Pecheles Automotive Compares 2011 Ford Fusion VS 2011 Hyundai Sonata Near New Bern, NC

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2011 Ford Fusion

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2011 Ford Fusion

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2011 Hyundai Sonata

Safety Comparison

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

The Fusion SEL/Hybrid/Sport’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 Sonata doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver's blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the Fusion SEL/Hybrid/Sport’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 Sonata doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Fusion offers optional SYNC, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get driving directions or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Sonata doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies.

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

Warranty Comparison

There are almost 7 times as many Ford dealers as there are Hyundai dealers, which makes it much easier to get service under the Fusion’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The Fusion 4 cyl./Sport 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 Sonata 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 rated the Fusion second among midsize cars in their 2010 Initial Quality Study. The Sonata isn’t in the top three.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2010 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Hyundai vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, Hyundai is ranked 7th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ surveys of the owners of three-year-old cars provide the long-term dependability statistics that show that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Hyundai vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Hyundai is ranked 11th.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Motor Trend the Fusion Sport 3.5 DOHC V6 is faster than the Sonata SE 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. (automatics tested):



Zero to 30 MPH

2.3 sec

2.9 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.8 sec

8.1 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

11.6 sec

13.4 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

18.7 sec

21 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

3.6 sec

4.1 sec

Quarter Mile

15.2 sec

16.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91.8 MPH

88.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Fusion Hybrid gets better city fuel mileage than the Sonata Hybrid Auto (41 city vs. 37 city).

The Fusion has a standard capless 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 Sonata doesn’t offer a capless fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Fusion stops shorter than the Sonata:



70 to 0 MPH

176 feet

181 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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 Sonata GLS’ 65 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Fusion (except Sport)’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 Sonata doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

Chassis Comparison

As tested by Motor Trend, the interior of the Fusion SEL is quieter than the Sonata SE:




72.3 dB

92.4 dB

Ergonomics Comparison

The Fusion Automatic offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The driver can also remotely turn on the heater or air conditioner. The Sonata doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Fusion has a lever hand brake in the console, easy to use while keeping both feet free and not impeding entry and exit. The Sonata’s foot pedal parking brake is not handy to use as a hill holding device with a manual transmission.

The power windows standard on both the Fusion and the Sonata 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 Sonata prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Fusion SEL/Sport/Hybrid’s front power windows open fully with one touch of the switches, and the driver’s window also automatically closes, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Sonata’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

On a hot day the Fusion’s driver can lower all the windows using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the Sonata can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Fusion SEL/Sport/Hybrid’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Sonata’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

The Fusion Hybrid has a 115 volt a/c outlet in the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters which can break or get misplaced. The Sonata doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

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