Jones Ford Buckeye Compares 2014 Ford Fusion VS 2014 Mazda 6 Near Phoenix, AZ

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2014 Ford Fusion

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2014 Mazda 6

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 Mazda 6 doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

The Fusion offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Mazda 6 doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

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 Mazda 6 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 Mazda 6 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 Mazda 6 has a metal gas tank.

Both the Fusion and the Mazda 6 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, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Warranty Comparison

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

Engine Comparison

The Fusion’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 56 more horsepower (240 vs. 184) and 85 lbs.-ft. more torque (270 vs. 185) than the Mazda 6’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Fusion turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Mazda 6 (automatics tested):

Fusion

Mazda 6

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

88.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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 Mazda 6 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Fusion AWD’s standard fuel tank has 1.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Mazda 6 (17.5 vs. 16.4 gallons).

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 Mazda 6 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Fusion stops shorter than the Mazda 6:

Fusion

Mazda 6

80 to 0 MPH

216 feet

221 feet

Road & Track

60 to 0 MPH

117 feet

121 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Fusion SE’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Mazda 6 (235/50R17 vs. 225/55R17).

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 Mazda 6 Touring/Grand Touring’s 45 series tires.

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 Mazda 6 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Fusion SE handles at .87 G’s, while the Mazda 6 Grand Touring pulls only .86 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

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 Mazda 6 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Fusion SE is quieter than the Mazda 6 Grand Touring:

Fusion

Mazda 6

At idle

40 dB

42 dB

Full-Throttle

71 dB

80 dB

70 MPH Cruising

67 dB

69 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

The Fusion has 3.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Mazda 6 (102.8 vs. 99.7).

The Fusion has .8 inches more front headroom, 2.1 inches more front legroom, .7 inches more front shoulder room, .7 inches more rear headroom and 1.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Mazda 6.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Fusion has a much larger trunk than the Mazda 6 (16 vs. 14.8 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 Mazda 6’s liftover is 28.5 inches.

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Fusion. The Mazda 6 doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics Comparison

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 Mazda 6 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The power windows standard on both the Fusion and the Mazda 6 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 Mazda 6 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 Mazda 6’s passenger windows don’t 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 Mazda 6 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 Mazda 6 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 Mazda 6’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Fusion has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. When the ignition turns off, the headlights turn off after a delay timed to allow you to securely get to your front door. The Mazda 6 only offers an automatic headlight on/off feature as an extra cost option.

The Fusion Titanium’s optional air conditioned front seats cool the driver and front passenger and help take the sting out of hot leather in Summer. The Mazda 6 doesn’t offer air conditioned front seats.

Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the Fusion, connecting the driver and passenger’s cell phones to the vehicle systems. This allows them to use the vehicle’s stereo and hand controls to place calls safely and easily. Mazda doesn’t offer wireless connectivity on the Mazda 6 Manual Sport.

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 Mazda 6 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 Mazda 6 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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 43.81% to 46.08% of its original price after five years, while the Mazda 6 only retains 39.97% to 42.62%.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Ford Fusion will be $145 to $3712 less than for the Mazda 6.

Recommendations Comparison

The Ford Fusion won two awards in Kiplinger’s 2013 car issue.

The Fusion Hybrid was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” in 2010. The Mazda 6 has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

Motor Trend selected the Fusion as their 2010 Car of the Year. The Mazda 6 has never been chosen.

The Fusion Hybrid was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2010. The Mazda 6 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 Mazda 6 has never been chosen.

The Ford Fusion outsold the Mazda 6 by over seven to one during the 2013 model year.

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