Compare 2009 Ford Fusion vs 2008 Nissan Altima

2009 Ford Fusion
2008 Nissan Altima
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4-Door Sedan I4 S FWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Fusion 4-Door Sedan I4 S FWD 20 29 $17,707 $19,035
Fusion 4-Door Sedan I4 SE FWD 20 29 $18,542 $20,175
Fusion 4-Door Sedan I4 SEL FWD 20 29 $20,464 $22,310
Fusion 4-Door Sedan V6 SE AWD 17 25 $22,295 $24,345
Fusion 4-Door Sedan V6 SE FWD 18 26 $20,631 $22,495
Fusion 4-Door Sedan V6 SEL AWD 17 25 $23,429 $25,605
Fusion 4-Door Sedan V6 SEL FWD 18 26 $21,765 $23,755
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2-Door Coupe I4 CVT 2.5 S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Altima 2-Door Coupe I4 CVT 2.5 S 23 31 $20,112 $21,450
Altima 2-Door Coupe I4 CVT 2.5 S ULEV 23 31 $20,112 $21,450
Altima 2-Door Coupe I4 Manual 2.5 S 23 32 $19,644 $20,950
Altima 2-Door Coupe I4 Manual 2.5 S ULEV 23 32 $19,644 $20,950
Altima 2-Door Coupe V6 CVT 3.5 SE 19 26 $23,956 $25,850
Altima 2-Door Coupe V6 Manual 3.5 SE 19 27 $23,495 $25,350
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 S 23 32 $19,663 $20,970
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 S ULEV 23 31 $19,663 $20,970
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 SL 23 32 $19,663 $20,970
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 SL ULEV 23 31 $19,663 $20,970
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.5 23 32 $18,243 $18,620
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.5 S 23 32 $19,196 $20,470
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.5 S ULEV 23 31 $19,196 $20,470
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.5 ULEV 23 31 $18,243 $18,620
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 eCVT Hybrid 35 33 $23,881 $25,480
Altima 4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 SE 19 26 $23,142 $24,970
Altima 4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 SL 19 26 $26,565 $28,670
Altima 4-Door Sedan V6 Manual 3.5 SE 19 27 $22,681 $24,470
Pricing
Invoice Price
$17,707
$20,112
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$19,035
$21,450
Monthly Payment Estimate
$317 / month
$358 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
8.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2009 Ford Fusion is a great choice for those who place their priorities on style and handling, but if interior space matters to you, look elsewhere. 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 31 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Sedan Midsize
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
54.0 54.2
Passenger Volume (ft³)
100.4 89.7
Second Leg Room (in)
37.2 34.4
Front Head Room (in)
38.7 39.7
Second Hip Room (in)
53.3 47.6
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.4 53.9
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Head Room (in)
37.8 35.6
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.5 52.4
Front Leg Room (in)
42.3 42.5
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.3 60.4
Wheelbase (in)
107.4 105.3
Liftover Height (in)
28.3 26.2
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
80.1 70.7
Track Width, Front (in)
61.6 60.7
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
190.2 182.5
Height, Overall (in)
57.2 55.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.8 7.4
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- TBD - 11.7 x 1.02
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
NA 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- TBD - 11.5 x 0.35
Brake Type
Pwr Power
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
17.5 20.0
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 2.83
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - NA
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.0 16.2
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.7 34.7
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Rear Tire Size
P205/60TR16 P215/60R16
Rear Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Front Tire Size
P205/60TR16 P215/60R16
Spare Tire Size
- TBD - T135/70D16
Front Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 150
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3181 3095
Wheels
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 -
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
9.7 8.0
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 550
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 110
Engine
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
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
SMPI SMPI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
29 31
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
20 23
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
23 -
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.23 NA
Trans Type
5 1
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.76 NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.17 1.75
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.84 NA
Trans Order Code
445 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.39 5.80
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.97 NA
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Continuously Variable
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.31 2.35 - 0.39
Summary
Vehicle Name
Ford Fusion Nissan Altima
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 2 Door Coupe
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front
Independent double wishbone Independent Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.63 0.68
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Stabilizer bars w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.94 0.86
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent multi-link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Stabilizer bars w/Coil Springs
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
6 -

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