Both the 2020 Ford Fusion and Honda Accord set you up in style and comfort, delivering both generous passenger space and a wealth of high-tech infotainment features. These sedans are also known for their high-tech driver aids, many of which are standard equipment. But having so much in common actually makes it tough to choose between them. Luckily, our comparison guide is here to help.
Modern Comfort: 2020 Ford Fusion
When it comes to traveling in style, the 2020 Ford Fusion comes in first place. This five-passenger midsize sedan has the edge when it comes to seating comfort (plush, yet supportive for long-term driving) and infotainment (easy to figure out, quick to respond). The 2020 Fusion also scores big points for its silky smooth ride comfort and big trunk (16 cubic feet for your stuff). Basically, this sedan checks every box.
The Accord is a worthy competitor. Front seats offer impressive back support, which holds up even after you’ve spent all day driving. And the Accord cabin is certainly roomy (the cargo space is even slightly bigger, offering 16.7 cubic feet). We do wish there were a little more padding on the front seats, however. And, though the Accord’s suspension easily tunes out large bumps, the ride can feel a bit jittery on coarse pavement.
Quiet Cruising: 2020 Ford Fusion
The Fusion gets especially high marks for its quiet ride. If you do a lot of highway traveling with your friends, the Fusion does a great job of keeping noise at bay. You’ll be able to chat with passengers, listen to your favorite podcasts, and hear yourself think without intrusion.
This is one of the few categories where the Honda Accord lags behind competitors. Honda’s midsize sedan offers generous passenger space and cushy seating, but wind and road noise have a way of seeping into the cabin.
Thriftiest Ride: 2020 Honda Accord
Here, the Accord has the Fusion beat. Depending on powertrain and equipment, the Accord earns up to 33 mpg combined (30 city/38 highway mpg). The Fusion is only a little less efficient, supplying up to 27 mpg combined (23/34 mpg).
Best Starting Price: 2020 Ford Fusion
Not only does the Fusion feature a lower starting MSRP ($23,170) than the Accord ($24,020), but it also comes standard with an impressive array of comfort and convenience features.
For starters, every Fusion comes standard with Ford’s new Co-Pilot360 package of driver safety aids. This bundle includes blind-spot warning, forward collision mitigation, and lane keeping assist, technology that actively helps you avoid danger. The base Fusion also includes Bluetooth smartphone connectivity and Sync infotainment voice controls. Add the Co-Pilot360 Assist package and you also get an 8-inch touchscreen and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration. (This package comes standard on all but the base Fusion.)
Although the Accord’s base price is higher, the Fusion actually gives you more standard features. For instance, if you want blind-spot warning technology, you need to upgrade to the Accord’s midgrade Sport trim. Of course, the base Accord LX does include dual-zone automatic climate control and a four-speaker audio system to keep you both comfortable and entertained.
The 2020 Honda Accord might have a lot to offer, but the 2020 Ford Fusion has much more. If you’re looking for a smooth, quiet cruiser that delivers modern comfort for a great price, the Fusion is the sedan for you.