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2017 Hyundai Sonata vs Ford Fusion

2017 Hyundai Sonata vs Ford Fusion

Family transport just got a lot more stylish in modern mid-size sedans like the 2017 Hyundai Sonata and Ford Fusion, where your clan will enjoy road-trip-friendly legroom and a wealth of infotainment options. Which of these cutting-edge sedans is the better buy? Read our comparison guide to learn more.

2017 Hyundai Sonata vs Ford Fusion

Modern Comfort

The Sonata couples its smooth highway ride with a spacious interior, so your family road trips are a pleasure. The supportive seats add to the Sonata's appeal - you can settle into them for hours of on-road comfort.

With its roomy front seats, the Ford Fusion is a stiff competitor. You can also add upscale features, like quilted leather seats, for the star treatment on your way to work. However, although it looks stylish on the outside, the Fusion's sloping roofline reduces backseat headroom and rearward visibility. Your kids might be happier in the Sonata, and you'll also have a better view of the road.

Technology and Convenience

For the most in smartphone connectivity, choose the Sonata. This mid-size sedan offers Android Auto and Apple CarPlay - technology that displays smartphone apps on your central touchscreen, eliminating the need to look away from the road. It's also got a very user-friendly touchscreen, so you can get the results you want quickly and easily.

We like Ford's new Sync 3 infotainment system. Its voice controls make it easy to alter settings with minimal distraction. The Fusion has yet to include Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration, but it does let you interact with phone features via a Bluetooth wireless connection. You can do all the basics, like make hands-free calls or stream your favorite Pandora stations.

Passenger Safety

The Fusion puts your safety first. In government crash tests, it earned a perfect five-star rating for overall protection. All models come with a post-crash notification feature that automatically dials 911 after a collision.

The Sonata's government crash-test scores are equally impressive. Like the Fusion, it offers high-tech driver aids to help you stay out of trouble. The forward collision warning system can even automatically apply the brakes to mitigate damages. However, you have to pay extra to get this technology.

Driving Dynamics

The Sonata pairs thrifty fuel economy with a smooth, luxurious performance - basically, it's the whole package. Depending on which engine you select, you'll earn up to 28 city/36 highway mpg, which means you can save plenty of money in the long run. The Sonata's quiet ride is strikingly similar to a luxury car. It even glides over bumps in the road, so you barely feel anything from the cabin.

The Ford Fusion comes in just behind the Sonata, earning up to 23/34 mpg. When you select one of its turbocharged engines, you can even balance fuel economy with an athletic ride.

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2017 Hyundai Sonata vs Ford Fusion

In a race to the finish, the 2017 Hyundai Sonata comes out ahead of the Ford Fusion. You're going to love its spacious cabin - especially if you decide to add upscale flourishes like leather upholstery and wood grain trim. Tech features, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, provide an escape from the tedium of rush-hour traffic - and do so without distracting you from the road. The total package makes the already great Hyundai Sonata the even better choice.