2010 Ford Fusion vs. Its Competition

2010 Ford Fusion
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

Optional all-wheel drive, SYNC, and Sirius Travel Link separate the nonhybrid Fusion from most of these competitors.

If you favor ride quality over everything else, pick the Camry.

But be aware of the quality of inside the Camry: Toyota has skimped on the quality and look of many interior bits and pieces, so it is no longer the nicest interior in the class.

The sportier personality of the Accord more closely mirrors the 2010 Fusion, but so does the all-new Mazda6, a perennial favorite of TheCarConnection.com, and the Mazda should be considered for those who appreciate more of a performance feel; the new version is considerably more refined without giving up its sporty edge.

Nissan's Altima is another good choice.

The excellent 2009 Chevrolet Malibu and Saturn Aura also face off against the 2010 Ford Fusion.

The Malibu is our pick of the two; it's larger and delivers premium exterior style, plus a rich-looking interior.

The Aura, Malibu, Camry, and Altima are also offered in hybrid versions, each with similar-sized four-cylinder engines, although not all hybrid systems are the same.

General Motors uses a mild-hybrid system in its Aura and Malibu hybrids—they can't start up from a traffic light on electric power alone.

Both are well equipped, handle nicely, and boast excellent quality.

Some may like the Malibu's all-new style and larger interior, but neither of these mild hybrids can match the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid in fuel economy.

The Fusion exceeds this pair by 13 mpg city and 3 mpg highway, although the step up in cost is less for the GM models.

The Toyota Camry and Nissan Altima are full hybrids that get better mileage than GM's mild hybrids but still trail the Fusion Hybrid.

The step up in cost from the GM mild hybrids to the full hybrids is significant (about $3,000 versus $1,500 for the GMs).

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If you seek proof that Detroit in general, and Ford in particular, can build a comfortable, high-quality, fine-driving, and hyper-efficient sedan that is more than competitive, look to the 2010 Ford Fusion.
The 2009 Chevrolet Malibu is a top contender in its class in almost every way.
The 2009 Mazda6 could easily steal sales from the traditional class leaders if non-gearheads discover it.
The 2009 Toyota Camry Hybrid melds the automaker's proven, hybrid system into America's bread-and-butter sedan. What's not to like?
The 2008 Nissan Altima is a little sportier, though not less sensible.
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17 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas 4-CylGas I4Gas I4Gas I4
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4-Door Sedan S FWD4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS4-Door Sedan Manual i SV4-Door Sedan I4 Manual (SE)4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.5
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
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Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
ManualAutomatic w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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