Ford Fusion vs Honda Accord

The 2017 Ford Fusion and 2017 Honda Accord hold many similarities. For consumers who are looking for an economical sedan, it can often be hard to choose between the two. They both have great safety ratings, similar cabin sizes, and similar gas mileage. The two cars also come stock with many of the exact same features. But, some subtle differences can make or break a driver's decision to purchase. Where one excels in features and accessories, the other excels in safety options. Read on to discover the ins and outs of the Fusion and Accord, and learn how they measure up in all the right places.


What are their prices?

The cost of the vehicle is arguably the most important aspect to the average consumer. No one wants to get stuck with large monthly payments while a comparable option would have left them in a better financial position. When it comes to these two vehicles, there aren't any remarkable financial differences. The Ford Fusion starts with an MSRP of $21,995, and the 2017 Honda Accord starts at $22,335. It's important to note that these prices are for the lower trim packages, which are the Ford Fusion S and the Honda Accord LX. While the two vehicles have a difference of $340, it's not substantial enough to sway a consumer in either direction. The monthly payments would likely be within mere dollars of each other, meaning a consumer's decision should be dependent on how the cars measure up in other categories.


How reliable are these options?

J.D. Power & Associates rated both vehicles for their "Overall Reliability," where both cars received the exact same overall rating of 3.5. However, J.D. Power & Associates broke the overall ratings down into smaller categories and gave some differentiation. For mechanics, the Ford Fusion received a 3.0 while the Honda Accord received a 3.5 (namely for its powertrain quality). When it comes to features and accessories, the Ford Fusion received a regal 4.5 total score from J.D. Power & Associates. The Honda Accord failed to measure up in this category and only received a 3.0. If features and accessories are important to a driver, the Ford Fusion comes out as the clear winner in this department.


Which vehicle is better when it comes to fuel economy?

In regard to gas mileage, both cars are very efficient. When searching for a new car, many drivers prioritize fuel economy for long commutes, and this category can make or break a consumer's decision. Less time at the pump means more money in the wallet and more time fir what matters most, which is attractive to economical shoppers. So, how do the two measure up? The Honda Accord comes fitted with a four-cylinder engine and a continuously variable transmission (CVT). This set-up translates to great fuel economy and better performance than the Fusion. The Accord has an EPA estimated 27 miles per gallon in the city and 36 miles per gallon on the highway. But when it comes to the Fusion, the EPA estimates that it will average 22 miles per gallon in the city and 34 miles per gallon on the highway. While the highway estimates are quite close, city drivers may prefer the efficiency of the Accord, as it nets them an additional 5 miles per gallon.


What are the key safety features?

The Ford Fusion comes stock with expertly placed front seat side airbags, front knee airbags and side curtain airbags. It also comes with anti-lock disc brakes, traction control, stability control and Ford Sync. In the event of an accident, Ford Sync is a system that detects a dangerous impact and automatically dials 911 for the driver. Ford Sync does need to be paired with a cell phone to use this feature, but the technology is remarkable. During crash testing, the Ford Fusion was awarded a five-star rating from the government for overall protection (out of a total of five stars). The Honda Accord also comes with similar standard features. The anti-lock disc brakes, traction control, and stability control are present on both new models. In addition to that, the Honda Accord also comes stock with front seat side airbags, side curtain airbags and active front head restraints. The Accord is outfitted with a rearview camera as well, which is standard on all models. Optional upgrades include lane departure warnings, adaptive cruise control and more. During crash testing, the Honda Accord received five out of five stars and impressed scrutinizing critics, just like the Ford Fusion.

Get the latest vehicle news, advice & deals.