The Leaf has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Fusion Energi doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.
The Leaf SL has a standard Around View® Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Fusion Energi only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.
Both the Leaf and the Fusion Energi have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear cross-path warning and driver alert monitors.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 27th in reliability. With 31 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 31st.
From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Nissan 5 places higher in reliability than Ford.
On the EPA test cycle the Leaf gets better fuel mileage than the Fusion Energi running on electricity (124 city/101 hwy vs. 104 city/91 hwy MPGe).
On the EPA test cycle the Leaf gets better fuel mileage than the Fusion Energi running its gasoline engine (124 city/101 hwy MPGe vs. 43 city/41 hwy).
The Leaf’s maximum EPA estimated driving range is 150 miles on a full charge. The Fusion Energi can only travel about 20 miles before it has to start its internal combustion engine.
The Leaf’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Fusion Energi are solid, not vented.
For better maneuverability, the Leaf S’ turning circle is 2.7 feet tighter than the Fusion Energi’s (34.8 feet vs. 37.5 feet). The Leaf SV/SL’s turning circle is 1.4 feet tighter than the Fusion Energi’s (36.1 feet vs. 37.5 feet).
The Nissan Leaf may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 500 to 550 pounds less than the Ford Fusion Energi.
The Leaf is 1 foot, 3.4 inches shorter than the Fusion Energi, making the Leaf easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
The Leaf has a larger trunk with its rear seat up than the Fusion Energi (23.6 vs. 8.2 cubic feet).
To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Leaf has a standard rear wiper. The Fusion Energi doesn’t offer a rear wiper.
Both the Leaf and the Fusion Energi offer optional heated front seats. The Leaf SL also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Fusion Energi.