2016 Honda Accord vs 2016 Ford Fusion
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The Ford Fusion is a relatively new entrant into the family sedan segment. First introduced in 2007, it is only in its second generation of life, only recently receiving a total overhaul in 2013. It adopted the styling of Ford’s European Mondeo. Even with the new styling, updated features and efficient powertrains, the 2016 Ford Fusion lacks the fit and finish necessary to compete with the 2016 Honda Accord.
Style Over Functionality
If you have slipped into any Ford sedan lately, you may have noticed something a bit disconcerting, especially if you had just slipped out of a Honda Accord. In family sedans, size matters and the bigger, the better.
You can notice a size difference when grabbing kids from the back seat or when you take your cubemates to a quick lunch. While some may say the 2016 Fusion has some pizzazz in terms of styling, nothing compares to the 2016 Accord, which blends styling and interior functionality unlike anything else on the road today.
In an attempt to steal away fuel-conscious consumers, Ford has done away with offering anything more than four cylinders in its 2016 Fusion. Consumers are stuck with varying 2.0- and 2.5-liter engines of varying forced induction, or none at all). The Fusion only comes with two transmission choices — a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic.
The most power you can get out of a 2016 Fusion is from the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine. It makes a partly 231 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque.
Honda knows power matters when pulling away from an intersection or entering a highway. While the 2016 Accord does come with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine as standard, there is a 3.5-liter V-6 that makes 278 horsepower and 252 lb-ft of torque.
The 2016 Fusion tops out with the turbo four, but there is no replacement for displacement, as the saying goes. And thanks to Honda’s V-TEC technology and cylinder deactivation, fuel efficiency in the larger engine is still superb.
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The 2016 Honda Accord get more mpg’s in the city and on the highway. So while the 2016 Ford Fusion is filling up with gas, Accord keeps going as the leader in fuel economy. According to Edmunds.com, you could save $1,500 on average on gas the first five years of owning an Accord over a Ford Fusion.
Gas Station Pit Stops
There is nothing more annoying than having to stop every few hundred miles to fill up. Yes, it only takes a few minutes, but pulling off, finding a station, paying and standing in the cold does add up.
Remember the mention of Ford moving to turbocharged four-cylinder engines to increase fuel efficiency? Well, it went turbocharged so it could attempt to provide V-6 grunt. Which it does not when compared to the 2016 Accord. However, even the fuel efficiency gains are negligible.
The 3.5-liter V-6 in the Honda returns 21 in the city and 34 on the highway. The turbocharged 2.0-liter, which is the comparable engine to Honda’s V-6, gets just 22 miles per gallon in the city and only 33 mpg on the highway.
For the sacrifice in power and performance for one lonely mpg in the city, the 2016 Fusion feels kind of a like a stinker. Factor in real-world driving and the one mpg difference is far from a deciding factor.
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The last thing you want to do when carting your kids to school is to take your eyes off the road. That is just plain dangerous. You should not need to look down to change the radio, or worse, change the climate controls. Also, you want your infotainment system to be reliable.
You have to remember the family sedan market is not a segment of bleeding edge technology or luxury. It is a segment that families flock to because it is familiar, reliable and dependable. Ford has lost its way with its MyFord Touch touchscreen infotainment system. While there are redundant buttons below the screen that are supposed to control all the Fusion’s functions, it clutters the dash.
With the 2016 Honda Accord, you still get smartphone connectivity and media streaming, but it is done with an interface that gets out of the way and just works. Just because it looks nice in the Fusion does not mean it is nice actually to use.
Creature comforts matter and the Honda just offers better ones in its Accord. You can get a leather-wrapped steering wheel along with a 360-watt, 7-speaker sound system, and three months of satellite radio service.
No Arms, No Legs Necessary
When buying a family sedan, many decisions come down to price. You are saving for Johnny and Jane’s college, right? Both the 2016 Ford Fusion and 2016 Honda Accord start in the mid-$23,000. Price is virtually identical. The difference in price comes at the top of the range.
The Ford Fusion’s Titanium model starts at just over $33,000. For comparison, a loaded 2016 Honda Accord EX-L starts at $31,000. That $2,000 price difference could mean whether Johnny and Jane go to a state school or Harvard.
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2016 Honda Accord is the clear winner!
“It should come as no surprise that the Accord is a bestseller… Accords are better cars than they have to be, better than their owners might demand, a rarity in our consumer economy.” – Car and Driver
“The 2016 Accord remains a solid entry in the midsize segment with its spacious cabin, good driving dynamics, and fuel efficient models.” – Motor Trend.
“There’s a reason the Honda Accord is typically a top-three best-selling sedan in the U.S. It’s economical, practical, comfortable, and a little sporting if you get the right model.” – Automobile
The Final Countdown Decision
The 2016 Honda Accord and 2016 Ford Fusion may compete in the same segment, but there is a reason the Accord has been a top-10 best-selling car in the U.S. for so many years. It has functionality while offering the consumer choices — from engines to transmissions, to interior fit and finish. It even comes with two fewer doors. Bet you did not see that one coming.
Fuel economy estimates and driving range based on EPA test data. Your actual driving distance will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle. Based on 2014-2016 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors. Complete comparison details can be found at https://automobiles.honda.com/tools/compare/models.aspx. Awards and accolade information can be found at https://automobiles.honda.com/awards/
The Accord has just been named one of Car and Driver’s 10Best for the 30th time, giving it more appearances on the list than any other car in the magazine’s history. As our signature vehicle, the 2016 Accord upholds a legacy we started in 1976. With further design refinements and even more efficient performance, it’s our best Accord ever. Again. The 2016 Accord has been named to the list of 16 Best Family Cars of 2016 by Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com. Each vehicle was praised for impressive comfort, driving dynamics and family practicality.  For more information, visit www.kbb.com. Kelley Blue Book is a registered trademark of Kelley Blue Book Co., Inc. The 2016 Accord Sedan with Honda Sensing™ has been awarded the coveted 2016 TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in recognition of its superior crash safety performance. Safety matters most, and the 2016 Accord earned top marks with a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)1.  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).