2020 Ford Fusion Vs. 2020 Honda Accord

By Justin Cupler | October 8th, 2019

Midsize sedans have given up some of their power in the industry to the hot-selling crossover segment, but they remain an essential part of the automotive realm as a whole. Two critical participants in this segment are the 2020 Ford Fusion and 2020 Honda Accord. These sedans not only offer out Jacksonville area buyers plenty of room, but they also have loads of features, just the right about of power, and good looks. Find out which is better for your Orange Park area family below.

Exterior

The Ford Fusion may not have been through a redesign since 2013, but that doesn’t mean it falls flat. Its sharp body lines, bulging hood, signature grille, and swoopy roofline all allow it to remain right in the thick of things in terms of looks. This more youthful appearance attracts the younger crowd, while its more upscale-looking Titanium model attracts the more established buyers seeking a more premium look and feel.

 

The Honda Accord went through a revolutionary redesign back in 2018 that brought in a far more sophisticated look with a longer hood, flat nose, elongated rear glass, and a sharp grille. While this look may not be as eye-grabbing as the Fusion, it meets the needs of a broader range of buyers who prefer something a little more toned down. Like the Fusion, the Accord ranges from simple in its base LX trim to near-luxury in the range-topping Touring model, but the Accord gets a slight advantage with its LX trim offering 17-inch aluminum wheels to the Fusion S’ cheaper-looking steel wheels.

 

In terms of sizing, the 2020 Fusion is shorter and narrower than the Accord, but its roofline sits 1.1 inches higher than the Accord. The Fusion also 0.8-inch-longer wheelbase and weighs 341 pounds more.

 

Measurement 2020 Ford Fusion 2020 Honda Accord Difference
Length 191.8 inches 192.2 inches -0.4 inches
Width 72.9 inches 73.3 inches -0.4 inches
Height 58.2 inches 57.1 inches +1.1 inches
Wheelbase 112.2 inches 111.4 inches +0.8 inches
Ground Clearance
Curb weight 3,472 pounds (base) 3,131 to 3,428 pounds +341 pounds (base)

 

Advantage: 2020 Ford Fusion

  •       Sharp, sporty look
  •       More compact body

Advantage: 2020 Honda Accord

  •       More mature design
  •       Standard aluminum wheels

Interior

Inside, the 2020 Ford Fusion throws back a bit to the year it went through its last update. This may make it a little too dated for some buyers, as it lacks the curves, angles, and other styling elements of today’s more stylish cabins. That said, Ford has done a tremendous job keeping the tech behind the scenes up to date. Bypassing the base S trim, which has only the basics, and moving into the SE model, which starts from just $24,500, nets buyers all the latest tech, including an 8-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a six-speaker audio system, SiriusXM, 4G LTE Wi-Fi, and tons more.

 

The 2020 Honda Accord boasts a more modern cabin that went through a full overhaul in its 2018 redesign. It doesn’t have the swoops and shapes of many in its class, as it focuses on more of a premium look with lots of horizontal orientation and upscale inserts. The Accord is also relatively basic in its base trim with a 7-inch configurable infotainment screen and a simple four-speaker audio system, but the Sport and higher trims break this up with an 8-inch touchscreen, six speakers, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and more.

 

As for in-cabin safety, the Accord and Fusion are very similar, as they come standard with tons of advanced safety features like automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist, automatic high-beam headlights, a rearview camera, and more. The Accord sets itself apart with standard adaptive cruise control, whereas the Fusion does the same with its standard blind-spot monitoring.

 

As for roominess, the Accord and Fusion are somewhat opposites, as the Ford’s front seats offer 2 inches of extra legroom, making it more suitable for tall drivers. The Accord, on the other hand, offers 2.1 inches of extra rear legroom, giving its rear seats an adult-friendly 40.4 inches of legroom. Both sedans have respectable trunks, but the accord has a 0.7-cubic-foot advantage at 16.7 cubes.

