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The 2016 Ford Fusion vs. 2016 Nissan Altima

ford fusion and a red nissan altima for sale at Rusty Eck Ford in Wichita KS

When it comes time to choose a mid-size sedan, you shouldn't have to choose between luxury and performance. With the 2016 Ford Fusion you get the best of both worlds, at a price that you can afford. What's more, the Fusion's many options allow you to customize it to fit your lifestyle, so that you get exactly the car you need, without paying for things that you don't want.

At a glance, comparing the 2016 Ford Fusion to the 2016 Nissan Altima may seem like comparing apples to apples. They have similar MSRPs, and the Altima actually has slightly better fuel economy and horsepower standard. Where the Fusion finds its edge, however, is in its customization options. Besides offering two available turbocharged engines, as well as an optional 1.5L EcoBoost for better fuel efficiency, the Fusion also has Hybrid performance options and a range of available trim features that make it the clear choice when you want to have your luxury and your performance, too. Advantage: Ford Fusion.

Vehicle Power and Handling

When it comes to power, the Altima's standard engine may boast a few more horsepower than the Fusion, but the 2016 Ford Fusion's range of engine options make it the car to beat, whether you're looking to amp up performance or whether you'd rather maximize your fuel efficiency. The available 2.0L engine offers a massive 240 horsepower and 270lb.-ft of torque, while the 2.0L Hybrid can get 44 miles-per-gallon in the city. Even without the Hybrid option, the 1.5L EcoBoost engine can get up to 37mpg while still clocking in at 181 horsepower. So no matter what your priorities, the 2016 Ford Fusion has an engine package for you!

Vehicle Design and Features

Honestly, the 2016 Nissan Altima is a nice car, with decent styling and a variety of trim packages that offer amenities like an Advanced Drive-Assist Display and smart auto headlights. But there's no denying that the 2016 Ford Fusion is also at the top of its class when it comes to styling and features. From a front profile that has been compared to the Aston Martin to a range of trim options that include Active Parking Assist to help you into tough parallel parking spaces, start-stop to save gas at red lights, and luxury touches like heated and cooled front seats, if you want a car that feels like it was tailored just to you, the choice is clear. Advantage: Ford Fusion.

Our Conclusions: The Ford Fusion is the Better Car

At the end of the day, the 2016 Ford Fusion and the 2016 Nissan Altima are both great cars, with good performance and fuel economy, and the luxury styling that you expect from a mid-size sedan. But when it comes to customization and to class-exclusive features, the choice is clear: the 2016 Ford Fusion.

The Altima's standard engine may outperform the Ford Fusion's standard 2.5L iVCT I-4, but the range of engine options that the Fusion opens up gives you the ability to customize your ride to fit your needs and your budget. For more power there's the available 2.0L that offers 240 horsepower and 270lb.-ft of torque, and for fuel economy that can't be beat, there's the 2.0L Hybrid that offers 44mpg in the city. Budget minded? Try the 1.5L EcoBoost that gets 37mpg on the highway while still clocking 185 horsepower.

The customization that is the heart of the Ford Fusion doesn't end with the engine, though. From safety features like eight standard airbags and available inflatable rear outboard safety belts to available auto start-stop that shuts off the engine at red lights to save gas, the list of features and amenities available to the Fusion is out of this world. With configurable daytime running lamps and a rear view camera that comes standard, you can add available functionality like Active Parking Assist, SecuriCodeTm keyless entry, a Blind Spot Information System with Cross-traffic Alert, and forward and reverse sensing systems. Not to mention touches of outstanding luxury like heated and cooled front seats and even a heated steering wheel.

So when you're ready to choose your next car, don't settle for choosing between luxury and performance. Choose the car that lets you have the best of both, and have it in style: the 2016 Ford Fusion. Want to experience the Fusion for yourself? Come on down to Rusty Eck Ford in Wichita today, and test drive any of the wide selection of 2016 Ford Fusions—and other new Ford cars and trucks—on our lot!