Hyundai Sonata Hybrid  vs Ford Fusion Hybrid 

Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

  • $26k
  • 2.4L Hybrid
  • 36 city 40 hwy
After driving the 2013 Sonata Hybrid, we can say it's a definite improvement on the first two years of Sonata Hybrid.
by The Car Connection (Aug, 2013)

Ford Fusion Hybrid Energi SE

  • $39k
  • 8 kWh Hybrid
  • 44 city 41 hwy
Instead of running the 156-hp, 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle four that the old Fusion paired with a 106-hp electric motor, the new Fusion gets a more efficient 2.0-liter, 141-hp Atkinson-cycle four and a 118-hp electric motor.
by Car and Driver (Oct, 2012)

RideNerd Review Our evaluation of Sonata Hybrid vs Energi SE


Will it break the bank?

Annual cost

Fuel economy

Is it a gas sipper or guzzler?

Fuelly MPG and EPA highway mileage

Air quality

Help the world breathe easier with higher scores.

EPA Smog Score

Climate friendly

Higher scores leave less of an impact on global warming.

combined CO2/mile and EPA greenhouse gas score

RideNerd Score

Affordability, Fuel economy, Air quality and Climate friendly

Hyundai Sonata Hybrid 

RideNerd recommends the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid  based on its affordability and air quality.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of Sonata Hybrid vs Fusion Hybrid

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score The EPA ranks cars based on their climate change impact; 10 is best.

EPA Smog Score The EPA ranks cars based on their air quality impact; 10 is best.

Annual Cost The yearly cost to drive 15,000 miles, including fuel and car payments.

Average MPG of Fuelly Users Owners report actual MPG based on their experience.

Annual Fuel Cost The cost of fuel to drive 15,000 miles each year.

Differences What are the advantages of each

Car-autoblog-first view of Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

Reasons to consider the
Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

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Far better EPA smog score 9 vs 7 Less likely to worsen air quality as ranked by the EPA. 10 is a perfect score.
Significantly less energy used per car made 2,073 kWh/vehicle vs 2,449 kWh/vehicle 15% less per car made; less dirty energy used in the manufacturing process benefits everyone
Lower MSRP $26k vs $39k Around 35% cheaper sticker price
Cheaper annual cost $6,574 vs $9,018 More than 25% less expensive per year
Better highway driving range 688 miles vs 574 miles Around 20% further range on the interstate
Car-autoblog-first view of Ford Fusion Hybrid

Reasons to consider the
Ford Fusion Hybrid Energi SE

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Higher ranked by the EPA for greenhouse emissions 10 vs 9 Measures tailpipe emissions only. 6 and higher is good; 9 and 10 are great.

Annual Costs Which is the smarter choice for your wallet over 5 years?

$25,650 9.8¢/mile Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
Ford Fusion Hybrid $38,700 8.7¢/mile
Infrequent drivers     Up to 10,000 miles/year
Average drivers     Up to 20,000 miles/year
Heavy drivers     Up to 40,000 miles/year
The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is cheaper (per year) for most drivers. The Ford Fusion Hybrid only makes sense if you drive an unusually high amount.
Our math for 15,000 miles / year, over 5 years
Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Ford Fusion Hybrid
Price $5,130 ($25,650) $7,740 ($38,700)
Fuel $1,472 (1,990 gallons) $1,303 (1,761 gallons)
City 36 MPG 44 MPG
Highway 40 MPG 41 MPG
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Reviews Word on the street

Sonata Hybrid  vs Fusion Hybrid 

We've driven Fusions with manual and power seats, and found excellent front-seat space and comfort in both, though on the manual seats, there's a little too much front-end tilt to the bottom cushion for our tastes.
Fusion Hybrid Energi SE

For 2013, the Sonata receives minimal changes with the exception of the discontinued six-speed manual transmission, which leaves the six-speed automatic as the only transmission.
Sonata Hybrid

The Fusion Hybrid, meanwhile, is among the best we've driven.
Fusion Hybrid Energi SE


8.4 Out of 10
8.5 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Sonata Hybrid  vs
Fusion Hybrid 
Brand Hyundai Ford
Body style
Model year 2013 2013
City range 619 miles 616 miles
Highway range 688 miles 574 miles
MSRP $26k $39k
Annual cost $6,574 $9,018

Manufacturing Emissions

CO2 per car made 0.56 metric ton 0.9 metric ton
Energy per car made 2,073 kWh/vehicle 2,449 kWh/vehicle

power & handling

Max torque 154 ft-lb @ 4,500 RPM 129 ft-lb @ 4,000 RPM
Max HP 159 HP @ 5,500 RPM 141 HP @ 6,000 RPM
Power-to-weight ratio 21.74 lb/hp 27.75 lb/hp
Curb-to-curb turning radius 35.8 feet 37.6 feet

stereo & entertainment

Brand Generic Generic
Speakers 6 6
Has a speed sensitive volume No Yes
Has a subwoofer No No
Auxiliary input Yes Yes
AM/FM radio Standard Standard
CD player Standard Standard
CD changer N/A N/A
Satellite radio Standard Standard
Entertainment system N/A N/A


Cruise control Standard Standard
Front A/C Standard Standard
Front passenger A/C Standard Standard
Keyless entry Standard Standard
Keyless ignition N/A N/A
Sun roof N/A Optional, $995
Navigation system N/A Optional, $795
Roof rails N/A N/A
Power locks Standard Standard
Power mirrors Standard Standard
Power outlets Standard Standard
Power steering Standard Standard
Power windows Standard Standard


Sonata Hybrid  vs
Fusion Hybrid 
EPA smog score 9 7
EPA GHG score 9 10
Combined CO2/mile 237 g 211 g
Stops the engine instead of idling Yes Yes
Disables engine cylinders under low loads No No
Lifetime CO2 emissions 36 tons 32 tons

engine & drivetrain

Engine size 2.4L 2.0L
Air compressor None None
Cylinders I4 I4
Paddle shifters N/A N/A
Gearing type Traditional Continuously-variable
Transmission 6-speed Automatic 2WD Automatic 2WD

suspension, wheels & brakes

Rear suspension Multi link Multi link
Front brakes 11.81 in Ventilated Disc 11.81 in Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes 11.22 in Ventilated Disc 11.89 in Disc
Front wheel width 205 225
Front wheel diameter 16 inch 17 inch
Front wheel aspect ratio 65 50

safety features

Active head restraints Yes No
Head curtain
Antilock brakes Standard Standard
Child door locks Standard Standard
Electronic stability control Standard Standard
Traction control Standard Standard
Rear camera N/A N/A
Rear sensor N/A N/A
Park assist system N/A N/A
Communication system None MyFord

physical dimensions

Width 72.2 in 72.9 in
Front track width 62.9 in 62.3 in
Height 57.7 in 58 in
Length 189.8 in 191.8 in
Wheelbase 110 in 112.2 in
Curb weight 3,457 lb 3,913 lb
Has a rear spoiler No No
Seats 5 5
Front seat room 61 ft³ 58 ft³
Rear seat room 43 ft³ 48 ft³
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