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Ford Fusion vs. Hyundai Sonata

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Ford Fusion

2016 Ford Fusion
$575
Annual Repair Cost
on average

Hyundai Sonata

2015 Hyundai Sonata
$438
Annual Repair Cost
on average

Overall Reliability Rating

Above Average

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.

Excellent

The Hyundai Sonata Reliability Rating is 4.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 8th out of 24 for midsize cars. The average annual repair cost is $438 which means it has excellent ownership costs. Repairs are less severe than average, and the frequency of these issues is average, so major repairs are not common for the Sonata.

Reliability Rating Breakdown

Cost
Average annual repairs total
$575
inexpensive
very expensive
$438
inexpensive
very expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.3
not often
way too often
0.4
not often
way too often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
12%
minor issues
major issues
9%
minor issues
major issues

Overall Car Ratings & Details

(44 Reviews)
(68 Reviews)
Rating Details
5 star
(9)
4 star
(18)
3 star
(12)
2 star
(4)
1 star
(1)

The Ford Fusion ranks highest in engine and ranks lowest in drive train.

Read more detailed reviews here.

“Owning this car has been a pleasure. Only wish the ride was smoother and more like my old caddy, LOL”

Rating Details
5 star
(15)
4 star
(29)
3 star
(17)
2 star
(4)
1 star
(0)

The Hyundai Sonata ranks highest in engine and ranks lowest in body.

Read more detailed reviews here.

“I am the original owner of a silver sonata (V6) with 138,000 miles on it. I have done all the recommended repairs like belt changes, tune-up, oil and fluid changes and of course brakes and tires. T...”

Vehicle Comparison Rundown

The Ford Fusion and the Hyundai Sonata are two midsize four-door sedans. The Fusion is available with either front-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive. The Sonata comes only with front-wheel drive.

A comparison of the standard engines in the Ford Fusion and the Hyundai Sonata shows similar outputs: the Fusion has 175 horsepower, and the Sonata has 185 horsepower. There is more of a difference in their optional gas engines: the Fusion’s 325 horsepower maximum is 80 more than the Sonata’s 245-horsepower upgrade. For those in search of an eco-friendly power option, both the Fusion and Sonata offer conventional hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions. 

Looking at interior and trunk space, the Ford Fusion and the Hyundai Sonata are very closely matched. The Fusion provides 102.8 cubic feet of passenger space, and has 16 cubic feet in the trunk. The Sonata has slightly more interior space, with 106.1 cubic feet, and a very slightly larger 16.3-cubic-foot trunk. There’s not much difference between the two here. 

While there are many similarities between the Ford Fusion and the Hyundai Sonata, there are some differences. The Fusion has a more powerful optional engine, but the Sonata offers the security of Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. Compare and drive them both, then decide.

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