Comparison: 2018 Honda Accord vs 2018 Ford Fusion

Comparison: 2018 Honda Accord vs 2018 Ford Fusion

Family comes first for drivers in Virginia, which is why we’re proud to offer Honda’s tested, high-tech vehicles. We’re confident that the cars in our showroom are some of the safest on the road, and we know because we’ve done our homework.

Our one-to-one comparison of the 2018 Honda Accord and the 2018 Ford Fusion revealed some small yet significant differences. Read on to find out, then visit us in South Chesterfield to test drive the Accord:

Safety Ratings and Technology

Honda Accord

The 2018 Accord comes fully equipped with the Honda Sensing advanced suite of driver assistance technology. The system includes Collision Mitigation Braking, Road Departure Mitigation, Lane Keeping Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow, and Traffic Sign Recognition. Additionally, all models have a multi-angle rearview camera with dynamic gridlines, and upper trims feature a Blind Spot Information System.‡

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2018 Accord a Top Safety Pick, earning best-possible scores for crashworthiness, front crash prevention, and child seat anchor ease of use.

Ford Fusion

The 2018 Fusion offers standard Hill Start Assist and automatic headlights, but that’s it for assistive tech. You’ll need to upgrade to a higher trim for features such as adaptive cruise control, Pre-Collision Assist, Blind Spot Information System, Enhanced Active Park Assist, Forward and Side Sensing, Lane-Keeping System, or Reverse Sensing System. The Ford sedan does not offer traffic sign recognition.

The IIHS also named the Fusion a 2018 Top Safety Pick, but gave its headlights a Poor rating and rated the child seat anchor ease of use Marginal. Both the 2018 Accord and the Fusion earned 5-Star Overall Ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Performance and Fuel Economy

Honda Accord

The Accord trims include the LX 1.5T, Sport 1.5T, Sport 2.0T, EX 1.5T, EX-L 1.5T, EX-L 2.0T, Touring 1.5T, and Touring 2.0T. (The Accord also has four hybrid trims.) As you may guess, 1.5T models feature a 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. It’s mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission and makes 192 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque.

The 2.0T trims have a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine connected to a 10-speed automatic transmission with Shift-By-Wire and paddle shifters. The powertrain makes 252 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the Accord gets up to 30 MPG city and 38 MPG highway, saving drivers an average of $1,250 over five years.*

Ford Fusion

The 2018 Fusion lineup features four gasoline powertrains and two hybrid models. The base engine is a 2.5-liter inline-4 that makes 173 horsepower and 174 lb-ft of torque. All gas engines have a 6-speed automatic transmission.

The Fusion is also available with a 1.5-liter EcoBoost inline-4 that produces 181 horsepower and 185 lb-ft of torque, or a 2.0-liter EcoBoost inline-4 that produces 245 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque. The most powerful variant is a 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 that makes 325 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. (That V6 will also add nearly $12,000 to the Fusion’s base MSRP.)

The U.S. DOE reports that the Fusion’s most efficient powertrain gets 23 MPG city and 34 MPG highway. This is average for a new sedan, so the Fusion won’t save you money at the pump over time.

Pricing

Honda Accord

Starting at $23,570 MSRP**

Ford Fusion

Starting at $22,120 MSRP

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‡Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s New Car Assessment Program (www.safercar.gov). Model tested with standard side airbags (SAB). 2018 Honda Accord with Honda Sensing TM and specific headlights.

*2018 EPA MILEAGE BASED ON 2018 EPA MILEAGE RATINGS. USE FOR COMPARISON PURPOSES ONLY. YOUR ACTUAL MILEAGE WILL VARY, DEPENDING ON HOW YOU DRIVE AND MAINTAIN YOUR VEHICLE, DRIVING CONDITIONS, BATTERY PACK AGE/CONDITION (HYBRID MODELS ONLY) AND OTHER FACTORS.

 

**Prices shown are Honda Suggested Retail Prices only and do not include taxes, license or a destination and handling charge. Actual vehicle/accessory costs, labor and installation vary. Dealers set their own prices. Please consult your selected dealer.


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