 

Measurement 2020 Ford Fusion 2020 Honda Accord Difference
Front headroom 39.2 inches 39.5 inches -0.3 inches
Front legroom 44.3 inches 42.3 inches +2 inches
Front shoulder room 57.8 inches 58.3 inches -0.4 inches
Front hip room 55 inches 55.3 inches -0.3 inches
Rear headroom 37.8 inches 37.3 inches +0.5 inches
Rear legroom 38.3 inches 40.4 inches -2.1 inches
Rear shoulder room 56.9 inches 56.5 inches +0.4 inches
Rear hip room 54.4 inches 55 inches -0.6 inches
Cargo room 16 cubic feet 16.7 cubic feet -0.7 cubic feet

 

Advantage: 2020 Ford Fusion

  •       Tall-driver-friendly front seat
  •       All the tech with a simpler look

Advantage: 2020 Honda Accord

  •       More modern look
  •       Adult-friendly back seat

Performance

The midsize sedan class has become a hotbed for surprising levels of performance, and the Honda Accord is no exception. Sure, its 192-horsepower 1.5-liter turbo engine is not overly impressive with its 7.6-second 0-to-60 time, but the optional 2.0-liter turbo four-pot injects 252 horsepower and sprints the Accord to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds. For a family-hauling sedan, this is insanely quick.

 

On top of being quick, the Accord gets great fuel economy. Its 1.5-liter engine gets up to 30 mpg city, 38 highway, and 33 combined. Even the potent 2.0-liter is relatively thrifty at up to 23 mpg city, 34 highway, and 27 combined.

 

The Ford Fusion once had a superior performance model in the 325-horsepower V6 Sport model, but that is gone this year, leaving just three options. The base engine is a 175-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder that delivers a 0-to-60 sprint time of just under nine seconds. The 181-horsepower 1.5-liter turbo model is slower at 9.1 seconds to 60 mph. Moving into the 245-horsepower 2.0-liter engine drops the sprint time to a more invigorating 7.3 seconds, but it’s not as satisfying as the sub-six-second Fusion V6 Sport was.

 

Though the Fusion lacks the top-end pop of the Accord, it offers available all-wheel drive so buyers in cooler climates have an option when the roads get snowy.

 

Neither the Accord nor the Fusion offers a sporty ride, but they do provide superior comfort in all conditions and just enough grip in the corners.

 

2020 Ford Fusion 2020 Honda Accord Difference
Standard engine 2.5-liter 4-cyl 1.5-liter turbo 4-cyl
Horsepower 175 hp at 6,000 rpm 192 hp at 5,500 rpm -17 hp
Torque 175 lb-ft at 4,500 rpm 192 lb-ft at 1,600 to 5,000 rpm -17 lb-ft
Standard transmission 6-spd automatic CVT
Optional transmission 6-spd manual
Driveline FWD FWD
0-60 time 8.9 seconds (est) 7.6 seconds +1.3 seconds
MPG City 21 mpg 26 to 30 mpg -9 to -6 mpg
MPG Highway 31 mpg 35 to 38 mpg -7 to -4 mpg
MPG Combined 25 mpg 30 to 33 mpg -8 to -5 mpg
Optional engine 1.5-liter turbo 4-cyl
Horsepower 181 hp at 6,000 rpm
Torque 185 lb-ft at 4,320 rpm
Transmission 6-spd automatic
Driveline FWD
0-60 time 9.1 seconds
MPG City 23 mpg
MPG Highway 34 mpg
MPG Combined 27 mpg
Optional engine 2.0-liter turbo 4-cyl 2.0-liter turbo 4-cyl
Horsepower 245 hp at 5,500 rpm 252 hp at 6,500 rpm -7 hp
Torque 275 lb-ft at 3,000 rpm 273 lb-ft at 1,500 to 4,000 rpn +2 lb-ft
Standard transmission 6-spd automatic 6-spd manual
Optional transmission 10-spd automatic
Driveline FWD (std) / AWD (opt) FWD
0-60 time 7.3 seconds 5.7 seconds +1.6 seconds
MPG City 20 to 21 mpg 22 to 23 mpg -3 to -1 mpg
MPG Highway 29 to 31 mpg 32 to 34 mpg -5 to -1 mpg
MPG Combined 23 to 24 mpg 26 to 27 mpg -4 to -2 mpg

 

Advantage: 2020 Ford Fusion

  •       Available all-wheel drive

Advantage:  2020 Honda Accord

  •       Super-quick with 2.0-liter
  •       Incredible fuel economy

Pricing and Features

The 2020 Honda Accord has five trim levels – LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, Touring – and their starting prices range from $23,870 to $36,100.

The 2020 Ford Fusion lineup includes four trim levels: S, SE, SEL, and Titanium. Their starting prices range from $23,170 to 34,450, which presents a slight value advantage over the Honda.

