2018 Ford Fusion

Starting Price: $23,090 | Price Yours

Above Average: Nimble in the corners, numerous high tech features, gas, hybrid and plug-in hybrid models, available all-wheel drive

Below Average: Average resale values, upper level trims can get expensive

Consensus: The Ford Fusion mixes practicality, luxury, technology and athleticism in a very versatile package

 

2018 Ford Focus

Starting Price: $18,825 | Price Yours

Above Average: Fuel economy, pricing, numerous high-tech upgrades, performance-oriented ST, electric model

Below Average: Poor resale value, not much power from base engine, cramped rear seat

Consensus: An affordable compact sedan and hatchback that can be anything from zero-emission transport to tire-scorching fossil fuel burner

 

The Fusion is a midsize sedan offering a comfortable ride, roomy interior and loads of cool high-tech features. The Focus is like a slightly smaller version of the Fusion, sporty on the outside and handsome on the inside. Both cars offer green alternatives, the Fusion in hybrid and plug-in hybrid form, the Focus as an all-electric vehicle. Both cars can be equipped with powerful turbocharged engines, but only the Fusion offers all-wheel drive (there is an AWD Focus RS, but that’s really a unique vehicle all its own). On the safety front, the Focus doesn’t offer any advanced driver assist features, but does offer rear cross-traffic detection and blind-spot warning. The Fusion can be equipped with adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking, as well as exclusive upgrades like inflatable rear seat belts. You’ll find more high-tech features in the Fusion, but the Focus is better equipped than some rivals, offering features like automatic a parallel parking assistant (Active Park Assist) and a Sony audio system. The Focus also offers the choice of a sedan or hatchback, making it a bit more versatile than the sedan-only Fusion.

Ford Fusion Advantages

Wide range of engine options, advanced technology, near-luxury level interior on Platinum trim, available all-wheel drive

Ford Focus Advantages

Enticing base price, powerful ST trim, available electric model, good fuel economy, available manual transmission

Similarities

The Fusion and Focus share a common design language both inside and out. Both cars can be had with turbocharged engines and both offer green alternatives. The Focus and Fusion offer some unique features not found on other cars such as a keypad locking/unlocking system and Active Park Assist.

Final Recommendation

If you need maximum interior room in a tech-savvy, feature rich sedan, the Fusion is the clear choice. However, if you’re not really concerned with backseat space, the Focus can be nicely equipped for a lot less, and it offers a racy ST version that’s a blast to drive. However, if you want the latest in driver assist features, only the Fusion offers them.

  2018 Ford Fusion 2018 Ford Focus
Popular Powertrains    
Engine 2.5-liter I4 2.0-liter I4
Horsepower 173 hp @ 6,000 rpm 160 hp @ 6,500 rpm
Torque 174 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm 145 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm
Transmission Automatic, 6-Spd Automatic, 6-Spd
Fuel Economy 25 mpg (21 city, 32 hwy) 31 mpg (26 city, 38 hwy)
Also Available 1.5L turbo I4, 2.0L turbo I4, 2.7L turbo V6, hybrid 1.0L turbo I3, 2.0L turbo I4, 2.3L turbo I4, electric, 5-Spd manual, 6-Spd manual
Specs    
Warranty 3 years or 36,000 miles 3 years or 36,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety Rating 5 Stars 5 Stars
Max Seating Capacity 5 5
Wheelbase 112.2 inches 104.3 inches
Overall Length 191.8 inches 178.7 inches
Width 72.9 inches 71.8 inches
Height 58.2 inches 57.8 inches
Turning Diameter 37.6 feet 37.4 feet
Headroom, Front 39.2 inches 38.3 inches
Headroom, Rear 37.8 inches 38.0 inches
Legroom, Front 44.3 inches 43.1 inches
Legroom, Rear 38.3 inches 33.2 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 57.8 inches 55.6 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear 56.9 inches 52.6 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 102.8 cu. ft. 90 cu. ft.
EPA Cargo Volume 16.0 cu. ft. 13.0 cu. ft.
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