2017 Honda Accord vs. 2017 Ford Fusion

2016 Honda Accord

2017 Honda Accord

2016 Ford Fusion

2017 Ford Fusion

Just a quick walk along the streets of College Place or Kennewick should be enough to demonstrate the significant popularity of the 2017 Honda Accord over rivals like the 2017 Ford Fusion. Of course, drivers already know how ever-present the Accord is, but does it really outperform its competitors or is it merely better-known? We’ve taken the time to put together a competitive comparison to make sure the Accord really is the top dog in the midsize sedan segment.

Powertrains and MPG

In true Ford style, the Fusion offers an odd selection of engine options. There are four to choose from, but not one of them seems to achieve any level of balance between power and efficiency.

Options include:

  • 2.5L Four-Cylinder: Rated at 175 hp and 175 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed automatic makes up to 22 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway.
  • 1.5L Four-Cylinder Turbo: Makes 181 hp and 185 lb-ft of torque while delivering mileage ratings of 25 mpg city and 37 mpg highway.
  • 2.0L Four-Cylinder: Delivers 240 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque, with mileage at 22 mpg city and 33 mpg highway.
  • 2.7L V6: Makes 325 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque.

In contrast, the 2017 Honda Accord offers a stronger fusion of fuel economy and performance across just two engines.

The entry-level 2.4L four-cylinder makes an impressive 185 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque while still achieving up to 27 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway.* The available V6 takes your output to a potent 278 hp and 252 lb-ft of torque without causing fuel-consumption to spike — you can still expect up to 21 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway.*

2016 Honda Accord Sedan


The interior dimensions of the 2017 Ford Fusion roughly match up with the 2017 Honda Accord’s, but it can’t begin to compete in terms of comfort and styling. The Accord’s available leather seats and wood accents can strike an elegant tone, but you can also opt for more dynamic styling courtesy of the red accent stitching and aluminum pedals of the Sport Special Edition model.

The Accord’s cabin moves beyond looks to treat to you to comfort features and fittings that aren’t available with the Fusion, including a 10-way power driver’s seat with power lumbar support and heated seats in both the front and the rear.

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Comfort and Convenience Features

Both the 2017 Honda Accord and the 2017 Ford Fusion can provide College Place and Kennewick drivers with plenty of attractive technologies, but the Accord comes loaded with just a few more standard and available amenities than its Ford rival.

Those Accord exclusives include:

  • Speed-Sensitive Volume Control: Your Accord can actually increase and then decrease the volume of your sound system to prevent brief rises in engine noise from drowning out either your music or Bluetooth calls.
  • Apple CarPlay®/Android Auto: After syncing your smartphone to the Accord, you’ll be able to use a growing selection of features and apps as you drive.
  • Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System: Using voice recognition for on-the-go directions and HD radio traffic to keep you away from gridlock, this satellite navigation system is exceptionally useful.

Safety Features

The Accord lineup regularly earns top safety ratings, and the 2017 model is no exception. In fact, it has been awarded a 5-star overall safety rating** from the NHTSA, including a 5-star rating in the notoriously tricky rollover segment. The 2017 Ford Fusion attracted only a 4-star rating in terms of rollover safety.

The Accord also definitively leads the pack when it comes to advancing safety technology. The current fruits of their R&D team’s forward-thinking efforts are collected in the Honda Sensing Suite, which offers:

  • Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS)
  • Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS)
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
  • Road Departure Mitigation (RDM)
  • Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
  • Forward Collision Warning (FCW)

Not all of these features can be fitted with the 2017 Ford Fusion; and, unlike with the Accord, you certainly won’t be able to equip them in even the entry-level model.

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Why Drive a 2017 Ford Fusion When You Could Drive a 2017 Honda Accord?

The Fusion sits right in the middle of the midsize sedan segment while the 2017 Honda Accord reigns at the head of the pack. With a strong features list, superior safety ratings, and a more compelling selection of engines, it’s hard to think of a reason not to pick the 2017 Accord over the 2017 Fusion. If you’d like to experience the Accord difference for yourself, just come to Walla Walla Valley Honda to take a test drive. And if you decide that you’d like to try a Fusion, we can offer used Ford Fusion models.

* 23 city / 32 highway / 26 combined mpg rating for 6MT models. 27 city / 36 highway / 30 combined mpg rating for CVT models. 26 city / 34 highway / 29 combined mpg rating for Sport CVT models. 21 city / 33 highway / 25 combined mpg rating for V-6 models. Based on 2017 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

** Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s New Car Assessment Program (www.safecar.gov). Model tested with standard side airbags (SAB).

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