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 Alfa Romeo Giulia doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.
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 Giulia doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.
The Fusion (except S)’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 Giulia doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.
The Fusion (except S) offers optional Reverse Sensing System to help warn drivers about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or, optionally, in front of their vehicle. The Fusion also has a standard backup monitor to help drivers see any and all obstacles behind their vehicle. The Giulia doesn’t offer any parking assist system.
The Fusion’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 Giulia doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.
To help make backing safer, the Fusion’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 Giulia doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.
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 Giulia doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.
Both the Fusion and the Giulia have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.
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 its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2016, a rating granted to only 90 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Giulia has not been tested, yet.
Ford’s powertrain warranty covers the Fusion 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Alfa Romeo covers the Giulia. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Giulia ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.
There are over 45 times as many Ford dealers as there are Alfa Romeo dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Fusion’s warranty.
The Fusion Sport’s standard 2.7 turbo V6 produces 49 more horsepower (325 vs. 276) and 55 lbs.-ft. more torque (350 vs. 295) than the Giulia’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.
To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ford Fusion uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended with the 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. engine for maximum performance). The Giulia requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.
The Fusion FWD’s standard fuel tank has 1.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Giulia (16.5 vs. 15.3 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Fusion AWD’s standard fuel tank has 2.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the Giulia (18 vs. 15.3 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 Giulia doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.
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 Giulia doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Fusion’s wheelbase is 1.2 inches longer than on the Giulia (112.2 inches vs. 111 inches).
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Fusion is 1.4 inches wider in the front than on the Giulia.
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 Giulia doesn’t offer active grille shutters.
A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Fusion. The Giulia doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.
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 Giulia doesn’t offer a remote starting system.
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 Giulia doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system.
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 Giulia 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 Giulia 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 Giulia 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 Giulia doesn’t offer an automated parking system.
Consumer Reports® recommends the Ford Fusion, based on reliability, safety and performance.
The Fusion Hybrid was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” in 2010. The Giulia has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.
Motor Trend selected the Fusion as their 2010 Car of the Year. The Giulia has never been chosen.
The Fusion Hybrid was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2010. The Giulia 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 Giulia has never been chosen.