Jones Ford Buckeye Compares 2013 Ford Fusion Energi VS 2013 Chevrolet Volt Near Surprise, AZ

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2013 Ford Fusion Energi

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2013 Chevrolet Volt

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Ford Fusion are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Chevrolet Volt doesn’t offer height-adjustable front seat belts.

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

The Fusion SE/Hybrid/Titanium’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 Volt doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the Fusion SE/Hybrid/Titanium’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 Volt doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Fusion SE/Hybrid/Titanium’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 Volt doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Compared to metal, the Fusion’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Chevrolet Volt has a metal gas tank.

Both the Fusion and the Volt 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, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

For its top level performance in the IIHS moderate overlap frontal, side, rear impact, and roof-crush crash tests, and an “Acceptable” rating in the newer small overlap frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Fusion its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus,” a rating only granted to 14 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Volt has not been fully tested, yet.

Warranty Comparison

The Fusion’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Volt’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Reliability Comparison

The Fusion 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 Volt 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’ 2012 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 11 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked 13th.

Engine Comparison

The Fusion’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 21 more horsepower (170 vs. 149) than the Volt’s 1.4 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid. The Fusion’s optional 1.6 turbo 4 cyl. produces 29 more horsepower (178 vs. 149) than the Volt’s 1.4 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid. The Fusion Hybrid’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid produces 39 more horsepower (188 vs. 149) than the Volt’s 1.4 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid. The Fusion’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 88 more horsepower (237 vs. 149) than the Volt’s 1.4 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid.

As tested in Car and Driver the Ford Fusion 1.6 ECOBoost is faster than the Chevrolet Volt:

Fusion

Volt

Zero to 30 MPH

2.6 sec

3.2 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

8.3 sec

9.2 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

24.9 sec

30.3 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

9 sec

9.1 sec

Quarter Mile

16.4 sec

17 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

85 MPH

82 MPH

Top Speed

122 MPH

101 MPH

As tested in Consumer Reports the Ford Fusion Hybrid is faster than the Chevrolet Volt:

Fusion

Volt

Zero to 30 MPH

3.4 sec

3.4 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

8.3 sec

9.4 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

5.4 sec

5.5 sec

Quarter Mile

16.5 sec

17.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

89.7 MPH

80.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Fusion Hybrid gets better fuel mileage than the Volt running its gasoline engine (47 city/47 hwy vs. 35 city/40 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ford Fusion uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Volt requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Fusion Hybrid’s standard fuel tank has 4.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Volt (13.5 vs. 9.3 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

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 Volt doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Fusion stops much shorter than the Volt:

Fusion

Volt

70 to 0 MPH

175 feet

185 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

129 feet

136 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

141 feet

144 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Fusion SE/SE Hybrid’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Volt (235/50R17 vs. 215/55R17).

The Fusion Titanium’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 Volt’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Fusion Titanium offers optional 19-inch wheels. The Volt’s largest wheels are only 17-inches.

The Fusion has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the Volt, it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For superior ride and handling, the Ford Fusion has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Chevrolet Volt has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

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

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 Volt doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Fusion’s wheelbase is 6.5 inches longer than on the Volt (112.2 inches vs. 105.7 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Fusion is 1.3 inches wider in the front and .1 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Volt.

The Fusion’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (58.4% to 41.6%) than the Volt’s (61.1% to 38.9%). This gives the Fusion more stable handling and braking.

The Fusion SE handles at .87 G’s, while the Volt pulls only .79 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 Volt (27.2 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 28.5 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The Ford Fusion may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 150 to 450 pounds less than the Chevrolet Volt.

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 Volt doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

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

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Fusion SE is quieter than the Volt:

Fusion

Volt

At idle

40 dB

50 dB

Full-Throttle

71 dB

74 dB

70 MPH Cruising

67 dB

73 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

The Fusion has standard seating for 5 passengers; the Volt can only carry 4.

The Fusion has 1.4 inches more front headroom, 2.2 inches more front legroom, 1.3 inches more front hip room, 1.3 inches more front shoulder room, 1.8 inches more rear headroom, 4.2 inches more rear legroom, 2.8 inches more rear hip room and 3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Volt.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Fusion Hybrid has a much larger trunk than the Volt (12 vs. 10.6 cubic feet).

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the Fusion easier. The Fusion’s trunk lift-over height is 25 inches, while the Volt’s liftover is 33 inches.

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

Ergonomics Comparison

When three different drivers share the Fusion (except S), the optional memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for all three. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The Volt doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Fusion’s optional easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Volt doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

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 Volt’s front passenger window doesn’t close automatically.

If the windows are left down on the Fusion the driver can raise them all using the keyless remote; on a hot day the driver can lower the windows. The driver of the Volt can only raise 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/Hybrid/Titanium’s exterior keypad. The Volt 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’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Volt’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted. The Fusion SE/Hybrid/Titanium’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Fusion SE/Hybrid/Titanium detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Volt doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

The Fusion offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Volt offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The Fusion (except S)’s optional dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Volt doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

For greater rear passenger comfort, the Fusion has standard rear heat vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The Volt doesn’t offer rear vents.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Fusion SE/Hybrid/Titanium offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Volt doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

The Fusion SE/Hybrid/Titanium offers an optional 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 Volt doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The Fusion SE/Hybrid/Titanium’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 Volt doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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