Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2013 Ford Fusion VS 2013 Honda Civic Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2013 Ford Fusion

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2013 Honda Civic

Safety Comparison

The Fusion offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Civic Hybrid doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The Fusion SE/Hybrid/Titanium’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Civic Hybrid doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the Fusion SE/Hybrid/Titanium’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Civic Hybrid doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Fusion SE/Hybrid/Titanium’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Civic Hybrid doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

The Fusion has standard SYNC, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Civic Hybrid doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Fusion and the Civic Hybrid have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

The Ford Fusion weighs 444 to 771 pounds more than the Honda Civic Hybrid. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts. Lighter cars are also affected more by crosswinds.

For its top level performance in the IIHS moderate overlap frontal, side, rear impact, and roof-crush crash tests, and an “Acceptable” rating in the newer small overlap frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Fusion its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus,” a rating only granted to 14 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Civic Hybrid has not been fully tested, yet.

Warranty Comparison

The Fusion comes with free roadside assistance for 5 years 60,000 miles. Ford will send help if you run out of gas, need a jump start, lock your keys in or need any assistance on the road. Honda doesn’t give free roadside assistance for the Civic Hybrid.

There are almost 4 times as many Ford dealers as there are Honda dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Fusion’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The Fusion has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Civic Hybrid doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the car’s engine.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2012 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 12th.

Engine Comparison

The Fusion’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 60 more horsepower (170 vs. 110) and 43 lbs.-ft. more torque (170 vs. 127) than the Civic Hybrid’s 1.5 SOHC 4 cyl. hybrid. The Fusion’s optional 1.6 turbo 4 cyl. produces 68 more horsepower (178 vs. 110) and 57 lbs.-ft. more torque (184 vs. 127) than the Civic Hybrid’s 1.5 SOHC 4 cyl. hybrid. The Fusion Hybrid’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid produces 78 more horsepower (188 vs. 110) than the Civic Hybrid’s 1.5 SOHC 4 cyl. hybrid. The Fusion’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 127 more horsepower (237 vs. 110) and 123 lbs.-ft. more torque (250 vs. 127) than the Civic Hybrid’s 1.5 SOHC 4 cyl. hybrid.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Ford Fusion Hybrid is faster than the Honda Civic Hybrid:

Fusion Hybrid

Civic Hybrid

Zero to 30 MPH

3.4 sec

4.2 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

8.3 sec

10.9 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

5.4 sec

6.8 sec

Quarter Mile

16.5 sec

18.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

89.7 MPH

77.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Fusion Hybrid gets better fuel mileage than the Civic Hybrid (47 city/47 hwy vs. 44 city/44 hwy).

The Fusion has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Civic Hybrid doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Fusion’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Civic Hybrid:


Civic Hybrid

Front Rotors

11.8 inches

10.3 inches

Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

7.9” drums

The Ford Fusion has standard four-wheel disc brakes for better stopping power and improved directional control in poor weather. Only rear drums come on the Civic Hybrid. Drums can heat up and make stops longer, especially with antilock brakes which work much harder than conventional brakes.

The Fusion stops much shorter than the Civic Hybrid:


Civic Hybrid

70 to 0 MPH

175 feet

196 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

129 feet

145 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

141 feet

156 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Fusion has larger standard tires than the Civic Hybrid (215/60R16 vs. 195/65R15). The Fusion SE/SE Hybrid’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Civic Hybrid (235/50R17 vs. 195/65R15).

The Fusion S’ standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Civic Hybrid’s standard 65 series tires. The Fusion Titanium’s optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the Civic Hybrid’s 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Fusion S has standard 16-inch wheels. Only 15-inch wheels are available on the Civic Hybrid. The Fusion Titanium offers optional 19-inch wheels.

The Fusion has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the Civic Hybrid, it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Fusion’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Civic Hybrid doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Fusion’s wheelbase is 7.1 inches longer than on the Civic Hybrid (112.2 inches vs. 105.1 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Fusion is 3.4 inches wider in the front and 2 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Civic Hybrid.

Chassis Comparison

The front grille of the Fusion uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Civic Hybrid doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The Fusion Hybrid uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Civic Hybrid doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space Comparison

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the Fusion is rated a Mid-size car by the EPA, while the Civic Hybrid is rated a Compact.

The Fusion has 8.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Civic Hybrid (102.8 vs. 94.6).

The Fusion has .2 inches more front headroom, 2.3 inches more front legroom, 4.5 inches more front hip room, 1.2 inches more front shoulder room, .7 inches more rear headroom, 2.1 inches more rear legroom, 2.6 inches more rear hip room and 3.6 inches more rear shoulder room than the Civic Hybrid.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Fusion Hybrid has a much larger trunk than the Civic Hybrid (12 vs. 10.7 cubic feet).

To allow full utilization of available cargo room, the Fusion’s trunk lid uses concealed beam hinges that don’t intrude into the trunk. The Civic Hybrid’s useful trunk space is reduced by its intrusive beam hinge.

The Fusion’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Civic Hybrid doesn’t offer folding rear seats.

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Fusion. The Civic Hybrid doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

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