2020 Ford Fusion vs 2020 Hyundai Sonata – Cincinnati, OH

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  • 2020 Ford Fusion

    A black 2020 Ford Fusion is facing left.

    Starting at

    $23,170

    2020 Hyundai Sonata

    A grey 2020 Hyundai Sonata is facing right.

    Starting at

    $23,600

    245Max Horsepower (HP)191
    275Max Torque (lb-ft)195
    YesPlug-in Hybrid AvailableNo

    While the SUV market is growing faster than ever, many people still prefer the small, more efficient sedans. However, navigating through this market can be a challenge as there are numerous options with varying purposes and abilities. And often, the decision comes down to the offerings from Ford and Hyundai. So, which sedan comes out on top in the 2020 Ford Fusion vs 2020 Hyundai Sonata competition? Both petite vehicles are suitable for singles, couples, and especially young adults. Their athletic body shapes and cool entertainment systems set them apart from other competitors, but there are some things that set these two vehicles apart, including their different performance abilities. 

    Both sedans are available in unique trim levels and as gasoline-powered and hybrid versions. However, the 2020 Ford Fusion can also come as a plug-in hybrid model. Depending on what you’re looking for in a daily driver, you can pick whichever suits your fancy. For people who live near work or school, a hybrid or plug-in hybrid may be ideal. Regardless, whether considering gasoline or hybrid models, the Ford Fusion is the better option. Hitting 103 MPGe in comparison to the Sonata's 52 MPG combined, it is the more fuel-efficient choice. Plus, its engines are more powerful, hitting far higher horsepower and torque numbers than its competitor. All of this and more will prove that the Fusion is superior as we make a more in-depth comparison of the two. 

  • Performance

    A black 2020 Ford Fusion Plug-in Hybrid is charging at a white house.

    The Hybrid Models

    Both the Ford hybrid and Ford plug-in hybrid models are powered by an electric motor that is paired with a 2.0-liter I-4 Atkinson-cycle engine. The plug-in hybrid uses a 7.6 kW lithium-ion battery pack, and the hybrid uses a smaller 1.4 kWh battery pack. Both of these are very fuel-efficient models with the plug-in version seeing 103 MPGe and the hybrid version getting 42 MPG combined (43 city/40 highway).

    In comparison, the Hyundai Sonata does not come as a plug-in hybrid for the 2020 model year. There is a hybrid model, but it pales in comparison to the plug-in model from Ford. At 52 MPG combined (50 city/54 highway), this version has excellent fuel economy, but, again, there is no comparison between this option and Ford's plug-in option. If you want a really fuel-efficient hybrid, Ford is the better choice.

    The Gasoline Models 

    Now, let’s get into the comparisons for the gasoline-powered models. The first engine under the hood of the Ford Fusion centers around a turbocharged 1.5-liter Ecoboost. Making 181 hp and 185 lb-ft of torque, it is equipped with a 6-speed automatic transmission and FWD. The estimated fuel economy for this engine is 27 MPG combined (23 city/34 highway). 

    On the other hand, the Sonata SE and SEL are powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine coupled with an 8-speed automatic transmission and FWD. Producing 191 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque, this powertrain gets 33 MPG combined (28 city/38 highway). The fuel economy is slightly better than Ford's; however, overall, Ford does have the most fuel-efficient hybrid model, which is where those who are focused on this area should be looking. Additionally, the Sonata's engine is far less powerful than the Fusion's with lower horsepower and torque.

    The Fusion can also be fitted with a turbocharged 2.0-liter Ecoboost 4-cylinder engine that pumps out between 231 and 245 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque. Featuring the same 6-speed automatic transmission and FWD, this powertrain gets 25 MPG combined (21 city/31 highway). Meanwhile, the Sonata SEL Plus and Limited trims use a turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder motor to push out 180 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. There is no difference between this powertrain and the other Sonata powertrain as far as fuel efficiency goes. 

    Before we wrap things up, you should know that the Fusion has a third powertrain option. This one is centered around a 2.5-liter I-4 engine with the aforementioned drivetrain and transmission. While it has the same fuel economy as the second Fusion powertrain, the performance output is different as it generates 175 hp and 175 lb-ft of torque. With all of that in mind, Ford has far more options than Hyundai, allowing every driver to get exactly what they need. Ford also has the most fuel-efficient model and far more powerful engines. In terms of performance, the Hyundai Sonata falls far behind. 

