North Georgia Ford Compares 2017 Ford Fusion VS 2017 Lexus ES Near Peoria, AZ

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2017 Ford Fusion

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2017 Lexus ES

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 ES Series doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

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

The Fusion (except S)’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 ES Series doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Fusion and the ES Series have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front and rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford Fusion is safer than the Lexus ES Series:

 

Fusion

ES Series

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

125

153

Neck Injury Risk

28%

39%

Neck Stress

200 lbs.

388 lbs.

Neck Compression

24 lbs.

45 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

167/333 lbs.

446/567 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Ford Fusion is safer than the Lexus ES Series:

 

Fusion

ES Series

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

74

122

Chest Movement

1.3 inches

1.3 inches

Hip Force

277 lbs.

510 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Max Damage Depth

16 inches

16 inches

Hip Force

597 lbs.

879 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty Comparison

There are almost 20 times as many Ford dealers as there are Lexus dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Fusion’s warranty.

Engine Comparison

The Fusion has more powerful engines than the ES Series:

 

Horsepower

Torque

Fusion 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

245 HP

275 lbs.-ft.

Fusion Sport 2.7 turbo V6

325 HP

350 lbs.-ft.

ES 300h 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid

200 HP

199 lbs.-ft.

ES 350 3.5 DOHC V6

268 HP

248 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Fusion turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the ES 300h 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid:

 

Fusion

ES Series

Zero to 60 MPH

6.8 sec

7.6 sec

Quarter Mile

15.1 sec

15.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91.6 MPH

90.1 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Fusion FWD 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. gets better fuel mileage than the ES 350 (23 city/34 hwy vs. 21 city/30 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 ES Series 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 ES Series:

 

Fusion

ES Series

Front Rotors

11.8 inches

11.6 inches

Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

11 inches

The Fusion stops much shorter than the ES Series:

 

Fusion

ES Series

 

70 to 0 MPH

175 feet

185 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

117 feet

132 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

137 feet

147 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Fusion SE’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the ES Series (235/50R17 vs. 225/45R18).

The Fusion’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 ES Series’ optional 45 series tires.

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

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Fusion offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The ES Series’ suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

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 ES Series doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Fusion’s wheelbase is 1.2 inches longer than on the ES Series (112.2 inches vs. 111 inches).

The Fusion SE handles at .87 G’s, while the ES 300h pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Fusion Titanium executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.3 seconds quicker than the ES 350 (27.2 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 28.5 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

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 ES Series doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

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

Passenger Space Comparison

The Fusion has 2.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the ES Series (102.8 vs. 100.1).

The Fusion has 1.7 inches more front headroom, 2.4 inches more front legroom, .2 inches more front hip room, .2 inches more front shoulder room, .3 inches more rear headroom, .6 inches more rear hip room and 1.9 inches more rear shoulder room than the ES Series.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Fusion has a larger trunk than the ES 350 (16 vs. 15.2 cubic feet).

The Fusion’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The ES Series doesn’t offer folding rear seats, only a ski pass-through.

Ergonomics Comparison

The power windows standard on both the Fusion and the ES Series 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 ES Series 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/Sport/Platinum’s exterior keypad. The ES Series doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system.

The Fusion’s power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The ES Series’ power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.

The Fusion (except S) 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 ES Series doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The Fusion (except S)’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 ES Series doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Fusion owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Fusion will cost $985 less than the ES Series over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Fusion is less expensive to operate than the ES Series because it costs $162 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Fusion than the ES Series, including $247 less for a water pump, $58 less for an alternator, $297 less for a starter, $302 less for fuel injection, $133 less for a fuel pump, $742 less for front struts, $1246 less for a timing belt/chain and $2325 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Ford Fusion will be $3950 to $10800 less than for the Lexus ES Series.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Ford Fusion and the Lexus ES Series, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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

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

The Fusion Hybrid was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2010. The ES hasn’t been picked since 1991.

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

The Ford Fusion outsold the Lexus ES Series by almost five to one during the 2016 model year.

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