Jones Ford Buckeye Compares 2015 Ford Fusion VS 2015 Chevrolet Impala Near Peoria, AZ

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2015 Ford Fusion

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2015 Chevrolet Impala

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 Impala doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

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

Both the Fusion and the Impala 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, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, 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 Chevrolet Impala:

Fusion

Impala

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

125

229

Neck Compression

24 lbs.

30 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

254

412

Chest Compression

.3 inches

.4 inches

Neck Compression

50 lbs.

97 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

14/11 lbs.

57/21 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 Chevrolet Impala:

Fusion

Impala

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

268

315

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 48 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Impala has not been fully tested, yet.

Warranty Comparison

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

Engine Comparison

The Fusion’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 6 lbs.-ft. more torque (270 vs. 264) than the Impala’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Fusion w/Start/Stop 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. gets better fuel mileage than the Impala with its standard engine (25 city/37 hwy vs. 22 city/31 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Fusion gets better fuel mileage than the Impala:

Fusion

Impala

FWD

2.5 4 cyl./6-spd Auto

22 city/34 hwy

22 city/31 hwy

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

1.5 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd Auto

24 city/36 hwy

19 city/29 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd Auto

22 city/33 hwy

n/a

AWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd Auto

22 city/31 hwy

n/a

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

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Fusion stops shorter than the Impala:

Fusion

Impala

70 to 0 MPH

175 feet

178 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

125 feet

130 feet

Consumer Reports

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Fusion SE handles at .87 G’s, while the Impala LT pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Fusion’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the Impala’s (37.5 feet vs. 38.8 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Ford Fusion may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 300 pounds less than the Chevrolet Impala.

The Fusion is 9.6 inches shorter than the Impala, making the Fusion easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

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 Impala doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Fusion has .1 inches more front hip room, .4 inches more rear headroom and .3 inches more rear hip room than the Impala.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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 Impala’s liftover is 29.4 inches.

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 Impala’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 Impala 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 Impala 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 Impala’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 Impala doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

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 Impala 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. Kiplinger’s estimates that the Fusion will retain a greater percentage of its original price after three and five years than the Impala.

Fusion

Impala

Five Year

40% to 43%

38% to 39%

Three Year

53% to 58%

50% to 51%

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Ford Fusion will be $5456 to $5581 less than for the Chevrolet Impala.

Recommendations Comparison

The Ford Fusion has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

Fusion

Impala

Consumer Reports® Recommends

FALSE

n/a

Kiplinger’s Awards

2

1

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

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

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

The Ford Fusion outsold the Chevrolet Impala by over two to one during the 2014 model year.

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