When we compare the Chevrolet Cruze's and the Ford Fusion's specifications and ratings, the Chevrolet Cruze has the advantage in the areas of typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars, and fuel efficiency and resale value. The Ford Fusion has the advantage in the areas of interior volume and base engine power. Based on this comparison of the Chevrolet Cruze's and the Ford Fusion's specifications and ratings, the Chevrolet Cruze is a better car than the Ford Fusion.
Chevrolet Cruze vs. Ford Fusion Pricing
A used 2019 Chevrolet Cruze ranges from $12,446 to $20,916 while a used 2019 Ford Fusion is priced between $14,997 to $24,424.
Chevrolet Cruze vs. Ford Fusion Resale/Retained Value
Looking at the 5-year depreciation rate for both models, the Chevrolet Cruze loses 43.7 percent of its value and the Ford Fusion loses 50 percent of its value. This means the Chevrolet Cruze retains 6.3 percentage points more of its value and has the advantage of higher resale value versus the Ford Fusion.
Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison
For engine performance, the Chevrolet Cruze’s base engine makes 153 horsepower, and the Ford Fusion base engine makes 175 horsepower. The Cruze is rated to deliver an average of 32 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 521 miles. The Fusion is rated to deliver an average of 25 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 512 miles. This gives the Chevrolet Cruze the fuel efficiency and maximum range advantage over the Ford Fusion. Both models use regular unleaded.
Passenger Space Comparison
The Ford Fusion, a midsize car, has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front head room, front shoulder room, front leg room, rear head room, rear shoulder room, rear leg room, and cargo space.
Safety Ratings Comparison
When comparing crash test ratings from NHTSA, both the Chevrolet Cruze and the Ford Fusion have the same average safety rating of 5 out of 5 Stars.