2020 Honda Accord Key Features and Pricing by Trim

LX: $23,870

  •       1.5-liter turbo four-cylinder engine
  •       CVT
  •       Front-wheel drive
  •       Eco Assist System
  •       Active noise cancellation
  •       Hill-start assist
  •       17-inch silver-painted alloy wheels
  •       Immobilizer system
  •       Electric parking brake with auto brake hold
  •       Body-color power side-view mirrors
  •       Fin-type roof antenna
  •       Remote keyless entry
  •       LED brake lights and light bars
  •       Body-color door handles
  •       Variable-intermittent windshield wipers
  •       LED low-beam headlights with auto on/off
  •       LED daytime running lights
  •       160-watt, six-speaker audio system
  •       7-inch infotainment screen with customizable feature settings
  •       Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
  •       1.0-amp USB audio interface in front console
  •       Dual-zone automatic climate control
  •       Power windows with one-touch up/down front glass
  •       Power door locks
  •       Keyless ignition
  •       Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  •       Illuminated vanity mirrors
  •       Sunglasses holder
  •       Steering-wheel-mounted control
  •       Fold-down rear seatback
  •       Automatic emergency braking
  •       Road-departure mitigation
  •       Adaptive cruise control
  •       Lane-keep assist
  •       Traffic-sign recognition
  •       Automatic high-beam headlights
  •       Multi-angle rearview camera with dynamic guidelines

Sport: $25,470

  •       All LX features, plus
  •       Six-speed manual transmission
  •       Larger front and rear stabilizer bars
  •       Larger front brake rotors
  •       Sport steering ratio
  •       19-inch machine-finished alloy wheels with black inserts
  •       Chrome exhaust tips
  •       LED fog lights
  •       Body-color rear spoiler
  •       SMS text messaging function
  •       2.5-amp USB smartphone/audio interface
  •       180-watt, eight-speaker audio system
  •       8-inch high-resolution touchscreen
  •       HondaLink
  •       Apple CarPlay
  •       Android Auto
  •       Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  •       Leather-wrapped shift knob
  •       Sport pedals
  •       60/40 split-folding rear seat
  •       12-way power driver’s seat with four-way power lumbar
  •       Adaptive cruise delete (only available with CVT)

EX: $27,770

  •       All LX features, plus
  •       Remote engine start
  •       17-inch machine-finish alloy wheels
  •       LED fog lights
  •       Smart entry with walk-away auto-lock
  •       Heated mirrors
  •       Power moonroof
  •       Active grille shutter
  •       SMS text messaging
  •       Two 2.5-amp USB smartphone/audio interfaces (front console and center console)
  •       180-watt, eight-speaker audio system
  •       8-inch high-resolution touchscreen
  •       HondaLink
  •       Apple CarPlay
  •       Android Auto
  •       SiriusXM radio
  •       HD Radio
  •       Driver’s side seatback pocket
  •       60/40 split-folding rear seatback
  •       12-way power driver’s seat with four-way power lumbar
  •       Heated front seats
  •       Blind-spot monitoring

EX-L: $30,270

  •       All EX features, plus
  •       Mirror-integrated LED turn signals
  •       450-watt, 10-speaker audio system
  •       Leather-wrapped shifter knob
  •       Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  •       Universal home remote
  •       Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  •       Two-position driver’s seat memory
  •       Four-way power passenger’s seat
  •       Leather-trimmed seating

Touring: $36,100

  •       All EX-L features, plus
  •       2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine
  •       10-speed automatic transmission
  •       Adaptive dampers
  •       Larger front and rear stabilizer bars
  •       Larger front brake rotors
  •       Sport steering ratio
  •       19-inch machine-finished allot wheels with black inserts
  •       Chrome door handle accents
  •       Variable-intermittent windshield wipers
  •       Chrome exhaust finishers
  •       LED headlights with auto on/off
  •       Courtesy lighting
  •       Reverse-gear mirror tilt-down
  •       Satellite-linked navigation
  •       HondaLink subscription services
  •       Wi-Fi hotspot
  •       Wireless phone charger
  •       Near-field communication
  •       Door pull ambient lighting
  •       Rear outboard heated seats
  •       Ventilated front seats
  •       Front and rear parking sensors

