Jones Ford Buckeye Compares 2017 Ford Fusion VS 2017 Acura TLX Near Phoenix, AZ

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2017 Ford Fusion

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2017 Acura TLX

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 TLX doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

The Fusion (except S)’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 TLX doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Fusion and the TLX have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver 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, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front and rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Ford Fusion is safer than the TLX:

 

Fusion

TLX

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Restraints

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Head injury index

86

250

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Max Chest Compression

18 cm

23 cm

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Femur Force R/L

.4/.3 kN

1.6/2.1 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

0%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

MARGINAL

Tibia index R/L

.63/.41

1.15/.91

Tibia forces R/L

1/1.2 kN

4.4/5 kN

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Ford Fusion is safer than the Acura TLX:

 

Fusion

TLX

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

74

187

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

225

229

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

597 lbs.

678 lbs.

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

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Fusion the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 103 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The TLX was not even a “Top Pick” for 2016.

Warranty Comparison

The Fusion’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the TLX’s (5 vs. 4 years).

There are over 14 times as many Ford dealers as there are Acura dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Fusion’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Fusion’s reliability will be 110% better than the TLX.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Acura vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 20 more problems per 100 vehicles, Acura is ranked 24th, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The Fusion has more powerful engines than the TLX:

 

Horsepower

Torque

Fusion 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

181 HP

185 lbs.-ft.

Fusion 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

245 HP

275 lbs.-ft.

Fusion Sport 2.7 turbo V6

325 HP

350 lbs.-ft.

TLX 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

206 HP

182 lbs.-ft.

TLX 3.5 SOHC V6

290 HP

267 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Car and Driver the Fusion Sport 2.7 turbo V6 is faster than the Acura TLX V6:

 

Fusion

TLX

Zero to 60 MPH

5.1 sec

5.8 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

13.3 sec

14.1 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

5.8 sec

6.2 sec

Quarter Mile

13.7 sec

14.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

101 MPH

100 MPH

Top Speed

131 MPH

129 MPH

As tested in Car and Driver the Fusion Sport 2.7 turbo V6 is faster than the Acura TLX 2.4:

 

Fusion

TLX

Zero to 60 MPH

5.1 sec

6.8 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

13.3 sec

17.9 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

5.8 sec

7.3 sec

Quarter Mile

13.7 sec

15.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

101 MPH

93 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Fusion FWD 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. gets better city fuel mileage than the TLX FWD V6 (23 city/34 hwy vs. 21 city/34 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Fusion stops much shorter than the TLX:

 

Fusion

TLX

 

70 to 0 MPH

155 feet

179 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

117 feet

124 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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

The Fusion’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 TLX V-6’s 50 series tires.

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

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Fusion offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The TLX’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

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 TLX doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Fusion’s wheelbase is 2.9 inches longer than on the TLX (112.2 inches vs. 109.3 inches).

The Fusion Sport AWD handles at .89 G’s, while the TLX V-6 SH-AWD 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 TLX V-6’s (37.5 feet vs. 38.8 feet). The Fusion’s turning circle is 2 feet tighter than the TLX SH-AWD’s (37.5 feet vs. 39.5 feet).

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 TLX doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the Fusion is rated a Mid-size car by the EPA, while the TLX is rated a Compact.

The Fusion has 9.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the TLX (102.8 vs. 93.3).

The Fusion has 2 inches more front headroom, 1.7 inches more front legroom, .3 inches more front shoulder room, 1.1 inches more rear headroom, 3.8 inches more rear legroom and 1.5 inches more rear shoulder room than the TLX.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Fusion has a much larger trunk than the TLX (16 vs. 13.2 cubic feet).

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the Fusion easier. The Fusion’s trunk lift-over height is 24.4 inches, while the TLX’s liftover is 28.3 inches.

Ergonomics Comparison

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

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/Sport/Platinum’s exterior keypad. The TLX doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system, and its extra cost AcuraLink can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Fusion (except S) detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The TLX doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

On extremely cold winter days, the Fusion’s optional (except S) heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The TLX doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Fusion (except S) offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The TLX doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The Fusion (except S)’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 TLX doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Fusion owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Fusion with a number “5” insurance rate while the TLX is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Fusion is less expensive to operate than the TLX because typical repairs cost much less on the Fusion than the TLX, including $15 less for a water pump, $309 less for an alternator, $411 less for a starter, $12 less for fuel injection, $140 less for a fuel pump, $176 less for front struts and $501 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends the Ford Fusion, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Acura TLX isn't recommended.

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

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

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

The Ford Fusion outsold the Acura TLX by almost seven to one during the 2016 model year.

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