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Chevrolet Cruze vs. Ford Fusion

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Chevrolet Cruze

$498
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Ford Fusion

$575
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Overall Reliability Rating

4
Group 4
Group 4
Excellent
The Chevrolet Cruze Reliability Rating is 4.0 out of 5.0, which ranks it 27th out of 36 for compact cars. The average annual repair cost is $498 which means it has lower than average ownership costs. The frequency and severity of repairs are both fairly average when compared with all other vehicles.
4
Group 4
Group 4
Excellent
The Ford Fusion Reliability Rating is 4.0 out of 5.0, which ranks it 14th out of 24 for midsize cars. The average annual repair cost is $575 which means it has average ownership costs. The severity of repairs is average and the frequency of those issues is low, so major repairs are uncommon for the Fusion.
Cost
Average annual repairs total
$498
inexpensive
expensive
$575
inexpensive
expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.45
not often
very often
0.28
not often
very often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
12%
not urgent
urgent
12%
not urgent
urgent

Overall Car Ratings & Details

5
(3)
4
(1)
3
(1)
2
(1)
1
(0)
The Chevrolet Cruze ranks highest in heating and ranks lowest in drive train.
“I have a 2012 Cruze the clutch needs replacing again. My car has 45,000 miles this happened when first got the car but seems like everyday there is a problem with this car. The engine burns oil I d...”
“I have a 2012 Cruze the clutch needs replacing again. My car has 45,000 miles this happened when ...”
5
(9)
4
(18)
3
(12)
2
(4)
1
(1)
The Ford Fusion ranks highest in engine and ranks lowest in drive train.
“Owning this car has been a pleasure. Only wish the ride was smoother and more like my old caddy, LOL”
“Owning this car has been a pleasure. Only wish the ride was smoother and more like my old caddy, LOL”

Vehicle Comparison Rundown

The Ford Fusion and the Chevrolet Cruze are both passenger cars, but they are different sizes. The Fusion is a midsize, four-door sedan, while the Cruze is a compact, available as a four-door sedan and a five-door hatchback. Both come with front-wheel drive, but the Fusion also offers an all-wheel drive version.

Both of these vehicles offer a variety of power options. The Ford Fusion’s standard engine has 175 horsepower, with options up to 325 horsepower, including conventional hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions. The Chevrolet Cruze has a standard engine with 153 horsepower, with a diesel option also available. Predictably, the larger Fusion offers higher power levels than the smaller Cruze.

Also as you also might expect, the Ford Fusion has more passenger and trunk space than the Chevrolet Cruze. This is a natural consequence of the Fusion being eight inches longer and more than two inches wider than the Cruze. 

Comparing the Ford Fusion and the Chevrolet Cruze is really a matter of how much space you need, and how much car you can afford. They are both good all-around vehicles. The Ford Fusion is larger and gives you two hybrid power options, plus an all-wheel drive model. But it’s also more expensive. The Chevrolet Cruze is smaller and lower-priced, and provides the option of both a hatchback and a diesel engine.

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