North Georgia Ford Compares 2006 Ford Fusion VS 2006 Honda Accord Near Calhoun, GA

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2006 Ford Fusion

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2006 Honda Accord

Safety Comparison

Both the Fusion and the Accord Sedan have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, available front seat side-impact airbags, head airbags and four wheel antilock brakes.

Warranty Comparison

The Fusion comes with free roadside assistance for 3 years 36,000 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 Accord Sedan.

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

Reliability Comparison

The camshafts in the Fusion’s engine are driven by a hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs. The Accord Sedan 3.0 SOHC V6, Accord Sedan Hybrid 3.0 SOHC V6 hybrid’s camshafts are driven by a rubber belt which eventually needs to be replaced. If the Accord Sedan’s cam drive belt breaks the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Fusion V6 gets better fuel mileage than the Accord V6 Auto (21 city/29 hwy vs. 20 city/29 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Ford Fusion has standard four wheel disc brakes for better stopping power. Rear drums are standard on the Accord Sedan. Drums can heat up and make stops longer.

The Fusion with optional antilock brakes stops much shorter than the Accord Sedan with antilock brakes:

Fusion

Accord Sedan

70 to 0 MPH

194 feet

209 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

137 feet

149 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Fusion has larger standard tires than the Accord Sedan (205/60R16 vs. 195/65R15). The Fusion SEL’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Accord Sedan (225/50R17 vs. 215/60R16).

The Fusion’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) which provides a stiffer sidewall than the Accord Sedan LX 4cyl.’s standard 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Fusion has standard 16 inch wheels. Smaller 15 inch wheels are standard on the Accord Sedan LX 4cyl.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Fusion has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Fusion flat and controlled during cornering. The Accord Sedan VP suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The Fusion SEL handles at .83 G’s, while the Accord Sedan EX pulls only .74 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Fusion SEL goes through Motor Trend’s slalom 4 MPH faster than the Accord Sedan LX (63.7 vs. 59.7 MPH).

Chassis Comparison

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Fusion SEL is quieter than the Accord Sedan EX (41 vs. 45 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Fusion has .5 inches more front shoulder room, .2 inches more rear legroom and .4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Accord Sedan.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Fusion has a much larger trunk than the Accord Sedan (15.8 vs. 14 cubic feet).

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

The Fusion’s standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The Accord Sedan’s standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can’t share the rear seat.

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