A cheaper version put the Ford Fusion in the sights of the Civic Turbo. Does the Honda sedan support this artillery?
Prestige never missed Fusion. Since its launch in Brazil, exactly ten years ago, the car leads the segment of medium / large sedans with leftovers. Along with the redesign shown in October, Ford has made an important move to maintain the supremacy of the sedan: the arrival of the new intermediate version SEL 2.0 EcoBoost.
Starting from R $ 128,700, the model has the mission to take sales of the Honda Civic Touring (R $ 124,900), purposely positioned by the Japanese to face the rivals upstairs.
If you find it odd to compare models of distinct categories, let’s look at the facts before we condemn. There has never been a Civic as exquisite as the Touring. The version brings unpublished items in the history of the model (and absent in Fusion itself) such as full led headlights and a camera installed on the side of the right rear view mirror to monitor blind spots.
The Fusion, in turn, has lost the electronic assists of the Titanium version, but it is still one of the most seductive options for those looking for a medium / large sedan.
In front of the Civic, he stands out for safety, leaving factory with eight airbags (against six of Honda) and inflatable rear belts. In addition, both are equipped with stability and traction controls, rear camera, starting assistance on ramps, engine start button, digital dashboard, bizona digital air and paddle shifts.
Lined up in Editora Abril’s garage, I spent a few minutes trying to pick the most attractive one in my opinion. There’s no denying that Honda’s designers have done a great job at the Civic, making a cross-generational shift as compelling as the transition from the seventh to the eighth generation – famous for the two-story digital dashboard that has unfortunately become part of the past.
Longer, wider and shorter than before, the Civic was imposing, and it still draws attention in the streets – mostly from owners of other mid-size sedans.
Fusion does not seem to have felt the weight of age, even after four years after its release. Ford knows this, to the point of making only occasional changes. Headlamps, front grille and bumper have been updated, and the rear has gained a chrome fillet at the height of the lanterns, which now have leds.
Inside are the most striking differences. The Civic’s cabin is bolder than Fusion’s, but it’s easy to see that they belong to different categories.
The Civic even struggles to move away from the more affordable versions, but it is as much about taking advantage of cheaper Honda car parts (like Fit) as it is about using quality materials that are incompatible for those who want to be labeled “premium” – just note the Noise of doors being closed.
Fusion leaves no doubt that it is a refined model. In addition to the superior plastics, the pieces are better fitted and the finish is more refined. It’s true that the Civic’s digital dashboard and multimedia hub make a good impression, but they both look sheepish in front of Fusion.
The big draw of the Ford is the Sync 3, which features a flashy 8-inch screen and usability similar to that of a smartphone. Like other branded models, some commands can be activated by voice.
Anyone who appreciates sportiness will like the Honda: the driver sits in a low position and gets surrounded by the vehicle. It was at the wheel of the Civic, even, that I felt more at ease, thanks to the direct steering and firmer suspension, unlike the smooth behavior of the Fusion.
On the track, our measurements indicated a technical draw in the performance tests, made surprising considering that the Civic is 75 hp weaker – even weighing 300 kg less, its weight-to-power ratio is still lower than that of Fusion.
In the other issues, the score was 2 x 1: Ford took the best in braking and noise level (to the point that the decibel meter does not make the measurement, size silence in neutral), while the Civic has a bath in consumption : 11.8 km / l in the city and 14.6 km / l on the highway, against 8.8 km / l and 13.7 km / l, respectively.
The evolution of the Civic was undeniable. Until recently no one would say that he could face Fusion. In the end, it is clear that there are a few predicates (such as equipment and finer finish, plus space, which can not be changed) for Honda to have real chances of bothering rivals from above.
The Ford sedan is still one of the references in the category. But remember: not every kingdom lasts forever.
The Civic has risen in level, but lacks refinement, space and content to beat the Fusion, one of the best options among the sedans of its price range.