2020 Ford Fusion Key Features and Pricing by Trim

S: $23,170

  •       2.5-liter four-cylinder engine
  •       Six-speed automatic transmission
  •       Front-wheel drive
  •       Electric power steering
  •       16-inch steel wheels with Sparkle Silver hubcaps
  •       Rain-sensing Intermittent windshield wipers
  •       Body-color power mirrors
  •       Body-color door handles
  •       Five-bar grille with black finish and chrome surround
  •       Configurable daytime running lights
  •       LED taillights
  •       Black rocker panel molding
  •       Single exhaust tip
  •       Halogen headlights with auto on/off
  •       Six-way manual driver’s seat
  •       Four-way manual passenger’s seat
  •       60/40 split-folding rear seat
  •       Passenger-side seatback pocket
  •       Manual climate control
  •       Four-speaker AM/FM audio system with CD player
  •       Ford SYNC infotainment
  •       4.2-inch infotainment screen
  •       One smart-charging USB port
  •       In-car Wi-Fi
  •       4.2-inch driver-information center
  •       Rotary gear shifter
  •       First-row floor mats
  •       Power door locks
  •       Illuminated vanity mirrors
  •       Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  •       Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  •       Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  •       Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  •       Keyless ignition
  •       Blind-spot monitoring
  •       Rear cross-traffic alert
  •       Lane-keep assist
  •       Hill-start assist
  •       Automatic emergency braking
  •       Automatic high-beam headlights
  •       Rearview camera
  •       SOS post-crash alert
  •       Ford MyKey

SE: $24,500

  •       1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine
  •       17-inch Sparkle Silver-painted aluminum wheels
  •       Dual-zone automatic climate control
  •       Six-speaker audio system
  •       SiriusXM
  •       SYNC 3 infotainment system
  •       8-inch touchscreen
  •       Apple CarPlay
  •       Android Auto
  •       4G LTE Wi-Fi
  •       Two smart-charging USB ports
  •       Two 4.2-inch driver-information center
  •       SecuriCode keyless entry keypad
  •       Body-color rocker panel
  •       10-way power driver’s seat
  •       Four-way power passenger’s seat
  •       Dual-zone automatic climate control
  •       Exterior temperature display
  •       Compass
  •       Rear parking sensor

SEL: $28,690

  •       All SE features, plus
  •       18-inch Premium-painted aluminum wheels
  •       Heated mirrors with puddle lights, integrated turn signals, and auto-dimming driver’s side
  •       Chrome-accented outside door handles
  •       LED signature lighting
  •       LED headlights
  •       Keyless access
  •       Two-position driver’s seat memory
  •       Heated front seats
  •       ACTIVX seating material
  •       Six-way power driver’s seat
  •       11-speaker premium audio system
  •       Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  •       Universal garage door opener
  •       Remote ignition

Titanium: $34,450

  •       All SEL features, plus
  •       2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine
  •       Paddle shifters
  •       19-inch machined-face wheels with Magnetic-painted pockets
  •       Chrome mesh grille
  •       LED fog lights
  •       Rear decklid spoiler
  •       Dual integrated bright exhaust tips
  •       Power moonroof
  •       Six-way power passenger’s seat
  •       Leather-trimmed sport seats
  •       Heated and cooled front seats
  •       12-speaker Sony audio system
  •       Voice-activated navigation
  •       SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link
  •       Ambient lighting
  •       Bright front scuff plates
  •       Heated steering wheel
  •       Adaptive cruise control with stop and go

Who Should Buy the 2020 Honda Accord?

The 2020 Honda Accord offers a more sophisticated look that caters to the more established crowd, but its potent 2.0-liter engine adds a touch of speed some buyers crave. This makes it an excellent option for a gearhead who also need a car to haul the whole family around in.

 

Who Should Buy the 2020 Ford Fusion?

The Ford Fusion boasts a more youthful look with its sharp hood design and bold body lines. It also has a little pop from its 2.0-liter engine, though it is not as exhilarating as the Accord’s sub-six-second rollout. This makes it great for a buyer who is more worries about looks than speed, which is how most buyers shop for a new car.

 

Is the 2020 Ford Fusion the right sedan for your family? Head down to Garber Automall to test drive the 2020 Fusion and see what it offers your family. Whether you need to drop the kiddos off at Orange Park for school, see family in Fleming Island, or commute to work in Jacksonville, the 2020 Fusion can get the job done in style. Can’t make it in for a test drive today? You can also navigate to our online inventory page, check out our in-stock 2020 Fusion models, choose a few that suit your needs and schedule a test drive around your busy life.