As I began my research of the Toyota Prius vs. Ford Fusion, I noticed that many articles showed different price ranges for these two cars. I believe this discrepancy is due to regions. You can pay less or more depending on your region. I have taken my prices from the company sites themselves. So, keep this in mind as you read my comparison of these two cars.
Buying “Green” ensures jobs for the U.S., Right?
Not entirely. Ford Fusion is manufactured at Ford’s Hermosillo Stamping & Assembly plant, located in Sonora Mexico. What? I thought going green was supposed to provide the U.S. with more jobs.
The Toyota Prius however only started a factory in U.S., but it was halted. Now it looks like we will have to wait on seeing the Prius-hybrids built in the U.S., until 2016.
So there you have it. An American made company, Ford, sells out for money…taking the jobs to Mexico, and Toyota, a Japanese company, promises a U.S. factory, but not until nearly a decade from now.
This choice is a near tie, however, Ford is not considering a U.S. Plant and Toyota is. So I vote Toyota, after all I’m a patriot.
Both of these cars are not cheap, but I guess the manufacturers feel the savings in gas mileage will pay for itself. I don’t know about you, but the price tag is an important feature to me.
Toyota Prius lists it’s starting price at $22,800. The Ford Fusion in comparison starts at $28,100. cash purchase. Prius wins pricing hands down.
The Toyota Prius on the official Toyota site, boasts a 51/48 mileage with the official statement from the EPA stating ” 2010 EPA 51/48/50 city/highway/combined mpg estimates. Actual mileage will vary.”
The Ford Fusion on the official Ford site, boasts a 41 mpg city and over 700miles on a single tank of gas. They also show their mileage as 34 highway in one location on their site and 36 in another. An EPA notice in fine print reads “*EPA-estimated with automatic; 41 City/36 Hwy/39 Combined mpg, Fusion Hybrid. .” They seem to have some conflicting data on their site.
The Prius boasts EV mode for up to approximately 60 mph and in-town driving, and 13 total miles in EV mode.
Even though the Fusion works on electric for up to 47mph , and up to 2 miles of continuous driving, the numbers vote against the Fusion and and in favor of the Prius on fuel efficiency.
Personally, what is two miles? It is not that much, but I guess if you were out of gas it could be useful to get you home… maybe.
Overall body style appeal:
This is strictly opinion and taste. To me the Prius looks more on the lines of a race car. Low and sleek with cool front headlights that zigzag onto the hood. Painted white it looks really hot to me. The Fusion looks luxury too but more in a traditional “Ford” sense. It does have a really cool looking grill with three sections of chrome.
The Ford Fusion has the traditional trunk, and 6 inches of extra interior room to make it comfortable. The Toyota Prius come as a hatchback, and therefore has twice the cargo room if needed.
My personal choice: If I’m in the mood to drive a “hot ride” I’d grab the keys to the Prius. If I want a more traditional look I’d drive the Fusion.
For me it is the Toyota Prius for style. I think this look is much more quality, and if you are gonna spend the money, who doesn’t want to drive a hot looking car?
The Ford Fusion has a list of features including, flex fuel capability, smart gauge cluster with eco guide, energy flow display, easy fuel filler system, Regenerative breaking, and cloth seats made from 85 percent recycled materials.
Easy fueling sounds nice. No need for a fuel cap. But … what if I want one? Does it lock on the outside. I keep a locking cap to keep vandals from stealing gas or putting sugar in my tank. Now what? I have to vote no on this aspect.
The energy flow display is cool looking but I noticed the words are very small. I would not risk trying to read that while driving no more than using my cell phone. But it looks cool.
These are pretty good features but we don’t want people driving down the road reading a bunch of instrument readings.
There have been reports that smart gauge cluster becomes distracting to the driver when it maxes out. They have also had break problems. They say it is not lacking of break power, but how they work. But basically when they say someone couldn’t stop when they wanted to, that is a break problem, period.
The Toyota focuses more on the Prius’s motor, and engine, and how it will work in the real world for the customer with regards to batteries, charging etc.
They claim you can plug this directly into an outlet at your home. With a 110v outlet it only takes 3 hrs at 1 kilowatt per hour so a total of 3 kilowatt’s. If you use a 220v it will only take 1.5 hrs to charge.
Toyota Prius boasts of a lightweight smaller lithium-ion battery to solve the large battery problem.This is a plus.
They claim the battery will last the life of the car. Hmm, to me that is suspicious. How long do they want the car to last. Will a battery operated car or hybrid really be a good investment.
The Prius has a solar cooling system. This sounds “cool”. Now maybe I can come out of the mall and not have my makeup melt before I get the ac going. They also have a moon roof.
The Prius also has radar cruise control that keeps you at a safe distance from the car in front of you. I like being safe but I’m not sure if I want someone or anything driving “for” me. Alerts would be fine if they aren’t annoying or loud, and startling. They are not clear on this feature.
My overall choice:
Taking it point by point, the fact that Ford has their plant solidly set up in Mexico with no plans to move home to the U.S., I have to go with Toyota and the Prius for at least planning a plant in 2016,in the U.S. After all, the U.S. Going green was supposed to make all of these new jobs, right?
Looking at the cost of both cars I have to choose Prius. $6k is allot of money, especially when the economy is doing so bad.
On mileage again the Prius has the Fusion beat, hands down.
The max out speed of 60 mph over 47, in favor of the Toyota Prius, along with the Ford Fusion boasting 2 miles in battery mode vs. 13 miles with the Prius, the Prius wins hands down.
The body style appeal, and over all space of the car, I chose the Prius. Who wants their grandmas… look alike car?
Last but not least the features. The Fusion had allot of gadgets and things, but took away sensible things such as freedom to have a locking cap, for a gimmick. What happens when that thing gets old. Will the gas begin splashing out? How costly is that going to be to fix?
There also seems to be so much going on in the dashboard. Anyone driving has a higher risk of an accident. I would be nervous to have my teenager drive a car with so many lights and flashy things to distract them. The Ford Fusion did not sell me on the benefit or quality of their electric/gas system. There was basically no word about it beyond the mileage that I saw.
The Fusion has an overcomplicated breaking system I think. Having the breaks working properly gets allot of points from me. What I don’t like about Fusion is, they take the control away from you the driver, and put that in new technology. Technology is great but, I’m not so sure I want too much of that when it could go haywire, and there I am going 60mph. on the interstate.
The Toyota Prius information was straight forward. Their focus was not on the bells and whistles. They go straight for the guts of the car and explain how they will affect the customer. If I have to use an adapter to plug in, I want to know this. I also want to know how much it will cost me, how long the batteries will last etc. Toyota was great to be upfront about these issues. Showing me fantastic pictures of the motor and engine didn’t hurt either.
The fact that the Prius has a moon roof, and solar cooling available put them over the top in features.
The only feature I was not totally sold on was the radar distancing which might not work consistently. It might not be reliable, and frankly I have a brain, and Know I better be awake when I am driving. I feel confident that I can keep a safe distance from the car in front of me. I shy away from anything that might take over my driving for me. They were not clear how it works so they would have to convince me it was a good thing. It was optional however.
Taking all of these issues into account. I have way more yes’s for the Toyota Prius vs Ford Fusion. Wow this is a tough one, not really! To choose one based on the features they promoted on their sites I’d have to Choose the Prius. Solar cooling,moon roof, easy charging,13 miles with speeds of 60 mph in EV mode, and clear details about the battery etc. sound good to me.
Yea I realize the “media” promotes the Fusion, but I have my own brain, and looking at the specks of each, I’d try the Prius and keep $6 grand to feed my family with.
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