Toyota Camry vs. Ford Fusion

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Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia, but now calls Detroit home. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new food, wrenching on his car, and watching movies.


, Automotive Editor - May 25, 2018

The Ford Fusion won't be around for much longer, as the automaker recently announced that the vehicle would end its run in the United States after a few more years. It's a shame, as the Fusion is a great offering in the mid-size segment. With a dozen Fusion models to explore, there's a sedan out there for everyone, whether that means going with fuel-efficiency or athleticism. When it comes to mid-size sedans, the Toyota Camry has been a household name since it came out in the 1980s. While the Fusion is the more handsome machine, is it enough of a complete package to take on the Camry?

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What the Camry Gets Right

If fuel economy is high on your priority list, the Camry is the clear winner. According to the EPA, the mid-size sedan can get up to 29 miles per gallon city and 41 mpg highway. The Fusion can't match those figures, with an EPA rating of 23 mpg city and 34 highway.

Despite having better fuel economy, the Camry also has a more powerful standard engine. The Camry features a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 203 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. The Fusion also comes with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder motor, but the engine is rated to make 175 hp and 175 lb-ft of torque.

What the Fusion Gets Right

The Fusion is the more enjoyable sedan to drive of the two. Its suspension setup is firmer, which results in more responsive handling. Ford also offers the Fusion in a Sport model that's directly aimed at drivers that enjoy taking the long way to work. While sportiness is something the Fusion excels in, the sedan is still a well composed and quiet machine for daily use. With an available all-wheel-drive system, the Fusion is also the more versatile car.

The Fusion may have a slightly more athletic design than the Camry, but Ford's offering is the more spacious choice. The Fusion has a total of 102.8 cubic feet of passenger volume. That's 2.4 more cubic feet than what the Camry has, resulting in more rear shoulder room, front leg room and rear head room. The Fusion also has a more spacious cargo area with enough room to hold 16 cubic feet of cargo. The Camry is only rated to hold 14.1 cubic feet.

When it comes to all out power, the Fusion is the vehicle with the more impressive range-topping engine. The Fusion Sport features a 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 that generates 325 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque. That kind of power allows the sedan to get to 60 mph in roughly 6.6 seconds, which is quick for a mid-size family vehicle.

Can Too Much Be a Bad Thing?

With roughly 12 different trims to choose from, finding the perfect Fusion can be a daunting task. But the number of available trims also reveals one of the major problems with the Fusion – it tries too hard to appeal to different drivers. Instead of being a one-stop-shop like the Camry, there's a sporty Fusion, a fuel-efficient Fusion, and a luxurious Fusion. The Camry manages to combine all of this in one accessible package.

Our Verdict: Toyota Camry

It's a fairly-matched comparison, but, in the end, the Toyota Camry comes out as the victor against the Ford Fusion. The Toyota Camry has always been known for being able to do everything well and will appeal to more drivers. Also, the new model is better than ever.

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, Automotive Editor

Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia, but now calls Detroit home. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new food, wrenching on his car, and watching movies.