Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2015 Ford Fusion VS 2015 Acura TLX Near Phoenix, AZ

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2015 Ford Fusion

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2015 Acura TLX

Safety Comparison

The rear seatbelts optional on the Fusion inflate when a collision is detected, helping to spread crash forces over a much larger area of the body and limiting head and neck movement. This can help prevent spinal and internal injuries. The TLX doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

The Fusion SE/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 TLX doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Fusion and the TLX have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee 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.

Warranty Comparison

There are over 14 times as many Ford dealers as there are Acura dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Fusion’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Acura vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 16th in initial quality. With 15 more problems per 100 vehicles, Acura is ranked 25th.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Fusion 2.0 ECOBoost is faster than the Acura TLX 4 cyl.:

Fusion

TLX

Zero to 60 MPH

6.8 sec

7.2 sec

Quarter Mile

15.1 sec

15.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91.6 MPH

91.1 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Fusion 1.5 ECOBoost w/Start/Stop gets better fuel mileage than the TLX 4 cyl. (25 city/37 hwy vs. 24 city/35 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Fusion gets better fuel mileage than the TLX:

Fusion

TLX

FWD

1.5 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

24 city/36 hwy

21 city/34 hwy

V6

AWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

22 city/31 hwy

21 city/31 hwy

V6

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Fusion stops shorter than the TLX:

Fusion

TLX

60 to 0 MPH

117 feet

124 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Fusion SE’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the TLX (235/50R17 vs. 225/55R17).

The Fusion Titanium’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the TLX V-6’s 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Fusion Titanium offers optional 19-inch wheels. The TLX’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

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 TLX doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Fusion’s wheelbase is 2.9 inches longer than on the TLX (112.2 inches vs. 109.3 inches).

The Fusion SE handles at .85 G’s, while the TLX V-6 SH-AWD pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Fusion’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the TLX V-6’s (37.5 feet vs. 38.8 feet). The Fusion’s turning circle is 2 feet tighter than the TLX SH-AWD’s (37.5 feet vs. 39.5 feet).

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 TLX doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

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

The Fusion has 9.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the TLX (102.8 vs. 93.3).

The Fusion has 2 inches more front headroom, 1.7 inches more front legroom, .3 inches more front shoulder room, 1.1 inches more rear headroom, 3.8 inches more rear legroom and 1.5 inches more rear shoulder room than the TLX.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Fusion has a much larger trunk than the TLX (16 vs. 13.2 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

The power windows standard on both the Fusion and the TLX have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Fusion is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The TLX prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Fusion SE/Titanium’s exterior keypad. The TLX doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system, and its extra cost AcuraLink can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Fusion SE/Titanium detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The TLX doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

On extremely cold Winter days, the Fusion SE/Titanium’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The TLX doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Fusion SE/Titanium offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The TLX doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The Fusion SE/Titanium’s optional Active Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The TLX doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations Comparison

The Ford Fusion has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

Fusion

TLX

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

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Kiplinger’s Awards

2

n/a

The Fusion Hybrid was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” in 2010. The TLX has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

Motor Trend selected the Fusion as their 2010 Car of the Year. The TLX has never been chosen.

The Fusion Hybrid was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2010. The TLX has never been an “All Star.”

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the Fusion Hybrid as the 2010 North American Car of the Year. The TLX has never been chosen.

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