Compare 2009 Ford Fusion vs 2009 Nissan Altima

2009 Ford Fusion
2009 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 $20,860 $22,250
Altima 2-Door Coupe I4 Manual 2.5 S 23 32 $20,392 $21,750
Altima 2-Door Coupe V6 CVT 3.5 SE 19 26 $24,919 $26,890
Altima 2-Door Coupe V6 Manual 3.5 SE 18 27 $24,456 $26,390
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 23 31 $19,078 $19,900
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 S 23 31 $20,195 $21,540
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 SL 23 31 $20,195 $21,540
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.5 S 23 32 $19,728 $21,040
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 eCVT Hybrid 35 33 $24,976 $26,650
Altima 4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 SE 19 26 $23,800 $25,680
Altima 4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 SL 19 26 $27,221 $29,380
Altima 4-Door Sedan V6 Manual 3.5 SE 18 27 $23,337 $25,180
Pricing
Invoice Price
$17,707
$20,860
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$19,035
$22,250
Monthly Payment Estimate
$317 / month
$371 / 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 2009 Nissan Altima has a sportier look and feel than most other mid-size sedans, but it's just as practical.
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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
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
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
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
61.6 60.7
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 5.1
Length, Overall (in)
190.2 182.5
Height, Overall (in)
57.2 55.3
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
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.8 7.4
Brakes
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
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
17.5 20.0
Steering
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
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 2.83
Tires
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
Spare Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Rear Tire Size
P205/60TR16 P215/60R16
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 100
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
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3181 3118
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 16 x 7.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 16 x 7.0
Front 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 Horsepower @ RPM
160 @ 6250 175 @ 5600
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
SMPI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
156 @ 4250 180 @ 3900
Engine Order Code
99Z QR25DE
Displacement
2.3L/140 2.5L/- TBD -
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
20 23
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
23 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
29 31
Transmission
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 1.78
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
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.23 NA
Trans Type
5 1
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 2 Door Coupe
Vehicle Name
Ford Fusion Nissan Altima
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
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
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
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
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
6 7

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