Last post on Jan 19, 2007 at 11:52 PM
You are in the Honda Accord
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Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, Sedan
Jan 19, 2007 (8:56 am)
Ford Fusion has better expected reliability than Honda Accord or Toyota Camry according to Consumer Reports.
Ford Fusion is a MUCH more attractive automobile, inside and out.
The fit and finish (especially interior) on my 2006 Fusion is leagues ahead of that on my co-worker's 2007 Camry. He has a 1/8" gap between his A-pillar trim and his headliner. Oh, he also has a certain transmission/DBW problem that my 2006 Fusion doesn't have.
Ford Fusion won JD Power's APEAL award this year...Honda Accord and Toyota Camry did not.
Ford Fusion offers AWD...Honda Accord/Toyota Camry = nope. I'd rather have AWD that stability control anyday.
My Fusion doesn't look like it got punched in the nose (2007 Camry)...
I got my Fusion with all options other than leather and moonroof (dealer installed heated seats in cloth seats) for about 21,000...Honda/Toyota with the same options = nowhere near 21,000. The advantage Honda/Toyota have at trade-in won't make up the difference either.
Yep, I made the right choice.
#375 of 432 Re: Test [stevesjc]
by KarenS HOST
Jan 19, 2007 (9:03 am)
Thanks for the testimonial! It's good to see people that are happy with their choice. I'm sure there are many who will agree with you, just as I'm sure there are many Accord owners that are very happy with their decision.
#376 of 432 Re: Test [stevesjc]
Jan 19, 2007 (9:21 am)
I got my Fusion with all options other than leather and moonroof (dealer installed heated seats in cloth seats) for about 21,000...Honda/Toyota with the same options = nowhere near 21,000.
Actually, that's not necessarily true. I know you mentioned you got your Fusion in 2006 and in that year, there wasn't a cheaper V6 Accord. For 2007, the Accord SE V6 compares favorably with the Fusion SE V6 FWD with similar specs.
I did build on Carsdirect for both the Accord and Fusion in my area, and the accord is $21.1k vs $20.6k for the Fusion. The extra $500 gets you stability control (not available in the Fusion. For the Fusion I added options for 17 inch wheels to match the Accord, ABS and traction control. All these options are standard on the Accord.
The two cars compare rather favorably in price. There's also a lease deal on the Accord SE V6 for 209/month 36 months/12k miles a year $2199 at signing. It works out to $270/month. The only Fusion deal going on is 249/month 39 months 0 at signing for a basic 4-cyclinder Fusion SE... for a little more you get to drive an Accord V6 with more standard features.
The Camry is in a different price range though. I leased my Accord and if I was looking to save money on a buy I'd probably have gone with a Hyundai Sonata since you can get a V6 Sonata under $20k.
#377 of 432 Re: Test [neteng101]
Jan 19, 2007 (9:31 am)
Yes, it is true. When I bought my car there was no way you would get a similarly equipped Accord for near 21,000...I looked.
Sorry, but the rest of the stuff about today's prices means nothing to me...I bought my car 6 months ago, not today.
Price aside, I couldn't buy a vehicle that made me vomit everytime I looked at it (camcord) so I went with the much more attractive Fusion.
#378 of 432 Re: fusion is better [ontop]
Jan 19, 2007 (9:47 am)
Accord does not outsell Fusion 4 to 1. It doesn't even outsell the Fusion 3 to 1. Please check your 2006 CYTD sales figures again.
With decades of history and all the glowing press about it you'd expect the Accord to outsell the Fusion 4 to 1 but its not even close. If Consumer Reports, J.D. Power, etc. are all correct then it could be the Fusion outselling the Accord one of these days...unless people chose more expensive, less reliable, and less appealing vehicles.
#379 of 432 Re: fusion is better [stevesjc]
Jan 19, 2007 (10:58 am)
This car is more comfortable, has a smoother ride, has better ergonomics, out handles, out performs, and IMO looks better than any Fusion I've seen. And my opinion is the only one that matters, since it was MY money.
#380 of 432 Re: fusion is better [elroy5]
Jan 19, 2007 (11:18 am)
And my opinion is the only one that matters, since it was MY money.
And the Fusion owners can make the exact same argument and you'd both be right. So why do we keep going there again and again and again?
#381 of 432 Re: fusion is better [elroy5]
Jan 19, 2007 (11:20 am)
Agreed. Since to each of us, it was OUR money, it is only OUR individual opinions that matter. It is my opinion that the car in that picture is fugly (I'm literally getting sick looking at it). Also, my car is way more comfortable for my 6'5" frame than the Accord or Camry (sat in both before buying the Fusion) and has better ergonomics and handling. My Fusion has always performed mighty well when I've asked it to. Never have I thought it was underpowered (and I sometimes drive very aggressively).
Speaking of performance, who was the first to have a 6-speed auto in this class?
#382 of 432 Accord has better styling, proof in photos...
Jan 19, 2007 (11:28 am)
Read LED tails a thing of beauty on the Accord, large chrome exhause finishers give the V6 a really sporty look. The angled reverse lights beside the license plate gives the trunk lid a nice look as well as the third brake light.
Ricey looking altezza style tails, trunk lid is bland, 3rd brake light is your average ho hum version, exhausts are not nearly as defined/finished.
I guess some might see better styling in the Fusion?
Personally I can see much greater attention to details on the Accord styling/design and stuffs that indicates less cost cutting (like the 3rd brake light in the trunk lid and the reverse lights, more parts, more wiring required).
#383 of 432 Re: Accord has better styling, proof in photos... [neteng101]
Jan 19, 2007 (11:37 am)
Didn't you say it is our individual tastes that matter since it is our individual dollars being spent? The LED tail lights on ANY car are hideous to me. I mean, down right hideous (including the Milan). The chrome around the exhaust on the Accord is also there on the SEL V6 Fusion and the cut-outs in the rear bumper for the tail pipes is much nicer in the Fusion. Trunk lids? Are you serious? The Fusion's trunk lid is far less boring than the Accord. Plus, the (fake) chrome around the lights on the Fusion is much more attractive than the bland Accord.
Some might find the Fusion more stylish? J.D. Power surveys show LOTS of people do...
Who won the APEAL award for this class in 2006? Hint: it wasn't the Accord.