  • Exterior

    The front of a white 2020 Ford Fusion is shown from an above angle on a Cincinnati, OH, street after winning the 2020 Ford Fusion vs 2020 Hyundai Sonata comparison.

    The first thing you notice about a new car is what it looks like from the outside. While beauty is subjective, we can say that both of these vehicles are easy on the eyes, though, the Ford Fusion does allow for more customization than the Hyundai Sonata. 

    Outside the Ford Fusion

    The Ford Fusion's entry-level S model rolls in on 16-inch steel wheels. It features body-colored accents and a black girl with a 5-bar design as well. Next, the SE version rides on 17-inch aluminum wheels and gets all of the exterior accents done in chrome for a sleek look. Moving on to the SEL, this version gets larger 18-inch wheels and features the same SE-level chrome accents. The exterior side mirrors have also been upgraded to be auto-dimming, heated, and with integrated turn signal indicators. 

    Finally, the top-tier Titanium model rolls on 19-inch wheels and gets a chrome mesh grille instead of the 5-bar design. A rear spoiler has been added for aerodynamics as well. Overall, the Fusion is a sleek and modern vehicle that will likely turn heads with its looks. No matter the trim, this sedan has good looks and ways to customize it in many different ways. 

    The Sonata's Exterior

    On the other hand, the Hyundai Sonata Se base model rides on 16-inch alloy wheels, and features LED daytime running lights, LED taillights, and chrome accents. Next, the SEL gets 17-inch alloy wheels, a black grille, and heated side mirrors with LED turn signal indicators. Stepping up to the SEL Plus gives you larger 18-inch alloy wheels and some black accents. Lastly, the top-tier Limited model gets full LED exterior lighting, chrome accents, and parking sensors at the front and back of the vehicle.

    While appearance is all about personal preference, the Fusion is still the better vehicle in terms of the exterior. Due to the more extensive list of options and the greater ability to customize the appearance, the Fusion comes out on top.  

  • Interior

    The infotainment screen in a 2020 Ford Fusion is shown with navigation.

    Slipping behind the wheel of either vehicle will give you a unique experience. Both models have seating for five, and they also share a similar trunk space. However, when it comes to features, the Fusion takes the lead. Let's take a closer look. 

    Inside the Entry-Level Trims

    For starters, the Fusion S is very well equipped with the Ford Co-Pilot 360 safety suite. This package includes advanced safety systems such as a rearview camera, automatic high beams, emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, rear cross-traffic alert, pre-collision assist, and blindspot monitoring. This safety suite is standard on all Fusion models. The S trim also comes with a 4-speaker sound system, two 12-volt power outlets, and the Sen infotainment interface. Displayed on a 4.2-inch LCD monitor, this system uses Bluetooth to enable hands-free text messaging and calling.

    On the other hand, the Sonata SE also comes with a few good safety features. Emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane-centering assist, forward collision warning, and lane-keeping assist are all included on the base model. It even comes with an 8-inch touchscreen and an infotainment system that is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. 

    The Middles

    The second trim for the Fusion is known as the SE. This version adds satellite radio, FordPass Connect, two LCD monitors, two extra speakers, and Sync 3. The Sonata SEL gets keyless ignition/entry, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, heat front seats, rear cross-traffic alert, and blindspot monitoring. 

    The Fusion SEL comes with stain-resistant ACTIVEX cloth upholstery. This means you won’t have to worry about spilling your coffee during your rush to get to work. This is also the trim that gets heated seats and an 11-speaker stereo. Similarly, the Sonata SEL Plus adds faux leather/faux-suede upholstery, a wireless charging pad, and a digital instrument cluster. 

    The Top Trims

    Finally, the Fusion Titanium receives some incredibly luxurious updates, including leather upholstery, heated/ventilated seats, a 12-speaker Sony stereo, a power moonroof, and an HD radio. Taking things a step further, the steering wheel has also been wrapped in leather, voice-activated navigation has been installed, and adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go technology makes it easy to keep with the flow of traffic. As for the Sonata Limited, this luxury ride comes with ventilated front seats, driver memory settings, a surround-view camera parking system, and an automated remote parking system. And while both of these vehicles are greatly equipped on each level, it is clear that the Fusion has more to offer.

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