Come To Charlie Clark To Compare Fusion Vs. Altima
The midsize sedan class is one of the most competitive in the North American automobile niche. Two of the most popular midsize sedans available are the Ford Fusion and the Nissan Altima. Both models have been around for some time, but the most recent editions of each are fully up-to-date in terms of technology, drivability and performance.
If you are on the hunt for a midsize sedan in El Paso, then the likelihood is that you have at least considered both of these models. The question is, which is the best overall performer – the – Ford Fusion in El Paso or the Nissan Altima. Your friends at the Charlie Clark showroom in El Paso have compared these two popular models, and here are the findings.
The El Paso Nissan Altima … An Introduction
We said in our introduction that the Nissan Altima has been around for some time, and indeed, Nissan first introduced this vehicle to the North American market in 1992. In the tier list of Nissan vehicles, it ranks above the Sentra but below the Maxima. The price tag of the Altima when compared to the price tag of the Sentra and the Maxima firmly cements its position in the middle.
From 1992 until 2013 the Altima was manufactured solely in the US. Since 2013, though, the arrival of the fifth generation of this midsize sedan saw Nissan exploring non-US markets with the Altima.
The El Paso Ford Fusion … An Introduction
The Ford Fusion is a much more recent entrant to the midsize sedan arena in the United States, having made its debut in 2005. It was manufactured as a replacement for the popular European Mondeo model, although the Ford Mondeo continues to be made and sold in Europe right up to the present day.
So far there have only been two generations of the Ford Fusion – the original model and a second generation which first appeared in 2013. The versatile second generation model is usually available in seven trims – the S, SE, Titanium, Hybrid, Sport, Platinum and Energi.
Altima vs Fusion – Engine & Transmission
Both these cars are available in several trims, so for the purpose of comparison we are going to compare the performances of the Altima Platinum VC-Turbo and the Ford Fusion Titanium. Of these two models the Altima is generally the more expensive, although the difference in price is in no way a deal breaker.
Both these trims feature a 2L Inline-4 engine, but the Altima comes with variable compression while the Fusion has Ford’s EcoBoost factor. This makes the Altima the more powerful car, providing 248hp and 273 lb-ft of torque as opposed to the Fusion’s 245hp and 275 lb-ft of torque. For most drivers though, that difference is negligible.
The Fusion is a little slower off the mark than the Altima, taking a full second longer (6.9 to 5.9) to get up to 60 MPH from a standing start. This is mainly because even unladen, the Altima is 200 pounds lighter. The Fusion also loses out in the fuel efficiency stakes too, providing just 25 mpg combined (city and highway) compared to the Altima’s impressive 32 mpg.
Altima vs Fusion – the Driving Experience
Both cars generally offer the same in terms of interior design, feel and technology. However, the interior of the Fusion is beginning to look a little dated, and you can tell the latest generation was last updated in 2013. The latest models of the Altima come with an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system across all trims. The Fusion’s screen by comparison is tiny – 4.2 inches -is LED and is voice rather than touch-activated.
The quality of the materials used in an Altima just feel to be of superior quality, which leads to a more pleasurable driving experience.
Altima vs Fusion – Who Wins?
In most similar model comparisons, it’s usually a close call, but perhaps not here. The Altima is simply a better performer than the Fusion. True, the Altima is more expensive than any equivalent Ford Fusion model, but a little extra outlay is more than worth it, here.
On the hunt for a quality midsize sedan in El Paso? If you’re thinking about visiting a new Ford Fusion dealership in El Paso, then think again! Head over to the Charlie Clark Showroom in El Paso and ask about a new or preowned Nissan Altima instead. Call (915) 233-4682 or contact us online through our contact form.