Compare the 2013 Honda Accord to Ford Fusion
March 06, 2014
If you’re shopping for a mid-sized family car with great style and plentiful features, odds are you've looked at either the 2013 Honda Accord or the 2013 Ford Fusion. Maybe you've checked out both. We compare these two models with a focus on what matters for buyers with families. Read on and see which mid-sized car is the best fit for your family.
How we compare cars
Before we jump in to the comparison, we want you to know how we’re comparing these two cars. This comparison focuses on features that appeal to buyers with families. That means we’re looking for things like safety features, interior space, trunk space, and durability.
Fuel economy is also a major factor since, if you’re toting kids about, odds are you’d prefer not to waste money on gas. Both of these cars are great mid-sized family cars, but if you’re trying to decide which one is best for you, we think we can help you make up your mind.
2013 Honda Accord EX
The Honda Accord EX, with the automatic transmission option, will set you back roughly $21,000 on average. Most people are aware of Honda’s reputation for building reliable vehicles with long lives that are relatively inexpensive to maintain. It’s reasonable to expect the same of the 2013 Honda Accord EX. For families the biggest factors in favor of the Accord are the interior space, trunk space, and the width and height of door openings. The size of door openings is an especially nice touch as it can make installing car seats or buckling in small children a bit less painful. Additionally, the Honda Accord EX boasts an additional foot of trunk space, which could come in handy when you’re cramming that stroller and a week’s worth of groceries in there.
The gas mileage isn't too bad either. At 24 city/ 34 highway on average, you’ll get the gas mileage you’d expect from a mid-sized family sedan. The safety features are on the higher end too. Everything from whiplash preventing head rests on the seats, to side airbags, passenger detecting front airbags, digital air pressure monitors for your tires, and child seat anchors.
2013 Honda Accord Warranty Information
The standard warranty for the Honda Accord is just that, standard. Your warranty includes: Basic: 3 years / 36,000 miles Drivetrain: 5 years / 60,000 miles Corrosion: 5 years / unlimited miles
While there aren't any bells and whistles on this warranty and the warranty period isn't especially lengthy, it is the standard coverage you’d expect to see on the Honda Accord.
When compared to the Ford Focus, there isn't much difference other than the third area of coverage. Where Honda offers corrosion coverage, Ford offers roadside assistance with a limited time and distance specification.
For those interested in power and performance, expect both. While customer reviews point out that the ride isn't as quiet as many expected, it’s still not loud – which is a good thing because according to Car and Driver Magazine it has enough power (278 horsepower, to be exact) to be a fun drive whether you have the automatic or the manual transmission.
2013 Ford Fusion
One of the first things you’ll notice when comparing the Ford Fusion to other cars in its class are the different drivetrain options. When selecting our 2013 Accord, we had the standard automatic or manual transmission decision to make, but that was about it. The 2013 Ford Fusion gives you one more option; the choice between two wheel drive and all-wheel drive.
This is an important decision to make as it makes a profound impact on the cost of the vehicle. Two wheel drive models start around $21,900 while the all-wheel drive option bumps that number up to around $32,000. That’s a big difference, but the all-wheel drive Ford Fusion may be a better option for some. Buyers who live in especially rainy, snowy, or icy areas could benefit more from the all-wheel drive, especially in terms of safety. After all, when buying a family car safety is generally the top priority.
Pricing aside, another factor you’ll want to compare between front and all-wheel drive models is their fuel economy. When comparing the difference between the two, city drivers won’t see any difference. However, fuel economy for the AWD option is 3 MPG less than the FWD model. The Fusion’s fuel economy varies depending on which drivetrain you go with, but expect an average of 22 MPG city / 34 MPG highway. The Fusion’s interior is classy and sleek and has many options available (most notably the SYNC system- a subscription-based computer system that offers a wide range of electronic luxuries ranging from hands free calling and email/text reading to navigation).
One thing you will notice about the interior is how small the rear seating area feels in comparison to the Honda Accord. As a family car, the lifespan of this back seat may be shortened. As children grow you’ll likely need a bit more space sooner than you would in the Accord. That being said, if you have infants now and plan on keeping the car less than 15 years, odds are you’ll be just fine. The smaller trunk opening in the Ford Fusion should also be considered by buyers with families as it could make packing large children’s items such as strollers or play pens more difficult than it needs to be.
Safety and Warranty
When it comes to safety, Ford is no slouch. The 2013 Ford Fusion comes equipped with front and side airbags, tire pressure monitoring, and traction control. Some models also include electronic stability control. The warranty isn't too bad either. Ford offers the following warranties as standard with purchase: Base: 3 years / 36,000 miles Drivetrain: 5 years / 60,000 miles Roadside: 5 years / 60,000 miles Again, when comparing warranties between Ford and Honda, you’ll notice Ford offers roadside assistance within a limited time and distance range. Honda, on the other hand, offers corrosion coverage. This is something to consider for buyers who may live near the ocean or who drive in areas where roadside assistance may not be easily available.
The 2013 Ford Fusion comes with more drivetrain options. It has more engine sizes and even has an available turbo option. If we look just at the base model, however, we see a truly interesting comparison. Honda’s Accord offers more power right out of the box, as the base Ford Fusion offers a mere 175 horsepower. Power-enhancing options will set you back significantly more than the Accord.
The bottom line
With more power and slightly more leg room, the 2013 Honda Accord ekes out an edge over the Fusion, but with differences so slight, either option could work well for the buyer seeking a well-made, reliable vehicle that will fit the whole family. Expect car insurance for both to fall in the average range for mid-size family sedans, with the exception of the Ford Fusion’s 1.6 liter Turbo engine, which will cause a slight boost in your auto insurance rates. For information and tips on what to look for when buying a Honda Civic, read our Honda Civic Buyer's Guide.