2014 Ford Fusion vs. Its Competition

2014 Ford Fusion
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The 2014 Ford Fusion starts at a base price that's a bit higher than most of its rivals, and the price spread actually grows wider as you move up the trims.

If price is the real concern, the cheapest Nissan Altima might be a better bet; it's very comfortable and well-equipped in its base guise.

The Kia Optima and Hyundai Sonata are some of the best values otherwise, with great interior room and trend-setting lines; but artificial steering feel and too-firm rides can be letdowns considering their curvy looks.

The Chevy Malibu suffers from a small back seat, mediocre gas mileage and styling, though its cockpit looks good and its steering can be very crisp, depending on wheel and tire choice.

And the Honda Accord isn't so dramatically changed, but its infotainment has been brought more up to date and it has some clever features, like LaneWatch.

The new Mazda 6 might be the toughest rival for the Fusion.

The Mazda is definitely less expensive and has a lean and sporty yet polished feel that might like what they see in the Fusion but are scared away by the price and technology.

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Quick Specs
The 2014 Ford Fusion has stunning good looks, satisfying performance, and top-notch safety and fuel economy--all without skimping on the interior space and ride comfort that really means something to mid-size sedan shoppers.
Chevy has taken a look elsewhere in its lineup, and in the market, and made the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu a stronger offering--with an emphasis on better gas mileage and more space.
The 2014 Hyundai Sonata remains one of the best buys among mid-size sedans--although with so many much-improved rival models, it's no longer such a standout.
The 2014 Kia Optima is a sensible and spacious four-door sedan, but it moonlights as something a little more stylish and adventuresome.
Following improvements that hit all the right spots, the 2014 Nissan Altima is a solid choice for those who don't mind a CVT.
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Gas Mileage    
22 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy
Regular Unleaded I-4Gas I4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4
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Midsize CarsMidsize CarsLarge CarsMidsize CarsMidsize Cars
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan S FWD4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic GLS PZEV4-Door Sedan EX4-Door Sedan I4 2.5
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
Automatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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