The new 2011 Hyundai Sonata and 2010 Ford Fusion are two of the best mid-size sedans available right now. Both models offer good value, great interior comfort and solid performance. They are also both available with a hybrid powertrain. Compare the new 2011 Hyundai Sonata and 2010 Ford Fusion to determine which of these top contenders deserves a place in your driveway.
Styling - New 2011 Hyundai Sonata vs. 2010 Ford Fusion
Both the Sonata and the Fusion take a bold stance when it comes to exterior styling. The Fusion features a new redesign for the year that boasts a more aggressive front end. The Sonata, on the other hand, looks a lot like a sedan in coupe's clothing. Of the two, the Fusion is a bit more conventional, which may or may not prove favorable for you.
Inside, the Sonata takes a more modern approach to design. Its interior has been likened to that of an upscale Volvo. The Fusion also does a good job of providing high quality at an affordable price (both models start around $19,000). If you're more a fan of straight-forward American ergonomics, then the Fusion may satisfy your eye better than the Sonata.
Interior Comfort and Space - New 2011 Hyundai Sonata vs. 2010 Ford Fusion
The Hyundai Sonata beats the Fusion out in the category of interior volume. In fact, it's so big that the EPA has been forced to classify it as a large car. Front seats are especially roomy, with Hyundai Sonata specifications that will be sure to please taller drivers. Still, the Fusion is an incredibly comfortable and roomy car. In fact, rear seat passengers have more legroom in the smaller Fusion.
Both the Fusion and Sonata offer trunk space that is above average for the class. The Sonata offers 16.4 cubic feet, while the Fusion edges it out with 16.5 cubic feet.
Features - New 2011 Hyundai Sonata vs. 2010 Ford Fusion
Both models come with an impressive list of standard features. Keyless entry, full power accessories, cruise control, air-conditioning and CD player. The Sonata continues to show off with a 6-speaker stereo (as opposed to the Fusion's four-speaker setup), MP3 player, satellite radio, Bluetooth and steering-wheel controls. Add in the fact that the Sonata starts $500 less than Fusion, and it emerges as the value leader.
Upper-tier models of both vehicles add similar features that include dual-climate control, power driver seat, sunroof and sport suspension. The Fusion also offers its SYNC technology, which offers voice control for the stereo and Bluetooth-synced cell phones.
Performance - 2011 Hyundai Sonata vs. 2010 Ford Fusion
Comparing base models, the Sonata offers a more exhilarating drive. Its lone engine offers the most power of any four-cylinder in the class, at 198 horsepower. However, the Fusion is no slouch, with base models offering 175 horsepower. If you're looking for V-6 power in your mid-size sedan, then the Fusion will be your default winner. Two upgrade V-6 options offer 240 horsepower and 263 horsepower.
Fuel Economy - 2011 Hyundai Sonata vs. 2010 Ford Fusion
In terms of fuel efficiency, the Sonata impresses with some of the best fuel figures in the class - 24 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway. The Fusion offers a maximum of 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. However, it does offer flex-fuel capabilities if that interests you. Also, it should be noted that both vehicles are available with a hybrid engine. Of the two, the Fusion hybrid boasts better fuel figures.
Safety - 2011 Hyundai Sonata vs. 2010 Ford Fusion
The Fusion comes standard with anti-lock disc brakes, stability control and six airbags. The Sonata adds traction control and active front head restraints. Of the two, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety likes the Sonata better, labeling it a "Top Safety Pick" for the year.