North Georgia Ford Compares 2019 Ford Fusion VS 2019 Buick LaCrosse Near Jasper, GA

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2019 Ford Fusion

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2019 Buick LaCrosse

Safety Comparison

The rear seatbelts of the Fusion Titanium 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 LaCrosse doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

The Fusion’s 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 LaCrosse doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Fusion and the LaCrosse 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 and available front and rear parking sensors.

Warranty Comparison

There are over 48 percent more Ford dealers than there are Buick dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Fusion’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Fusion’s reliability 53 points higher than the LaCrosse.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Fusion third among midsize cars in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The LaCrosse isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Buick vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 14 more problems per 100 vehicles, Buick is ranked 16th, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The Fusion has more powerful engines than the LaCrosse:

 

Horsepower

Torque

Fusion 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

240 HP

270 lbs.-ft.

Fusion Sport 2.7 turbo V6

325 HP

380 lbs.-ft.

LaCrosse 3.6 DOHC V6

310 HP

268 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Car and Driver the Fusion Sport 2.7 turbo V6 is faster than the Buick LaCrosse V6:

 

Fusion

LaCrosse

Zero to 60 MPH

5.1 sec

5.9 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

13.3 sec

14.5 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

5.8 sec

6.1 sec

Quarter Mile

13.7 sec

14.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

101 MPH

100 MPH

As tested in Car and Driver the Fusion Sport 2.7 turbo V6 is faster than the Buick LaCrosse 2.5:

 

Fusion

LaCrosse

Zero to 60 MPH

5.1 sec

7.8 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

13.3 sec

22.4 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

5.8 sec

8.2 sec

Quarter Mile

13.7 sec

16.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

101 MPH

86 MPH

Top Speed

131 MPH

131 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Fusion SE/SEL FWD 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. gets better fuel mileage than the LaCrosse FWD V6 (23 city/34 hwy vs. 20 city/30 hwy).

The Fusion AWD’s standard fuel tank has 1.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the LaCrosse AWD’s standard fuel tank (18 vs. 16.2 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Fusion stops much shorter than the LaCrosse:

 

Fusion

LaCrosse

 

70 to 0 MPH

155 feet

173 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

117 feet

123 feet

Motor Trend

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 LaCrosse doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Fusion Sport AWD handles at .89 G’s, while the LaCrosse Essence pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis Comparison

The Fusion is 5.7 inches shorter than the LaCrosse, making the Fusion easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Fusion has .8 inches more front headroom, 2.3 inches more front legroom, .2 inches more front hip room, .1 inches more front shoulder room, .6 inches more rear headroom, .3 inches more rear legroom and .3 inches more rear shoulder room than the LaCrosse.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Fusion has a larger trunk than the LaCrosse (16 vs. 15 cubic feet).

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

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Fusion. The LaCrosse doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Fusion’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The LaCrosse’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

If the windows are left open on the Fusion the driver can close them all from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can also lower the windows the same way. The driver of the LaCrosse can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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/SEL/Titanium/Sport’s exterior keypad. The LaCrosse doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system, and its OnStar® can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

The Fusion has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The LaCrosse doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The Fusion’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 LaCrosse’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Fusion owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Fusion with a number “1” insurance rate while the LaCrosse is rated higher at a number “5” rate.

The Fusion will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Fusion will retain 41.66% to 42.58% of its original price after five years, while the LaCrosse only retains 23.54% to 40.34%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Fusion is less expensive to operate than the LaCrosse because it costs $567 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Fusion than the LaCrosse, including $250 less for a water pump, $14 less for front brake pads, $173 less for a starter, $220 less for a fuel pump, $661 less for front struts, $521 less for a timing belt/chain and $175 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 $5039 to $7139 less than for the Buick LaCrosse.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends the Ford Fusion, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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

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

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

The Ford Fusion outsold the Buick LaCrosse by over ten to one during 2017.

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