Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2017 BMW i3 VS 2017 Ford Fusion Near Phoenix, AZ

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2017 BMW i3

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2017 Ford Fusion

Safety Comparison

Both the i3 and the Fusion Energi have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rear parking sensors, available crash mitigating brakes and rearview cameras.

Warranty Comparison

The i3 comes with a full 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24 hour roadside assistance. The Fusion Energi’s 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The i3’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the Fusion Energi’s (12 vs. 5 years).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the i3 for 3 years and 36,000 miles. BMW will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Ford doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Fusion Energi.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that BMW vehicles are better in initial quality than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 8 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 11th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 14th in reliability, above the industry average. With 62 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 31st.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Car and Driver the BMW i3 is faster than the Ford Fusion Energi:




Zero to 30 MPH

2.7 sec

3.1 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.5 sec

8.6 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.5 sec

9.3 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

2.5 sec

4.6 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

4.1 sec

6 sec

Quarter Mile

15.3 sec

16.6 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the i3 gets better fuel mileage than the Fusion Energi (MPGe):



i3 60Ah

i3 94Ah

i3 REx

Fusion Energi


Full charge

137 city/111 hwy

129 city/106 hwy

118 city/103 hwy

104 city/91 hwy

The i3 REx’s maximum driving range in pure electric mode is 97 miles, almost 5 times as far as the Fusion Energi’s 20-mile all-electric range.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The i3’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Fusion Energi are solid, not vented.

The i3 stops much shorter than the Fusion Energi:





70 to 0 MPH

163 feet

185 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the i3 has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Fusion Energi. The i3’s optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels optional on the Fusion Energi.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better maneuverability, the i3’s turning circle is 5.2 feet tighter than the Fusion Energi’s (32.3 feet vs. 37.5 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The BMW i3 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 750 to 1100 pounds less than the Ford Fusion Energi.

The i3 is 2 feet, 10.4 inches shorter than the Fusion Energi, making the i3 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Ergonomics Comparison

The i3’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Fusion Energi’s standard intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the i3 has a standard rear wiper. The Fusion Energi doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The i3’s headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Fusion Energi’s headlights are rated “Poor.”

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the i3 has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Fusion Energi doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the i3 is less expensive to operate than the Fusion Energi because typical repairs cost less on the i3 than the Fusion Energi, including $9 less for front brake pads.

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