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If you plan to purchase a sedan, you may have noticed the options for cars are slimming. Fortunately, there are a few hold-outs offering sedans in the midsize range, and they are incredibly promising for those who enjoy comfort and tasteful styling with all the conveniences of modern life. While you may be considering a foreign model, it might be worth your time to investigate domestic choices. Comparing the 2020 Ford Fusion vs 2021 Honda Accord should deliver a revealing look at what each of these vehicles has to offer.
Both of these sedans offer a spacious, well-appointed interior with a wide array of technology and thoughtful conveniences, and both of these cars are a rewarding thrill to drive. For buyers who like lots of options, both the Fusion and the Accord offer several trim levels, including a top-tier trim with features that will provide a lavish feel of luxury. Both vehicles also offer fuel-efficient engines (including hybrid choices) and a full suite of driver-assisted safety features to mitigate potential accidents. But one of these vehicles has an edge, and you might be surprised to discover just how good the 2020 Ford Fusion is.
The Ford Fusion has a remarkable choice of five engine options, which is unusual for a sedan, and each of these engines offers excellent fuel efficiency without sacrificing power. Three of the engines are traditional gasoline four-cylinder designs, with the option of all-wheel drive and even paddle shifters for the 2.0-liter engine. Two of the choices are hybrids, one of which is a plug-in hybrid, and there are four trims that are offered with the hybrid powertrains.
Fuel efficiency for the gas-powered engines ranges from 24 MPG to 27 MPG combined. Both hybrids get 42 MPG combined, and the plug-in hybrid can travel 26 miles on battery power alone. Driving the 2020 Fusion will give buyers the feel of a sports sedan without the fuel costs of a sports car, yet it has responsive spry acceleration and cornering. Even the hybrid options provide a plentiful 188 horsepower, giving you further fuel savings without sacrificing enjoyment.
In contrast, the 2020 Honda Accord only has three available engines, just one of which is a hybrid. While all three engine choices are solid, the lack of variety means that you may not be able to get the exact performance you were looking for. Driving the 2021 Accord will be satisfying in its acceleration speed and feel on the road, though it won't necessarily give drivers much of a sport-like experience. Despite Honda's attention to engineering, the Ford Fusion is likely to give buyers seeking more excitement the type of power they want in a sedan.
Ford Fusion is hailed as being inspired by European luxury cars, and it certainly leans toward refinement in the interior. The hushed cabin, quality materials, supportive seats, and leg-stretching space all lend themselves to the silky feel of the road beneath the wheels. Standard features like the automatic high beams, the push button start, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror give the Fusion a level of luxury far above what you might expect. Smaller details like the convenience of a tilting and telescoping steering wheel and a split-folding rear seat to transport large items make the 2020 Fusion an easy choice to make when you need a car that has everything.
For 2021, the Honda Accord has a lot going for it in terms of tasteful and attractive design. The interior of the Accord is spacious, quiet, and calming in its demeanor. Driving the Accord will reveal a responsive and satisfying experience behind the wheel. While the interior is comfortable and pleasing, it does not have quite the same refinement as the Fusion in terms of the conveniences and quality of the interior. You will find features like push-button start, a tilting and telescoping steering wheel, a split-folding rear seat, and dual-zone climate control as standard, but some of the extras you find in the Fusion base models won't be found until the upper trims in the Accord.
Both the 2020 Fusion and the 2020 Accord offer comprehensive safety features. Each sedan will come standard with a full suite of driver-assisted safety features that include technology most sedans won't have until upper trims. In terms of both active and passive safety features, Ford and Honda loaded each of these sedans with technology, engineering, airbags, and designs that will either prevent or lessen the effects of impacts. In crash tests, both the Fusion and the Accord were awarded five out of five stars for overall vehicle safety.
When it comes to the safety suites, Ford offers its Co-Pilot 360 system as standard across all trims of the 2020 Fusion. This includes a BLIS blind-spot information system that uses radar to scan traffic behind the Fusion and will warn the driver when a vehicle is in your blind spot. The Lane-Keeping System will use forward-facing cameras to scan for road markings that indicate lanes, providing steering inputs if your vehicle drifts out of its lane. Other safety features like Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking offer an extra measure of safety. If the system detects a potential crash, your Fusion will automatically apply the brakes to prevent or lessen damage from an impact.
Honda includes similar safety features in its system of driver-assisted technology, which is also standard across all trims. Though the names are slightly different, Honda's Road Departure Mitigation System combined with the Lane Keeping Assist System keep your vehicle from drifting and will self-correct the steering. Honda's Collision Mitigation Braking System will brake automatically if a potential collision is detected. However, unlike Ford's system, Honda's Blind Spot Information System with Cross Traffic Monitor is not standard equipment and is only available on the higher trims.
Even though both the 2020 Fusion and 2021 Accord are offered at affordable prices, each of these vehicles includes thoughtful features that will make life on the road much simpler. Modern life demands constant connectivity to keep up with the pace of news, events, and family, but it also allows for a measure of escape. The Fusion comes standard with FordPass Connect, which has a long list of features accessible through the infotainment system and your smartphone. It provides your Fusion with WiFi connectivity for up to ten devices, allows remote access for locking or starting your vehicle, and getting roadside assistance if it's needed. You also have standard Bluetooth for streaming and hands-free phone use, so you can enjoy your favorite content or answer calls safely while you drive.
Honda offers its own version of a similar system with HondaLink, which also allows for remote access, roadside assistance, and Amazon Alexa connectivity, though these features are accessible in levels of monthly subscriptions. Ford does not require a subscription fee to use FordPass, which means buyers of the Fusion will have access to the features without having to pay monthly fees. Honda does include Bluetooth standard, but Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are only available in the higher trims, and WiFi is not available at all.
Other conveniences offered in the Fusion are worth bumping up to more expensive trims, with options like driver's seat memory and Intelligent Access to allow opening your Fusion by proximity rather than having to press any buttons on your fob. You can even get a pair of digital screens in the instrument cluster, providing additional information without having to dig through menus. Honda offers a head-up display and wireless charging in upper trims, which are also thoughtful additions to consider if you are willing to spend extra for more options.