The mid-size sedan segment has always been a very competitive one. With cars like the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry leading the pack, others are trying very hard to keep up and remain competitive. When it comes to the mid-size sedan segment, buyers often tend to gravitate to two other mid-size sedans that have been bestsellers in this segment – the Ford Fusion and the Nissan Altima.
Both the Ford Fusion and Nissan Altima offer new car shoppers a perfect substitute to the legendary Accord and Camry. While the Ford Fusion is a sleek and stylish mid-size sedan, the Nissan Altima hails its curvy and smooth styling from Japan. So how do these two stack up against one another? Let’s find out.
2017 Ford Fusion vs. 2017 Nissan Altima Exterior Comparison
As mentioned above, the American Ford Fusion opts for a more sleek and stylish exterior. As one of America’s favorite mid-size sedans, the Ford Fusion sticks out from the crowd with bold front end styling with a large grille and sharply designed headlamps. The exterior design cues of the Ford Fusion is also known to inspire other vehicles in the brand’s lineup – most recently with the new Ford Mustang.
The 2017 Nissan Altima, on the other hand, opts for a more curvy and subtle exterior. The front end of the new 2017 Nissan Altima carries the company’s new V-motion grille that gives it a sporty look, but the rest is very tamed and smooth.
2017 Ford Fusion vs. 2017 Nissan Altima Interior Comparison
The interior of the Ford Fusion is highlighted by a center console that runs all the way into the armrest creating a very ‘secured’ feel inside the cabin. High-quality materials and a very sharp design give the interior of the 2017 Ford Fusion a perfect balance of luxury and sport. Front leg room comes in at 55 inches while rear legroom comes in at an impressive 38.3 inches.
The interior of the 2017 Nissan Altima goes for a more tamed look. Nonetheless, high-quality materials are present throughout the cabin. The seats of the 2017 Nissan Altima are one of its most impressive features. Nissan has put a lot of work into making sure the seats of the Altima are comfortable to any frame size. Front legroom for the 2017 Nissan Altima comes in at 45 inches while rear legroom comes in at 36.1 inches.
2017 Ford Fusion vs. 2017 Nissan Altima Performance Comparison
For our comparison’s sake, we will focus on the entry-level versions of the 2017 Ford Fusion and 2017 Nissan Altima.
The 2017 Ford Fusion carries a base 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine making 175 horsepower with a maximum torque of 175 lb-ft. The 2017 Ford Fusion is then mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
The 2017 Nissan Altima comes standard with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine making 179 horsepower and a peak torque of 177 lb-ft. Mated to a CVT transmission, the 2017 Nissan Altima averages a decent number for fuel economy.
2017 Ford Fusion vs. 2017 Nissan Altima Features Comparison
Both the 2017 Ford Fusion and the 2017 Nissan Altima come with a long list of standard features that you would expect from this segment.
The 2017 Ford Fusion comes with features including SYNC, Bluetooth, Hill Start Assist, push button start, Ford MyKey, AUX/USB connectivity, a rearview camera, and much more.
The 2017 Nissan Altima, on the other hand, comes with Bluetooth, a rearview camera, push-button start, AUX/USB connectivity, and Nissan’s Advanced Drive-Assist Display that is housed in a 4.3-inch LCD screen in the instrument panel.
Of course, depending on the model you pick, you can add a bunch of extras including navigation, heated seats, power seats, leather seating surface, an upgraded sound system, and much more.
2017 Ford Fusion vs. 2017 Nissan Altima Overall Comparison
Overall, there is no doubt that these two sedans are making their own lane when its comes to the mid-size sedan segment. Both are packed with a stylish exterior, a quality interior with a long list of standard features, and a reliability that won’t have you stressed out. If you’re in the market for a new mid-size sedan, make sure you visit your local AutoNation dealer today to test drive the 2017 Ford Fusion or 2017 Nissan Altima.