Jones Ford Buckeye Compares 2014 Ford Fusion VS 2014 Kia Optima Near Surprise, AZ

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2014 Ford Fusion

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2014 Kia Optima

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 Optima doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

The Fusion SE/Titanium offers an optional collision warning system, which detects an impending crash through forward mounted sensors and flashes a bright light and sounds a loud, distinctive tone to warn the driver to brake or maneuver immediately to avoid a collision. The system also pre-charges the brakes to begin deceleration more quickly. The Optima doesn't offer a collision warning system.

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

The Fusion SE/Titanium’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Optima doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Fusion (except S) offers optional Reverse Sensing System to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or, optionally, in front of the vehicle. The Optima doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

The Fusion SE/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 Optima doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

The Fusion has standard SYNC ®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Optima doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Fusion and the Optima have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

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 Kia Optima:

Fusion

Optima

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

125

152

Neck Stress

200 lbs.

221 lbs.

Neck Compression

24 lbs.

33 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

167/333 lbs.

60/810 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 post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Ford Fusion is safer than the Kia Optima:

Fusion

Optima

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

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

For its top level performance in the IIHS moderate overlap frontal impact, side impact, rear impact, roof-crush crash tests, an “Acceptable” rating in the newer small overlap frontal crash test, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Fusion its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2014, a rating granted to only 28 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Optima is only a standard “Top Pick” for 2014.

The Ford Fusion has a better fatality history. The Fusion was involved in fatal accidents at a rate 38% lower per vehicle registered than the Optima, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Warranty Comparison

The Fusion’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Optima runs out after 100,000 miles.

There are over 6 times as many Ford dealers as there are Kia dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Fusion’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2013 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Kia vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 13th in reliability. With 13 more problems per 100 vehicles, Kia is ranked 21st.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Fusion 2.0 ECOBoost is faster than the Optima Turbo (automatics tested):

Fusion

Optima

Zero to 60 MPH

6.8 sec

7.4 sec

Quarter Mile

15.1 sec

15.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91.6 MPH

90.7 MPH

As tested in Consumer Reports the Ford Fusion 2.0 ECOBoost is faster than the Kia Optima 4 cyl. (automatics tested):

Fusion

Optima

Zero to 30 MPH

3 sec

3.4 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7.4 sec

8.6 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.5 sec

5.2 sec

Quarter Mile

15.8 sec

16.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

92 MPH

87.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Fusion ECOBoost FWD gets better fuel mileage than the Optima 2.4 4 cyl.:

Fusion

Optima

FWD

1.6 ECOBoost/Manual

25 city/37 hwy

n/a

1.5 ECOBoost/Auto

23 city/36 hwy

23 city/34 hwy

2.4 4 cyl.

On the EPA test cycle the Fusion 2.0 ECOBoost FWD gets better fuel mileage than the Optima Turbo (22 city/33 hwy vs. 20 city/31 hwy).

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Fusion 1.5 ECOBoost offers an optional system to automatically turn off the engine when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Optima doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

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

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Fusion stops much shorter than the Optima:

Fusion

Optima

80 to 0 MPH

216 feet

239 feet

Road & Track

70 to 0 MPH

175 feet

186 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

125 feet

143 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

137 feet

152 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Fusion has larger standard tires than the Optima (215/60R16 vs. 205/65R16). The Fusion SE’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Optima (235/50R17 vs. 225/45R18).

The Fusion S’ standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Optima LX’s standard 65 series tires. The Fusion Titanium’s optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the Optima SX’s 45 series tires.

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

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Fusion has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Optima’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

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 Optima doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Fusion’s wheelbase is 2.2 inches longer than on the Optima (112.2 inches vs. 110 inches).

The Fusion SE handles at .87 G’s, while the Optima EX pulls only .80 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 Optima EX (27.2 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 28.5 seconds @ .6 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 Optima doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the Fusion SE is quieter than the Optima EX (71 vs. 74 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Fusion has .3 inches more front hip room, .5 inches more front shoulder room, .2 inches more rear headroom, 3.6 inches more rear legroom and 1.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Optima.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Fusion has a larger trunk than the Optima (16 vs. 15.4 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 Optima’s liftover is 27.4 inches.

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 Optima’s useful trunk space is reduced by its intrusive beam hinge.

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

Ergonomics Comparison

The Fusion offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Optima doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The power windows standard on both the Fusion and the Optima 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 Optima prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Fusion’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Optima’s standard passenger windows don’t open or close automatically. With the Optima EX/SX’s power windows, only the front windows open or 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 Optima 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/Titanium’s exterior keypad. The Optima doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system.

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 Optima’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted. The Fusion SE/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/Titanium detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Optima 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 Optima offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Fusion SE/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 Optima doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

The Fusion SE/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 that can break or get misplaced. The Optima doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The Fusion SE/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 Optima doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Fusion is less expensive to operate than the Optima because it costs $133 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Fusion than the Optima, including $101 less for a water pump, $94 less for a starter, $151 less for fuel injection, $28 less for a fuel pump, $251 less for front struts, $95 less for a timing belt/chain and $399 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 $442 to $4055 less than for the Kia Optima.

Recommendations Comparison

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

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

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

The Ford Fusion outsold the Kia Optima by 89% during 2013.

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