2016 Nissan Altima vs. 2016 Ford Fusion

2016 Nissan Altima

2016 Nissan Altima

2016 Ford Fusion

2016 Ford Fusion

When looking for a mid-size car, you may be considering the 2016 Nissan Altima and the 2016 Ford Fusion. Both options are great choices, but lets take a closer look at their individual features. Tamaroff Nissan is putting the Altima up to the test against its competition, the Ford Fusion, to show you why we still think the Altima is the model for you.

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Safety

The Altima comes with Active Head Restraints, which will reduce whiplash in the event of a rear collision. We recommend vehicles with head restraints for premium support. Unfortunately, Fusion models do not offer this system as a standard feature. If you choose the Altima SL trim, you’ll have the option for emergency braking in the front of the vehicle. This automatic braking system that uses sensors in the front of the car to detect motion. If you don’t react in time, then it will brake to reduce the damage from an accident or prevent it altogether.

In the NHTSA side impact test at 20 mph, the Altima came out with a 5 Star overall rating—the Fusion only earned a 4 Star rating. In the IIHS 40 mph front small overlap test, the Altima earned a GOOD overall rating instead of the Fusion’s ACCEPTABLE overall rating.

Engine and Fuel Economy

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  • The standard 2.5L engine on the Altima comes with 182 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque. Comparing that to the Fusion’s 2.5L engine, the Altima still dominates the Fusion’s 175 hp and 175 lb-ft of torque.
  • The Altima 3.5L engine provides 270 hp and 251 lb-ft of torque—this is more than the Fusion 2.0L engine with 240 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque or the 1.5L engine with 181 hp and 185 lb-ft of torque.

Now let’s break down its fuel economy numbers:

  • The 2.5L engine on the Altima can reach up to an EPA-estimated 27 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway, while the Fusion’s comparable engine has an EPA-estimated 22 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway.
  • The 3.5L Altima engine has an EPA-estimated 22 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway, and the Fusion 2.0 EcoBoost engine has a similar EPA-estimated 22 mpg and 33 mph on the highway.

Space and Ergonomics

While the two vehicles have a similar amount of space, the Altima has an extra .8 inches in the front for headroom and .7 inches for legroom in the front over the Fusion. Cargo is also easy to carry in the Altima thanks to locking seatbacks in the rear and a remote trunk release. The Fusion does not have a locking nor a folding rear seat or a remote release. The Altima also boasts a locking fuel door that prevents tampering and fuel siphoning; this feature is not available on the Fusion.

Meet The Winning Altima at Tamaroff Nissan

Interested in checking out an Altima for yourself? Tamaroff Nissan has a complete lineup of Nissan models. Visit us today to take a close look at the 2016 Nissan Altima line. This sedan has everything you could picture for a safe, powerful, fuel efficient, and spacious car. Contact us online to find out more information, and book your test drive!