Compare 2008 Ford Fusion vs 2008 Nissan Altima

2008 Ford Fusion
2008 Nissan Altima
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4-Door Sedan I4 FWD S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan I4 FWD S 20 29 $16,943 $18,135
4-Door Sedan I4 FWD SE 20 29 $17,594 $19,060
4-Door Sedan I4 FWD SEL 20 29 $18,576 $20,150
4-Door Sedan V6 FWD SE 18 26 $20,069 $21,810
4-Door Sedan V6 FWD SEL 18 26 $21,050 $22,900
4-Door Sedan V6 AWD SE 17 25 $21,734 $23,660
4-Door Sedan V6 AWD SEL 17 25 $22,716 $24,750
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4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.5
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.5 23 32 $18,243 $18,620
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual ULEV 2.5 23 31 $18,243 $18,620
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.5 S 23 32 $19,196 $20,470
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual ULEV 2.5 S 23 31 $19,196 $20,470
2-Door Coupe I4 Manual 2.5 S 23 32 $19,644 $20,950
2-Door Coupe I4 Manual ULEV 2.5 S 23 32 $19,644 $20,950
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 S 23 32 $19,663 $20,970
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 SL 23 32 $19,663 $20,970
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT ULEV 2.5 S 23 31 $19,663 $20,970
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT ULEV 2.5 SL 23 31 $19,663 $20,970
2-Door Coupe I4 CVT 2.5 S 23 31 $20,112 $21,450
2-Door Coupe I4 CVT ULEV 2.5 S 23 31 $20,112 $21,450
4-Door Sedan V6 Manual 3.5 SE 19 27 $22,681 $24,470
4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 SE 19 26 $23,142 $24,970
2-Door Coupe V6 Manual 3.5 SE 19 27 $23,495 $25,350
4-Door Sedan I4 eCVT Hybrid 35 33 $23,881 $25,480
2-Door Coupe V6 CVT 3.5 SE 19 26 $23,956 $25,850
4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 SL 19 26 $26,565 $28,670
Pricing
Invoice Price
$16,943
$18,243
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$18,135
$18,620
Monthly Payment Estimate
$302 / month
$310 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
8.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
If great handling and good looks are your first consideration, the 2008 Ford Fusion's a great choice. But there are more fuel-efficient, more roomy sedans for families. The 2008 Nissan Altima is a little sportier, though not less sensible.
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Fuel Economy
City
20 mpg 23 mpg
Highway
29 mpg 32 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Sedan Midsize
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
37.8 36.8
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.5 55.5
Front Leg Room (in)
42.3 44.1
Front Hip Room (in)
54.0 56.8
Second Leg Room (in)
37.5 35.8
Front Head Room (in)
38.7 40.6
Passenger Volume (ft³)
100.7 100.7
Second Hip Room (in)
53.3 52.5
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.4 55.7
Exterior Dimensions
Length, Overall (in)
190.2 189.8
Height, Overall (in)
57.2 57.9
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.3 60.8
Wheelbase (in)
107.4 109.3
Liftover Height (in)
28.3 27.6
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.2 70.7
Track Width, Front (in)
61.6 60.9
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.8 15.3
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.0 x 0.39 11.5 x 0.35
Brake Type
Pwr Power
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.8 x 0.98 11.7 x 1.02
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
NA 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
17.5 20.0
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.7 36.1
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.7 2.83
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - NA
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.0 16.2
Tires
Front Tire Size
P205/60R16 P215/60R16
Spare Tire Size
- TBD - T135/90D16
Front Tire Order Code
T6A NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P205/60R16 P215/60R16
Rear Tire Order Code
T6A NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 150
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3181 3112
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 16 x 7.0
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 16 x 7.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - 16 x - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
9.7 8.0
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 110
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 550
Engine
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
SMPI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
156 @ 4250 180 @ 3900
Engine Order Code
99Z QR25
Displacement
2.3L/140 2.5L/152
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
160 @ 6250 175 @ 5600
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
29 32
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
20 23
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.39 3.81
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.97 1.06
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.67
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.31 3.50
Clutch Size (in)
NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.23 1.39
Trans Type
5 6
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.76 0.81
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.17 3.37
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.84 1.95
Trans Order Code
445 NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Ford Fusion Nissan Altima
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.94 0.86
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front
Independent SLA Independent Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.63 0.68
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - NA

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