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Ford Fusion vs. Chevrolet Cruze Reliability

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Results are for year ending December 31, 2015. Only successfully completed repairs are currently included in the analysis. Routine maintenance, most wear items, recalls, and problems fixed with just a reflash or warning light reset are not included.
Year Make/Model Repair Trips Per 100 Cars Compared to all models for the same year    
2015 Ford Fusion 19
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  36 Fusions, 6.9 months of data per Fusion, average 8900 miles

 

2014 Chevrolet Cruze 44
60% 60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  45 Cruzes, 10.3 months of data per Cruze, average 19700 miles
2014 Ford Fusion 24
30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  86 Fusions, 9.8 months of data per Fusion, average 18400 miles

 

2013 Chevrolet Cruze 43
50% 50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  26 Cruzes, 9.6 months of data per Cruze, average 34800 miles
2013 Ford Fusion 45
50% 50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  93 Fusions, 8.9 months of data per Fusion, average 30700 miles

Redesigned. First model year has been a little glitchy.

 

2012 Chevrolet Cruze 66
80% 80% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  42 Cruzes, 9.9 months of data per Cruze, average 47400 miles

Probably an end-of-warranty blip. The repair frequency was equally high a year ago. Common problems with the PCV valve on the 1.4T engine and the external trunk release. The latter was a common problem on the 2011 in the past.
2012 Ford Fusion 33
30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  70 Fusions, 8.9 months of data per Fusion, average 38900 miles

 

2011 Chevrolet Cruze   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  24 Cruzes, 10.7 months of data per Cruze, average 56400 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2011 Ford Fusion 30
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  58 Fusions, 9.7 months of data per Fusion, average 61300 miles

 

2010 Ford Fusion 46
40% 40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  109 Fusions, 9.5 months of data per Fusion, average 73400 miles

Refreshed for this model year.

 

2009 Ford Fusion 26
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  26 Fusions, 8.8 months of data per Fusion, average 78500 miles

 

2008 Ford Fusion 42
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  52 Fusions, 9.9 months of data per Fusion, average 91200 miles

 

2007 Ford Fusion 57
40% 40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  53 Fusions, 8.8 months of data per Fusion, average 104800 miles

 

2006 Ford Fusion 71
50% 50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  41 Fusions, 9.0 months of data per Fusion, average 110100 miles

First model year.

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Ford Fusion vs. Chevrolet Cruze Reliability Comparisons

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What People Are Saying about Reliability and the Ford Fusion

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What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Ford Fusion

Ford Fusion Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2011 4dr Sedan 156-horsepower 2.5L I4 Hybrid
CVT FWD
So far, not one problem
2010 4dr Sedan 240-horsepower 3.0L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
I had a 2006 Ford Fusion SE V6 before my 2010 and it was an excellent car, and only got the 2010 because I fell in love with the looks of it. I put 65,000km on my 06 Fusion in 2 and a half years and no problems. It was a great and very reliable car.
2010 4dr Sedan 175-horsepower 2.5L I4
6-speed automatic FWD
Well engineered and assembled. Comfortable ride and handling. No rattles, loose trim, etc. Good fit and finish.
2010 4dr Sedan 175-horsepower 2.5L I4
6-speed manual FWD
History of the previous model showed above average reliability in Consumer Reports
2010 4dr Sedan 175-horsepower 2.5L I4
6-speed automatic FWD
Consumer Reports says more reliable than Accord or Camry. After 9,000 miles, so far so good. We were going to buy an Accord but they have luggage mashing trunk hinges, but not the Fusion. Plus the Accords are ugly.
2010 4dr Sedan 156-horsepower 2.5L I4 Hybrid
CVT FWD
I have had zero defects or problems in the 28+K miles on the car. The only complaint I have with the car is the sun visors are not user friendly, they have fixed detents and you can not get them to stay in the desired location without a little effort.
2009 4dr Sedan 160-horsepower 2.3L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
Past results have been favorable and I have had no issue after 2900 miles.
2009 4dr Sedan 160-horsepower 2.3L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
When comparing reliability with some other cars I considered, Nissan Altima for example, I noticed that Ford Fusion owners rate its reliability close to the owners of Honda Accord and Toyota Camry.
2009 4dr Sedan 221-horsepower 3.0L V6
6-speed automatic FWD
Built strong with attention to detail. Have heard nothing but good things from fellow Fusion owners as to weather they were happy they bought theirs or not, so I bought mine, and agree 100%
2009 4dr Sedan 160-horsepower 2.3L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
feels solid, good reviews
Ford Fusion Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2010 4dr Sedan 156-horsepower 2.5L I4 Hybrid
CVT FWD
This is a new car in hyrbid that has no track record
2006 4dr Sedan 160-horsepower 2.3L I4
5-speed manual FWD
Absoulutely aweful. Put 2 clutches and 1 engine in this car. It was used as a family vehicle, but was in the shop more than we drove it.
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Chevrolet Cruze

Chevrolet Cruze Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2011 4dr Sedan 136-horsepower 1.8L I4
6-speed manual FWD
At the shop for CEL on the second day of ownership
2011 4dr Sedan turbocharged 138hp 1.4L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
unproven, first year car