2018 Ford Fusion vs. Its Competition

2018 Ford Fusion
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The 2018 Ford Fusion is more expensive that many rivals, but still sits atop the segment with its comely shape and its strong performance.

The price leader is the Nissan Altima, with a comfortable ride and an impressive equipment list even in the base model.

The new Chevy Malibu is a strong competitor, with elegant looks, fuel-efficient engines and a strong hybrid model at last, and superlative noise suppression and ride quality.

A new Honda Accord arrives this year, with long and sleek lines and a returned Hybrid model to go with its reputation for reliability.

The Kia Optima's latest generation looks just like its predecessor, but refinement and features are both upgraded.

The Hyundai Sonata has moved toward the Fusion in features and design, though it's not quite at the same level—but it may be better value for money.

Finally, the Mazda6 may be the one entry that's equally as attractive as the Fusion; it costs less and drives even better, but Ford dealers are everywhere and Mazda dealers aren't.

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Quick Specs
7.3
The 2018 Ford Fusion is a feast for the senses, a rarity among family sedans.
7.3
A solid effort, the 2018 Chevrolet Malibu offers plenty of compelling reasons to lure customers into showrooms.
8.0
The 2018 Honda Accord sedan should be at the top of any four-door shoppers’ lists—sedan or otherwise. It’s well-crafted, comfortable, and affordable.
7.3
The 2018 Hyundai Sonata receives a much-needed injection of style.
7.2
The 2018 Kia Optima returns with a new sportier trim and wide-ranging flexibility for a compelling price.
7.2
The 2018 Nissan Altima does almost nothing out of the ordinary.
MSRP From     
$22,215$21,680$23,570$22,050$22,600$23,260
Gas Mileage     
17 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 43 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Regular Unleaded I-4Turbocharged Gas I4Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Mid-Size CarsMidsize CarsMid-Size CarsLarge CarsMid-Size CarsMid-Size Cars
Style Name     
S FWD4-Door Sedan L w/1VLLX 1.5T CVTSE 2.4L SULEVLX Automatic2.5 S Sedan
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/A4N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
SedanSedanSedanSedanSedanSedan
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAutomaticCVT w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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