Both the 2016 Honda Accord and its midsize counterpart the Ford Fusion reward buyers with modern offerings like a robust collection of useful driving features, striking appearances, and incredible fuel efficiency—all at an affordable price. So when we pit the Honda Accord vs. Ford Fusion in a head-to-head comparison, which will emerge victorious?
Let’s dive into the nitty-gritty to find out.
The 2016 Honda Accord: A Perfect Blend of Safety & Convenience
Features are all the rage in the automotive market these days. From infotainment systems to driver assistance tools to passive safety technology, the features of today’s cars offer convenience in the form of buttons, gizmos, and gadgets.
New to the 2016 Accord is its much-improved infotainment center. Featuring a larger display screen, this system integrates Bluetooth connectivity, Apple CarPlay and Android Audio, Pandora music streaming, and SMS functionality. The dashboard flows with thoughtful grace from element to element, and never feels forced. The most important controls—primarily the dual-zone AC and touchscreen—are positioned well, offering drivers a hub of intuitiveness not found in many sedans at this price point.
The Ford Fusion does have a standard infotainment center that works well enough for most drivers, though it lacks advanced SYNC technology and doesn’t allow access to mobile apps such as Pandora or other similar smartphone features.
When it comes to comparing safety features and crash test ratings, the 2016 Honda Accord is miles ahead of the Fusion.
According to IIHS, the 2016 Accord earned a 2016 Top Safety Pick+ due to incredible, best-in-class crashworthiness and front crash prevention ratings.
The most noticeable update to the Accord comes in the form of its new suite of safety and driver-assistance features called Honda Sensing. Honda Sensing technologies include a Collision Mitigation Braking, Collision Warning, and Road Departure Mitigation systems. Working in tandem with LaneWatch monitoring and multi-angle rearview cameras, the Honda Sensing suite offers impressive safety measures on top of the Accord’s already excellent crashworthiness ratings.
On the other end of the spectrum is the 2016 Ford Fusion, posting a mix of marginal, good, and acceptable ratings on IIHS tests. It sports mostly standard safety features, including a single-view rearview mirror. If you’re searching for a midsize car, the Fusions crashworthiness ratings don’t (and shouldn’t) inspire confidence.
Looks are Sometimes Everything
There’s a reason why the 2016 Honda Accord is outselling the Ford Fusion halfway through this year: It just looks better!
Although style is subjective, the Accord has an appealing look that shows flashes of the classic Honda appearance American consumers have grown to admire. With integrated LED taillight bars, a minimally intrusive front grille, and a smoothed-out form, the Honda Accord is a sight worth its weight in aluminum. What’s more, the Accord is available in six different packages, including the LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, Touring, and Coupe-specific trims.
While sporting a bold look that mirrors its brother the Ford Mustang, the Fusion is a modern midsize sedan that is somewhat void of character. Its hood looks bulbous. It has a lackluster front grille. Car buyers may also shake their heads at the Fusion’s offering of only three trim levels.
In all, the Accord’s mixture of traditional style and contemporary flair should keep it a contender in the midsize market for years to come, while the Fusion’s overall appearance is somewhat uninspiring.
The Art of Engine Power & Performance
As midsize sedans, the 2016 Honda Accord and its rival Fusion offer comparable fuel-efficiency ratings, performance, and engines.
The Accord has a combined fuel economy rating of 27, while the Fusion’s rating is 26—a negligible difference.
Producing 185 horsepower, the Accord’s 2.4L I-4 engine is slightly more powerful than the Fusion’s 175-horsepower I-4.
So Who Wins?
Although the Fusion and Accord share similarities, such as standard, fuel-efficient, I-4 engines and relatively comparable MSRPs, it’s apparent that Honda went above and beyond for this model year’s Accord, while Ford lagged behind and maintained the status quo.
As stated before, we’re halfway through 2016 and annual auto sales data shows the Honda Accord has outsold the Ford Fusion by more than 10%. Perhaps an insignificant tidbit to some, we find this to be quite telling since it parallels what our Honda dealers in South Florida have been witnessing in customers’ buying tendencies. It’s obvious to us that vehicle features are becoming more important to drivers, and the Accord handily bests the Fusion in that department.
Come Test Drive a 2016 Honda Accord at our Honda Dealers in South Florida
If you’re looking to buy a 2016 Honda Accord in Miami or the surrounding South Florida region, we invite you to visit one of our many South Florida Honda Dealers locations. Not only do we have the newest Accords and Honda models in stock, but our dealers also sell affordable used cars, offer auto financing assistance, and have money-saving Honda specials. Come take a test drive today!