Thoracic Trauma

58

79

More stars indicate a better chance of avoiding serious injuries. Lower numbers indicate better actual numeric test results.

Warranty Comparison

The Fusion comes with free roadside assistance for 5 years 60,000 miles. Ford will send help if you run out of gas, need a jump start, lock your keys in or need any assistance on the road. Honda doesn’t give free roadside assistance for the Accord Sedan.

There are almost 4 times as many Ford dealers as there are Honda dealers, which makes it much easier to get service under the Fusion’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The camshafts in the Fusion’s engine are driven by a hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs. The Accord Sedan 3.5 SOHC V6’s camshafts are driven by a rubber belt that eventually needs to be replaced. If the Accord Sedan’s cam drive belt breaks the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

Engine Comparison

The Fusion has more powerful engines than the Accord Sedan:

Torque

Fusion 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

172 lbs.-ft.

Fusion Hybrid 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid

239 lbs.-ft.

Fusion SE/SEL 3.0 DOHC V6

223 lbs.-ft.

Fusion Sport 3.5 DOHC V6

249 lbs.-ft.

Accord Sedan LX 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

161 lbs.-ft.

Accord Sedan EX 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

162 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Ford Fusion 4 cyl. is faster than the Accord Sedan LX 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. (automatics tested):

Fusion

Accord Sedan

Zero to 30 MPH

3.6 sec

3.7 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

9.6 sec

9.8 sec

Quarter Mile

17.3 sec

17.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

83.1 MPH

82.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Fusion Hybrid gets better fuel mileage than the Accord Sedan LX Auto (41 city/36 hwy vs. 21 city/31 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Fusion FWD Auto 4 cyl. gets better fuel mileage than the Accord Sedan LX Auto (23 city/34 hwy vs. 21 city/31 hwy).

The Fusion has a standard capless fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation that causes pollution. The Accord Sedan doesn’t offer a capless fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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

Fusion

Accord Sedan

Front Rotors

11.8 inches

11.1 inches

The Fusion stops much shorter than the Accord Sedan:

Fusion

Accord Sedan

70 to 0 MPH

176 feet

180 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

126 feet

137 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

148 feet

154 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Fusion’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Accord Sedan EX’s 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Fusion offers optional 18-inch wheels. The Accord Sedan’s largest wheels are only 17 inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Fusion SE handles at .82 G’s, while the Accord Sedan EX pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Fusion SEL executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Accord Sedan EX (28.1 seconds @ .6 average G’s vs. 28.3 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The Fusion is 3.5 inches shorter than the Accord Sedan 4 cyl., making the Fusion easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Fusion Hybrid is quieter than the Accord Sedan EX-L:

Fusion

Accord Sedan

At idle

36 dB

41 dB

Full-Throttle

74 dB

78 dB

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Fusion has a much larger trunk than the Accord Sedan (16.5 vs. 14 cubic feet).

To allow full utilization of available cargo room, the Fusion’s trunk lid uses gas strut supported hinges that don’t intrude into the trunk. The Accord Sedan’s useful trunk space is reduced by its intrusive beam hinge.

The Fusion’s standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The Accord Sedan’s standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can’t share the rear seat.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Fusion Automatic offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The Accord Sedan doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The engine computer on the Fusion automatically engages the starter until the car starts with one twist of the key and disables the starter while the engine is running. The Accord Sedan’s starter can be accidentally engaged while the engine is running, making a grinding noise and possibly damaging the starter and ring gear.

The power windows standard on both the Fusion and the Accord Sedan have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Fusion is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Accord Sedan prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the available exterior keypad (not available on Fusion S/SE/Hybrid). The Accord Sedan doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system.

The Fusion’s available GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that offers alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service available in a limited number of metro areas.) The Accord Sedan’s available navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

The Fusion Hybrid has a 115 volt a/c outlet, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Accord Sedan doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Fusion owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Fusion with a number “3” insurance rate while the Accord Sedan is rated higher at a number “5” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Fusion is less expensive to operate than the Accord Sedan because it costs $42 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Fusion than the Accord Sedan, including $297 less for a starter and $54 less for front struts.

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