Ford Fusion vs. Honda Accord 2015 comparison

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Here is the comparison review between two very popular mid-size sedans – Ford Fusion and Honda Accord. You might read a full article about Ford Fusion, so the main topic of this article would be “Is the Accord good enough to compete with Fusion?”. Let’s try to find out, Ford Fusion vs Honda Accord 2015.

Design

Both cars are 4-door mid size sedans. The length is nearly the same, but Accord is narrower and lower. Accord design is more traditional, and less aggressive. It is matter of taste, but some say 2015 Honda Accord is more suitable for people under 40.

2015 honda accord front

Interiors of both cars are similar in terms of materials are used. But design is different – Honda features two displays, and center console shape reminding upcoming 2016 Chevrolet Malibu. Dashboard has round-shaped screen and very big and informative gauges. Steering wheel is multifunctional with discreet design. Interior is well planned due to thought-out ergonomics.

Despite the fact that Accord is narrower than Fusion, it is not cramped for front passengers. Placing of third passenger in the rear seats is questionable though.
Ford Fusion gets a point because of more spacious interior.

2015 honda accord interior

Trim levels

Conventional non-hybrid Honda Accord is available in 6 different trim levels: LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, EX-L V6 and Touring. It is way more than available for Ford Fusion. In basic LX trim dual-zone climate control, 8-inch screen multimedia system with hands-free functionality, power windows, cruise control, rearview camera are available. Safety features include front airbags, front side airbags, side curtains, ABS, traction control, EBD, brake assist.
Ford Fusion features almost the same equipment in standard trim as Honda Accord. The option lists are similar too.

Pricing

The most affordable 2015 Honda Accord in LX trim costs $22,105 without options. It is the same price as for Ford Fusion in basic S trim only 5 dollars less. If we are considering more advanced trims – the situation remains unchanged – Accord EX-L V6 costs $30,495 in comparison with Fusion Titanium available for $30,390.

So, every car seems to get one point – the pricing is very close. Hybrid Accords has relatively higher price but its equipment list is much wider. However, Accord plug-in hybrid is almost $4000 more expensive than Ford Fusion Energi. So, Ford gets one extra point.

2015 Honda Accord price: starting at $22,105 up to $33,630 (without options)

2015 honda accord front

Fuel efficiency

EPA fuel efficiency rating for 2015 Honda Accord with standard 4 cylinder engine and 6-speed manual transmission is 24 mpg for city, 34 mpg for highway and 26 combined. CVT models have 27/36/31 and V6 version has 21/34/26 mpg.

Ford’s EcoBoost engines has better fuel economy than Honda V6 and I4 engines. So, another point to Ford.

Hybrid

2015 Honda Accord Hybrid fuel efficiency is way better than Fusion hybrid has. EPA rating for Honda is 50 mpg in city driving, 45 mpg for highway driving and 47 mpg combined. One extra point for choosing Accord Hybrid.

Plug-in hybrid

The story is a bit more complicated for plug-in hybrids. EPA rated MPG equivalent rating for Accord is higher – 115 mpg combined versus 88 mpg for Ford Fusion. But Accord could be driven only 13 miles (20 miles for Fusion) on EV mode only. Fuel consumption in hybrid mode for Accord is 46 mpg combined, which is also more than Ford Fusion Energi has. One point for Honda.

2015 honda accord engine

Powertrain

There are 2 engines available for 2015 Honda Accord – 2.4L 4 cylinder inline engine producing 185 hp (189 hp in Sport trim), and 3.5L V6 engine producing 278 hp. Both engines are naturally aspirated, unlike turbocharged used in Ford (except standard 2.5L Duratec). Honda engines has more power and might be more durable due to absence of turbocharging.

Hybrid and plug-in hybrid

Honda Accord Hybrid and plug-in hybrid version has 2.0L I4 engine producing 141 hp, Li-ion battery and 166 hp electric motor. The characteristics are very similar to Ford Fusion hybrid and Ford Fusion Energi, except battery capacity which is higher in Fusion.

2015 honda accord front

Safety

2015 Honda Accord has better safety ratings by IIHS – all Good marks (Fusion gets Acceptable for small overlap front crash) and overall 5 star rating by NHTS (4 stars for frontal crash). Ford Fusion gets 4 stars for side crash and rollover with overall rating of 5 stars. One extra point for Honda.

Conclusion

Let’s see what car is the best choice if you’re choosing between Ford Fusion and Honda Accord. Fusion is more spacious for passengers, has cheaper hybrid versions and better fuel economy. Honda is safer, more fuel efficient in hybrid modification and has more reliable naturally aspirated engines. The total score is 3:3. So, no matter what car you will choose among these two, it would be great. The most important is to organize priorities what is more important for you in a car.

2015 Honda Accord tech specs

Overall information
Ford Fusion, 2015 model year, 4-door sedan, 5 seats.

Engine
2.4L 16V i-VCT I-4 engine, 185 hp @6400 rpm; 3.5L 24V V6, 278 hp @6200 rpm; 2.0L I-4, 195 hp hybrid engine @ 6,200 rpm (total powertrain output).

Drivetrain
6-speed manual; 6-speed automatic, CVT, front wheel drive.

Weight & Dimensions
Kerb weight: 3192 lbs (1447 kg)
Overlall height/width/length: 57.7 in/ 72.8 in/ 191.4 inches
Wheelbase: 109.3 in

Miscellaneous
Fuel tank capacity: 17,2 US gallons (65 liters); 15,8 gallons (59 liters) for hybrid
Front/Rear brakes: Disc/Disc

2015 Honda Accord photos

 

Prices, specifications, options, features of 2015 Honda Accord could change without notice. You could find up to date information on car maker official website.
All information above is relevant for US version of a car.

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